Archives ~ Transition & Discernment

Find archived prayers and communication on the clergy process here 

October 1, 2021

The Vestry has actively begun the call process as prescribed by the Diocese. In short, this fall we are praying for Advent, celebrating Rev. Nancy, planning to interview and hire an interim rector, and doing preliminary work on the Parish Profile.

More details can be found in a letter from the Vestry found and the Diocese Protocol for a Search Process.

Additionally, you are welcome to contact any Vestry member with questions.

Letter to the congregation - Oct 4 2021

October 8, 2021

Advent's TMC form advertising for the interim rector position is now live on the TMC and DioPA websites.

The Vestry met over zoom with Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph, DioPA's Canon for Transition.

Preliminary conversations with two consultants specializing in transitions were conducted.

The first Celebrating Nancy piece on baptism was published. You can find it here.

Nancy's Bapisms Celebration

October 15, 2021

The Executive Committee interviewed two consulting candidates.


October 22, 2021

The Parish Profile Committee is soliciting fairly recent photographs for possible inclusion in the Parish Profile. Email them to Sally Palic.

An all congregation Envisioning Advent's Future initiative is being organized by the Adult Education Committee using the book Post-Quarantine Church by Thom Rainer.


October 29, 2021

The Prayer Team met and is working on a whole congregation prayer initiative.

The Celebrating Nancy piece about marriage was published.

Click below to view.

Please pray for a few good interim candidates.

Nancy's Marriage Celebration

November 3, 2021

Vestry is reviewing demographic data sent by the DioPA in preparation for a meeting with Bishop Gutierrez and Canons on Sunday.

Profile Committee is reviewing the profile from the last search and is making updates.

Discussions of Advent's future based on the book Post-Pandemic Church have been scheduled for November, December, and January.


November 10, 2021

The vestry met with the bishop and the canon for transition after the confirmation service to discuss the call process.

The vestry interviewed a candidate for interim rector. The DioPA continues to accept applications.

The first discussions about Advent's future based on the book Post-Pandemic Church will begin this week.


November 17, 2021

The Prayer Team's daily prayer initiative is on the website below and will be distributed at church on Sunday.

Imagining Advent's Future conversations began on Tuesday via zoom. Join us in person on Sunday at 9:30 or 11:15, see below.

The Diocese is still accepting applications for interim priest.

Nancy's funeral celebrations

November 22, 2021

Imagining Advent's Future discussions began.

The Daily Prayer initiative began--join us in daily prayer.

Vestry updated the congregation on the call process at all three services. 


December 1, 2021

Canon for Transition, Arlene Benoit Joseph from DioPA met with the vestry.

The vestry voted Sally Palic and Kim Hoeschel co-chairs of the Discernment Committee and approved the Charges to the committees.

The vestry voted Dave Scott, current Rector’s Warden, to assume the role of Senior Warden upon Nancy’s retirement.


December 9, 2021

As Dave Scott announced in church, both interim candidates withdrew their applications.

Please continue to pray for a good and faithful interim.

The final Celebrating Nancy piece reflecting on Nancy's 16 year ministry was published.

Imagining Advent's Future discussions will conclude on January 9th at 9:30 and 11:15 in person, and on January 11th via zoom.

Final Celebrating Nancy Article

December 16, 2021

The congregation is focused on celebrating Rev. Nancy at luncheon on Sunday, December 19th.

Please continue praying for a good and faithful interim, for Nancy and Ed, and for each other.


December 21, 2021

This week, we focus on celebrating Christmas and Nancy's last Sunday 12/26 as Advent's rector.

Keep praying daily for all of Advent's parishioners and for Nancy and Ed.

The vestry is making plans for January including launching the survey of the congregation on what we desire for our next rector and commissioning the discernment committee.


December 27, 2021

With the prayers, blessings, well-wishes, and gratitude of the congregation, Rev. Nancy rode off to retirement in Vermont after celebrating her final Eucharist at Advent on December 26th.

Several priests will lead worship until an interim priest is found.

Advent's staff and vestry work together to manage the church, and parishioners fill a multitude of roles to operate the church.

The Discernment Committee will be commissioned at the 10:15 service on January 9th.

Imagining Advent's Future discussions will be held on January 9th at 9:30 and 11:15 in the fellowship hall and on January 11th at 7 via zoom
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January 7, 2022

The Discernment Committee will be commissioned at the 10:15 service on January 9th.

Imagining Advent's Future discussions will be held on January 9th at 9:30 and 11:15 in the fellowship hall and on January 11th at 7 via zoom.

Discernment Committee Announcement

January 11, 2022

The Discernment Committee was announced to the congregation and held their first meeting.

In preparation for the parish survey launching 1/24, please think and pray about:

What do you see as the characteristics of the ideal priest?

What does Advent need to accomplish our mission?

Keep praying for a faithful interim and all of Advent's parishioners during this time of transition.


January 18, 2022

The Discernment Committee held its first meeting.

The members were announced at all three services.

Milestones in the Call Process document published and posted.


January 25, 2022

Survey of the congregation began and runs through February 13th.

Prayer Team met and began working on a new prayer brochure.


February 4, 2022

We are at a crucial time in the call process as we seek the discernment of all parishioners on the parish survey.
Please complete it soon. Call the church or email [email protected] for a link if needed.

Survey results will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, February 27 after the 10:15 service.

Mark your calendar.


February 11, 2022

The Discernment Committee met with the Canon for Transition and began work on the job posting.

Last chance to express your opinion on the survey is 2/14.

Do it today!


February 18, 2022

Congregational survey closed on Monday, Feb. 14.

Results will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, Feb. 27th at 11:30 in-person and via zoom.

The Discernment Committee began writing the job posting OTM form.


February 25, 2022

Survey results will be presented to the congregation on Sunday, Feb. 27th immediately following the 10:15am service.

This update will also be available via zoom as well.

Work continues on the Parish Profile and the job posting OTM form


March 4, 2022

The Profile Committee and the Discernment Committee are working to understand and discern God's call to Advent in the survey results, and to integrate the survey results into the parish profile and the job postings.

The survey results were presented to the congregation last Sunday by Holy Cow Consulting.

Please see the summary of the CAT survey results.

The full presentation is available in the church office.

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March 11, 2022

The discernment committee is finalizing the content of the OTM document and the parish profile. These documents will be submitted next week to the vestry for approval.


March 18, 2022

The job posting form final drafts were submitted to the diocese for approval.

The parish profile was sent to the graphic designer.

The discernment committee met to discuss and design the candidate review and interview process.


April 1, 2022

With excitement and anticipation, the Episcopal Church of the Advent is currently accepting applications for a full-time rector to be our partner in ministry.

We seek a rector who will be an entrepreneurial priest, a warm and joyful pastor, a spiritually grounded preacher and teacher, a change facilitator, and a strategic leader.

To learn more about Advent and our gifts, challenges, and priorities, please read our Parish Profile below, explore our website, and read our OTM form and TMC form.

If you feel called to enter into discernment with us, your next step is to send your application materials to the Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph, Canon for Transition Ministry, Diocese of Pennsylvania at [email protected].

Applications are being accepted until June 4, 2022. Thank you for prayerfully discerning if Advent might be right for you.

May God bless you and your ministry.

Parish Profile

Strategic Growth Plan
October 2021

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DIOPA Search Protocol
October 2021

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A History of the Church of the Advent
November 2021

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Discernment Committee
January 2022

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Summary of CAT survey results
March 2022

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