Below you will find some of Advent's latest news
During the month of November, Advent Lutheran collected Thanksgiving Meal Bags for Keystone Opportunity Center in Souderton to distribute to local families in our community. The bags contained the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plus other holiday items. 40 bags filled to the brim with 850 lbs of food plus $960 in gift cards were donated by our generous members! The Advent Youth Group signed and decorated Thanksgiving cards for each meal bag! THANK YOU for sharing your blessings and supporting Keystone’s mission to help our neighbors!
~ Advent Social Ministry Team
Sunday, October 22, 2023, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, in the Parking Lot. The event is free for all kids ages 2 through 5th grade. Grab a friend and come dressed in your favorite Halloween attire. Trick our treat to the various decorated cars and take part in pumpkin storytelling, crafts, games and activities. Enjoy an afternoon full of faith, fun and laughter! No sign up necessary to participate in these activities.
As part of the ELCA celebrating the 10th anniversary of the annual ECLA Day of Service (10 years of Lutheran congregations joining together to serve, also known as "God's Work - Our Hands Day") on September 10, 2023, Advent hosted our second meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger. 70 volunteers (ranging from toddlers to senior citizens) worked together to pack 10,000 meals in just over an hour! Rise Against Hunger is a global movement to end hunger by “empowering communities, nourishing lives, and responding to emergencies” around the world.
Hunger doesn’t have to exist — let’s help end it together!
After being displayed at Salford Mennonite and Advent Lutheran, this sign will be posted along Groff’s Mill Road by the three new veggie boxes added this year. It will announce a new area in the garden recognizing the Lenape who were first to steward the land.
Following the Gardening for Peace event in September of 2022, when elders from the Delaware Tribe of Indians visited Salford, this idea, which had been a dream for a number of years, was promised to come to fruition. In 2023, three new raised beds were planted that feature native vegetable plants including tuckahoes/sunchokes and heirloom corn, beans and squash to honor the Lenape people who have stewarded the land of this area for thousands of years.
Many thanks to Thrivent Financial who provided a grant to fund these new beds.
On Monday, September 11, 2023, Advent members placed 100 pinwheels on our lawn along Landis Road. Each pinwheel represents a life lost to suicide during 2022 on Montgomery County, PA.
September is Suicide Awareness Month.
If you or someone you care about is in a mental health crisis, call the Montgomery County Mobile Crisis office, 24/7 at 1-855-634-HOPE (4673).
The display is sponsored by the Montgomery County Suicide Prevention Task Force.
On Saturday, September 9, 2023, Advent's 2023-2024 Concert Series kicked off with a organ concert by Mirjam Laetitia Haag, a rising star in the organ world from Stuttgart, Germany. Presenting a program entitled "Lacrimae et Laetitia - Tears and Joy," Mirjam performed works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leisbert Moreno, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy as well as several improvisational pieces. She concluded her performance with an encore on the Orgelkids PA instrument.
The church was full of laughter, singing, playing, and learning during VBS week (August 7-11)! THANK YOU to all our volunteers – youth and adults – who helped each day!
VBS Statistics: 93 participants, 20 adult helpers, 31 youth helpers, Over 30 bags and boxes of items collected for Mitzvah Circle, under the direction of 1 awesome VBS coordinator, Becky Fisher!
Thrivent Action Team sponsored by Judi Greene – THANK YOU!
VBS Extended Care Statistics: 44 participants, 21 youth helpers
Thrivent Action Team sponsored by Betty Keck – THANK YOU!
Participating families were asked for monetary donations to Advent’s Youth Fund. We raised $1,746.55 to be directed to Advent’s Bear Creek Camp Fund!
Advent's Bear Creek Campers returned home from a week of outdoor fun and faith formation. We set a record high with 27 youth, 1 family and 1 pastor (Pastor Mark served as chaplain for Week 7) attending camp this summer! We look forward to hearing their stories, songs and all about their camp adventures!
Click HERE to see what is going on during the fall and winter and the plans in the works for the 2024 season!