Advent Lutheran Church
1775 East Market Street
York, Pennsylvania 17402

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Welcome to Advent Lutheran Church! Worship Services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Small Groups are an easy and enjoyable way to share similar interests with others and to grow in one’s service to God and understanding of the faith. Small group ministry encourages groups of 5–12 persons to meet regularly for prayer, study, fellowship, and service; each group, led by one or more shepherds, derives its unique character by emphasizing one or more of these components.

You are invited and welcome to participate whether you are a new disciple at Advent, a long timer here, or a friend of the congregation. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, learning and fun! For the most up to date information, please check the bulletin and newsletter and contact the group shepherd. Our current small group ministries include the following


Special Interest Small Groups focus on fellowship and the sharing of a common interest.

Walking/Jogging/Running – Interested in getting some exercise while enjoying some Christian fellowship? Come to the Walking/Jogging/Running Group! While most participants walk through the neighborhood, there is opportunity to up the pace according to your comfort level. The group meets every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Nurse’s room located on the 2nd floor across from Fellowship Hall.

Biking – Enjoy being out-of-doors and biking for exercise? The Biking Group is for you! It meets monthly from April to October and through the bike phone chain, the group takes advantage of nice days in between.

Movie Group – Love to watch movies? Ever wonder what the spiritual themes are of the movies you watch – especially when God is never directly mentioned? Combine your spiritual sleuthing skills with your love of movies through discussion, the discernment of spiritual themes, and reflection.

Scrapbooking – Want to organize your pictures and mementos? Planning to make a memory or legacy book? Come to the Scrapbooking Group. No previous experience is necessary and all ideas are welcome! Accomplish your project and enjoy fellowship too. The group meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall located on the second floor.


Service Groups enjoy helping those in the church and community.

Prayers ‘N Stitches – This group makes prayer shawls by knitting, crocheting, or sewing them. As they are made, participants pray over their work. Once completed, the group prays over the shawl and for its recipient. This ministry meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the parlor, located on the first floor across from the office on Shepherd’s Walk. Shawl directions, patterns, and lessons are available upon request. Prayers and donations of money or yarn are also gratefully received.

Hunger - Shepherded by Rosie Inners, this service group seeks to increase hunger
awareness, education, relief, and advocacy as needed locally, nationally, and internationally. Ongoing projects include the promotion of fair trade coffees, teas, and snacks. Semi-annual events have included the receiving of baby shower items for struggling families, the encouraging of the purchase of international crafts to aid artisans in developing countries, and promoting financial support through computer links.


Support Groups emphasize caring for one another.

Domestic Violence - Meetings of this support group are strictly confidential and are scheduled according to the safety needs of participants. Anyone touched by domestic violence is invited to receive education, counsel, resources, strategies, and spiritual guidance.


Discipleship Groups focus on prayer and Bible Study to encourage growth in the faith.

Reclaiming the "L" Word - This group highlights what it means to be a Lutheran Christian. Based on the book of the same title by Kelly Fryer this group studies five guiding principles of Lutheranism in an easy-to-understand, enriching, and often humorous style. “There is help here, not only for new Lutheran Christians, but for long-time members who need a fresh transfusion of excitement”. This ministry helps Christians consider “how to live out their convictions in the weekday structures of family, work, and community” and how to reach out to their neighbors so that they “meet the God who loves them”. This group meets at a time and place convenient to its participants.

Joy in the Morning – This women’s group meets every other Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. in a home setting for prayer, study, and a discussion of Biblical themes.

Circle of Love – This women’s group meets every other Monday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in a home setting for prayer, study, and a discussion of Biblical themes.

Prayer Team – To grow in daily prayer and in faith, the Prayer Team prays together weekly for the Church, the community, and those who are in need. The group meets with Pastor Brenda Ritterpusch every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the parlor located on the first floor across from the office on Shepherd’s Walk.

Bible Reading Group - Using a plan developed by Arlina Yates, the Bible reading group promotes the individual, systematic, and devotional reading of Scripture. This process encourages the participant to travel through the Bible via a chapter a day reading cycle. Completion of the Bible is expected in 3 ½ years. Participants receive informal support from fellow readers and from weekly devotional thoughts and encouragements based on the week’s lessons. Periodic opportunities for group discussion and reflection will be offered. You are invited to go to to find out more about this program or to join Advent's reading group online.

While participants may use any Bible in their reading, the Life Application Study Bible is suggested and referenced. If this expense creates undue hardship for folks, the church will provide a reader with a Bible.



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