Summer Slowdown? Hardly!
Personally, I have yet to find the “slow season” at Advent, and this summer is just as packed with exciting opportunities as every other time of the year.
Opportunity to Grow in Faith
Our summer schedule provides wonderful outdoor ministries...for us kids of all ages. There’s Summer camp with both day and sleep-over options.
Campers span Kindergarten through Grade 8.
There’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) for kids ages 4 - Grade 6. And there’s camping with kids and adults from other churches at Kirchewald and Nawakwa.
All of these are opportunities for youth and for adult disciples to serve and grow in faith. We can use all of the servant disciples we can muster. Don’t forget that thanks to the faithful sharing of many Advent disciples there are adequate funds to assist individuals and families - so no one need worry about money.
Opportunity to Express Our Faith in Our Stewardship Capital Campaign
Our Capital Stewardship Campaign, called “Preparing the way...an Adventure in Faith” is under-way. Skip Schlafer, our Campaign Director is in our midst to guide us.
An Advent Steering Committee chaired by Steve Feldmann is being identified and campaign visi-tors are being recruited. An informational campaign brochure is being developed, and campaign visits to Pastors, Steering Committee Leaders and Church Council Members are being made.
Our GOAL is to meet with everyone...100% of our congregation. When the call comes from a Campaign Visitor, please accept the invitation to be involved in this pivotal project. Visits may be in your home, at Advent, Panera, Starbucks...wherever it is possible to have a confidential conversation.
Our NEED, thus far estimated but not bid, is $2.6 million which now also includes parish approved expenses to purchase the 54 N. Oxford Street property and prepare it for parking and the cost of our Cap-ital Stewardship Campaign.
Be on the lookout for the kick-off celebration that will launch parish-wide visits for every house-hold during the summer months and our wrap-up at summer’s end.
Opportunity to See Faith Become Visible as Our Construction Begins
Our Design Team is working expeditiously with Beers and Hoffman Architects and the Funk Con-struction Company to get our plans into bid documents so that contracts can be awarded and construction may commence.
It’s not yet a “hard date” but projections are pointing to “dirt, dust and excitement” commencing sometime in August. We’re working to establish what areas of the facility will be under construction and unavailable “when” so that we can plan just where worship will be held and which spaces for Sunday School will be available and when.
It’s going to be an exciting and faith filled summer - with so many opportunities to show that Jesus is Lord of my life. Savor the adventure ahead.