Advent is a “Church Without Walls”

 
When we hear the word, “church” we are likely to think of a building with four walls.But the church is not a building. It is people who believe that God is their Creator and Father, accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
As the song goes, “I am the Church, you are the Church, we are the Church together. All who follow jesus, all around the world.” Yes! We’re the church together. On Sunday morning the  “church” may worship in a building and other days of the week may gather there for fellowship.
 
But most of the time the church is not and should not be contained to four walls. God’s people are out in the world; living, working, and playing. Wherever they go, they are the church! As fewer people make the commitment to be a part of a church community, it is even more important for church people to do their ministry in the world and not only within the walls.
 
There are many opportunities to volunteer for Advent’s Outreach programs.
 
 

 Local Outreach For Our Community

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Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of min, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
 
The Alzheimer’s Community Care program offers a variety of services and resources to patients and caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Advent hosts this wonderful ministry on our campus, free of charge, which provides a weekly adult day care program to those in the Boca Raton area.
 
Alzheimer’s Community Care is located on the Advent Square campus in Boca Raton, Florida.
 
Visit Alzheimer’s Community Care website: www.alzcare.org for additional information or volunteer for this organization:
 
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Boca Helping Hands was formed by local congregations concerned with the growing needs of hunger and other problems in the Boca Raton community. Boca Helping Hands addresses possible solutions to these concerns for the underprivileged in our own community.
 
Advent provides financial support to Boca Helping Hands in addition to donating non-perishable food collected during its summer and Thanksgiving food drives. Advent school students also participate in the food drives as school community project.
 
 
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Family Promise of South Palm Beach county is an interfaith organization that depends on more than 1,200 active volunteers representing many congregations, including Advent Church, to accomplish its objectives.
 
Family Promise provides temporary shelter, food, financial management training, family counseling, access to transportation, educational scholarship funding, and a formal leng-term mentoring program to ensure successful life transitions for its guest.
 
 
 
 
Visit Family Promise website: https://familypromise.org/ for additional information or volunteer for this organization:
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 Food For The Poor … Saving Lives… Transforming Communities… Renewing Hope
 
Food For The Poor Vision statement is a reflection of our Lord’s unconditional love – a love that surrenders all, that inspires trust and faith, and that embraces all people, regardless of race, status or creed.
 
Advent has been a long term supporter of Food For The Poor for it’s terrific work that it does in Latin America and Caribbean countries, especially the country of Haiti. Since 1986, Food for the Poor has built 18,238 homes and installed over 770 water wells in Haiti.
 
 

 International Outreach For Our World

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Advent is proud to participate in the Freedom Challenge of Operation Mobilization.
 
Freedom Challenge is a movement of passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world. We do this by participating in physical challenges that test our limits, while raising funds and awareness to combat these dark, social injustices and set women and children on the pathway to freedom.
 
Freedom Challenge takes a four-pronged approach to freeing women and children around the world: Prevent, Rescue, Restore, Development.
For more information on the Freedom Challenge aid:
 
Advent’s Team Leaders are Debbie Dingle and Susan Hagen, contact them for information about Advent’s participation.
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The Lutheran church of South Sudan (LCSS) is for the people who not only live in the country of South Sudan, but in Ethiopia, Keny, Uganda and other countries of Africa. It is a church body that has been traumatized by war and has lost almost all of its infrastructure in the civil war that began in December 2013.
 
The LCSS ministers to those within the nation of South Sudan and among refugees who live in exile. Its current base of operations is in Gambella, Ethiopia, near several refugee camps. The LCSS seeks to rain pastors and leaders who will helps to spread the Gospel of forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ, and to bind up the wounds of those who are broken, displaced, and traumatized.
 
Rev. Jordan Long, President, LCSS  Email: manpingn@gmail.com
Rev. Morton, LCSS Missionary to N. America Email:dmluther1483@yahoo.com
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Advent has been involved in mission work in Haiti for over 20 years. Our current focus is the Village of Hope School and Health Medical Center in Ganthier, Haiti, about 20 miles west of Port of Prince.
 
The Village of Hope School offers a subsidized quality education with a Christian foundation to 650 students from preschool to post high school. Advent church members can sponsor students for $35 a month.
 
The Village of Hope Medical Center offers reduced fee health care to students, their families, and the community. The Medical Center servers of 20 patients a day. They have recently added Dental and Eye care for their patients. Advent members can make monthly or annual donations in any amount to help support this ministry.
 
Mission Teams from Advent go annually for a week to visit the ministries and serve as needed.
 
 
To join a mission trip or for more information about the Village of Hope: Email Pastor Andy Hagen