Church of the Advent, Building history
Years can fly by! It is hard to believe that Church of the Advent was established in January of 2011. It has been a challenging few years through which we have been tremendously blessed. Through dynamic Anglican worship, potlucks in the park, tutoring elementary kids, cleaning alleys and yards, retreats, summer studies, and game nights at Hirschfeld Towers our little community has impacted many lives. And we have grown from the initial 45 into a small but mighty church of just over 100 people.
From our first Sunday we met in the Mi Casa Resource Center at 4th and Acoma. It was a great space for us, but in 2016, Mi Casa was selling their building. When we became aware of this, we started preparing immediately and began fundraising to purchase our own space.
As the building search progressed, we sensed that we might have to move out of Baker, a very hard truth for us. And then, within weeks, an amazing opportunity opened up on a beautiful church at 678 King St.
We went under contract! We entered a very significant time in our life together as we discerned the way forward regarding the opportunities and challenges presented by the church at 678 King Street. It would be a bit of a death for us to leave Baker, but we believed God was raising us up to a new life and ministry in Villa Park, a nearby, lower income neighborhood, where we can continue the legacy that we began in 2011.
Thank you all so much for your investment in this community and the mission of God we share! May God grant us wisdom and clarity as we serve our new neighborhood.
On April 26th, 2016:
89% of the congregational vote affirmed our move to King St.
On June 3rd, 2016:
Renovations were underway! We closed on the King St. Building on May 18th and moved in on July 3rd.