Advent Newsletter | March/April

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Contact us at the Cordova Campus:

Phone: (901) 755-6290

1879 N Germantown Pkwy

Cordova, TN 38016

Contact us at the Cordova Campus:

Phone: (901) 755-6290

1879 N Germantown Pkwy

Cordova, TN 38016

What I want to tell everyone is “Never, and I mean never, apologize for passion.” One of the things missing among most Americans, and unfortunately that includes ones within the church, is passion.

I once heard a speaker say, “In our country we don’t dance, we don’t sing… we don’t even sin with very much enthusiasm anymore.”

But, unfortunately when someone does have passion, especially in relation to Jesus, they are labeled as “nuts” or “freaks.”

I never want to be accused of not having passion to do great things for Christ! The role of the Pastor is not to keep the sheep happy or have “nice” church services. You know what I mean… services designed with everyone in mind except for Jesus. Think about it, when we truly believe the tomb is empty, it should show!

The church shouldn’t be content with status-quo. The church is the body of Christ that should be filled with men and women full of passion and vision, set on fire by God. People who feel they will explode unless they are moving the Gospel forward.

I have made many mistakes as a leader, and the list of the things that I regret doing is long. However, I do not ever regret the passion in which I have pursued all that God has called me to.

We need to refuse to be complacent about the church… God’s Church! All through scripture we see a passionate God with an incredible message; people who hear His voice and follow Him are set free; and for some reason, I just think that should excite us more than a young man carrying a pig skin across a painted white line.

The Church is God’s idea. The Church is the bride of Christ. Christ gave His life for the church. God is passionate about the church. Advent, we are God’s  design!

Never, I mean never, apologize for passion. The world needs pastors, church leaders, and church people who are passionate. We need to get excited about what Jesus has done for us and what He continues to do for others. God loves people so much He sent His Son to prove it. This fires me up so much you’ll have to excuse me for now because I need to go scream it from the valleys and the mountain tops!
 – Alan

Advent’s Mission:


As disciples, to cause God great joy by  sharing His love with others as we have experienced it in

Jesus Christ.

Alan Bugg

Executive Director

Rev. Dr. Don Kerns

Campus Pastor, Arlington

Rev. Greg Aydt

Assistant Pastor

Are you new?

Welcome to Advent. We’re glad to have you here with us! Whether you’ve been to Advent many times or have never been to church before, you can anticipate an encouraging and enlightening experience. We’d like to get to know you and help you connect to the Advent family. On Sunday morning, come to the welcome center to receive a welcome gift. If you’d like to talk to someone directly, contact Leslie McKinney.

What about my children?

We believe they are the church right now! So we place an emphasis on ministry for and by children and teenagers by having them gather to connect with each other and Christ. We have plenty of fun and vetted, trusted, and enthusiastic staff and volunteers in various settings. Children and teenagers get together in authentic community to discuss real truths, to change their lives and the world bit by bit. You can find out more about Advent Children’s Ministry by contacting Kimberly Munafo and Advent’s Youth Ministry by contacting Greg Aydt.   |


March 6, 2020

April 3, 2020

May 1, 2020


Find out more and register online at:


Childcare @ 9 am
(Birth– Kindergarten)
Sunday School @ 10 am
(PreK-3 – 5th Grade)
Children’s Worship @ 11
(PreK-3-3rd grade following the children’s blessing)

During the 1st Sunday of the month, we experience family worship where children take an active role in the service, through ushering, greeting, offering, and playing sermon BINGO.

Childcare is offered in the nursery for children birth thru PreK during these family worship opportunities.

A movement of students in 6th-12th grade

Connect Groups / Sundays at 10 am
Teaching, discussion, and prayer
Huddle / Sundays from 5-7 pm
Live music, fun, exciting games, FREE
dinner, relevant teaching centered on the Gospel in a welcoming environment! Come early or stay late for open gym time. Meets during the school year.
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Disciple Now

Mar. 27-29
6th-12th grades, $50
Easter Vigil
April 11
Senior Night
April 26
Huddle Picnic
May 3

Holy Week at Advent

Saturday, April 4
Easter Egg Hunt 10am
Sunday, April 5
Palm Sunday Services 9 & 11 am
Thursday, April 9
Maundy Thursday 6:30pm
Friday, April 10
Stations of the Cross  6-8pm
Saturday, April 11
Easter Vigil 7pm
Sunday, April 12
Easter Sunday Services

Outside of our care ministries, Advent hosts outside counseling through Paul Berkes, a licensed  professional. Follow these basic steps:
  • Send Paul an email: and put ADVENT in the subject line.
  • Paul will contact you to set up an appointment at the Cordova campus.
  • Be prepared to pay Paul directly

   upon your visit. There is no billing    

   mechanism in place. You can use

   your insurance for this service.


Do you love coffee?

Want to help us provide that delicious beverage  on Sunday mornings?

Contact Robin Ballou


VBS 2020 at Cordova


Sun., May 31-Thur, Jun. 4

VBS Mission Project

$65 pays for 216 meals



* ShelbyNext app—Numana Fund

* Sponsorship Card (Welcome Desk)

Contact     if you have questions

Prayer Group

Wednesdays 6:45-7:45pm
In the Chapel
Led by
Jennifer Hanks
Sundays at 10 am
Bible Discovery
55-95 y/o, lecture, discussion
Video/lecture format
Christianity 201
video, lecture & discussion
Faith Weavers
45+ lecture, video & discussion
Strands of Faith
30s – 50s, singles & couples
discussion format
Foundations (Meets at 9am)
open to all, lecture & discussion
Men’s Class
men of all ages, discussion
Women of Worship
women of all ages, discussion
Higher Grounds
20’s and 30 somethings,
connection and discussion

Larger monthly gatherings

Gold Circle
Cordova area
2nd Sunday of the month, 6:30 pm
Dorcas Circle
Ladies study in the library
(does not meet in summer)
1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00 am
Better Together Circle
Cordova area
3rd Sunday of the month, 6:00 pm
Aqua Circle
Arlington/Cordova areas
2nd Saturday of the month, 5:30–8 pm
Circle of Many blessings (COMB)
Cordova area
2nd Saturday of the month, 5:30 pm
Circle at the Lake
Lakeland/Arlington area
2nd Sunday of the month, 6 pm
Dogwood Circle
Germantown/Collierville area
2nd Tuesday of the month, 6 pm
Small Groups & Bible Studies
Bible study and spiritual formation
Adventurers Meeting & Lunch
Grand adults time to connect
Lindsay Hall
2nd Thursday of the month, 10 am
Doorkeepers Reunion
Men’s Bible study
Saturdays, 8:45am
Pebbles and Boulders
Women’s weekly Bible study
Library (does not meet in summer)
Mondays, 9:45–11:00am
Advent’s Book Club
3rd Thursday of the month, 10 am
Marriage enrichment small group
Library (does not meet in summer)
Next Session-Fall 2020
The Parables
Bible study for all
Fireside Room
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm
Ironman Groups
Men’s spiritual formation.
Club Windward, 6:30 pm
Youth Room, 6:30 pm
Library, 6:00 am
Room 206, 7:00 pm
Library, 6:30 pm
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
Meets Fridays at 6:45 am
Advent’s Book Club
3rd Thursday of every month
at 10 am
Moms Book Club
Moms of newborns to college students
Sundays 5:00-7:00 pm
Next session-Lent 2020
Garden Club
Sign up at the welcome desk
See Kimberly Munafo
Senior Adventurers
2nd Thursday, Lunch & Program
4th Thursday, Day Trip


Audio/Visual Team
Running slides, video, camera and sound are a vital part of Sunday morning.
Children/Nursery Volunteers
Our team of volunteers is looking to grow. Come be a part of the team.
Choir and Praise Team
Have a gift for music? We’re always looking to add to our team.
Courtesy Team
Be part of the team that helps people in the parking lot, answers front desk questions and helps others navigate the building.
Be a friendly, welcoming face and offer assistance to guests and
members on Sunday morning.
Hand out bulletins and take up offering, while smiling, hugging and loving on people.
Welcome Desk
Be a friendly face at the Welcome Desk!


Adopt a College Student
Adopt a college student so you can be a blessing and send them encouragement through the school year.
Care Team
Volunteers who reach out to individuals on weekly prayer list. They pray for each person individually and coordinate any further sharing of care needs as appropriate.
Hospital Visitation Team
Volunteers who visit members in the hospital. They update Church office and Care Team for coordination of any other care needs as appropriate.
Stephen Ministry
Trained individuals who volunteer to “walk along beside you” during
a life-changing event or time of
crisis. All information is confidential.


David and Lisa
East Asia
Evangelism and Discipleship
Nick and Amanda
Middle East
Church Planting and Education
Shawn and Lisa Stewart
United States and Abroad
EPC Mission Recruiter
Advent in Honduras
Advent teams partner in Honduras ministry


Advent Food Pantry
Pantry items donated, organized & distributed to those in need.
Burrito Ministry
Serving burritos to homeless in downtown area.
Career Transition
Providing free professional counsel and connections for the
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Serving and supporting local high school athletes.
First Presbyterian Church
Assist with meals, birth certificate documentation, and new clothes for the homeless. (downtown)
One by One
Sharing the love of Jesus by mentoring young, single mothers.
Riverwood Elementary School
Support students, teachers, and administration in their pursuit of high educational standards.
Shepherd’s Haven
Assist adults with developmental disabilities who live in Christian community.
Youth Leadership Memphis
Helping at-risk youth through teaching, mentoring, and economic development.
Jon Shober Scholarship
Assisting students of Advent with college expenses.