For Immediate Release
July 12, 2016
York, PA – $861,460 in pledges launches Advent Lutheran Church’s “PREPARING the Way…an ADVENTURE in Faith,” a $2.6 million Capital Stewardship Campaign for a new covered drop-off main entrance directly from the parking lot. Other facility improvements include relocating the nursery nearer to the sanctuary, renovations to Fellowship Hall with the addition of a Gathering Area, and upgraded communications technology. Following a combined 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. worship service at 10:00 a.m., The Reverend David L. Ritterpusch, Advent’s pastor, commented “We are committed to expanding church accessibility to all, believing the Holy Spirit is leading us to make our church more effective as we serve the greater York community beyond our doors.”
Steve Feldmann, Chair of the Capital Stewardship Campaign, amplified the commitment to accessibility saying, “We don’t do this just for ourselves, although we all will benefit. This will make Advent a more welcoming place physically, so that people unfamiliar with the church will have a better opportunity to meet and know us, learn about Advent and our ministries, and perhaps see a glimpse of Christ in our hands of welcome.”
Co-Chair of Advance Gift solicitation, Rob Bowen, shared his enthusiasm for James D. Klote & Associates’ methodology of including one hundred percent of the parish in raising funds for the project. “The conversations I’ve had with members has been personally rewarding as we’ve learned new things about each other and what draws us to and keeps us at Advent Church.”
James D. Klote & Associates’ Senior Consultant, S. J. (Skip) Schlafer estimated over 200 members attended the brunch buffet in Fellowship Hall and participated in intergenerational activities noting, “Bingo was a smashing success for young children as well as seniors playing at the same table. I don’t know who enjoyed it the most.” Outside on the lawn, the Bounce House was bouncing while others enjoyed bad mitten and toss games.
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