Special Note about Outreach


Our Outreach Ministries annually receive funding from our Vestry equal to 10% of our operating budget.  We donate to several area ministries and community agencies out of those funds as directed by the Outreach Committee.  We also encourage our parishioners to volunteer throughout the community.

If you see an outreach program you'd like to find out more about or participate in, please get in touch with the contact person or check with our Church Office.


Panda Packs

Panda Packs provides food for the weekend for Morgan County Primary School children who are "federally qualified."  August to May, volunteers shop and pack for distribution on Friday mornings.  Contact: Kelly Freyer. For more information go to Panda Packs.

Joseph’s Coat Ministries

The primary mission of Joseph’s Coat is to operate a retail store with thrift shop prices in conjunction with a Community Center that offers support, aid, comfort, social contact and immediate assistance with everyday problems, crisis situations and catastrophic events.  For more information go to Joseph's Coat Ministries.



Matthew 25 Fund

Established in 1985 by the Church of the Advent, this ministry is a crisis intervention ministry serving economic, food and shelter needs to community members on a temporary basis.  Support for Matthew 25 grew throughout the community, and today it is supported by Advent and other Madison Churches.  Contact: Berry Rainwater.



Caring Hands Ministry

Caring Hands Ministry at the Church of the Advent began in October of 2006,initially to knit shawls for the caregivers of people on our Daughters of the King prayer list. Now, women who knit, crochet and do needlework have joined the Ministry, and gather on the second and fourth Monday afternoons of each month to craft shawls, baby blankets, lap robes and socks. As they work, they pray for the recipient - prayers of patience, love, hope and healing. Each item made is then blessed before it is given, a sign that we are all wrapped in God’s love.



A Caring Place

A Caring Place is an interdenominational program that serves the needs of hungry people in Morgan County. Through the generosity of many individuals in the parish, Church of the Advent helps to support this caring ministry



Meals on Main 

An interdenominational ministry providing a meal on Fridays from the kitchen at First Baptist Church. Sign up online to supply menu items or volunteer. Contact: Beverly Abbott. 



Île à Vache Ministry

Île à Vache Ministry serves islanders off the southern coast of Haiti by addressing the root causes of poverty through economic development and education.   Contact: David Land.


Angel Tree at Christmas

Each Christmas, the generosity of many members of the parish traditionally helps needy residents of a local nursing home.