Advent was formed when a group of parents in the primarily German-language worshipping community of Cedarburg wanted something new for their children. They wanted to worship in English because their children were Americans. So a little over 100 years ago, they organized as a congregation and met for worship on the first Sunday of the season of Advent (roughly, December). We celebrate that birthday every year by welcoming new members into our faith community.
This wanting to update their understanding of the faith life was part of Advent from the beginning. This outlook continues as new ministries are formed to serve neighbors near and far, those in need and those looking for a place of welcome where they can live their faith in meaningful ways.