December 5, 2016
Inside Our First Wednesday Evening Worship
"But this is the beautiful, strange, mysterious promise of Advent – that Christ doesn’t fly in from above like a superhero but is born – in and through flawed and broken human beings like Mary and you and me," Pastor Becca Seely shared in her reflection on the "Annunciation" to Mary at our first Wednesday Evening Worship service last week.

Together with music from Holden Evening Prayer accompanied by Joshua Coyne, special music sung by Peter Santogade, Holy Communion, and fellowship over charcuterie and sweets, the evening set a warm and encouraging tone for this Advent season.

"This Advent," Becca said, "I hear God calling me – and perhaps all of us - to make ready for the arrival of Christ in our world by living as if what seems impossible is possible. As if love is stronger than hatred. As if there is enough for everyone. As if truth matters. As if healing the brokenness between us were possible. As if the small things we can do in love have earthshattering implications – or better yet, earth-saving ones."

What small things of love can you do this Advent season? Will it be something for a family member or friend? Something for a stranger? Will it be caroling on our front steps with our food ministry leaders and volunteers at Raising Voices, Feeding Neighbors, or supporting our Sunday School kids at their Christmas Pageant, or bringing in canned foods for Food Instead of Poinsettias, or making a care package for a person at sea on Christmas Day through Christmas at Sea?

Whatever it may be for you, we just hope you may know that it is here, with us and in us, that the love of God, which defies all impossibility, will be born. May it be so. And may we, like Mary, say yes.

p.s. If you're interested, you can read Pastor Becca's full reflection on our website.
Wednesday Evening Worship Continues
Join us Wednesdays at 6:30pm through January 11 as Wednesday Evening Worship continues with reflections by various Advent leaders on Martin Luther's Christmas Book, music from Holden Evening Prayer, a special lineup of musicians, Holy Communion, and fellowship over snacks and drinks. This Wednesday, December 7, will include Deacon Abby Ferjak's reflections on Martin Luther's sermon on the Visitation, a solo by Allie Altieri, and accompaniment by Josh Coyne.
Community Gatherings
Post-election and pre-inauguration, we seek to offer a safe place for all people to gather, share, and strategize for how best to advocate for and build a non-violent community of support and justice. You’re invited to join us in sharing, praying, and strategizing advocacy action Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm on December 7, 14, and 28, and January 4 and 11. This is right after Wednesday Evening Worship. You’re invited to join for both, just worship, or just this community gathering. Everyone is welcome.

The first week the gathered group discussed their answers to the following questions: What concerns you in light of the elections? and, What faith values or Bible passages help you address these concerns?

Next week we address the questions: What organizations do you feel will need additional support? and, What advocacy actions might you take as an individual or we take as a church?

If you can't be with us on Wednesday evenings, we would still love to hear your answers. We invite you to respond here.
This Sunday: Raising Voices, Feeding Neighbors
Join our food ministry leaders and volunteers in Christmas caroling on our front steps to raise money for our Community Lunch and Food Pantry.

You have two opportunities to join us in Christmas caroling for a cause! This Sunday, December 11 from 12:10-12:40pm and Saturday, December 17 from 1-2pm. Contact Kathy at to RSVP or learn more.
This Sunday: Christmas Pageant
Our Sunday School families will present the Christmas Pageant this Sunday at 9am worship.  Our Sunday School children, parents, and teachers have been working excitedly to share the Christmas story with you! Come enjoy their unique take on the birth of Jesus, complete with costume and song, in our annual Christmas Pageant.
All December: Donate Food or Make Care Packages
Instead of collecting donations for poinsettias during the Advent season, we collect donations of canned and nonperishable food and money supporting life-sustaining food ministries.

Throughout December, we invite you to bring any canned or nonperishable foods to worship on Sunday or to our office between 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday. We'll add it to decorative containers at the front of the sanctuary as an offering. At the end of the Advent season, all food offerings will be shared with 100+ neighbors in our community at our Food Pantry.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, mark your check or envelope "Food Instead of Poinsettias" and place it in the offering plate at worship. All monetary donations will be divided between our own food programs and ELCA World Hunger, so we can make an impact here and abroad. These gifts to support our food ministries can be given in honor or memory of a loved one and will be printed in the Christmas Eve worship bulletin. The form can be downloaded here to mail to church, and is also available at the back of the sanctuary.

Additionally, you can make a person out at sea on Christmas Day feel the warmth of Christmas by putting together a care package for Seafarers and International House.

Click here to download instructions for putting together a care package. You can drop off your care package in the collection box on the back table in the sanctuary.
LaMP's Pancake Study Break
LaMP is a joint ministry by Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians for college students based in the Morningside Heights/Columbia University area. Advent is one of three congregations that does joint outreach to college and graduate students on the Upper Westside through LaMP campus ministry. We're the "L" in LaMP. The "M" is for Methodist (St. Andrew United Methodist Church) and the "P" is for Presbyterian (Broadway Presbyterian Church).

For the past two years during finals time, LaMP has hosted a midnight pancake study break at Broadway Presbyterian Church on Broadway at 114th Street that has been attended by over 200 students.

We need some volunteers to help cook pancakes, greet people at the door, set up and clean up at their upcoming Pancake Study Break on Tuesday, December 13 from 11pm-1am.

To volunteer email Pastor Ann at To learn more about LaMP and their variety of activities go to  If you are a student, come out for some pancakes as we support you in this stressful time of study.

Also, if you can't help that night but have homemade Christmas cookies to donate as part of the outreach, you can drop them off at Advent office by Tuesday, December 13 at 5pm.
Find a Ministry to Learn, Grow & Serve In
What ministry or group will you be involved in this month? There are even more ways to connect in fellowship and service this December!
View our full Ministry Calendar
Become a Member, or Become a Leader
We have both a New Members Class and our Annual Congregational Meeting coming up in January. If you feel called to become a member at Advent, join us for our New Members Class on Sunday, January 22 at 3pm. Talk to Pastor Ann to learn more or RSVP. She can be reached at

Do you feel called to share your vision, ideas, and love for this congregation? We'd love to support and engage you as a leader in this community. At our Annual Congregational Meeting we will be electing several new members to our Congregation Council. To learn more, speak to Damaris, who can be reached at
This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 11:2-11
Preaching | Sunday School Christmas Pageant at 9am worship in English, Pastor Mills at 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Special Liturgy | Holden Evening Prayer throughout the Advent season
Special Music | Sue Panny on French Horn at 11am worship
Sunday School | Arrive early for a final Pageant run-through at 8:15am and celebrate together after presenting our Christmas Pageant at 9am worship.
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall. This Sunday's topic is "The Gospel of Matthew, Part 2" led by Pastor Sudbrock.
Raising Voices, Feeding Neighbors | Join us in Christmas caroling on our front step to raise money for our food ministries. Meets from 12:10-12:40pm.
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online, or manage your recurring automatic online giving.
Contribute to our Mission of the Month this December, Seafarers and International House, an ELCA ministry providing a "Harbor of Hospitality" to seafarers, sojourners, and people on the way. Learn more at
Donate to our MOTM
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