April 25, 2018
May is Women's Month at Advent
The entire month of May will be Women's month at Advent! We have three special opportunities to keep on your radar:

May 6 | During the 10:10am Sunday Conversation in the community hall downstairs, join us in giving input for the Social Statement on Women and Justice for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), our national church body.

May 12 | On Saturday, May 12 at 10am, Her Justice will be at Advent to provide a family law workshop discussing rights to free legal services like Order of Protection, Child and Spousal Support, Custody and Visitation.

May 13 | Mother's Day will be Bold Women of Faith Sunday at Advent! We'll have a lot of special things going on during and after worship, so mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

May 20 (Pentecost Sunday) | This time at 12:10pm, join us for second a conversation giving input for the Social Statement on Women and Justice for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), our national church body. We hope this time allows different people to participate, and also people who want to talk more after our May 6 conversation.
Sermons & Conversations Podcast
We've just added Pastor Christian Chavarría's sermon from El Salvador Sunday, and a conversation about the sermon with some of our members who have visited our sister church, "Pueblo de Dios," in El Salvador themselves.

Listen Now | Right now you can listen back on our sermons from Holy Week, and two Sundays in Lent, and hear conversations with Advent members discussing all of them.

Weekly Goodness | By tapping subscribe, your podcast app will automatically update with our newest sermons & conversations every week, which you can listen to anywhere, anytime (even on the subway!).

Opportunity for Outreach | By leaving us a positive review or sharing this podcast with your network, you can help the Gospel proclaimed here at Advent reach much further beyond our walls.

Ready to start listing?! Here's how to get it:

Search "Advent Sermons and Conversations" in the Podcasts app on your iPhone, or the Google Play Music app on your Android phone, and tap subscribe. That's it! Now, you pick an episode and start listening. You can also find our podcast at these links:

*Tip: Note that you have to tap the little cloud/arrow download icon next to an episode to be able to listen to it on the subway.
Ministry Highlight: College Ministry at LaMP
LaMP stands for Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians and is the progressive, ecumenical Christian campus ministry in uptown Manhattan.  LaMP is a community of college and graduate students from 6 NYC universities who gather each week around a home-cooked meal (often provided by Advent members!) for rich conversation about faith, scripture and life, as well as song, prayer, and communion.

LaMP students come from across the country and world to this sometimes overwhelming city and find in this ministry a loving place where they can explore Christian faith, expand their minds, pursue justice and create community. In LaMP, they also find much-needed connections to local congregations, like Advent, where they can find a faith home during and after college.

Thank you to Advent for your ongoing partnership in and support of this ministry! We would be grateful for your continued prayers, hospitality to students, ministry of meal making and financial support so that this ministry to students can grow and thrive and we can continue to build up young leaders for the Church and world. 

- Pastor Becca Seely

You can support LaMP with your time by helping at their upcoming Midnight Pancakes Study Break outreach event during finals on Tuesday, May 1 from 11pm-1am. Email Pastor Becca at pastor@thevinenyc.org if you can help.

You can support LaMP with your resources by making a contribution to Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education. LMHE is our Mission of the Month for the April.
This Saturday: Community Lunch
This Saturday at 12pm. You're invited to help us share a home-cooked meal with 150 of our neighbors. Volunteer >
How to Compost at Advent
Inspired by our carbon fast during Lent, we took one concrete step toward being more environmentally conscious at Advent. We got a composting bin!

Advocacy Book Group
Living out our faith is no easy task. We pray. We learn. We come together. We act.(Sometimes.) Here is an opportunity to engage together around justice issues, as people of faith, as we read and explore perspectives and experiences that drive our faith to action.

This book group is open to all. We will have at least one in-person gathering and discussion for each book. But we'll also provide ways to respond, share, and participate online for anyone who can't be here in person. Join us on this journey.

Our first communal book is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  We will gather for discussion on Wednesday, May 2 at 7pm. And if there is additional interest, another gathering time can be added. 

How to get the book: You can download the New York Public Library E-reader app, get a library card instantly through the app, search this title, and be up and reading in less than a few minutes. You can also find a physical copy at the library, or buy it on Amazon.

If you like to read ahead:

May: The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson
June: Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions, Valeria Luiselli 
July: Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi 
Gratitude Check-In
Stop. Pause. Breathe.  And take a moment to give thanks to God.

Today’s gratitude check-in is about community.

“Christian community is not an ideal we have to realize, but rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our community is in Jesus Christ alone, the more calmly we will learn to think about our community and pray and hope for it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Being in community is not always easy, but it is life-giving and God-revealing. Take a moment today to pause and notice the people around you. Give thanks for the people you know and the ones you’ve yet to encounter.   

Humble our hearts, God of All, and open us to gratitude for these and all our blessings. In Jesus name Amen.
Full Ministry Calendar
What ministry or group will you be involved in this month? There are even more ways to connect in fellowship and service!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday: April 29
Gospel | St. John 15:1-8
Preaching | Deacon Abby Ferjak at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Advent Chorale | Sings at 11am worship
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the community hall downstairs. This Sunday, learn about the Collateral Repair Project and their work providing food vouchers and personal hygiene kits to Iraqi and Syrian refugee families in Jordan. They were one of our Mission Fund grant recipients in 2017.
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