August 20, 2018
Help Pack 24,000 Meals for the Community
Sunday, September 16 | 8am - 3pm (5 shifts available)

Join 50+ people (& counting) from Advent and the Upper West Side community in showing our love and solidarity with our neighbors living with food insecurity!

Sign up to help pack 24,000 meals to send to all the food programs in our neighborhood. This event is made possible through our partnership with The Outreach Program, who will be bringing all the food and packing materials needed, and leading the process.

We need 120+ volunteers to pull this project off -- and we are already almost halfway there -- so sign up today, and tell your friends and neighbors!

Building Update
Our ministry is not the building. The church is not a building. It is, in fact, by definition, the people gathered. But a building is a gift and asset for fostering community as well as anchoring and spring-boarding ministry.

Our building needs several major renovations to make it safe, welcoming, accessible, up to code, and effective in supporting our ministry and growth. The Congregation Council invites you to 3 congregational meetings in the fall to address these building needs.

In preparation for these meetings, our Congregation Council, pastors, and staff have prepared a comprehensive building update for you.

Please review this building update carefully, and add our 3 congregational meeting dates to your calendar.
Congregational Meeting Dates
Please save the dates for our three Congregational Meetings to address our building needs.
Presentation Meeting

Sunday, September 23

Offered at 10:05-10:55am, 12:05-12:55am, and 1:35-2:25pm (bi-lingual)

Community Hall (downstairs)

Discussion Meeting

Sunday, September 30


Community Hall (downstairs)

Decision Meeting

Sunday, October 7


Community Hall (downstairs)

When do the Sept 30 and Oct 7 meetings end?

Our Sept 30 and Oct 7 meetings have no set end time. Plan to worship at 9am in English or 12:30pm in Spanish to fully participate in these meetings. We estimate they will be 1.5 - 2 hours long.

Will there be 11am worship on Sept 30 and Oct 7?

Yes. We'll still have a simple 11am worship upstairs for visitors and anyone not attending the meetings.

Will babysitting be provided during these meetings?

Yes. Babysitting will be provided for all meetings so parents can fully participate.
What's it like Joining the Congregation Council?
In this 3-week spotlight, our 3 newest Council members share what it's like to join and serve on our Congregation Council.
Bayardo Peralta

What is it like being on Council?

It's a truly interesting experience. I never thought it took this much work and coordination to run a church. I am happy to be part of this work, present and future.

What surprised you about Council once you started?

The level of commitment and hard work from each member, the amount of knowledge each person has, and the many contributions of the whole team.

What does it mean for you, spiritually and personally, to lead the church?

It's satisfying. I get a sense of peace and community connection, and I think that's what God is about.
Mental Health First Aid Training
Tomorrow (Tuesday), August 21 | 9am-5pm | Advent Lutheran Church

Have you ever interacted with a person you thought might have mental health or substance abuse issues, and felt like you could have handled the situation better? We are hosting a full-day Mental Health First Aid training led by Thrive NYC on Tuesday, August 21.

ThriveNYC is an unprecedented commitment by the City of New York to create a mental health system that works for everyone. By participating in this training, we at Advent can respond to God's call to love all our neighbors by learning how to better understand and respond to people with mental health issues.

*In the registration portal, first select "Adult Mental Health First Aid - English" and then in the next screen, select "Advent Lutheran Church" as the location.
Additional Upcoming Classes
Youth Mental Health First Aid | Wednesday, September 26 | 9am-5pm

Adult Mental Health First Aid - Spanish | October 20 | 9am-5pm
Ways to Connect During Summer Travels
4 Ways You Can Support Our Ministry this Summer
Our weekly offerings typically dip in the summer months, while many people in our congregation are away. However, we know steady income contributes to a better budget and healthier church.

You can support our ministry from wherever you are during the summer in any of these four easy ways. You might be surprised by how quick and simple they are.
Learn How
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, August 27
Gospel | John 6:56-69
Preaching & Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Sunday School | Off for the summer, and returning in September!
Adult Conversation | Continuing our summer-long study of the book of Acts. Meets at 10:10am in the community hall downstairs.
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
2504 Broadway at 93rd Street New York, New York 10025  |  Phone: 212.665.2504