November 28, 2016
Happy New Year! While the Times Square ball drop is over a month away, in the church calendar the new year begins with the Advent season. Why? Maybe it's because this is the time when we look forward to celebrating the coming of Christ into our world. It's the beginning of the Gospel story that ends with the Good News of God's grace and reconciliation for us, which today we are still called to claim and share.

This Advent season we invite you to special opportunities to worship, be in community, help others, and get into a deeper "Christmas spirit" that radiates from the Good News in the Gospel. Amidst the little joys of buying gifts for loved ones, adorning our trees with beautiful ornaments, and savoring the wintry pleasures of warm drinks and sweaters -- let our greatest joy be that God is right here with us.

Check out our special Advent season events below and see where you'd like to join us in celebrating this season of anticipation.
This Wednesday: Wednesday Evening Worship
Every Wednesday at 6:30pm through January 11, join us in anticipating and responding to the wonder of Christmas through reflective evening worship.

These evening services will resound with music from the beloved Holden Evening Prayer, will include Holy Communion, and will offer unique personal reflections from a variety of our leaders. Each week’s theme comes from a chapter of Martin Luther’s Christmas Book. In addition, our music will be accompanied by Advent musicians, past and present, including Joshua, Deanna, Frank, Aaron, and Michelle.

This Wednesday Pastor Becca Seely will share a reflection on the theme of "Annunciation." Join us!
This Saturday: Christmas Tree and Cookie Sale
Join us for this festive annual fundraiser supporting our Community Lunch and Food Pantry ministries from 8am to 1pm this Saturday, December 3. You can pick up your own Christmas tree, and you can volunteer to help sell Christmas trees and cookies. Our volunteers always have a great time bringing the Advent spirit outside to Broadway and 93rd Street. Can you help out? Sign up online today!

If you pre-orded a tree, please come pick up your tree by 11am! Trees not picked up by 11am may be resold because we don't have space to store them once the sale is over.
Volunteer at our Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale
Next 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! Sunday, December 11 from 12:10-12:40pm and Saturday, December 17 from 1-2pm. Contact Kathy at to RSVP or learn more.
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.

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.
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 November 30, 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.
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 3:1–12
Preaching | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Special Liturgy | Holden Evening Prayer throughout the Advent season
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday Singers | Sings at 11am worship. Meets at 10:15am in the sanctuary to rehearse.
Sunday School | This Sunday is the final rehearsal for our Christmas Pageant. Join us if you want to be part of the Pageant this year! Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary.
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall. This Sunday's topic is "Christmas Traditions" led by Pastor Ann.
Financial Stewardship Task Force | Meets at 5pm in the small conference room
Youth Night | Meets from 6-8pm in our new Youth Room (next to the kitchen)
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There's a few days left to contribute to our Mission of the Month this November, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. LIRS has welcomed almost 400,000 refuges since its conception in 1939. Learn more at
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