June 25, 2018
Pastor Gary Mills is Retiring Next Year
Dear members and friends of Advent Lutheran Church,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The writer of Ecclesiastes states that "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." After much prayerful consideration and thought, it is now the season and time for me to submit my notice of retirement as Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent and a pastor on the Active Roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, effective July 1, 2019.

Unlike the 30 or 60 day notice that a pastor gives when they are moving from one call to another, most clergy give their notice of retirement 9 to 12 months in advance. This is especially important, I believe, given the nature of our developing Advent Latino ministry and the additional time that the Congregation, Council and Latino Committee will need to strategize, work with the Metropolitan New York Synod and our Bishop, and find appropriate bi-lingual pastoral candidates who will work with Pastor Danielle Miller, our whole ministry portfolio, and especially with our Latino ministry. This will be especially true if Advent seeks to consider a pastor who is both bi-lingual and Latino.

I have followed protocol on retirement and informed both the Bishop's Office and Pastor Danielle Miller, and then the Advent Congregation Council, who have accepted the date of my notice of retirement.

Please know that I am and will continue to be fully involved and focused on our ministry here at Advent until the day I retire. I am honored to be in pastoral partnership with Pastor Miller and Pastor Sudbrock, with our deacons, Carlos López and Adolfo Ramírez, and with our musicians, Michelle Alvarado, Frank Martignetti and Aaron Wunsch. I am humbled to be in administrative partnership with our Council, the Latino Committee, other congregational committees and ministry group members, and all who work tirelessly together to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ a living reality on the Upper West Side and around the world. And I deeply blessed and daily thankful for each of you and for all who serve our Lord Jesus Christ in mutual ministry in this place.

I love our congregation and the mission to which God continues to call us in this place. May God continue to bless, support and increase the mission of Advent.

In Christ's service and deepest gratitude,

Pastor Gary E. Mills
Water Collage - Summer Project
As you travel this summer, join in making our Water Collage.

Even as we spread out across the country and world this summer, we are still one community, united in Christ and in our baptism. If you're traveling this summer, you're invited to take part in this easy, fun way to connect with us.

Here's what to do this summer:

Collect a small sample of water from somewhere you travel to this summer. Then, bring it with you to worship at Advent on Sunday, September 16, where we'll do something special with our water from all over the world.
Advocacy for Immigrant Families

We believe the separation of families at the border is antithetical to the Gospel and Jesus' clear call and example to love our neighbor.  Love does no harm to a neighbor. Love is the fulfillment of the law. - Romans 13:10

Here are 3 ways you can show love for our neighbors in Christ this week:

1. Gather at Advent Saturday, June 30, 9am, and together we will head to Foley Square for the Families Belong Together Rally which will march to the Brooklyn Bridge.

2. Support Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, who are on the ground now providing shelter, medical attention, counseling, and advocacy for children separated from their families. Give a gift >

3. Urge Congress to use the budget to keep families together and welcome the stranger. Send a letter through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America advocacy portal >
Advocacy Book for July: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing traces the legacy of sorrow that slavery has left on eight generations of one family.

Join us in reading Homegoing as part of our summer-long Advocacy Book Group series. As you read, share your thoughts in our Facebook group.

Acts: Reading & Conversation Series
Take part in our complete reading of the book of Acts this summer, and weekly conversations at Advent on Sunday mornings at 10:10am.

Whether you're in town or away for the summer, you can read along with us!

This week's reading: Acts chapters 3 & 4

Acts is about the movement of the Holy Spirit in unlikely places, through unlikely people. It describes events following the ascension of Jesus and the start of the Christian Church. By reading it together, we hope to gain a better sense of how the Holy Spirit is moving in our lives and community today.
IDNYC Popup at Advent
June 28 & 29 - July 9-27, Monday thru Friday | 9am-5pm | The corner office downstairs

We'll be hosting a 3-week IDNYC popup here at Advent, in one of the offices downstairs. Come get your IDNYC, and help us spread the word!

IDNYC provides all New Yorkers a safe, free way to get a government-issued I.D. that gains them access to all the City services that come from having recognized identification, as well as benefits like a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.

To get your IDNYC, you need to bring some form of photo identification and proof of NYC residence. They accept a wide range of documents, including expired passports, and do not keep any of your information. Use their "Document Calculator" to figure out what to bring >
ELCA National Youth Gathering
This week, please keep our group of 7 youth from Advent and St. Jacobi, and our two chaperones, in your prayers as they join 30,000 Lutheran youth at the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston.

They will be sharing their experiences with you on our social media accounts (@adventnyc) this week, and later on at Advent.

You can also watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering.

The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming:
MYLE worship: June 26 at 6:45 p.m. (all times CDT)
The tAble worship: June 27 at 10 a.m.
Daily Bible studies: June 27-30 at 3:30 p.m.
Mass Gatherings: June 27-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday morning worship: July 1 at 10 a.m.
West Side Voices
This Friday | 7pm | The Community Hall downstairs

Come share a poem, song, story, sketch, or other original work with a friendly, open community of other writers and artists. Anyone is welcome to present or listen. If you have any questions, email Kirsten here.
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
Getting Ready! 
Community Food Packing Event
Sunday September 16​​​​​​​
On September 16, 2018, we are hosting a meal packing volunteer day as part of the ELCA’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” initiative.  In partnership with the Outreach Program (www.outreachprogram.org), our event will be open to all of our communities to come together to pack 24,000 meals (or 4,000 meal kits) for all the Food programs in our neighborhood.  We will have opportunities for all ages to help on September 16.  An event of this magnitude needs many hands to pull it off successfully.  We have many jobs both big and small.  Please e-mail Linda Kelly (lkelly_ny@yahoo.com) to help plan the event. 

We would also like to find corporate sponsors for the event.  If you know of Corporate Foundations that might provide sponsorship, please let Linda know.

"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands;Yes, confirm the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
August 24-26 | Weekend Retreat
At Koinonia Retreat Center

Take a weekend to deepen spiritually and connect in community. At our annual weekend retreat, you’ll get to know more people at Advent, and get in touch with the missional movement of the Holy Spirit in our church and in your life.

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, July 1
Gospel | Mark 5:21-43
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Healing Service | 9am & 11am worship in English
Sunday School | Off for the summer, and returning in September!
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the community hall downstairs for an overview of the book of Acts led by Pastor Danielle, beginning our summer-long reading and conversation series
Congregational Lunch by Latino Community | Begins at 1:30pm in the community hall downstairs 
ELCA National Youth Gathering | Our youth will return from the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston today
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