July 30, 2018
Dear Advent family,

As you see, this week’s newsletter contains a Ministry Plan for Advent Lutheran Church. It is a document created with input by our pastors, staff and the Council, and attempts to summarize the vision of the work we strive to do as a congregation.  It is also influenced by the recent congregational survey, the results of which were shared with you a few weeks ago.  Please review this plan, and let us know your thoughts and comments.

As we meet as a congregation this Fall about our building and space issues, the Council feels strongly that the church’s Ministry Plan should ultimately advise and guide our thoughts and decisions.  All of our efforts should be reviewed through the lens of working towards and helping us fulfill our ministry together, and this includes decisions about the building.

Thank you, and I hope you are all having a great summer.

In faith,

David Richards

Council Meeting Minutes
The minutes from Council's most recent meeting on Wednesday, July 18 are up on our website.

Wondering who makes up our Council? Learn more here >
Mission Survey Results
We are very excited to share the results of our Mission & Ministry Survey with you!

The purpose of this survey is to take a snapshot of where the Advent community is at the this given moment.

God is doing amazing work through you and this community of faith! Thank you for taking the time to engage. Thank you for being a part of this community of faith.  
Getting Ready! Planners Needed
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), we'll invite our community 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.

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) if you are able 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
Weekend Retreat | August 24-26
At Koinonia Retreat Center (transportation from Advent provided)

Take a weekend to deepen spiritually, connect in community, and get in touch with the missional movement of the Holy Spirit in our church and in your life! Join us for our annual weekend retreat at Koinonia.

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 13 & 14

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.
Sunday Singers
Sunday, August 19 | 10:15am | The Sanctuary

All are welcome to join Sunday Singers' one-time rehearsal at 10:15am and sing in 11am worship on Sunday, August 19. Come learn a new song and sing with new and old friends.
Advocacy Book for August: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

Just Mercy is part memoir, part exhortation for much-needed reform to the American criminal justice system.

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

Join our 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.
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 5
Gospel | John 6:24-35
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Dcn. Carlos at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Dcn. Adolfo at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michele 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.
Lunch by Latino Community | Starts at 1:30pm in the community hall downstairs
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
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