February 12, 2018
The Journey Begins this Wednesday
Our Lenten journey begins this Wednesday . . .

. . . with the humbling reminder that our own life on Earth is temporary and transient. We are told, "From dust you came, and to dust you shall return," as the cool ashes meet our forehead. That can be hard to hear.

But this also reminds us that God's story is ever expanding SO far and wide beyond our own -- and yet we are an invaluable part of it. We are valued, loved, called, and needed.

It is with this knowledge that we go into the wilderness with the refugee, with the drought victim in search of water, with the migrant, with Jesus.

This Lent, join us as we spend 40 days in the wilderness with Jesus.

Carbon Fast + Daily Devotion
Starting this Wednesday, join our congregation in reducing our carbon footprint while learning to live with less, appreciate more, and reconnect with the natural world and God. Click here to sign up for our Carbon Fast and Daily Lenten Devotion emails. From February 14 - March 24, our daily devotional emails will include:

  • Daily guidance and support with our congregational Carbon Fast
  • Short videos and written devotions connecting to our "in the wilderness" theme that will engage, inform, provoke, connect, and inspire you along the way
  • An optional 5-15 minute daily action or meditation to connect you with nature & God
Sign Up Now!
Sunday Worship | In the Wilderness with Jesus
Sundays at 9am & 11am in English, 12:30pm in Spanish

Over the five Sundays in Lent, we will explore Jesus’ experience fasting in the desert for 40 days, looking into this account in the Gospel with greater depth, from a variety of perspectives, and drawing connections to other parts of the Bible. Join us on the journey in Sunday worship throughout Lent.

Bible Studies | Into Exodus
Mondays at 6pm | Worship and Bible Study in Spanish
Wednesdays at 7pm | Bible Study in English

Follow the Israelites through the wilderness in Exodus in our weekly Lenten Bible study. We’ll explore the significance of this journey, its connections to Jesus’ 40-day fast in the desert, and its connections to our Lenten practice today.

Can't make it to Advent one of these evenings? We'll be opening up the opportunity to participate from home using Facebook Live. Follow us on Facebook and check in at the time of the Bible Study to join us!

Sunday Conversations | Devotional Practices
Sundays at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall

During Lent, our Sunday morning adult conversation will explore various devotional practices rooted in wilderness scripture. Join us in the basement fellowship hall between 9am and 11am worship to learn and discuss a new devotional practice each week.
This Week: Ash Wednesday
Worship Times | 12pm in English, 6pm in Spanish & 7:30pm in English

"From dust you are made, and to dust you will return." We remember these humbling word as we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday this week. Come join us for one of our three Ash Wednesday worship services, and receive a cross of ashes this Wednesday.
Bilingual Congregational Lunch
This Sunday, February 18 | 12pm | Basement Fellowship Hall

Mark your calendar for our bilingual congregational lunch February 18, a time of fellowship and friendship for our whole congregation, English and Spanish speaking, to gather around the same table (at the same time) and live into community together.

The whole meal will be vegetarian and vegan! It will also be potluck style, so come share your favorite vegetarian dish. Or, if you're usually a devoted meat-eater, consider trying your skills at something new. Are you willing to bring a dish? Click here to sign up.

We will also be celebrating our new members with a cake! Join us in welcoming them, and getting to know new friends.
Terris Krueger's Ordination at Advent
This Saturday, February 17 | 10:30am

Terris "Terry" Krueger has accepted a call to his first congregation, St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, Nebraska, and he is being ordained here at Advent this month! Some of you may know or recognize Terris from the time he spent at Advent doing his seminary field work, and later serving as our interim office administrator.

We are so happy to celebrate this great milestone with him, and to see him begin his pastoral ministry. Terris recorded a quick video inviting you to his ordination! Watch it here.
New Interim Bishop for our Synod
The Rev. Donald J. Mccoid has been called as the new interim bishop for our synod, following the resignation of Bishop Rimbo. Keep Rev. Donald in your prayers as he oversees this transition for our synod. You can learn more about him here.
Pastor Gary on TV
Pastor Gary will officiate a wedding ceremony on TV this Wednesday, which happens to be both Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday. We don't know the time for sure, but he'll be on Univision, Channel 41, if you want to try and catch him this Wednesday.
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
Gospel | Mark 1:9-13 (focus on 12-13)
Preaching | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | "Devotional Practice: Creating Sacred Spaces." Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall.
Congregational Lunch | Begins at 12pm in the basement fellowship hall
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