January 15, 2017
What is Your Immigration Status?
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

On this holiday honoring the mission and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pastor Gary writes about the injustice he sees regularly through his work on immigration.

"Here at Advent, as so many churches around the country do, we work with people who are hurting, scared, marginalized and afraid because they are undocumented. Many have had friends and loved ones deported. It is dehumanizing and becomes more and more difficult to fight against an unjust immigration system. It takes courage, patience, persistence, passion and perseverance. It is not an easy fight but it is a necessary one. And it is one to which we, as God’s children, are all called . . ." Read more >

We invite you to take some of your Monday off to read all of Pastor Gary's call to action, and imagine how you can continue the march toward justice that Martin Luther King. Jr. picked up from those before him and has passed on to us. And then, once you can imagine it, act on it! We share three opportunities to take action below.

Read Pastor Gary's Message
March Today for Immigrants, Saturday for Women
Today at 2pm, join us and many others on an interfaith Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march through the Upper West Side, focusing on the theme of immigration.

The march stops at a variety of churches for a diverse, unique worship experience spread out across the Upper West Side. This year Advent Lutheran Church is one of the stops! The march starts at 2pm at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ (on the corner of 96th Sreet & Amsterdam -- map)

And this Saturday, join us and many others for the second annual NYC Women's March.

We'll meet at 10:30am at Advent this Saturday to take part in the second annual NYC Women's March. All are invited to be part of our congregational voice calling for the equal rights, freedom, and treatment of women. Interested in joining, and possibly a pre-gathering Thursday night to make signs? Email Sarah at sk4202@utsnyc.edu to RSVP.
Why is it so Hard to Talk About Race?
Why do so many white people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about race? In July 2015, the New York Times sought to address that question. They started by looking for white New Yorkers who were willing to talk publicly about the question -- and the response surprised them. Read the article and watch their 5-minute Op-Doc video.
Moving From Privilege to Partnership
Join a small-group study at Advent about moving from privilege to partnership, starting this month.

Do you want to help address and break the cycle of socialization that perpetuates racism and sustains an exclusive church? You can. Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race with candidness, solidarity, and love? You can. This small-group study is designed to equip you with the tools.

In "Troubling the Waters," a sixth-month study for white Christians, we will explore the role that white privilege has in shaping attitudes, belief systems, cultures and those of the church and society at large.

The first meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, January 23. At our first meeting we’ll discuss as a group the best schedule to continue meeting, so if you are interested but not sure about your availability or schedule, come to this first meeting and be part of the conversation.

Sign up today! You can sign up online now, or talk to Pastor Danielle, who can be reached at pastordanielle@adventnyc.org. Can't make it to the first meeting? You can still sign up to let us know you're interested in participating.
Maybe You're Wondering . . .
Why does it say this study is specifically for white Christians?

Troubling the Waters is one of many anti-racism trainings/groups/programs that Advent will have over the next few years. The intent is for the greater conversation to ultimately engage the whole community. This initial group prepares the way for conversation, creating a space for white people to take responsibility for working with themselves to confront white privilege and inherent bias. We recognize there is no perfect approach to racial justice, and we welcome all voices, perspectives, and questions throughout this process.

Our first meeting at 7pm Tuesday, January 23 is 100% open to everyone wishing to learn, listen, and share your perspective on how we will approach this process as a congregation over the coming years.
Yes, I'm in for "Toubling the Waters"
Yes, I'll Join the First Meeting & Discussion
Photo by Szűcs László on Unsplash
Annual Congregational Meetings in January
We need your questions, insight, and engagement in our 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting in January.

Please save these dates so you can participate in these important meetings for our congregation:

Financial Update Meeting THIS Sunday, January 21 | 10:10am in English and Spanish
Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote on Sunday, January 28 | 10:10am in English and Spanish
2017 Annual Reports
Our 2017 annual reports have been updated to include our year-end Statment of Financial Position, and Dedicated Accounts. From last week, they also include reports from the Congregation Council, Pastor Danielle, Pastor Gary, and other ministry leaders.
View 2017 Annual Reports
Our Proposed 2018 Budget, along with a summary and explanation by our Treasurer, Pastor Charles Miller, will be added to the Annual Reports page on our website once it is reviewed and approved by the Congregation Council at their meeting this Wednesday, January 17.

Come learn more about our financial position and Proposed 2018 Budget at our Financial Update Meeting this Sunday, January at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall.
Young Adults in Global Mission
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites young adults ages 21-29 into a year of service, faith formation and relationship building in 11 programs in 14 countries around the world. Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. As they offer themselves in service, young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. Check out ELCA.org/yagm for more information and apply now! Applications are due Feb. 15 for service beginning in August.
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 1:14-20
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Off for our annual Financial Update Meeting
Financial Update Meeting | Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall
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