December 18, 2018
Advent or Christmas?
This week, we're about to be in Christmas limbo.

For some of us, bags are packed with pajamas and presents. Flights or drives are scheduled for some day this week. For you, we have our Travelers Christmas service at 6:30pm this Wednesday. It's Christmas come early!

But this Sunday we still have the 4th Sunday of Advent, the season that's all about anticipating Christmas. So we're about to be mixed up -- are we anticipating Christmas or celebrating Christmas?

Whichever you choose, we at Advent are determined to get the most out of every day of the Advent season. Here are 11 highlights from our Advent season, from John the Baptist to candy cane sunglasses, to keep you reminiscing about this season of excitement and preparation.

And below are a few more ways to engage in the Advent season this year before we celebrate the coming of Christ into our world.
More Ways to Prepare for Christmas at Advent
1. Worship with special Advent season music & sermon responses this Sunday
2. Donate poinsettias in memory/honor of a loved one to help us prepare for Christmas Details >
3. Join our final Advent season in-person/online Bible Study "Women on the Way to Christmas" this Wednesday Details >
4. Give a gift from our Giving Tree toward our Food Pantry, Community Lunch, or Christmas in Calderitas Details >
5. Listen to Advent sermons & conversations anywhere on our podcast Details >
6. Instagram Challenge: Share your own Advent experience Details >

Travelers Christmas
6:30pm | This Wednesday, December 19 | The Sanctuary

Traveling on Christmas Eve? Come celebrate Christmas with your faith community here at Advent at our Travelers Christmas service at 6:30pm Wednesday, December 19.
Christmas Eve at Advent
5pm Family-Friendly Worship |  8pm Candlelight Worship |  10:30pm Misa de Gallo

Celebrate with us the coming of Christ into our midst. On Christmas Eve, we'll lift up through song and Word that Jesus brings hope, redemption, forgiveness, grace, and God's amazing love for all into the world. Join us for one of three unique worship services at on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.

Three Kings Celebration
12pm | Sunday, January 6

On the first Sunday of Epiphany, join us for a celebration of the three kings visiting the baby Jesus. We'll have a traditional Three Kings celebration lunch, and piñata, and a visit from the three kings themselves!
Help Shape Our Future: Vision & Mission Retreat
Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 10am-2pm

Beginning in January, the Vision Team will lead a highly visible, inclusive process inviting our congregation to collaboratively shape our vision and mission.

The first important opportunity to engage in the visioning process is our Vision & Mission Retreat on Saturday, January 12 from 10am-2pm. Please save the date, and make every effort to attend.
Congregational Meetings in January
Following the Vision & Mission Retreat, join us for a ministry update, financial update, and our Annual Congregational Meeting on three Sundays in January.

Holy Spaces Update
Art Installation - "La Pasión"  | Recently we installed an art installation by Francis Timothy Walsh entitled "La Pasión".  The triptych is inspired by the Passion of Jesus Christ and the pieces are entitled, "Viernes Santo", Sábado Santo and Domingo de Resurrección. This abstract set of paintings (each 29.5 x 40 in in size), is a meditative piece.  Perhaps you are wondering why we choose to display it during the season of Advent rather than during Lent or Holy Week?

As we face forward in the sanctuary, we focus on the coming of Jesus Christ.  But this birth cannot be divorced from what is to come.  The transformational power of this birth is empowered in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  We cannot sing Joy to the World without understanding Go to Dark Gethsemene and later Christ is Risen.  This installation anchors our celebration in the depth and breadth of the ministry of Jesus.

"Natividad de el salvador" | Our new nativity set was commissioned from Christian Chavarria, the mission pastor at Pueblo de Dios in Caldaritas, El Salvador.  Each piece is hand crafted by Christian, who learned to paint while living in a refugee camp in Honduras.  Christian also created our double sided processional cross.  He has created over 130,000 crosses, currently found in approximately 109 countries around the world, including a celebration cross created for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration on October 31, 2016 in Lund and Malmo, Sweden.  

Elevator | As many of you know our elevator has been out of order for the past few weeks. After $10,000 of unexpected repairs, it is now ready for use.

Our elevator is an important gift to our ministry as it allows for accessibility in our building. We do not only say all are welcome. We work hard to make sure that is true. Gaskets and motors might not feel like ministry, but to those who can now come to the sanctuary for worship or eat a hot meal in our community hall, they are essential.

Financial contributions to our community keep our ministry moving forward and allow us to make remove barriers of participation for people. Thank you for your generosity. And if you haven't yet, please consider how you can financially support God's ministry here at Advent.
Stewardship & Our 2019 Budget
As Advent prepares for 2019, we have begun working on our budget. It is especially helpful to have a sense of what our income will be in the new year.

If you have not yet done so, please prayerfully fill out a commitment card with your level of giving for 2019. Commitment Cards can be found on the back table or podium in the entryway of the church or can be filled out online at

Thank you for your faithful generosity!  

FAQ Binder
A FAQ Binder compiling all questions and answers from our September congregational meetings is available to view at Advent upon request to any Council member. See our full roster of Council members and contact information here >
Our Impact in a Year
God’s love is unmeasurable. And yet, there are signs along the way, signs that God is at work through us and in spite of us. This Budget of Ministries gives us a roadmap, marking our journey, and pointing to the ways that God is at work.

Thank you for your commitment to God’s mission and ministry here at Advent Your discipleship to Jesus Christ makes a difference in the world and in the lives of very real people.
Faith Formation at Advent
Sunday Faith Formation
Sunday School
10:05-10:55am | Every Sunday
Sunday School rooms (downstairs)

Join us for our Christmas party this Sunday!  Learn more about Sunday School >
Sundays | 10:10-10:55am | Community Hall (back half)

We'll be off for a little while due to Christmas and our annual congregational meetings in January. Stay tuned for a new Adult Faith Formation series in February!
Sermons & conversations, anytime on your phone

Catch up on Sermons and Conversations from Christ the King and the Advent Season, in addition to 50+ sermons and conversations from this year. Learn how to listen >
Community-Building at Advent
Coffee Hour | Our new Coffee Hour at 10am and 12pm seeks to be the ideal place to get to know new people at Advent. Come join us for coffee, baked goods, and conversation before or after worship every Sunday, and get to know more people at Advent.
Volunteer Opportunities
Our next Food Pantry is this Saturday, Jan 5 at 10:30am. Volunteer > 

Our next Trinity/Advent Community Dinner is January 17 at 5:15pm.  Volunteer >

Our next Community Lunch is this Saturday, Jan 26 at 12pm. Volunteer >
Ministry Calendar & Directory
What ministry or group will you be involved in this month? There are even more ways to connect in fellowship and service!

This Sunday, December 23 | 4th Sunday of Advent
Gospel | Luke 1:39-45 [46-55]
Preaching | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Coffee Hour | At 10am and 12pm in the Community Hall downstairs 
Sunday School | Join us for a Christmas party this Sunday from 10:05-10:55am in the Sunday School rooms downstairs. We'll be off on 12/30, and back 1/6.
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. As we near Christmas, consider giving a Christmas gift to Advent's ministries this year.  Thank you for you for your faithful generosity.  
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