January 16, 2017
Please Join Us This and Next Sunday
Finance Meeting this Sunday, January 22 | The same meeting is offered at 10am and 12pm in the basement fellowship hall. Learn about, ask questions, and discuss our proposed 2017 budget and other financial matters.

Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote on Sunday, January 29 | 10am in English and Spanish in the basement fellowship hall. Our formal meeting for a congregational vote on the 2017 budget, called leaders, Council members, and other action items.

All our annual program, staff, and financial reports are available to read on our website so you can get prepared. Click below to take a look.
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Faith in Finances
Many people in our congregation rarely think about the numbers and budget operating in the background, but to our Treasurer, Pastor Charles Miller, the budget is one way we express the priorities and values of our congregation. It's also a blueprint of how our mission will unfold over the coming year.

So what does our proposed 2017 budget say about our priorities, values, and mission? "First, it says our highest priorities are the people who lead us, the larger church, and organizations doing great work in our community," Charles says. Pastors and staff, synod giving, and other benevolence (supporting other organizations) have made up two-thirds of our budget for several years.

"Second, it says that we continue looking outward even in critical times." Whether expanding our mission (and consequently, our identity) to include Spanish-language ministry, keeping our doors open every day of the week for rest and prayer, supporting our synod and other organizations, or offering the gift of acceptance and welcome to all people we encounter -- we are committed to looking outward to the people of our community and world as our faith calls us to do, no matter the circumstances.

What is unique about this year's budget? "We are in an in-between time," Charles says. "We have ended our relationship with Broadway UCC, which frees up our building and ministry, but presents some short-term financial challenges." We've given up income from Broadway UCC -- but letting go is another way of moving forward. "What we're doing with our budget now is like righting a ship," Charles says. "The ship is nowhere near sinking, but we do need to steady it. That takes time, and it's a natural result of a congregation finding its way. The history of Advent has shown we're more than up for it."
You're invited to talk with Charles and others in person at our annual congregational Finance Meeting this Sunday.
The same meeting will be offered at 10am and 12pm, so attend whichever you prefer. Both are in the basement fellowship hall.
Staying Benevolent
Every year, our budget designates a sum of money for "Other Benevolence/Mission Giving." Through this allocation, our congregation is able to support other ministries, causes, and organizations that further our mission. Congregants are invited to suggest causes and organizations to a point person on the Congregation Council. For several years now, that person has been Council member and Sunday School parent, Tanya Kent.

So why do we budget money to give to other organizations? Tanya sums it up like this: "Loving your neighbor means seeing yourself as part of bigger picture of mission and ministry, and supporting the work, mission, and passions of others that resonate with yours. Even as the amount has fluctuated, even as our financial situation changes -- like this year we have a deficit budget -- we remain committed to looking outward and thinking about the needs of our neighbors and other ministries doing great work."

What kinds of organizations or causes do we support? We've continued to focus our benevolence on brothers and sisters in our society who are at the edges, who struggle to access the full wealth of benefits here, or who need support most. This past year, the majority of gifts focused on immigrants and LGTBQ youth.

"Another cool thing," Tanya adds, "is that we're also able to connect our giving to the passions of people in this congregation. For instance, two of our members, Hans and Bernadette Hageman, started a foundation in 2003 to support a girl's school in a very poor area of India. When we learned we could provide breakfast and lunch for the school for an entire year, we were able to send that support through a Council vote."

It is difficult work to manage the balance between including as many organizations as possible, and giving each the right amount to make a significant impact in supporting them. If you're curious or passionate about how we support other organizations through Other Benevolence/Mission Giving, join us at our annual Finance Meeting this Sunday offered at both 10am and 12pm in the basement fellowship hall.
Read Annual Reports Online
We invite you to continue reading our Annual Reports from the Congregation Council, Call Committee, and over 40 more committees, task forces, ministry leaders, and staff on our website in preparation for these important meetings.

As we seek to be environmentally conscious while ensuring information is accessible to everyone, we will have a limited number of printed annual reports available on the back table of the sanctuary, but encourage you to read them online if you are able.
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Any Questions about the Annual Meeting?
We are striving to be as clear, transparent, and comprehensive as possible in bringing you news about this year's Annual Congregational Meetings and Annual Reports. If anything is unclear, or you have any questions about the meeting, please let us know! We'd be happy to clear it up for you, and you might identify something helpful for us to share with the whole congregation. Ask a question by clicking the button below, replying to this email, or sending an email anytime to communications@adventnyc.org .

Thank you for your engagement and support as we gather together for these important meetings.
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Directory Photo Retake
We've secured one additional opportunity to get yours or your family's picture taken for our new directory: on the same day as our Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday, January 29. If you're interested, schedule your appointment online today!
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Women's March on NYC
As an outgrowth of the weekly Community Gatherings, a group (not just women, men are invited, too) will gather at 10am this Saturday, January 21 at Advent so we can travel together to 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to join this international community marching in support of equality and promoting civil rights for every human. This historic and peaceful event is open to all participants. The NYC march is from 11am to 4pm.

Please sign up online or on the signup sheet on the back table of the sanctuary so we know to expect you and don’t leave Advent without you. To learn more about the march, go to facebook event page for Women’s March on New York City.
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Celebrating 500!
As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for a broad array of special events in January and February.

"The Forgotten Luther" Book Study | Join us at 6:30pm Wednesdays January 25, February 1, and February 8 for a study on the book "The Forgotten Luther," which focuses on the social justice aspect of Luther's theology. Books are available now in the office! Pick up yours today, and join us for this special study led by Pastor Sudbrock.

Small Catechism Study | Pastor Sudbrock will also lead a 4-week study of Luther's Small Catechism during our Adult Conversation hour at 10:10am Sunday morning in the basement fellowship hall during the month of February.

Get the Small Catechism App | Check out the new Small Catechism App from Augsburg Fortress. Click here to get the app.

Reformation Hymn Sing | "Here We Stand (and Sing!" is a Reformation Hymn Sing based on the Creed. Join us for an evening of singing hymns by Martin Luther at 7pm Wednesday, February 22.
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 this January!
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This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 4:12-23
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11 worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Finance Informational Meeting | Meets at 10am and 12pm in the basement fellowship hall
Sunday School | Begins at 10:05am in the sanctuary with music and prayer
Adult Conversation | Will participate in the Finance Informational Meeting in lieu of our regular meeting
Sunday Singers | Sings at 11am worship. All are welcome to meet at 10:15am in the sanctuary to learn and rehearse the song.
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