January 23, 2017
Please Join Us This Sunday
Come share your voice and your vote at our Annual Congregational Meeting this Sunday, January 29 at 10am, in English and Spanish in the basement fellowship hall. Following the program and finance informational meetings the past two weekends, this is our formal annual meeting for a congregational vote on the 2017 budget, called leaders, Council members, and other action items.

Your voice and perspective matter to this community, and are needed at our meeting this weekend. Read below about a few ways voices from the Advent community have made an impact in the recent past. And join us this Sunday in continuing to equip Advent to speak welcome, love, and justice to people near and far.

All our annual program, staff, and financial reports -- updated with the Proposed 2017 Budget and other financial document finalized at Council's meeting last week -- are available to read on our website so you can get prepared.
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Voices Heard in Congress
Yesterday, the U.S. State Department announced that it had provided an additional $500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This brings the total U.S. contribution to the GCF to $1 billion—reinforcing our national commitment to challenging climate change. This latest decision came after thousands of Lutherans and other faith advocates voiced their support for the investment last year. This included members of our congregation who responded a call in this e-letter to reach out to our representatives in Congress.

"Here is example of how faith voices in advocacy made a difference," said Pastor Ann, in response to the news.

The Green Climate Fund is dedicated to protecting the most vulnerable among us from the impacts of climate change. It provides funding to foster developing nations’ efforts to adapt to a changing climate, and will help communities build technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As people of faith, we celebrate the additional funding that the U.S. will contribute to the GCF because it builds solidarity in our shared responsibility to care for creation.
Voices Heard in El Salvador
After the Presidential election in November, many members of our sister church in Calderitas, El Salvador were worried about the political implications in El Salvador. So we wrote a reaffirming letter, had many people in our congregation sign it after each worship service one Sunday, and sent it to our sister church. Just before Christmas, they responded with the following letter which we happily now share with you:

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Advent Lutheran Church in New York,

In the first place, we want to give thanks to God for the gift of friendship, of sisterhood. You are for us in People of God Lutheran Church a great blessing, and we are very grateful to you for this love that you have shown us. Thank you for the words of encouragement that you gave us in expressing the support to continue to pray for our migrant brothers in the US . . . Read more

This recent article in the New York Times helps put into perspective why our sister church members are so concerned about the recent U.S. election and the issue of migration. Being a voice of love and reassurance for our sister church community is yet another way that raising our voices at Advent matters.

If you are interested in joining our annual trip to El Salvador this July, and connecting with our sister church and their experience first hand, talk to Norma Martin, who can be emailed at nmartinnyc@gmail.com .
Voices Raised at the Women's March on NYC
A group from Advent gathered on Saturday to join an international community marching in support of equality and promoting civil rights for every human. Being part of this historic and peaceful event was a way for some of us to raise their voices for the love and justice we seek to realize in the world.
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 this Sunday, January 29. If you're interested, schedule your appointment online today!
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Celebrating 500 Years with Special Events in February
As we commemorate 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. Pastor Sudbrock encourages you to read the first two chapters for this Wednesday's first meeting. However, you can absolutely still participate if you haven't had a chance to start reading or don't have a copy of the book yet.

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 and February!
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This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 5:1-12
Preaching | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11 worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Annual Congregational Meeting | Meets at 10am in the basement fellowship hall
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | You're invited to participate in the Annual Congregational Meeting in lieu of our regular meeting. We'll resume regular Adult Conversations with a 4-week study on Luther's Small Catechism led by Pastor Sudbrock, beginning next Sunday at 10am in the basement fellowship hall.
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