January 31, 2019
Annual Congregational Meeting - Thank You
Thank you for joining us! Minutes forthcoming.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday. The meeting minutes will be shared next week.

Visioning Process: New Opportunities & Updates
Our Vision & Mission Retreat on January 12 launched the "Engaging" phase of our visioning process. We are happy to share some NEW opportunities to participate in the 2nd half of our "Engaging" phase.
Gospel-Inspired Community:
A new Adult Faith Formation series about Jesus' vision for community
Sundays in February | 10:10am - 10:50am | The Community Hall (back half)

One of our 4 guiding principles for our vision & mission is that it be Gospel-Inspired.

Extending from our "Gospel-Inspired Visioning" activity at our Vision & Mission Retreat, join us for a deeper dive into Christ's vision for community on Sunday mornings throughout February. Together, we will explore connections between the Gospel and being the church of Jesus here at Advent.

We start this Sunday! Join us at 10:10am downstairs in the back half of the Community Hall for our next step in exploring vision and mission in the Bible.
Prayer Calendar
The simple, holy practice of praying for each other

As we prepare to enter Lent and the "Listening" phase of our Visioning Process, the congregation is invited to pray for one another. Starting on February 1, through March 5, we will pray through the roster of our community.

*If you see your name or someone else's name missing from our Prayer Calendar, please know it was a clerical error or typo, and it's our sincere intention to include everyone. Please let us know so we can correct it >
Coming Soon
New ways to engage and stay informed 

A visioning process podcast and blog are in the works. Stay tuned!
Vision Team Check-In
Our Vision Team is thinking deeply about all the voices and insights heard at our Vision & Mission Retreat on January 12. They collected detailed notes from every small group, 250+ post-it responses, and 25 retreat reflection surveys.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 21, the team met over Google Hangouts to begin discussing the themes and common threads in all of these perspectives, and how they might inform our next steps through the "Engage" and "Listening" phases.

The Vision Team will meet again this Sunday to continue developing our next steps, and will have more news to share soon.
Mission Fund Applications Open | Feb 1 - Apr 15
Do you represent or know of an organization doing great social work? Apply for a grant from our Mission Fund! Learn more >
We'd love to learn more about your organization's mission and vision, and how we might support it. You can learn more about the criteria and process of applying for a grant from our Mission Fund on our website.

Our Mission Fund seeks to provide long-term support of church and community ministries. Through the Mission Fund, we have been able to support amazing, impactful work that other organizations are envisioning and growing. Past grant recipients include the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, the Collateral Repair Project serving Syrian refugees in Jordan, Mwangaza Partnership for Education in Tanzania, and many more.
A Memory, A Monologue, a Rant & a Prayer
Friday, February 8 | 7:30pm

Advent is performing A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer in an effort to raise awareness about relational/gender violence and funds for survivors of domestic abuse.

If you are interested in acting or volunteering in another capacity, please contact us here.

Tickets are now available for a recommended donation of $15+ supporting survivors of domestic abuse.

Sunday School & Intergenerational Choir
Opportunities to learn, grow, and sing!

We have had two fun weeks of review through a trivia game in Sunday School! This Sunday, we will dive back in to learning about more faithful folk this week with a lesson on Mary and Martha.

In addition, Advent's Director of Music, Frank, will return to our class to teach us some new songs this semester and those kids (and parents!) who wish to sing in our intergenerational choir will have three opportunities to do so before the end of the school year! For those who would like to sing in the choir during worship, put the following dates on your calendar (all performances will take place at the 11am service):

February 17
March 17
April 14

We hope that your child and you might join us in singing! Have questions? Email Vicar Abby >
Coffee Hour
Our 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.
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, February 3
Gospel | Luke 4:21-30
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary 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 (front half)
Adult Faith Formation | Our "Vision & Mission in the Bible" study begins this Sunday at 10:10am - 10:55am in the Community Hall downstairs (back half)
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am - 10:55am in the Sunday School room downstairs
Monthly Congregational Lunch | Join us for bilingual community, food, and fun at 1:30pm every 1st Sunday of the month in the Community Hall downstairs
Communications Internship | Meets from 3pm-6pm in the Intern Office
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. As we begin this new year, consider how you can help fund the growth and expansion of Advent's Ministries.  Thank you for you for your faithful generosity.  
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