November 21, 2016
Rocking the Advent Spirit
“God’s work, our hands” is the motto of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America all year round, and it is particularly relevant in this season of Thanksgiving. But we’re not just serving God when we work for the benefit of the community. Through volunteering we can meet new people, have fun, and contribute towards a better communal life.

Take Daniel Muhlenberg who volunteered at our Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale last year, and is leading the Christmas tree sale this year. He said, “I heard it was a lot of work, especially cutting the stumps, so I decided to help out. I loved it! I loved the smell of pine tar, and helping people find their Christmas trees. I felt like I was helping Advent and contributing to the feeling of Christmas.”

This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day, and arriving on its heels is the Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale. This fundraiser supports our Community Lunch and Food Pantry ministries for the neighborhood. You can join us for the Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale from 8am to 1pm on Saturday, December 3. We are always grateful for more volunteers!

Leviticus 19:9-10 says, “You must not strip your vineyard bare or gather its fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreign resident.”

In the agricultural year, fall is the time for planting and planning ahead. Even New Yorkers plant tulip and daffodil bulbs for the spring. Similarly, our duty in the church is to aid our community with the fruits of our labor. Our gratitude for God’s gifts compels us to serve our neighbors.

As the weather gets colder and the sunlight begins to fade, we gather together around the warmth of the church to give back to our neighborhood. We look forward to seeing you bundled up selling Christmas trees and cookies with us next Saturday morning.
Volunteer at our Christmas Tree & Cookie Sale
Food Instead of Poinsettias
Instead of collecting donations for poinsettias during the Advent season, we collect donations of canned and nonperishable food and money supporting life-sustaining food ministries.

Throughout December, we invite you to bring any canned or nonperishable foods to worship on Sunday or to our office between 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday. We'll add it to decorative containers at the front of the sanctuary as an offering. At the end of the Advent season, all food offerings will be shared with the 100+ neighbors in our community at our Food Pantry.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, mark your check or envelop "Food Instead of Poinsettias" and place it in the offering plate at worship. All monetary donations will be divided between our own food programs and ELCA World Hunger, so we can make an impact here and abroad. 
Wednesday Evening Worship
Join us in anticipating and responding to the wonder of Christmas through reflective evening worship.

The Advent season begins this Sunday, and with it returns our special Wednesday Evening Worship services beginning Wednesday, November 30 at 6:30pm.

This year our midweek services will continue through the beginning of the Epiphany season. These evening services will resound with music from the beloved Holden Evening Prayer, will include Holy Communion, and will offer unique personal reflections from a variety of our leaders. Each week’s theme comes from a chapter of Martin Luther’s Christmas Book. The dates and themes are listed below. In addition, our music will be accompanied by Advent musicians, past and present, including Joshua, Deanna, Frank, Aaron, and Michelle.

Join us for this special worship series in anticipation of Christmas!

Wednesday, Nov 30 | "Annunciation" with reflection by Pastor Becca Seely
Wednesday, Dec 7 | "Visitation" with reflection by Deacon Abby Ferjak
Wednesday, Dec 14 | "Nativity" with reflection by Pastor James Sudbrock
Wednesday, Dec 21 | "Shepherds" with reflection by Pastor Ann Tiemeyer
Wednesday, Dec 28 | "Herod" with reflection by Pastor Gary Mills
Wednesday, Jan 4 | "Wise Men" with reflection by Deacon Ross Murray
Wednesday, Jan 11 | "Presentation" with reflection by Kevin Bowen
A New Directory is in the Making
Couldn't make one of the photoshoot times for our directory? Don't forget to send in your photo to so we can include you. Along with your photo, please include your contact information and names of all people in the photo. If you participate in our community in any way, you belong in this directory with us!

Completed directories are expected to arrive sometime in January. Can't wait to open one up and see all the people who make up this vibrant community.
Find a Ministry to Learn, Grow & Serve In
What ministry or special event will you be involved in this month? There are many ways to connect in fellowship and service this November!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 24:36–44
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Special Liturgy | Holden Evening Prayer throughout the Advent season
Sunday School | This Sunday is the first rehearsal for our Christmas Pageant. Join us to get your role and script! Meets 10:05am in the sanctuary.
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall
Advent Chorale | Sings at 11am worship
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