March 20, 2018
From Wilderness to Empire
As we prepare to step out of the wilderness, we find ourselves walking right into Jerusalem. This Sunday, with palms raised and shouts of Hosanna, we walk with Jesus into the beginning of Holy Week, the defining moments of our faith.

When Jesus rode into the gates of Jerusalem, those people wanted someone to rule over a broken system; to take on the mantle of power. But God arrives on the scene not to rule over oppressive systems but to free people from them! God wants to create something new from the inside out.

Jesus uses the tools of empire to subvert it. He brings the wilderness with him, a re-imagining and a re-organizing of all our best-laid plans.

This transition might feel jarring and it probably should. One of the most difficult lessons we ever learn on our faith journey is that we have to let God be God. Our ideas of salvation and God's limitless dreams for our world are not the same.

As we march from sandy isolation to teeming streets, keep your eyes and hearts open. God is about to do a new thing.

- Pastor Danielle
Holy Week at Advent
Palm Sunday | Sunday, March 25
Worship at 9am & 11am in English, 12:30pm in Spanish

We begin Palm Sunday worship outside, gathering around our front steps on Broadway. Then we process inside waving palms like those welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday | Thurs, March 29
Worship at 7:30pm in English

On Maundy Thursday, we share Holy Communion as disciples gathered around the table, remembering those who did it first. Our worship will also focus on forgiveness and prayer.
Good Friday | Friday, March 30
Worship at 12pm in English, 3pm in Spanish, and 7:30pm in English

On Good Friday, we have three unique worship times. The 12pm service is geared for kids but welcome to all. At 3pm, we have the Stations of the Cross in Spanish. At 7:30pm, we journey through Jesus’ last hours with special readings and music by the Advent Chorale accompanied by a chamber orchestra.
Easter Vigil | Saturday, March 31
Worship at 8pm in English

At our Easter Vigil worship, we light the traditional Pascal Candle outside and carry it into the church. Then we light our individual candles from it. In anticipation, we hear readings from the Old Testament for telling the coming the Christ and the resurrection.
Easter Sunday | Sunday, April 1
Worship at 9am & 11am in English, 12:30pm in Spanish

Easter Sunday at Advent is a joyous day! The Advent Chorale, Easter Lilies, trumpet, and Easter Breakfast downstairs from 10am-12:30pm make this a special day of celebrating love and community in Christ. Come join us!
Holy Week Worship Assistants Needed
We have a few more spots for worship assistant volunteers to be readers, ushers, and communion assistants at our special Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil. If you think you're able to fill a spot, please check out our open spots and consider signing up.
Ministry Highlight: Community Lunch
52 weeks. 52 ministries. Because we have so many ministries at Advent, we will be highlighting a different ministry each week to help you get to know all that we do, and maybe even discover a new ministry you want to get involved in!

The Community Lunch Program provides a hot meal and camaraderie to those in need in our neighborhood on the 4th Saturday of each month. We are unique in the sense that we serve our guests restaurant-style instead of cafeteria or buffet style. We have a wonderful crew of chefs that come up with delicious, wholesome and healthy meals. They consist of salad, a main course of meat, poultry or fish, vegetables and a starch - finishing up with dessert!  Our guests get a bag with fruit with occasional extras like bottled water in the summer months and a knit hat for Christmas.
The Community Lunch Program continues to evolve – working on our infrastructure to ensure stability and growth. It is an important ministry providing the opportunity to welcome in our neighbors into Advent and share kindness and nourishment. 
I have been involved in the Community Lunch for over 12 years and, at this point, I know most of the regulars that attend the lunch. Some of them started coming to our Latino weekly Service and some I just see on the streets. Every month we get a very nice compliment about the food they just ate and the way people are treated while visiting us. Guests feel we have treated them as sisters and brothers and with dignity. Sometimes we bring a cake to celebrate some of the guest’s birthday if we are lucky enough to get to know them well. 
I personally want to thank the congregation for the financial support, prayers, and volunteer work provided so that we can feed over 150 people every month. We invite you to become more involved in this ministry by volunteering;  helping either prepare or serve the food or help with the set-up and clean up.  Join us this Saturday, and witness one of God’s wonders “to serve.”  Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

- Deacon Carlos Lopez
March for Our Lives this Saturday
10:30am this Saturday | Advent Lutheran Church

Youtherans from Pinecrest, Lutheran Youth Leadership Organization, and across the synod will be gathering here at Advent to march together in the March For Our Lives on March 24. You are invited to join them.  We will gather at 10:30am. Come be part of this historic event with us.

On March 6, our ELCA Conference of Bishops released a statement in solidarity with our children and youth demanding changes to gun control and safety in schools.
Our palms will look different this year, and for a good reason.

While palms are a fun and festive addition to Palm Sunday, unfortunately many mainstream palm distributers mistreat and underpay their workers, and over-harvest forests.

This year we purchased our palms through an eco-palm provider that gathers and sells palms in a socially and environmentally just way.

This also means we'll be receiving real, whole palm fronds, not the convenient slivers you might be used to. But much closer to what would have been used when Jesus entered into Jerusalem!
Dedicating Easter Lilies
An Easter Lily is a wonderful way to celebrate God's creation while honoring or remembering loved ones or an occasion. Lilies are $20 each. They are potted plants, so each has several flowers. If you would like to give an Easter Lily in honor/memory of a person or occasion, you can do so on our website.
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!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday | Mar 25 (Palm Sunday)
Gospel | Mark 14:1--15:47
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Advent Chorale | Sings at 11am worship
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall
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