December 13, 2017
Clarity on the Margins (Video)
It's only 12 days till Christmas, and if you're like me, the rush of wrapping up work, buying all your gifts, and preparing to travel makes staying focused on the Christ in Christmas a bit challenging. Yet this is what the season of Advent beckons us to do: await the coming of Christ into our world, meditate on what that means, and rekindle our sense of hope . . .

Meanwhile, Pastor Danielle has lost her voice. And it's tempting to worry about the big Christmas Eve services not so far ahead. But in losing her voice, Pastor Danielle gained an opportunity to see this Advent season from a new perspective.

And she'd like to share that with you. However busy you are today, take 4 minutes to watch this video. Then share it with a friend who might also be longing for more clarity on what this coming Christmas is really all about.

Step into the perspective of the voiceless, and see clearly how Christ remains a radical and much-needed inbreaking of love and hope this Christmas.


- Kevin
Communications Coordinator
Pastor Danielle's Advent Playlist
Over the years, as a spiritual practice, I’ve collected an Advent soundtrack to help me get ready and stay firmly rooted in the Advent season!  These are some of my favorites…what are yours? - Pastor Danielle
Check out Pastor Danielle's Advent Playlist
Gifts for the Christ Child
The message everywhere is that this holiday season is all about us.  But as Christians, we know this Advent/Christmas season is in fact all about God and God’s gift of love and mercy through Jesus.  And so, let's give gifts this year to the Christ Child.
ELCA Good Gifts are a creative, meaningful way to make a difference in the world and truly celebrate the birth of the newborn king.  Good Gifts lift up examples of work being done in different projects and programs supported by funds from the ELCA: the ELCA Fund for Leaders, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship, ELCA New Congregations, ELCA Vision for Mission, ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response. Each of these programs is a long-term, partnership-based ministry that focuses on the needs identified by local congregations and global companion churches and their communities.

Grab an ornament off our "Giving Tree" at the back of the sanctuary, make a donation and make a difference! Then give the ornament to a friend, teacher, co-worker, child, parent, relative, or anyone else on your life, and give them the gift of a better world.   

You can also browse and buy the complete catalog of Good Gifts online, and send a personalized card at (There are only 2 days left to guarantee delivery of personalized cards by Dec. 25, so order soon!)
Our Christmas Eve Schedule (Please Note)
We're changing our Sunday morning worship times -- one day only -- on Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) to 10am in English and 12pm in Spanish.

Our full worship schedule on Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve is:

Worship in English | 10am
Worship in Spanish | 12pm
Christmas Eve Family Worship | 5pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship | 8pm
Midnight Mass in Spanish | 10:30pm

Please mark your calendars so you can join us for worship, song, and celebration -- both in the morning for the last Sunday of the Advent season, and in the evening for Christmas Eve! You can learn more about each of our three Christmas Eve worship services here.
"Silent Nights" Advent Midweek Worship
7pm tonight, December 13

Join us for a simple, meditative Advent season worship service on Wednesday evening, part two of our Advent season midweek worship series. Come take a break from this busy season and center yourself on the heart of Christmas.
Travelers Christmas Worship
Traveling on Christmas Eve and Day? Come enjoy a Christmas worship service with your New York City faith community here at Advent at 7pm Wednesday, December 20. This will look a lot like our 8pm candlelight worship on Christmas Eve, with carols, candles, and a Christmas message.
Thanks-Giving Reflection Video: Lynne
In this video, Lynne shares how this faith community supports her in the challenges of life, and rejoices with her in the joys.

This is the 6th, and last, video of our Thanks-Giving video series. We hope you enjoyed it! To catch up on them all, click here, or find them under "News" on our website anytime.
Watch Lynne's Reflection
Troubling the Waters: Moving from Privilege to Partnership
Beginning January 23rd, Advent will launch a 6-month study for white Christians, exploring the role that white privilege and internalized white superiority has in shaping attitudes, belief systems, cultures and those of the church and society at large. This resource has been designed to equip people with tools that will aid them in addressing and breaking the cycle of socialization that perpetuates racism and sustains an exclusive church. If you are interested in participating, please speak with Pastor Danielle, who can be reached at
Council Nominations
Could you or someone you know serve on our Congregational Council next year?

Do you feel called to share your vision, ideas, and love for this congregation? We'd love to support and engage you as a leader in this community. At our Annual Congregational Meeting in January we will be electing several new members to our Congregation Council.

To learn more, speak to a member of the Nominating Committee: Tanya Kent, who can be reached at, Adolfo Ramirez, Rose Tresgallo, Carlos Lopez or Damaris Maclean.
An Extra Week of Ministry at Advent
What if 2017 had just one more week? One week of ministry at Advent equates to approximately:

  • 150 people experiencing God's Word, music, preaching, and community in worship
  • 40 households in our community receiving a bag of groceries at Food Pantry
  • 45 people in our community enjoying a warm, homemade meal in a welcoming community
  • 1,000+ people reached through our website, e-letters, and social media
  • 200+ hours of work by pastors, staff, and 40+ lay ministry leaders toward managing our church space & congregation, serving and empowering this community, and bringing God's mission at Advent into reality

A year may not ever have 53 weeks. But giving just one extra week of your regular weekly offering in 2017 will strengthen what we can accomplish in 52 weeks.

If you are able this Advent season, please consider adding an extra week of ministry to your list of gifts during this time. Thank you for all the ways, big and small, you support our ministry and community here at Advent.
Give an Extra Week
More Upcoming Opportunities
Sunday Singers will sing this Sunday at 11am worship. You're invited to join us in learning and rehearsing our song at 10:15am in the sanctuary, and singing with us in worship. Email if you have any questions.

A winter retreat at Koinonia this weekend will include several members of our Advent community. Interested in joining? Email Kathy at or visit to learn more.
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: 3rd Sunday in Advent
Gospel | John 1:6-8, 19-28
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Special | Lighting of the third Advent candle
Music Liturgy | Holden Evening Prayer (adapted)
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday Singers | Sings at 11am worship.
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Baptism of Quearies | At 11am worship
Sunday School & Adult Conversation | Joint ornament decorating party at 10:10am downstairs in the fellowship hall
New Members Class | Meets at 12pm downstairs in the fellowship hall
Youth Group Mural Meeting | Our last meeting of 2017 meets from 12-3pm in the youth room.
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