May 2, 2018
Women's Month | Reflection
What does it mean for you to be a bold woman of faith, and how do you see and appreciate the feminine nature of God?

I do consider myself a bold woman, and I am a person of faith. I struggle to combine these aspects of myself and be a bold voice for Christ in our world.

I was comfortable neither with the “old white man” vision of God stressed in my Catholic childhood nor with the “nurturing mother” vision of God introduced in my college years – both seemed much too human-centered a view of God to me. If you sit near me during worship, you may notice that I change most of the male language referring to God, not to female terms, but just to “God.”

I think our human culture has distorted what it means to be feminine or masculine creating false divisions and hurtful separations.  The nurture, strength, comfort, giving, forgiving, wisdom, goodness, justice, truth, righteousness, and love of God defy these human distortions.

I’m excited to moderate Advent’s discussion on the ELCA's draft Social Statement on Women and Justice at 10:10am this Sunday, which addresses these issues and so much more. View the draft statement.

- Gail Wagner
Women's Month | Events
Shaping the ELCA Social Statement on Women and Justice  | Join our two conversations this month responding to a draft of a new Social Statement on Women and Justice for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), our national church body. Our responses will be shared with the ELCA, and contribute to shaping the final draft.

Read the draft Social Statement on Women and Justice:  English  |  Español

Conversation 1 | 10:10am this Sunday, May 6 in the fellowship hall downstairs
Conversation 2 | 12:10am Sunday, May 20 in the fellowship hall downstairs

Family Law Workshop | 10am | Saturday, May 12 | Her Justice will be at Advent to provide a family law workshop discussing rights to free legal services like Order of Protection, Child and Spousal Support, Custody and Visitation.

Bold Women of Faith Sunday | May 13 | Join us for a celebratory worship service where we will lift up bold women of faith.

In worship, bring a picture of a bold woman of faith who has influenced your life (historical, current, or other).

At our Sunday Conversation, we'll talk about women of the Reformation.
Dolores (left) with friends on Easter Sunday this year.
Our Sister Dolores Rivera-Ferrer
It is with deep sadness and profound hope in the resurrection that we write to inform you of our sister Dolores Rivera-Ferrer's passing. Dolores, a long-time member of Advent and life-long disciple of Jesus, passed away today. Please keep her family and loved ones in your prayers during this difficult time.

A celebration of Dolores' life will be held at Advent this Saturday, May 5. 

Visiting Time with Dolores' Family | 11:30am
Funeral Service | 12:30pm

May light shine upon Dolores O Lord. And may she be welcomed into the glorious company of the saints in light.  May she find in your presence peace, wholeness, and joy beyond all joys.
Ministry Highlight: Sunday School
Pastor Danielle has tasked me to write about the Sunday School ministry at Advent Lutheran Church -- a ministry that my husband, Robbie, and I automatically became a part of in 2014 with the birth of our daughter.  Within a year we had slowly made our way from the left side of the church (where it was quieter) to the right side of the church (where the toys are).

With that shift, we also began to stick around for that hour between morning services -- to hear stories, force our ten-month-old to do arts and crafts and, perhaps the real unsung hero of that hour, the opportunity to espouse with other parents on the challenges of raising children, particularly God-centered children, in a place like New York City.

Another kid later, a couple Sunday School curricula later, and many rounds of the "Welcome song" later, my family and I regularly attend, halfway lead, and always benefit from those sixty minutes.  This ministry centers us to the message of our church, provides examples of how we can shepherd our own children through their spiritual growth and reminds us of God's grace to all of us - a grace that we, as parents, can try to mirror when our three-year-old has a meltdown in the middle of Broadway because there are flowers blooming (suggesting it is spring) but it is still cold out (suggesting it is, in fact, not spring).

So, thank you to all of you -- the congregation at Advent -- for setting aside space in the sanctuary, in the basement and in your tolerant hearts for the children of Advent.  Your smiles to our children, welcoming words to us as parents and forgiveness at all of our late arrivals are so very appreciated. 

- Mary Jordan Samuel
Facebook Group for Sermons & Conversations
Now you can talk about the sermon too! In addition to the sermon conversations we share in our podcast, we wanted to create a space for you to participate in the conversation, and for the conversation to grow.

Request to join our Sermons & Conversations Facebook Group, and start engaging with Sunday's sermons more deeply with our community by participating our conversation throughout the week.

If you haven't yet, search "Advent Sermons and Conversations" in the Podcasts app on your iPhone, or the Google Play Music app on your Android phone, tap "Subscribe" so you see everyone new episode, and start listening to our sermons and conversation from the past weeks.

Quick Podcast links: On your iPhone | On your Android phone | On our Website
How to Compost at Advent
Inspired by our carbon fast during Lent, we took one concrete step toward being more environmentally conscious at Advent. We got a composting bin!

Advocacy Book Group
Our book for the month of May is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. Get your copy and start reading with us!

Our discussion of The Warmth of Other Suns will be at 7pm Tuesday, June 5 at Advent. We are working on a way for this community to respond to and discuss this book online during the month of May, and we'll share that soon!

Tonight, we'll meet at 7pm at Advent to discuss April's book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

How to get the book: You can download the New York Public Library E-reader app, get a library card instantly through the app, search this title, and be up and reading in less than a few minutes. You can also find a physical copy at the library, or buy it on Amazon or at your local bookstore.
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: May 6
Gospel | John 15:9-17
Preaching | Seminarians Sarah Klockowski at 9am worship in English, Aaron Miner at 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the community hall downstairs to discuss the ELCA's draft Social Statement on Women and Justice
Congregational Lunch | Begins at 1:30pm in the community hall downstairs
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