February 6, 2019
Our 2019 Lenten Theme!
This year, our Lenten theme is 
"Prophets, Poets, Disciples: What it Means to Follow Jesus."

This Lenten Season, we will explore together what it means to daily follow Jesus, grounded in his life, death, and resurrection.  Our conversations will be framed around Luke 4:18-19, the final weeks of Jesus life, and the lives of the disciples/saint(s) recognized each Sunday who embody what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  

March 10 | Lent 1: Harriet Tubman/ Sojourner Truth
What does it mean to follow Jesus into freedom?

March 17 | Lent 2: St. Patrick
What does it mean to follow Jesus into vision?

March 24 | Lent 3: Oscar Romero
What does it mean to follow Jesus into accompaniment?

March 31| Lent 4: John Donne
What does it mean to follow Jesus in proclaiming God's presence?

April 7 | Lent 5: Bonhoeffer
What does it mean to follow Jesus into both uncertainty and joy?

Stay tuned for information about all the ways we will explore these themes throughout Lent, including Sunday Adult Faith Formation, Discipleship Groups, Daily Devotions, and more.
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.
A new Adult Faith Formation series: "Gospel-Centered Community"
Sundays in Feb. | 10:10am - 10:50am | The Community Hall (back half)

Our Adult Faith Formations are an ideal time to continue exploring our visioning process! On Sunday mornings throughout February, join us as we dive deeper into Christ's vision for community. Together, we will seek out connections between the Gospel and our mission as a unique and unified church.

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.
Advent Community
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 >
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 met again last Sunday to continue developing our next steps, and will have more news about our "Listening" phase very soon!
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.

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

Youth Takeover of Community Lunch
Our youth “takeover” of Community Lunch is this month! In this project, your high schoolers will have the opportunity to lead and shape every stage of Advent’s Community Lunch ministry, and learn what it takes to pull it off! They’ll have a diversity of Community Lunch leaders as teachers and guides. They are very excited to share the leadership of CL with our teens this month, so everyone should be sure to participate at some point!

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Sunday 2/10 at 12 pm | Introductory Meeting with Hephzibah Penumaka
Sunday 2/17 at 12 pm in the Youth Room | Introductory Meeting and menu planning with Hephzibah and Gail
Placing the Food Order with Hephzibah | meeting time TBD
Friday 2/22 at 5 pm (till approx. 9) in the kitchen | Food Prep with Hephzibah, and other volunteers
Saturday 2/23 from 10 am - 2 pm | Community Lunch (with setup and clean up)
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.
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 you and your child 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.  And please consider bringing a treat to share! 
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 10
Gospel | Luke 5:1-11
Preaching | Seminary Intern Hephzibah Penumaka
Presiding | Pastor Danielle Miller
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Coffee Hour | At 10am and 12pm in the Community Hall downstairs (front half)
Adventonians | 12:30pm-1:30pm
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
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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