July 24, 2017
Where Are They Now: Vicar Katie
You may remember Vicar Katie for preaching, her work with children and families, or her YouTube videos during her year of vicarship at Advent from 2013-14. We caught up with Pastor Katie Pocalyko to see where ministry and life has taken her since her year of serving and learning at Advent.

Katie became the Senior Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, an ELCA congregation right outside the City of Richmond, Virginia. She’s been their pastor for two years now! The Lutheran Church of Our Saviour is a mid-sized congregation with strong music and outreach ministries. You can read more about Katie’s church here. She and her husband Dan are loving Richmond, but she looks back on her time in New York City fondly.

Katie’s favorite memories of Advent include making videos for our Lenten Devotional series on YouTube, and being a Vacation Bible Camp leader! About Vacation Bible Camp, she says, “It was a great way to close out a great year with Advent!”

Now, for the information you’ve all been waiting for (drum roll please) KATIE AND DAN HAVE HAD A BABY! She is a beautiful girl named Naomi Barbara. She was born at the end of May, and was baptized just last week. Pictures are included and hearts are guaranteed to melt.
School Supply Giveaway!
10 years ago, some of the kids from the Food Pantry started asking for notebooks, pens, etc as the school season approached. Advent got together and collected tons of supplies to hand out to kids in need! This great tradition will continue until Sunday, August 6, and your donations can be left in the back of the sanctuary. On Monday, August 7 supplies will be handed out to the children.
Accepted Supplies: Backpacks, pencils, composition notebooks, pens, spiral notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, rulers, calculators, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes/cases
Summer Suppers Registration
With Summer Suppers in full swing, we want to make sure everyone is signed up. Summer Suppers is a celebration of community and all are welcome, the old and the young, Spanish speakers and English speakers, the seeker and the faith-filled. Whatever your level of comfort or experience with another language, it is a place to learn and understand God safely in your community.

Come as you are to Summer Suppers and experience a meal and laid back service that will fill you up (literally and figuratively). At Summer Suppers you don't need to bring forth your faith, it comes and sweeps you away. At Summer Suppers the whole Advent community is united. 

Summer Suppers will run Wednesdays from July 12 to August 16. Be sure to stop by one night, 4:30pm for Toddler Time, and 5:30 pm for the meal. 

You can view the full schedule and register online on our website, or pick up a registration form on the back table in the sanctuary.

¡Nos vemos ahí! (See you there!)
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Immigration Film and Panel Discussion
It is our pleasure to announce a special showing of the documentary, “Immigrants for Sale,” sponsored by the ALCU, on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Advent Lutheran Church. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and general conversation. Please join us and invite your friends and neighbors. 
Thrivent Action Grant
Are You A Thrivent Member? 

It starts with an idea. Is there an unmet need that you want to impact? Why not bring a team together and take action - a one-time fundraiser, service activity or education event that can be completed within 90 days. We'll help you get started, it's easy! It's called a Thrivent Action Team and it's a benefit of your membership. If you are a member of Thrivent or have a policy, you are eligible to apply for 250$ twice a year! Check it out here!  

Associate Members: Eligible for 1 grant per year
Members: Eligible for 2 grants per year

Contact Pastor Danielle at pastordanielle@adventnyc.org for more information.
News from ELCA Advocacy
We were excited to see an article about The Vine NYC in Living Lutheran magazine this month:

"In March, students from The Vine NYC, a Lutheran and ecumenical campus ministry in New York City, traveled to Washington, D.C., on a spring break “faith in action” pilgrimage. While most of the students had participated in direct service to neighbors, this trip sought to effect change in a different way—through advocacy to elected officials."

The trip was run through Vine, and every participant came through LaMP, which is a ministry of Advent Lutheran Church, Broadway Presbyterian, and The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew Methodist. By supporting LaMP, we support all of these students in learning to speak their faith and advocate for others!

Read the full Living Lutheran story here. (After clicking the link, scroll to bottom of the page to find the story.)
Annual Congregational Retreat this August
Road trip to Koinonia! Damaris is excited to go on the retreat because "my most memorable conversations and strongest friendships have happened during the retreat." She loves getting her kids to know more people in the congregation, the fresh air, lake, and bonfires.

Enjoy the weekend of August 4-6 in picturesque landscapes while spending time with people who love you as you are. There are boats, goats, campfires, s'mores, hikes, early morning coffee, late-night board games and even more. Sit by the lake reading your book or chatting with a new friend. Spend a night with Advent. Gain a spiritual experience beyond Advent's walls and the New York City buzz. Experience God in nature. We want you there because we know how much you will love it.

We'd love to have you with us. Learn more about travel, costs, housing, programming, and registration on our website.
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El Salvador Delegation
Members of our Advent community are coming back tomorrow! They have traveled more than 3,000 miles to travel, worship, and celebrate El Salvador. Be sure to give them a big welcome when they come back to New York.

They are traveling July 18-25, and you can share in their experience through their daily blog reflections, which will be shared through our e-letter and Facebook page. Be sure to check in as they tour El Salvador and visit our sister church in Calderitas.
Hiring: Event Coordinator
Do you love hosting events such as parties and meetings? Then this job is great for you! Talk to Zachary for more information. You can reach him at admin@adventnyc.org.
Conversations on Advocacy All Summer Long
Through September 11, join us at our Adult Conversations from 10:10am to 10:50am for a series devoted to social issues and suggested advocacy actions. Here is the full schedule of upcoming topics:

July 30 | Volunteer Training/Ministry Scheduler
August 6 | Immigration
August 13 | Augusta Victoria Hospital
August 20 | LGTBQ Rights
August 27 | Climate Change
September 3 | (no conversation)
September 11 | Disaster Response
Summer Choir
While the Advent Chorale takes a break for summer, there are still opportunities to sing in worship! Summer Choir provides a more laid-back opportunity to sing at 11am worship with just one rehearsal the same morning at 10:15am. Summer Choir will sing this Sunday, July 30 and August 13. All are welcome to join!
Spanish Mass and Backyard Cookout (New Date)
This Sunday, July 30, you're invited to join our Spanish worship service as it migrates outside to bask in the summer sun. Instead of at Advent, it will be held in the backyard of a nearby congregant, and followed by a cookout. This special outdoor worship service will begin at the regular Spanish worship time, 12:45pm, nearby Advent at the home of Dolores. For the address, email Pastor Gary at pastormills@adventnyc.org.
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
Gospel | Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
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 at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Adult Conversation | Meets from 10:10-10:50am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall. This Sunday we will have a Volunteer Training/Ministry Scheduler -- this training session will teach you how to sign up for and manage your volunteer opportunities using Ministry Scheduler online.
Are you traveling this summer? You can still support the ministries of Advent. Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online, or manage your recurring automatic online giving. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
The Mission of the Month for July is Equipo El Salvador. Equipo El Salvador is  our group that visits our sister church in El Salvador each year, and maintains our relationship through prayer and accompaniment.
Donate to our MOTM
Did you know that we provide two different offering envelope plans to help you manage your giving to Advent? A bi-monthly plan that provides weekly giving envelopes and all of the special holidays and missions of the month (for regular weekly givers), or a quarterly plan that provides just the special holidays and missions of the month (for electronic or annual givers). Would you like to receive envelopes from Advent or change your envelope plan? Contact our Financial Secretary, Linda Kelly at finance@adventnyc.org.
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