September 20, 2018
Reflections from our Meal Packing Event
On Sunday, Advent members from all 3 worship services and visitors from the community came together to pack 24,129 meals and write 135 advocacy postcards.

At the event, we asked people: "Why is it important for us to be doing this as a church?

This kind of multicultural, multilingual, intergeneration expression of love, service, and advocacy was a beautiful embodiment of both who we are now, and where the Holy Spirit is moving us as Advent Lutheran Church.
Unbound & Uncontained: Reflections from our Retreat
At the end of August, we talked about what it means to be "unbound and uncontained" through the movement of the Holy Spirit at our annual retreat.

Congregational Meetings start this Sunday
Guided by our mission and ministry, we will address our building needs and envision how our building can best support our future ministry. Our pastors, staff, various committees, and the Congregation Council have been working hard to assess our ministry and building needs. They now invite you to 3 congregational meetings in the fall to present, discuss, and decide on our next steps.
Presentation Meeting

Sunday, September 23

Offered at 10:05-10:55am, 12:05-12:55am, and 1:15-2:05pm (bilingual)

Community Hall (downstairs)

Discussion Meeting

Sunday, September 30


Community Hall (downstairs)

Decision Meeting

Sunday, October 7


Community Hall (downstairs)

What if I can't make it to the decision meeting on October 7? Can I still vote?

Yes. There will be an opportunity to submit a paper ballot at the Discussion Meeting on September 30 for those who cannot be present for our Decision Meeting on October 7.

When do the September 30 and October 7 meetings end?

Our Sept 30 and Oct 7 meetings have no set end time. Plan to worship at 9am in English or 12:30pm in Spanish to fully participate in these meetings. We estimate they will be 1.5 - 2 hours long.

Will there be 11am worship on September 30 and October 7?

Yes. We'll still have a simple 11am worship upstairs for visitors and anyone not attending the meetings.

Will childcare be provided during these meetings?

Yes. Childcare will be provided for all meetings so parents can fully participate.

How should I prepare for these meetings?

Below we've compiled all the documents we've sent out over summer that will help set the stage for our meetings. We recommend reading them all.
Preparing for our Meetings
These are documents we've previously sent out over the summer that will help prepare you for our meetings. Please read them if you haven't had a chance yet, and review as needed before our meetings.

Find these materials, meeting dates, and FAQs anytime at
As a church, we’re ready to stand by our neighbors as they recover from the hurricanes. Lutheran Disaster Response is assessing the situation and coordinating with synods and affiliated social ministry organizations in the areas that are in the path of these storms.

Your gifts designated for Hurricane Response will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response until it is complete.
Special Episode: Interview w/ Pastor Danielle
In a NEW special episode on our Sermons & Conversations Podcast, we talk with Pastor Danielle about why she became a pastor, the funniest thing she's ever seen happen at wedding, and more.

Search "Advent Sermons & Conversations" in the Podcasts app on your iPhone, or in Google Play on your Android phone to start listening!
We have many ministries starting and re-starting this fall, as well as (in the next section) 6 highlighted opportunities to volunteer. These ministries center around worship, spiritual development, and social justice with a focus on immigration and hunger -- a direction we'll continue to grow, as shared in our 2018-19 Ministry Plan.

You are invited to explore and participate in any one (or several) of these ministries and volunteer opportunities this fall. Thanks be to God for all these ways we can worship, connect, learn, and serve!
Sunday School Teachers
What: Help with our Sunday School program, and lead activities and lesson for small groups.

When: 10:05-10:55am Sundays, beginning October 14

Where: Meets in the sanctuary, continues downstairs

After-School Program Teachers
What: Assist children in grades K-6 with their homework, and help facilitate snacks and activities

When: 3-4:30pm Mondays, beginning September 17

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

ESOL Conversation Partners
What: Help people learn English through casual conversation

When: 3-4pm Tuesdays beginning October 9 and 10 - 11am Thursdays TBA
            Training on October 2 

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Food Pantry
What: Help assemble and distribute 150+ bags of groceries for the community

When: 9-11:30am the first Saturday of every month (Next: October 6)

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Community Lunch
What: Help prepare and serve a home-cooked meal for 150+ people in our community

When: 9:30am-2:30pm (5 shifts/roles available) the first Saturday of every month (Next: September 22)

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Music Mondays
What: Help host our Music Mondays concerts for the community

When: 6-9pm on Mondays, once a month (view schedule)

Where: The Sanctuary

25th Anniversary of Pastor Brown's Ordination
2-4pm | Sunday, September 30 | Marble Collegiate Church

Marble Collegiate Church is celebrating Pastor Brown's 25th Anniversary of her Ordination, and Pastor Danielle is preaching at the ceremony! All are invited to join her in celebrating this milestone.
ALCM Music Workshops
9am-4pm | Saturday, September 29 | Advent Lutheran Church

Frank Martignetti and Deanna Witkowski will lead two workshops for NYC area church musicians as part of a day-long event here at Advent Lutheran Church. All are welcome!

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, September 23
Gospel | Mark 9:30-37
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 in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Advent Chorale | Sings at 11am worship
Congregational Presentation Meeting | Offered at 10:05am, 12:05pm, and 1:15pm (Spanish) in the basement Community Hall
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