October 17, 2016
This Is Our Vision
We're coming off Consecration Weekend, a time when members of our faith community shared their vision for Advent, and offered their pledges to support our congregation financially in 2017. The theme of this Consecration season is "Write the Vision, Make it Plain," and we've learned that this congregation is abundantly full of vision.

What is the vision? First, we have to take it back a little bit. Over 10 years ago, our Congregation Council led the development of the current Vision Statement for our congregation, which is this:

We are a diverse, Christian community committed to building relationships and transforming lives through faith and action.

This vision remains a powerful foundation for the ministry we do today. Yet our congregation's vision continually evolves as our community changes and our perspective grows. At our Consecration Potluck on Friday, together we created a fresh, diverse portait of our vision for Advent's ministry in the form of a graffiti wall. Everyone was invited to grab a marker and creatively contribute their vision for Advent to the expanse of blank paper alongside our meal. Here is a quick sample of what congregants shared:
If you weren't able to participate in Consecration Weekend, you can share your vision for Advent or make your 2017 pledge online.

Thank you for all the thought, time, prayer, and gifts you share to fuel the vision of our faith community at Advent Lutheran Church.
Have Your Picture Taken for our New Directory
Who are the people who bring life and character to this church? Imagine having pictures and names to share with each other, a new pastor, and visitors. A new directory is not only a powerful resource for all of us, but also an amazing gift to a new pastor.

We're putting together a new Advent Members and Friends Directory, and we want you to be part of it.

Join us on one of six dates in October and November to get your/your family's portrait taken for our new Advent Members and Friends directory. Getting your professional portrait taken for our directory is free. There is no obligation to purchase any photo package, but you'll have the opportunity to buy any pictures you like just in time for the Christmas season.

The available dates to have your photo taken for our new directory are October 27, 28, 29, 30, and November 3, 4, 5, and 6. Schedule your appointment today!
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Our Sister Church and a Worldwide Celebration
This Sunday our delegation to El Salvador will share pictures and stories from the their trip in July, and next Sunday is Reformation Sunday -- so we have a bit of news connected to both.

As some of you may know, the pastor of our sister church in El Salvador, Pastor Christian, is also an artist who hand-paints colorful crosses of all sizes. Recently he was commissioned the paint a very big cross for the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, hosted jointly by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. This event will officially kick off the worldwide celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and Christian's colorful cross will be prominently displayed as it all unfolds.

As the sister church of Pueblo de Dios, we rejoice in this wonderful recognition of Pastor Christian! The Lutheran World Federation published a full article about Christian and his art which you can read on their website.

At our 10:10am Adult Conversation this Sunday, you can learn more about Pastor Christian's ministry, and how our El Salvador delegation joined the people of Calderitas, El Salvador in worshiping for the first time in their own building, which contributions from our Mission Fund and Other Benevolence helped them secure.
Discover a Ministry to Learn, Grow & Serve In
Check out these two highlighted opportunities for learning and fellowship, or view our full Ministry Calendar to find your next ministry event.
Eco-Reformation 4-Week Study | As we near the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, it’s time for an Eco-Reformation! Join us for this four-part study on Eco-Reformation, from 6:30-7:30pm on four Wednesdays: October 5, 12, 26, and November 2. Even if you've missed it so far, you are welcome to join for the remaining sessions.
Diakonia is a two-year theological and practical ministry educational program for all baptized members of churches of the Metropolitan New York Synod. The three-hour classes meet once a week, October thru May, at various locations throughout the Synod. Advent already has six graduates and we hope that more will consider taking advantage of this amazing program, a time for personal faith growth, discovering the joy of deepening your relationship with God and with your church, and clarifying our call to grace-filled service to our neighbor. Let Pastor Mills know if you are interested.
Other ministries with events coming up soon include Sunday School, Confirmation, Youth Night, 20/30s Brunch, Adult Conversation, Community Lunch, Food Pantry, After School Program, Advent Chorale, Sunday Singers, and more! Check out our full ministry calendar for the details on your next ministry event.
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This Sunday
Gospel Text | Luke 18:9-14
Preaching | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am English worship, and 12:45pm Spanish worship
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am and 11am English worship, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm Spanish worship
Special Music | Advent Chorale will sing Ukuthula, an African hymn for peace, at 11am worship.
Baptism | Clare Wunsch, daughter of Aaron and Julie Wunsch, at 11am English worship
Sunday School | Begins with music and prayer in sanctuary at 10:05am
Adult Conversation | See pictures and hear stories from this year's delegation to El Salvador. Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall.
20s/30s Brunch | Meets after 11am worship at the back of the sanctuary to head to a local brunch spot
Coffee Time | Coffee, tea, and snacks after every service
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online, or manage your recurring automatic online giving.
Contribute to our Mission of the Month this October: The Pastor's Discretionary Fund. This allows our pastors to help with unexpected and particular needs for our congregation and members of our community.
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