December 26, 2017
Overcommitted in the New Year?
A new year beckons. With it come plans for personal change, growth and service, whether we formulate them into “New Year’s resolutions” or not. We want to get to the gym and get in shape. We want to spend more time with the kids or grandkids. We want to take that course or finish our degree. We want to be more committed, more involved in the ministry of our church.

But with all our plans and hopes, will we find ourselves over-committed and stressed out? Read more >

Original article by By Rev. Dr. David Elseroad, LCC Pastoral Therapist for Lutheran Counseling Center. Photo by Nicolai Berntsen on Unsplash.
Three Kings Celebration on Sunday, January 7
The festivity of the season is not quite over yet! Don't miss this special Epiphany season celebration in two weeks.

Mark your calendars for our Three Kings Celebration at 12pm Sunday, January 7. This is an awesome opportunity for our English-worshiping members and Spanish-worshiping members to celebrate part of the Christmas story together, so come take part!

The Three Kings Celebration is a tradition in many Latino cultures, and Three Kings Day is a festival Sunday for all Lutherans. Here at Advent, our Three Kings Celebration includes a big potluck lunch for all, a piñata filled with candy for the kids, a special cake, the singing of traditional songs, and a visit from the three kings (yes, we've got the costumes). It's going to be a lot of fun! Join us!
Troubling the Waters: Moving from Privilege to Partnership
Beginning January 23rd, Advent will launch a 6-month study for white Christians, exploring the role that white privilege and internalized white superiority has in shaping attitudes, belief systems, cultures and those of the church and society at large. This resource has been designed to equip people with tools that will aid them in addressing and breaking the cycle of socialization that perpetuates racism and sustains an exclusive church. If you are interested in participating, please speak with Pastor Danielle, who can be reached at
29th Annual Martin Luther King Service
4pm Sunday, January 7 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cambria Heights

“If we hate others, we are living and walking in the dark. We don’t know where we are going, because we can’t see in the dark.” 1 John 2a;11 (CEV)

Come join a very special annual worship service dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., hosted by the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA). All are invited to come worship, celebrate the work and life of MLK, and continue the conversation about racial equality in our churches, communities, and society. The theme this year is "We Are At An Impasse..."
Martin Luther King Day March
Monday, January 15. Details TBA.

Every year Upper West Side churches and synagogues hold a march on Martin Luther King day that stops at a variety of churches for a unique worship experience spread out across the city.

This year we are one of the stops during Martin Luther King Day March! The theme this year is Immigration. Please save the date if you are interested in helping us host or participating in the march. More details coming soon!
Young Adults in Global Mission
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites young adults ages 21-29 into a year of service, faith formation and relationship building in 11 programs in 14 countries around the world. Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. As they offer themselves in service, young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. Check out for more information and apply now! Applications are due Feb. 15 for service beginning in August.
Annual Congregational Meeting in January
We need your questions, insight, and engagement in our 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting in January.

More information and all 2017 Annual Reports will be available online and in print at the start of January, but please save these dates so you can plan to participate:

Program Meeting on Sunday, January 14 | 10:10am in English on Sunday, January 15
Finance Meeting on Sunday, January 21 | 10:10am in English and 12:10pm in English and Spanish
Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote on Sunday, January 28 | 10:10am in English and Spanish

Photo by Szűcs László on Unsplash
Council Nominations
Could you or someone you know serve on our Congregational Council next year?

Do you feel called to share your vision, ideas, and love for this congregation? We'd love to support and engage you as a leader in this community. At our Annual Congregational Meeting in January we will be electing several new members to our Congregation Council.

To learn more, speak to a member of the Nominating Committee: Tanya Kent, who can be reached at, Adolfo Ramirez, Rose Tresgallo, Carlos Lopez or Damaris Maclean.
An Extra Week of Ministry at Advent
What if 2017 had just one more week? One week of ministry at Advent equates to approximately:

  • 150 people experiencing God's Word, music, preaching, and community in worship
  • 40 households in our community receiving a bag of groceries at Food Pantry
  • 45 people in our community enjoying a warm, homemade meal in a welcoming community
  • 1,000+ people reached through our website, e-letters, and social media
  • 200+ hours of work by pastors, staff, and 40+ lay ministry leaders toward managing our church space & congregation, serving and empowering this community, and bringing God's mission at Advent into reality

A year may not ever have 53 weeks. But giving just one extra week of your regular weekly offering in 2017 will strengthen what we can accomplish in 52 weeks.

If you are able this Advent season, please consider adding an extra week of ministry to your list of gifts during this time. Thank you for all the ways, big and small, you support our ministry and community here at Advent.
Give an Extra Week
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 | Luke 2:22-40
Special Liturgy | Lessons & Carols
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Sunday School | Off this Sunday, and returns Sunday, January 7 at 10:05am
Adult Conversation | Off this Sunday, and returns Sunday, January 7 at 10:10am
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