May 29, 2017
Pastor Danielle's First Days
Since starting with us on May 14, Pastor Danielle has led us in worship three Sundays, attended her first Advent Council meeting on May 18, led two weekly staff meetings, held one-on-one meetings with staff members and lay leaders, and much more.

With over 40 ministries and 400 congregants at Advent, there is a lot to take in, a lot to do, and a lot to learn for a new Senior Pastor. Two weeks into joining the Advent community, Pastor Danielle's response is this:

"Thank you for welcoming our family to Advent. We are so happy to be here. I asked my son Jude to tell me his favorite part of moving to NYC.

'Making friends,' he replied.
'Where?' I asked.
'At the park.'
'What about the church?'
'Oh,' he said, 'those are already my friends.'

That sense of welcome and connection seems woven into the fabric of this place and I am excited to see us deepen and live into that intentional identity in ways both old and new. I look forward to doing God's work with you in this community and growing in faith together."

We've put together a small photo album of some moments from Pastor Danielle's first few Sundays at Advent. Enjoy!
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Reflections from the Synod Assembly
Chandra Travis and Kevin Bowen served as our lay voting members at this year's Metropolitan New York Synod Assembly from May 11-13. They joined hundreds of pastors, deacons, and congregants from churches throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and seven counties north of the City in worship, fellowship, and voting on synod matters. Here's what they have to share about the experience:

Chandra: I believe I can capture the spirit of the Assembly in three words lifted from various presentations.

The first is glocal. Our faithful work addressing global concerns does not require distant voyages, passports, and specialized vaccines. We can coalesce our collective wisdom, material resources, advocacy, and prayers to be God's hands and heart in places of great need. Our awareness, compassion, diligence and fortitude can rid some aspects of suffering around the world even from the convenience of our local congregation and community.

The second word is xenophilia. I must confess I had to look it up when I heard it. It is the opposite of xenophobia, the hatred or fear of the stranger. Xenophilia means love of the stranger. Unfortunately, we are witnessing xenophobia at a fever pitch in our current sociopolitical climate. The church body and individuals were asked to boldly welcome the stranger in all variations of otherness with radical love in our houses of worship, advocacy, mission and lives.

The first person plural in Spanish is the third word: nosotros. In English, it translates to "we." However, as Rev. Javier Alanis spoke of his work with Chicanos in Mexico and  Texas, he shared about building bridges, not walls, in our vocations. In his presentation, he highlighted a nuance in the construction of the word nosotros. "Nos" means us,  "otros" means others. Both combine to make the word nosotros, a belief that we can not exist without the inclusion of others. This profound nuance calls us to move fearlessly and faithfully beyond just ourselves. This is a grand Christian task.

Kevin: The Synod Assembly, as the name suggests, is in the simplest sense a large-scale meeting. So yes, there is a lot of sitting and listening. But the business side of things is rooted in worship, enhanced by community, and punctuated by a hundred or more moments of laughter, tears, insight, testimony, and connection. By the end, you look around you and think, "Wow. Look at all these people who showed up. Look at how passionate and intelligent and diverse and inspiring they are. Look at all the amazing things they're doing. This is our Church at work."
Clean Up Day this Saturday
Can you help tidy up our church?

Join us this Saturday, June 3 for a day of church clean-up hosted by the Property Committee. All are invited to volunteer, as many hands make light work. We will do dusting, window cleaning, pew cleaning, and other woodwork.

Please sign up for one or more of the two-hour cleaning shifts -- 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm or 3pm to 5pm -- if you are able to help. Thank you for helping to keep our worship space and building fresh and clean!
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Summer Suppers Registration Time
Wonderfully diverse individuals, coming from many parts of the world and all walks of life, have found their way to Advent -- where God is weaving together our unique passions and stories in amazing ways. This is the reality of our new inter-generational, bi-lingual program, Summer Suppers. It calls young and old, English-speakers and Spanish-speakers to the same table to know each other better through dinner, worship, and Bible study.

Summer Suppers will be on Wednesday evenings from July 12 through August 16, is open to all ages, and will be in both English and Spanish. 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.
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Conversations on Advocacy Begin this Sunday
Join us this Sunday at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall for the first week of our summer series devoted to social issues and advocacy. This Sunday's conversation will be about our own food ministries, led by our Food Ministry Task Force.

From Sunday, June 4 to 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 topics:

June 4 | Food Ministry
June 11 | Race Relationships
June 18 | Voter’s Rights
June 25 | Prison Reform
July 2 | (no conversation)
July 9 | El Salvador
July 16 | Welfare
July 23 | (no conversation)
July 30 | Environment
August 6 | Immigration
August 13 | Augusta Victoria Hospital
August 20 | LGTBQ Rights
August 27 | Climate Change
September 3 | (no conversation)
September 11 | Disaster Response
Congregational Lunch this Sunday
Join us for a congregational lunch hosted by our Spanish-language worshiping community this Sunday at 1:45pm in the basement fellowship hall. These lunches, always on the first Sunday of the month, offer a great opportunity for our English-speaking and Spanish-speaking communities to connect over delicious food!
Annual Congregational Retreat this August
Everyone who attends our annual retreat at Koinonia leaves so glad that they went. Why? Because it gives them the opportunity to make friends and get closer to people in the congregation. Because a weekend in the beautiful landscape of Koinonia refreshes the city-worn soul. Because you experience God at work in the abundance of life in nature and in the community present.

Plus there's boats, goats, campfires, s'mores, hikes, early morning coffee, late-night board games, and all the other fun that comes with our weekend retreat at Koinonia's Retreat Center.

So consider joining us the weekend of August 4-6 this summer. We'd love to have you with us. Learn more about travel, costs, housing, programming, and registration on our website.
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Scholarship Appeal and Applications Closing Soon
Our Scholarship Fund appeal for May's Mission of the Month is coming to a close. Our Scholarship Fund, founded by Dorothy Metzger, provides scholarships for members of our congregation pursuing higher education and seminary. Click here to make a contribution.

Also, scholarship applications are due by this Friday, June 2! If you've been sitting on it, now's the time to get your application to us. You can find instructions and download the application on our website.
Equipo El Salvador Blog
This year’s El Salvador delegation will get a send-off in worship on Sunday, July 9 and travel July 18-25. You’re invited to share in the 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.
In-Church Picnic
Our annual In-Church Picnic returns Sunday, July 16 after 11am worship in the fellowship hall. Come enjoy a meal of summer picnic favorites!
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 this April and May!
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This Sunday
Gospel | John 7:37-39
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Baptism of Lin Jing Peng | At 11am worship
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the basement
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:05am in the basement
Congregational Lunch | Starts at 1:45pm in the basement
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Our Mission of the Month for May is our Scholarship Fund. Advent's Scholarship Fund, founded by Dorothy Metzger, provides scholarships for members of our congregation pursuing higher education and seminary. Join us in supporting our college students this May by making a special contribution to the Scholarship Fund.
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