April 10, 2017
Inside Holy Week
Holy Week began yesterday with Palm Sunday, and our church was alive with hands waving palms. As is our tradition, everyone gathered on the front steps of our building on Broadway at the beginning of each worship service to raise our voices to the New York City rooftops. Then we processed into the sanctuary with our palms, remembering Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. We heard the reading of the passion story, remembering Jesus' death. Join us this week at worship as we move toward Easter and celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Click here to see our photo album from Palm Sunday yesterday.
Outward from Holy Week
As we look for renewed meaning in remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ this Holy Week, elsewhere millions of our brothers and sisters are looking for food and water. The UN has just declared a state of famine in parts of South Sudan, where 100,000 South Sudanese are facing imminent starvation, and millions more are on the brink of famine.

What does remembering this Gospel of God's forgiveness, redemption, and love through Jesus Christ mean for us when there is also such wide-spread brokenness in our world, happening at the very same moment?

It means remembering that the Gospel is not just a consolation prize -- it is a call to action. Jesus' resurrection liberates us from the grip of sin and reconnects us with God so that we are empowered to love and serve others. The work and joy of loving those in need at any given time or place is ours.

The Gospel we celebrate on Easter is a joyous Gospel -- even when the state of the world is not joyous. Let us remember Jesus' death and celebrate Christ’s resurrection this week together as a community in worship at Advent. And then, through that Gospel, let us be empowered to courageously and compassionately engage this still-imperfect world together.

You're invited to join us in worship this Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, at our Easter Vigil, and on Easter Sunday (schedule below), and you are also invited to urge your members of Congress to support a supplemental funding request to address famine in South Sudan through the ELCA Advocacy page.
Worship Schedule in Holy Week
Maundy Thursday | April 13
Worship at 7:30pm in English

Experience Holy Communion, foot washing (optional), and the stripping of the altar, as we remember Jesus' last supper with his disciples.
Good Friday | April 14
Worship at 12pm in English | Features a Stations of the Cross activity that is both kid-friendly and meaningful for adults

Worship at 3pm in Spanish | Features Stations of the Cross

Worship at 7:30pm in English | Features a reading of the Passion with music by the Advent Chorale and an instrumental ensemble, based on the last words of Jesus, combined with powerful quotes by modern-day martyrs such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Oscar Romero, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and more . . .
Easter Vigil | April 15
Worship at 7:30pm in English | An expectant worship moving from the death of Jesus on Good Friday to the resurrection of Christ at Easter
Easter Sunday | April 16
Worship at 9am & 11am in English, and 12:45pm in Spanish | Join us in celebratory worship on this joyous Easter Sunday! Our Advent Chorale will lead us in singing the Hallelujah Chorus at 11am worship. Before or after worship, enjoy the fellowship of your faith community and a delicious breakfast at our annual Easter Breakfast youth group fundraiser, which goes from 10am-12:30pm.
Easter Breakfast
Come support our Youth Group and enjoy more time with your church family on Easter! Our Easter Breakfast youth fundraiser goes from 10am-12:30pm on Easter Sunday. Located downstairs in the basement fellowship hall, it's the most convenient place you'll find to get breakfast after 9am worship, before or after 11am worship, or before 12:45pm worship on Easter morning.

This year, adult volunteers are helping to bring delicious new egg casserole recipes to our menu, and Pastor Mills is providing the ham and sausage fresh from his family's farm. Translation: This year our breakfast is going to be especially scrumptious.

The recommended donation is $10, and our goal is to raise over $500 for the Youth Group. Donations of all sizes are all appreciated. Giving is not required to join us for food and fellowship on this special morning. All are welcome!
Tonight: Jupiter Quartet at Music Mondays
7:30pm tonight in the sanctuary. Doors open at 6:45pm.

Join us for this month's Music Mondays concert tonight! The “rich-toned” Jupiter Quartet (New York Times) has established itself as one of the nation’s eminent ensembles. Frequently heard at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this “exemplary” quartet brings “verve and polish” (Washington Post) to whatever it performs — which here includes Beethoven’s profound Quartet, op. 127, Janáček’s passionate Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”), and a new work by Pierre Jalbert, “an acknowledged chamber-music master” (New Yorker).
Film Screening: Immigrants for Sale
7pm on Thursday, April 20 in the basement fellowship hall

We're hosting a screening and discussion of the films "Immigrants for Sale" and "Pursuing the Dream: A DACAmentary." Join us for an enlightening and thought-provoking evening of film and conversation as we explore how to advocate for just immigration reform.  
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!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 28:1-10
Preaching | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Advent Chorale | Leading the "Hallelujah Chorus" at 11am worship
Easter Breakfast | 10am-12:30pm in the basement fellowship hall
Adult Conversation and Sunday School are off for the Easter Breakfast. Come join us downstairs for food, fellowship, and supporting our Youth Group!
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Our Mission of the Month for April is Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education (LMHE). LMHE supports Lutheran and ecumenical campus ministry for college and graduate students in New York City. LMHE’s ministries include the citywide Vine NYC College Ministry Network and Advent’s own LaMP Campus Ministry in Morningside Heights. LMHE helps young adults connect to supportive Christian communities, grow in faith and claim vocations of service to neighbor during their transformative student years. Learn more at thevinenyc.org.
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