October 16, 2018
All the Latest from Advent
Don't panic. We are not banning coffee at church. But someone almost did.

16th-century priests wanted Pope Clement VIII to ban what they called "the devil's drink." Sadly, this view was likely colored with xenophobia. The energy-inducing bean brew came from the Middle East and was first used by Muslims. Fast forward to 2018: Having coffee after church is one of the few things all Christian churches actually agree on.

At Advent, we want to create more opportunities for us to get to know each other and deepen our sense of community. Reimagining our Coffee Hour downstairs after worship seems like a great place to start.

Join us for a new and reimagined Coffee Hour this Sunday after 9am and 11am worship. Stay 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or as long as you'd like, and get to know someone new at Advent.
Events this Sunday
NEW Coffee Hour
This Sunday | 10am and 12pm

Enjoy coffee and baked goods while getting to know someone new. Our new Coffee Hour seeks to be the ideal place to get to know new people and enhance community at Advent. Come join us.
Sunday School
This Sunday | 10:05am downstairs

Join us for the first day of Sunday School this school year! We got a bit of a late start, but we have great leaders, exciting curriculum, and a fun year ahead! Note that we are starting downstairs this year.
Next Steps Conversation
This Sunday | 10am and 12pm

Our Council will be present during our new Coffee Hour to discuss our next steps forward to address our building needs guided by our mission. Just one more reason to attend!
Call Committee | A Call Committee has been formed and is beginning their search for a new bilingual pastor to call after Pastor Gary retires in June 2019. Learn more >

Building Conversations | We want to express immense gratitude for the passion, commitment, questions, and excitement shared by everyone who participated in our congregational meetings over the past weeks. Our Congregation Council is meeting this week to consider everyone's input, and invites you to Next Steps Conversations after all worship services this Sunday, October 21.
Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation
Sundays, starting October 28 | 10:10-10:55am | Community Hall (back half)

Our faith is always being challenged and growing. Learn more >
Christian Education Series
7pm Tuesdays | 10/9 - 11/13 (6 weeks)

In this 6-week Christian education series, learn about The Confessing Church — a Christian movement of resistance in Nazi Germany. Learn more >
Our Podcast
Listen anytime on your phone

In addition to over 50 sermons and conversations from this year, we just recorded 2 fascinating special episodes where we interview our pastors about their lives. Learn how to listen >
Giving Opportunities
A Hill of Beans: Help us collect 500 cans of beans by October 31!

Why: All canned bean donations will be distributed at our Food Pantry. If we collect 500 cans by Oct 31, we’ll also get a $500 matching gift to our food ministries.

Our Progress: You all have donated 196 cans of beans so far! We are well on our way!

How: You can bring canned bean donations up to the altar (yes, like an offering), or place a delivery order at your grocery store and put Advent as the address.*

*We can accept deliveries from 10am-4pm Monday thru Friday. Our address is 2504 Broadway, New York, NY, 10025. Make sure to only donate canned beans, please.
Ministry Stories
Our Faith Formation Extravaganza last Sunday engaged children and adults in many different areas of faith formation like prayer, travel, Scripture, advocacy, discussion, and community. What an exciting way to kick off a new year of our Sunday School and Adult Faith Formation ministries! See pictures and read more about the event >

Past stories you may have missed . . .

Volunteer Opportunities
Food Ministries
This Thursday from 6-8pm we're piloting a new midweek Food Pantry, and we could still use more volunteers. Could you help? Volunteer > 

Our next Community Lunch is Saturday, October 27 at 12pm. Volunteer >

Our monthly Food Pantry is Saturday, November 3 at 9am. Volunteer > 
More Ways to Volunteer
Sunday School Teachers | 10-11am Sundays

English as a Second Language Conversation Partners | 3-4pm Tuesdays

Music Mondays Volunteers | 6-10pm Mondays, once a month

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, October 21
Gospel | Mark 10:35-45
Preaching | Vicar Deacon Abby Ferjak at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary 12:30pm in Spanish
Advent Chorale | Sings at 9am worship
Sunday School | Starts at 10:05am in the Sunday School rooms downstairs
Coffee Hour | Starts at 10am and 12pm downstairs
Next Steps Conversation w/ Council | During Coffee Hour at 10am and 12pm downstairs
Tanzania Accompaniment Team | Meets at 10:10am (location TBD)
Communications Internship | Meets from 3-6pm in the Intern Office downstairs
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
2504 Broadway at 93rd Street New York, New York 10025  |  Phone: 212.665.2504