July 2, 2018
 
 
 
 
Hello from Houston!
 
 
 
 
Thank you for your prayers and support as we participated in MYLE (Multicultural Youth Leadership Event) and The ELCA National Youth Gathering!  We have had an AMAZING week being inspired by music and speakers, singing and worshiping, accompanying and serving our neighbors in Houston, learning about our Church, the ELCA, and having a LOT of fun throughout. It's been a joy accompanying this group through the journey, and I hope they return transformed, inspired, and with lots of stories to share. - Kevin Bowen
 
 
 
 
 
Pastor Gary Mills is Retiring Next Year
 
 
 
 
Dear members and friends of Advent Lutheran Church,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

The writer of Ecclesiastes states that "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." After much prayerful consideration and thought, it is now the season and time for me to submit my notice of retirement as Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent and a pastor on the Active Roster of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, effective July 1, 2019.

Unlike the 30 or 60 day notice that a pastor gives when they are moving from one call to another, most clergy give their notice of retirement 9 to 12 months in advance. This is especially important, I believe, given the nature of our developing Advent Latino ministry and the additional time that the Congregation, Council and Latino Committee will need to strategize, work with the Metropolitan New York Synod and our Bishop, and find appropriate bi-lingual pastoral candidates who will work with Pastor Danielle Miller, our whole ministry portfolio, and especially with our Latino ministry. This will be especially true if Advent seeks to consider a pastor who is both bi-lingual and Latino.

I have followed protocol on retirement and informed both the Bishop's Office and Pastor Danielle Miller, and then the Advent Congregation Council, who have accepted the date of my notice of retirement.

Please know that I am and will continue to be fully involved and focused on our ministry here at Advent until the day I retire. I am honored to be in pastoral partnership with Pastor Miller and Pastor Sudbrock, with our deacons, Carlos López and Adolfo Ramírez, and with our musicians, Michelle Alvarado, Frank Martignetti and Aaron Wunsch. I am humbled to be in administrative partnership with our Council, the Latino Committee, other congregational committees and ministry group members, and all who work tirelessly together to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ a living reality on the Upper West Side and around the world. And I deeply blessed and daily thankful for each of you and for all who serve our Lord Jesus Christ in mutual ministry in this place.

I love our congregation and the mission to which God continues to call us in this place. May God continue to bless, support and increase the mission of Advent.

In Christ's service and deepest gratitude,





Pastor Gary E. Mills
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advocacy for Immigrant Families
 
 
 
 
This week our sign calling for love of neighbor (Romans 13:10) was repeatedly vandalized and finally ripped.  So we made a new sign.  The Gospel message has not always been welcome.  But that does not make it any less true  (Matthew 25:31-45).  Here are a few ways you can show love for our neighbors in Christ this week:

1. The Cayuga Center in Harlem is where they are holding hundreds of the children separated from their parents at the border.  They are looking for musicians to play for the kids.  They do NOT need more donations, but they DO need volunteers and foster homes.
Those interested in volunteering, email info@cayugacenters.org.

2. If you live in New York State, have one bilingual adult in the household, and have a separate room for the child, you can consider fostering. Call 718-860-1656 ext. 1887 for more information or to apply to be a foster home.

3. Support Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, who are on the ground now providing shelter, medical attention, counseling, and advocacy for children separated from their families. Give a gift >

4. Urge Congress to use the budget to keep families together and welcome the stranger. Send a letter through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America advocacy portal >
 
 
 
 
 
Acts: Reading & Conversation Series
 
 
 
 
Take part in our complete reading of the book of Acts this summer, and weekly conversations at Advent on Sunday mornings at 10:10am.

Whether you're in town or away for the summer, you can read along with us!

This week's reading: Acts chapters 5 & 6


Acts is about the movement of the Holy Spirit in unlikely places, through unlikely people. It describes events following the ascension of Jesus and the start of the Christian Church. By reading it together, we hope to gain a better sense of how the Holy Spirit is moving in our lives and community today.
 
 
 
 
 
Seeking Volunteers for Food Pantry
July 8
Volunteers - 9am
Pantry Opens - 10:30am
 
 
 
 
All are welcome to participate as volunteers and/or as guests.  Work begins at 9am and pantry finishes around 11:30am.  Questions, contact Frankie.
 
 
 
 
 
Pub Theology
Wednesday July 11, 7pm
Topic: Faith Questions
 
 
 
 
Have a cold drink outside on a warm summer evening, and talk theology with diverse Advent friends.

Wednesday, July 11 |
7pm
Tuesday, August 7 | 7pm

at Ellington in the Park at 105th Street & Riverside Drive (in the lower level - down in the park).
 
 
 
 
 
Getting Ready!
Community Food Packing Event
Sunday September 16
 
 
 
 
On September 16, 2018, we are hosting a meal packing volunteer day as part of the ELCA’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” initiative.  In partnership with the Outreach Program (www.outreachprogram.org), our event will be open to all of our communities to come together to pack 24,000 meals (or 4,000 meal kits) for all the Food programs in our neighborhood.  We will have opportunities for all ages to help on September 16.  An event of this magnitude needs many hands to pull it off successfully.  We have many jobs both big and small.  Please e-mail Linda Kelly (lkelly_ny@yahoo.com) to help plan the event. 

We would also like to find corporate sponsors for the event.  If you know of Corporate Foundations that might provide sponsorship, please let Linda know.

"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands;Yes, confirm the work of our hands." Psalm 90:17
 
 
 
 
 
Water Collage - Summer Project
 
 
 
 
As you travel this summer, join in making our Water Collage.

Even as we spread out across the country and world this summer, we are still one community, united in Christ and in our baptism. If you're traveling this summer, you're invited to take part in this easy, fun way to connect with us.

Here's what to do this summer:

Collect a small sample of water from somewhere you travel to this summer. Then, bring it with you to worship at Advent on Sunday, September 16, where we'll do something special with our water from all over the world.
 
 
 
 
 
Advocacy Book for July: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
 
 
 
 

Homegoing traces the legacy of sorrow that slavery has left on eight generations of one family.

Join us in reading Homegoing as part of our summer-long Advocacy Book Group series. As you read, share your thoughts in our Facebook group.

 
 
 
 
 
IDNYC Popup at Advent
 
 
 
 
June 28 & 29, July 9- July 27, Monday thru Friday | 9am-5pm | The corner office downstairs

We'll be hosting a 3-week IDNYC popup here at Advent, in one of the offices downstairs. Come get your IDNYC, and help us spread the word!

IDNYC provides all New Yorkers a safe, free way to get a government-issued I.D. that gains them access to all the City services that come from having recognized identification, as well as benefits like a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.

To get your IDNYC, you need to bring some form of photo identification and proof of NYC residence. They accept a wide range of documents, including expired passports, and do not keep any of your information. Use their "Document Calculator" to figure out what to bring >
 
 
 
 
 
4 Ways You Can Support Our Ministry this Summer
 
 
 
 
Our weekly offerings typically dip in the summer months, while many people in our congregation are away. However, we know steady income contributes to a better budget and healthier church.

You can support our ministry from wherever you are during the summer in any of these four easy ways. You might be surprised by how quick and simple they are.
 
 
Learn How
 
 
 
August 24-26 | Weekend Retreat
 
 
 
 
At Koinonia Retreat Center

Take a weekend to deepen spiritually and connect in community. At our annual weekend retreat, you’ll get to know more people at Advent, and get in touch with the missional movement of the Holy Spirit in our church and in your life.

 
 
 
 
 
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, July 8
 
 
 
 
Gospel | Mark 6:1-13
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Sunday School | Off for the summer, and returning in September!
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the community hall downstairs for an overview of the book of Acts led by Pastor Danielle, In the Face of Persecution, Acts 4:1-23
El Salvador |  Prayers for the El Salvador Delegation in Caldaritas 
New Members  |  We will be welcoming new members at 11am worship
 
 
 
 
 
Giving
 
 
 
 
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
 
 
Donate
 
 
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