March 6, 2017
Senior Pastor News
We are excited to announce that on Sunday, February 26 the congregation of Advent Lutheran Church voted overwhelmingly to extend a call as Senior to Pastor Danielle Miller. Later that week, we received her letter of acceptance. Below is the brief biographical information that was shared at church last weekend. Pastor Miller will remain with her current congregation through Easter. Watch future e-letters for information about her first Sunday at Advent. 
Rev. Danielle Miller is the pastor of Oceanside Lutheran Church in Oceanside, NY.  A resurrection congregation, Oceanside Lutheran has experienced a renaissance of faith in recent history.  With a focus on experiential multi-sensory worship, mentoring youth into faith, and seeking justice with and providing radical hospitality for people on the margins, Oceanside Lutheran Church is described as “Spirit-driven and always surprising.”  

Originally from Lancaster County, PA, Pastor Danielle has lived throughout the US and abroad before landing in Long Island with her husband Joel, a family physician in the Bronx, and their two children, Jude, 4, and Levi, 6 months. She attended Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore for undergraduate studies and graduated with a Masters in Divinity from The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.  Currently, Pastor Danielle serves as Director/Dean of Pinecrest Lutheran Leadership Ministries.  

Pastor Danielle enjoys good books, good company, and good food.  She finds joy in impromptu dance parties with her children, storytelling and bad puns.  
Thank you to all of you who joined us in taking this exciting step into our future together, at the meet and greet on Saturday, and in worshiping and voting on Sunday. Thank you also to those who were with us in spirit and prayer from afar. And thank you to our Call Committee for their year of hard work that has brought us such a bright and promising new Senior Pastor.
Wednesday Evening Worship in Lent
Every Wednesday during Lent | Soup Supper at 6pm, Worship at 7pm

Join us Wednesday evenings in Lent for fellowship around warm soup, and a Taizé-style worship service drawing us into meditation and reflection on our baptism identity. Taizé is a contemplative style of worship centered on repetitive chants and sung prayers. The services will also include reflections led by various members of the Advent community, centered on weekly themes from the baptismal covenant used in the “Affirmation of Baptism.” This worship time will allow all gathered to reflect on the meaning of baptism, whether learning about it for the first time or remembering your own. Join us in reflecting on our baptismal identity and how we can continue to live out this covenant received in our baptism and made new each day.

March 8
To live among God’s faithful people . . .
Reflection by Cassie Hartnett

March 15
To hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper . . .
Reflection by Pastor Jim Sudbrock

March 22
To proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed . . .
Reflection by Djamilah Samad and Johanna Dillard

March 29
To serve all people, following the example of Jesus . . .
Reflection by Deacon Carlos Lopez

April 5
To strive for justice and peace in all the earth . . .
Reflection by Pastor Charles Miller

If you are interested in making soup for one of these evenings, sign up here.
What is Different in Lent
Lent is the 40 day church season from Ash Wednesday to Easter. It is a time of reflection upon our Baptismal identity and the gift of forgiveness Jesus has won for us through Christ’s death and resurrection. To emphasize the penitential character of Lent, changes are made in our worship service and worship space. So, what is missing during Lent? “Alleluia,” uncovered crosses, and the weekly lighting of the pascal candle (The exception is what's called a "rough hewn cross," which is made of wood instead of gold or silver, and is currently sitting to left of our altar.) And what is not missing? Christ’s love for us experienced through the sacraments of Baptism and Communion. This season is for our community to gather and reflect on the love of Christ, given to us in Baptism.
Three Devotionals for Lent
Three unique devotional tools to help you do Lent each day, at home or anywhere.

On immigration and refugees | From ELCA Advocacy and AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities), we give you the "I Was A Stranger" challenge devotional, featuring a Bible-passage-a-day conveniently printed on a bookmark. The "challenge," AMMPARO states, is to read each day's Bible verse each day, invite someone who has a different perspective or experience than you to do the same, and then discuss. Click here to download this devotional bookmark. 

On hunger | From ELCA World Hunger comes their annual "40 Days of Giving" Lenten devotional. This devotional is packed full with information, visuals, stories, reflections, and scripture about hunger. Click here to download this devotional.

Stories of Grace | As an outgrowth of our Prayer Ministry, Kathy Carpenter is collecting stories of "a time you received a totally unexpected, unearned, unasked-for, undeserved gift of grace." Stories will be shared regularly by email through the Prayer Ministry group. If you'd like to share a story, or be added the Prayer Ministry email group and receive stories throughout Lent, email Kathy at
God's Global Barnyard
Our Sunday School families are inviting you to support our Mission of the Month for March, ELCA World Hunger, by taking part in the God’s Global Barnyard program this Lent. In worship yesterday we handed out barn-themed Lenten banks to take home. If you missed it yesterday, you are welcome to come by the office this week or get one on a future Sunday. We invite you to add what you can to it throughout the coming weeks of Lent, and return it here on the last Sundays of Lent, April 2 and 9.

Our Sunday School kids are preparing a theatrical presentation to tell you more about God’s Global Barnyard and ELCA World Hunger. To participate, come to Sunday School or email to learn more. Enjoy your barn bank, and learn more about ELCA World Hunger by going to
Advent and the ELCA
ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton responded to attacks on the Jewish community. Read the full statement here. Also, Lutheran Social Services in New York recently welcomed a new President and CEO, Damyn Kelly. Pictured above, Pastor Ann, Pastor Mills, and Lauren Johnson met Damyn at a welcoming reception last week. Advent receives grant funding from United Way for our Food Pantry and Community through a partnership with Lutheran Social Services, making our partnership with LSS vital to continuing these ministries that support food insecure individuals and families in our community.
Chili Gurus Needed
Or even aspiring chili gurus! We're looking for more contestants of our Chili Cook-Off scheduled for Sunday, March 19 after 11am worship. Whether you have a favorite chili recipe, want to try a new one, or have never made chili before, we invite you to participate! All you need to do is bring a big pot of your chili, a creative title for your chili, and ladle on Sunday, March 19. Sign up here, and our Chili Cook-Organizers will be in touch with any further details.
A Time Change Reminder
Don't forget to set your clocks one hour forward this Saturday night, or else you might find yourself arriving to Sunday worship during the closing hymn!
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 March!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday
Gospel | John 3:1-17
Preaching | Jonathan Linman at 9am & 11 worship in English, and 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 | Sings at 11am worship
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the sanctuary. This Sunday's topic is, "Yes, you CAN read music! (Part 2)" led by Frank Martignetti.
New Members Class | Meets at 3pm with Pastor Ann in the sanctuary
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Our Mission of the Month for March is ELCA World Hunger, which supports hunger projects in 46 U.S. states and 62 countries. Learn more about ELCA World Hunger here.
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