February 13, 2019
Visioning Process Blog
Our first Visioning Process blog post is up! With our Visioning Process blog, we hope to document our journey in the Visioning Process together, including a variety of writers from the Vision Team and congregation.

In our first blog post, Ross and Kevin share a recap of the Vision Retreat, our Vision Team meetings over the past month, and a preview of what's to come in the "Listening" phase of our visioning process.

Visioning Process Opportunities
Sunday Faith Formation:
Gospel-Centered Community

Sundays in Feb. | 10:10am - 10:50am | The Community Hall (back half)

Join us at 10:10am downstairs on Sunday mornings in the back half of the Community Hall for our next step in exploring vision and mission in the Bible.

Praying Together: 
Praying through and with Community

The congregation is invited to pray for one another

Starting on February 1, through March 5, we will pray through the roster of our community.

*If you see your name or someone else's name missing from our Prayer Calendar, please know it was a clerical error or typo, and it's our sincere intention to include everyone. Please let us know so we can correct it >
Our 2019 Lenten Theme
This year, our Lenten theme is 
"Prophets, Poets, Disciples: What it Means to Follow Jesus."

This Lenten Season, we will explore together what it means to daily follow Jesus, grounded in his life, death, and resurrection.  Our conversations will be framed around Luke 4:18-19, the final weeks of Jesus life, and the lives of the disciples/saint(s) recognized each Sunday who embody what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  

March 10 | Lent 1: Harriet Tubman/ Sojourner Truth
What does it mean to follow Jesus into freedom?

March 17 | Lent 2: St. Patrick
What does it mean to follow Jesus into vision?

March 24 | Lent 3: Oscar Romero
What does it mean to follow Jesus into accompaniment?

March 31| Lent 4: John Donne
What does it mean to follow Jesus in proclaiming God's presence?

April 7 | Lent 5: Bonhoeffer
What does it mean to follow Jesus into both uncertainty and joy?

Stay tuned for information about all the ways we will explore these themes throughout Lent, including Sunday Adult Faith Formation, Discipleship Groups, Daily Devotions, and more. Signups for these events will be coming next week.
Discipleship Groups: Coming to a Home Near You!
This Lenten Season, you are invited to be a part of a Discipleship group.   

Gather with 6-8 people weekly for four weeks around scripture, prayer and questions of discipleship. This Sunday morning, you'll have opportunity to begin signing up.  Online sign-up will launch next week.  Prayerfully consider which group is the best fit for your schedule in both timing and location.

  • Sunday (Upper West Side)     - 4pm (English)                                                                                                                          Children Welcome w/ potluck supper
  • Monday  (Upper Manhattan)   - Evening (Spanish)
  • Tuesday (Upper West Side)    - 7:30pm (English)
  • Wednesday (UWS/At Advent) - 12noon (English)
  • Wednesday Nights (Bronx)     - 6:30pm (English)                                                                                                                     w/Soup Supper
  • TBA Group - For those who wish to participate but need a different time to do so
Family Fellowship Group: Winter Denial Picnic
Saturday, March 2 | 7:30pm | The Community Hall at Advent (downstairs)

Our next opportunity to gather in Family Fellowship will be on Saturday, March 2nd for an indoor picnic to trick our minds into thinking that Spring isn't too far away! Bring your favorite picnic lunch and picnic blanket and we'll supply the beach balls, picnic games and lemonade. We hope to see you there!
Faith-Based Anti-Racism: Marble College
Thursday, February 28 at The Loft at Marble Collegiate Church | 9:30am - 12pm

How do we build faith organizations for healing and undoing racism? Join us at 274 Fifth Avenue to strategize anti-racism efforts that will help religious groups develop effective networking and collaboration to organize against racism.  

Youth Takeover of Community Lunch
Our youth “takeover” of Community Lunch is this month! In this project, your high schoolers will have the opportunity to lead and shape every stage of Advent’s Community Lunch ministry, and learn what it takes to pull it off! They’ll have a diversity of Community Lunch leaders as teachers and guides. They are very excited to share the leadership of CL with our teens this month, so everyone should be sure to participate at some point!

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

Sunday 2/17 at 12 pm in the Youth Room | Introductory Meeting and menu planning with Hephzibah and Gail
Placing the Food Order with Hephzibah | meeting time TBD
Friday 2/22 at 5 pm (till approx. 9) in the kitchen | Food Prep with Hephzibah, and other volunteers
Saturday 2/23 from 10 am - 2 pm | Community Lunch (with setup and clean up)
One Voice Intergenerational Choir
Opportunities to learn, grow, and sing!

This Sunday at the 11am service is our first intergenerational choir performance.  We are so excited about this new music ministry! Adults (and kids) can join at one rehearsal this Sunday at 10:20am. There will be three opportunities to sing in our intergenerational choir before the end of the school year! For those who would like to sing in the choir during worship, put the following dates on your calendar (all performances will take place at the 11am service):

February 17 (this Sunday!)
March 17
April 14

We hope that you and your child might join us in singing! Have questions? Email Vicar Abby.
Mission Fund Applications Open | Feb 1 - Apr 15
Do you represent or know of an organization doing great social work? Apply for a grant from our Mission Fund! Learn more >
We'd love to learn more about your organization's mission and vision, and how we might support it. You can learn more about the criteria and process of applying for a grant from our Mission Fund on our website.
Coffee Hour
Our Coffee Hour at 10am and 12pm is the ideal place to get to know new people at Advent. Come join us for coffee, baked goods, and conversation before or after worship every Sunday, and get to know more people at Advent.  And please consider bringing a treat to share! 
Ministry Calendar & Directory
What ministry or group will you be involved in this month? There are even more ways to connect in fellowship and service!

This Sunday, February 17
Gospel | Luke 6:17-26
Preaching | Vicar Abby Ferjak
Presiding | Pastor Gary Mills
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Coffee Hour | At 10am and 12pm in the Community Hall downstairs (front half)
Adult Faith Formation | Our "Vision & Mission in the Bible" study begins this Sunday at 10:10am - 10:55am in the Community Hall downstairs (back half)
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am - 10:55am in the Sunday School room downstairs
Communications Internship | Meets from 3pm-6pm in the Intern Office
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online. As we begin this new year, consider how you can help fund the growth and expansion of Advent's Ministries.  Thank you for you for your faithful generosity.  
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