July 31, 2017
Meet Advent Interview Project: Elba Cabrera
Elba Cabrera first came to Advent with her granddaughter and her son. As she sat through her first Advent service she was unaware that she would come to spend the next ten years here. When the service ended everyone went to the entrance to talk, as is the Advent way, and she met fellow Pastors and congregants. The first time she met Pastor Brown, Elba was told, “See you next Sunday.”

“What have I gotten myself into?” Elba thought, this was supposed to be a one time thing! But sure enough, the next Sunday Elba was back, sitting in the pews amongst people who would become a major part of her life.

Talking about it now causes her to smile, her eyes sparkling as she remembers old memories. As with many of us, Advent is her home away from home, and it has turned out to be something that she could have never regretted.

Elba Cabrera has done it all. In her life she’s worked in Social Services and the Arts, had poems written about her and murals dedicated to her. She completed her degree at age 44 at SUNY Old Westbury. She's even traveled around 80 percent of the United States as a Girl Scout Administrator. A few years ago Elba had retired, but being the pro-active person she is, became bored and decided to teach Healthy Living workshops. Recently, an art exhibit was created about the impact Elba and her two sisters had on the Bronx community. A few Advent members went to see it, as shown in the picture above.

Through it all, through her incredibly awe-inspiring life, she wasn’t alone. On Elba’s travels, jobs, and adventures, she says “God was with me all the way. I can sense it.”
Annual Congregational Retreat this August
There is still time to sign up! In a few days, members of our congregation will be hiking, petting goats, eating s'mores, and meeting new friends. Spend a night with Advent. Experience God in nature. We want you there because we know how much you will love it. The trip is from August 4-6.

Learn more about travel, costs, housing, programming, and registration on our website.
Register Online
School Supply Giveaway!
10 years ago, some of the kids from the Food Pantry started asking for notebooks, pens, etc as the school season approached. Advent got together and collected tons of supplies to hand out to kids in need! This great tradition will continue until Sunday, August 6, and your donations can be left in the back of the sanctuary. On Monday, August 7 supplies will be handed out to the children.
Accepted Supplies: Backpacks, pencils, composition notebooks, pens, spiral notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, rulers, calculators, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes/cases
Immigration Film and Panel Discussion
It is our pleasure to announce a special showing of the documentary, “Immigrants for Sale,” sponsored by the ALCU, on Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00pm in the Community Room of Advent Lutheran Church. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and general conversation. Please join us and invite your friends and neighbors. 
Thrivent Action Grant
Are You A Thrivent Member? 

It starts with an idea. Is there an unmet need that you want to impact? Why not bring a team together and take action - a one-time fundraiser, service activity or education event that can be completed within 90 days. We'll help you get started, it's easy! It's called a Thrivent Action Team and it's a benefit of your membership. If you are a member of Thrivent or have a policy, you are eligible to apply for 250$ twice a year! Check it out here!  

Associate Members: Eligible for 1 grant per year
Members: Eligible for 2 grants per year

Contact Pastor Danielle at pastordanielle@adventnyc.org for more information.
Hiring: Event Coordinator
Do you love hosting events such as parties and meetings? Then this job is great for you! Talk to Zachary for more information. You can reach him at admin@adventnyc.org.
Summer Suppers Registration
With Summer Suppers in full swing, we want to make sure everyone is signed up. Summer Suppers is a celebration of community and all are welcome, the old and the young, Spanish speakers and English speakers, the seeker and the faith-filled. Whatever your level of comfort or experience with another language, it is a place to learn and understand God safely in your community.

Come as you are to Summer Suppers and experience a meal and laid back service that will fill you up (literally and figuratively). At Summer Suppers you don't need to bring forth your faith, it comes and sweeps you away. At Summer Suppers the whole Advent community is united. 

Summer Suppers will run Wednesdays from July 12 to August 16. Be sure to stop by one night, 4:30pm for Toddler Time, and 5:30 pm for the meal. 

You can view the full schedule and register online on our website, or pick up a registration form on the back table in the sanctuary.

¡Nos vemos ahí! (See you there!)
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Conversations on Advocacy All Summer Long
Through September 11, join us at our Adult Conversations from 10:10am to 10:50am for a series devoted to social issues and suggested advocacy actions. Here is the full schedule of upcoming topics:

August 6 | Immigration
August 13 | Augusta Victoria Hospital
August 20 | LGTBQ Rights
August 27 | Climate Change
September 3 | (no conversation)
September 11 | Disaster Response
Summer Choir
While the Advent Chorale takes a break for summer, there are still opportunities to sing in worship! Summer Choir provides a more laid-back opportunity to sing at 11am worship with just one rehearsal the same morning at 10:15am. Summer Choir will sing August 13. All are welcome to join!
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
Gospel | Matthew 14:13-21
Preaching | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Adult Conversation | Meets from 10:10-10:50am in the front half of the basement fellowship hall. This Sunday's topic will be on immigration -- part of our summer series on social justice and advocacy.
Are you traveling this summer? You can still support the ministries of Advent. Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online, or manage your recurring automatic online giving. Thank you for your faithful generosity.
The Mission of the Month for July is Equipo El Salvador. Equipo El Salvador is  our group that visits our sister church in El Salvador each year, and maintains our relationship through prayer and accompaniment.
Donate to our MOTM
Did you know that we provide two different offering envelope plans to help you manage your giving to Advent? A bi-monthly plan that provides weekly giving envelopes and all of the special holidays and missions of the month (for regular weekly givers), or a quarterly plan that provides just the special holidays and missions of the month (for electronic or annual givers). Would you like to receive envelopes from Advent or change your envelope plan? Contact our Financial Secretary, Linda Kelly at finance@adventnyc.org.
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