December 24, 2016
We're sending our weekly e-letter two days early because it's Christmas! Wherever you are and however you are celebrating this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we hope you are filled with incredible joy in knowing the inseparable love, forgiveness, and presence of God. In Christ, God's love reaches every corner of this broken, divided world and draws us into trust, unity, and love.

If you're in the city this Christmas, check out our worship times tonight and tomorrow morning, and join us in celebrating the birth of Christ.
Three Kings Celebration on January 8
The festivity of the season is not quite over yet! Don't miss this special Epiphany season celebration in two weeks.

Mark your calendars for our Three Kings Celebration at 12pm Sunday, January 8. This is an awesome opportunity for our English-worshiping members and Spanish-worshiping members to celebrate part of the Christmas story together, so come take part!

The Three Kings Celebration is a tradition in many Latino cultures, and Three Kings Day is a festival Sunday for all Lutherans. Here at Advent, our Three Kings Celebration includes a big potluck lunch for all, a piñata filled with candy for the kids, a special cake, the singing of traditional songs, and a visit from the three kings (yes, we've got the costumes). It's going to be a lot of fun! Join us!
Annual Congregational Meetings in January
We need your questions, insight, and engagement in our 2017 Congregational Meeting.

More information and all 2016 Annual Reports will be available online and in print at the start of January, but please save these dates so you can plan to participate:

Program Meeting on Sunday, January 15 | 10:10am in English on Sunday, January 15
Finance Meeting on Sunday, January 22 | 10:10am in English and 12:10pm in English and Spanish
Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote on Sunday, January 29 | 10:10am in English and Spanish
The Full Advent Season Photo Album
As we wrap up the Advent season, check out the complete Advent season photo album with new pictures from Travelers Christmas worship on Wednesday.
View the Advent season photo album
Wednesday Evening Worship Continues After Christmas
Our Wednesday Evening worship services will continue into the Christmas and Epiphany seasons this year. Join us at 6:30pm on December 28, January 4, and January 11 to hear three more reflections from Advent leaders on Martin Luther's Christmas Book, and sing music from Holden Evening Prayer at these candlelight evening services.
One More Week of Food Instead of Poinsettias
Instead of collecting donations for poinsettias during the Advent season, we collect donations of canned and nonperishable food and money supporting life-sustaining food ministries. There's still one week left to contribute.

This is the last week to bring in canned or nonperishable foods for Food Instead of Poinsettias. You can bring them to our office between 10am-5pm Monday through Saturday this week, or to worship Sunday, January 1. We'll share the food donations with 100+ neighbors in our community at our Food Pantry on January 7.

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, mark your check or envelope "Food Instead of Poinsettias" and place it in the offering plate at worship. All monetary donations will be divided between our own food programs and ELCA World Hunger, so we can make an impact here and abroad.
Community Gatherings Post-Election and Pre-Inauguration
We seek to offer a safe place for all people to gather, share, and strategize for how best to advocate for and build a non-violent community of support and justice. You’re invited to join us in sharing, praying, and strategizing advocacy action Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm on December 28, January 4 and January 11. This is right after Wednesday Evening Worship. You’re invited to join for both, just worship, or just this community gathering. Everyone is welcome.

On January 11, a special guest from the Interfaith Center of New York will join us to share information about supportive actions we can take with the Muslim community in NYC.

The gathered groups so far have discussed their answers to the following questions: What concerns you in light of the elections? What faith values or Bible passages help you address these concerns? What organizations do you feel will need additional support? What advocacy actions might you take as an individual or we take as a church? If you couldn't join us on those Wednesday evenings, we would still love to hear your answers. We invite you to respond here.
Become a Member
We have a New Members Class and our Annual Congregational Meeting coming up in January. If you'd like to become a member at Advent, join us for our New Members Class on Sunday, January 22 at 3pm. Talk to Pastor Ann to learn more or RSVP. She can be reached at
Find a Ministry to Learn, Grow & Serve In
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
Next Sunday (New Years Day)
Gospel | John 1:1-14
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Sunday School | Will gather for a group activity at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Off this Sunday, and returns Sunday, January 8.
Make a general donation to our church quickly and simply online, or manage your recurring automatic online giving.
Contribute to our Mission of the Month this December, Seafarers and International House, an ELCA ministry providing a "Harbor of Hospitality" to seafarers, sojourners, and people on the way. Learn more at
Donate to our MOTM
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