January 9, 2017
Why is it so Hard to Talk About Race?
Why do so many white people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about race? In July 2015, the New York Times sought to address that question. They started by looking for white New Yorkers who were willing to talk publicly about the question -- and the response surprised them. Read the article and watch their 5-minute Op-Doc video.
Moving From Privilege to Partnership
Join a small-group study at Advent about moving from privilege to partnership, starting this month.

Do you want to help address and break the cycle of socialization that perpetuates racism and sustains an exclusive church? You can. Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about race with candidness, solidarity, and love? You can. This small-group study is designed to equip you with the tools.

In "Troubling the Waters," a sixth-month study for white Christians, we will explore the role that white privilege has in shaping attitudes, belief systems, cultures and those of the church and society at large.

The first meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday, January 23. At our first meeting we’ll discuss as a group the best schedule to continue meeting, so if you are interested but not sure about your availability or schedule, come to this first meeting and be part of the conversation.

Sign up today! You can sign up online now, or talk to Pastor Danielle, who can be reached at pastordanielle@adventnyc.org. Can't make it to the first meeting? You can still sign up to let us know you're interested in participating.
Maybe You're Wondering . . .
Why does it say this study is specifically for white Christians?

Troubling the Waters is one of many anti-racism trainings/groups/programs that Advent will have over the next few years. The intent is for the greater conversation to ultimately engage the whole community. This initial group prepares the way for conversation, creating a space for white people to take responsibility for working with themselves to confront white privilege and inherent bias. We recognize there is no perfect approach to racial justice, and we welcome all voices, perspectives, and questions throughout this process.

Our first meeting at 7pm Tuesday, January 23 is 100% open to everyone wishing to learn, listen, and share your perspective on how we will approach this process as a congregation over the coming years.
Yes, I'm in for "Toubling the Waters"
Yes, I'll Join the First Meeting & Discussion
Annual Congregational Meetings in January
We need your questions, insight, and engagement in our 2018 Annual Congregational Meeting in January.

Please save these dates so you can participate in these important meetings for our congregation:

Ministry Update Meeting on Sunday, January 14 | 10:10am in English
Financial Update Meeting on Sunday, January 21 | 10:10am in English and 12:10pm in English and Spanish
Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote on Sunday, January 28 | 10:10am in English and Spanish
2017 Annual Reports
Start reading our 2017 annual reports from the Congregation Council, Pastor Danielle, Pastor Gary, and other ministry leaders in preparation for this month's meetings.
View Our Annual Reports
Our financial secretary, treasurer, and investment committee are still crunching the numbers on our end-of-2017 data. We'll share their financial reports in next week's e-letter preceding our financial update meeting on Sunday, January 21.

Photo by Szűcs László on Unsplash
Martin Luther King Day March
On Monday, January 15, join us and many others on an interfaith Martin Luther King Day march through the Upper West Side.

When & Where | The March starts at 2pm at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus Christ (on the corner of 96th Sreet & Amsterdam -- map)

Every year Upper West Side churches and synagogues hold a march on Martin Luther King day that stops at a variety of churches for a diverse, unique worship experience spread out across the Upper West Side.

This year Advent Lutheran Church is one of the stops! The theme this year is Immigration. Please save the date if you are interested in participating in the march. If you're interested in helping us host the marchers for a 10-minute stop of music, worship, and readings, please email Pastor Danielle at pastordanielle@adventnyc.org.
Council Nominations
Could you or someone you know serve on our Congregational Council this year?

Do you feel called to share your vision, ideas, and love for this congregation? We'd love to support and engage you as a leader in this community. At our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 28 we will be electing several new members to our Congregation Council.

To learn more, speak to a member of the Nominating Committee: Tanya Kent, who can be reached at tanya.e.george@gmail.com, Adolfo Ramirez, Rose Tresgallo, Carlos Lopez or Damaris Maclean.
Young Adults in Global Mission
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program invites young adults ages 21-29 into a year of service, faith formation and relationship building in 11 programs in 14 countries around the world. Young adults serve in the spirit of accompaniment, walking alongside global companions in a manner that practices mutuality, interdependence and solidarity. As they offer themselves in service, young adults are shaped by the witness of our global neighbors. Check out ELCA.org/yagm for more information and apply now! Applications are due Feb. 15 for service beginning in August.
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 | John 1:43-51
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Michelle Alvarado
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Off for our annual Ministry Update Meeting
Ministry Update Meeting | Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall
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