January 4, 2016
Dear Advent Members and Friends:

It is with sadness and with the confidence of the promised resurrection that I share with you the news that Pastor Gary Mills’ father, Orie Mills, died on Monday, December 26, 2016. Pastor Mills was able to travel to Minnesota by train to be with his family including his mother, Marilyn Mills, and his siblings, who gathered from around the world. The funeral was held on Saturday, December 31 at his hometown church Trinity in Benson, Minnesota. Pastor Mills’ mother requested that memorials and gifts "in lieu of flowers" be given to local food banks since Pastor Mill’s father volunteered for his church’s food pantry, distributed meals-on-wheels and regularly supported ELCA World Hunger. We will send letters of acknowledgement to Pastor Mills and his mother of any gifts given to Advent's Food Ministries in memory of Orie Mills.

Pastor Mills has stood beside many of us through the ups and downs of life and death. His faith has been a gift to us, as I am sure it is to his family now and in the days to come. Pastor Mills’ father made the crown of candles that we used here at Advent this December when we held our Santa Lucia celebration. On the longest night of winter, Santa Lucia reminds us of the Light of Christ, the very light that shines forth for Orie Mills and his family now as they celebrate his life and give thanks for the promise of life eternal.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25-26).

Pastor Mills will be with us on Sunday for our Three Kings Celebration and then return home for a vacation with his family. We pray for his safe travels and God’s grace for him and his family.


Pastor Ann Tiemeyer
2504 Broadway at 93rd Street New York, New York 10025  |  Phone: 212.665.2504