The Surprising Nature of Abundance

In last week's e-letter we asked the question: How can we more vibrantly experience the abundance God provides, and stress less about the scarcity our culture highlights?

What is the key to abundance? We've all likely heard the trope about the uber-wealthy person who still feels something is missing, and research documentaries like the film Happy (which, after seeing it with the Adventurous Adventonians, we highly recommend watching as you consider "abundance" . . . yes, it's on Netflix) have done a great job of documenting how even people living on the simplest of means can feel their life is very abundant.

Recent research has sparked a wave of discussion about the power of having an "abundance mindset." At the heart of the movement is the assertion that "abundance mindset" people actually tend to be more successful in reaching their goals, further enriching their lives, and supporting their community than "scarcity mindset" people. How? First, "abundance mindset" people utilize opportunities and resources that "scarcity mindset" people don't notice; and second, "abundance minded" people are more willing to invest their resources in new opportunities, personal growth, and building community.

The most striking thing to us about this "abundance mindset" concept is its resemblance to what we hear in the Bible. Over and over the Bible urges us to see and have faith that God has provided a truly abundant life for us. We are called to be joyful and grateful for the life, redemption, forgiveness, and love abundantly present in our lives, given freely by God through Jesus Christ. God calls us to have this mindset not just because it makes us happier people, but more importantly because it frees us to love one another and commit our time and resources to God's Work.

Ok, great. So how can we get into this wonderful-sounding "abundance mindset"? More on that in next week's e-letter. Dive into a plethora of activities about abundance for adults and children at our Rally Day Party from 10-11am on Sunday, September 18.

The Abundance Photo Challenge

Join this fun activity to help us all get in touch with the abundance in our life (and each others') before Rally Day. Throughout the next five weeks we invite you to share pictures that capture the abundance in your life on Facebook or Instagram, tagging @adventnyc and #rallyday2016

Here are few guidelines to help you along:
  • Pictures could be of nature, food, books, people, activities--whatever you consider abundant in the world or in your life.
  • Keep looking harder for more new forms of abundance you didn't notice before.
  • Consider how the abundance in your life is similar and connected to people living in different circumstances than you.
  • Challenge yourself to visually capture forms of abundance that are less tangible.
  • Be creative, and have fun with it!
We look forward to seeing your "abundance" pictures! Have a friend you know would enjoy getting in touch with abundance these next several weeks? Invite them to join the challenge!

Check out our abundance challenge photos our Instagram profile or our Facebook page.
More Opportunities for You
Be a Sunday School teacher. It's easy, rewarding, and fun! All teaching materials are provided for you each week, you get to teach with a partner (which make it more fun, and makes it easier if you have to miss a Sunday), you get a training session with all the teachers on Sunday, September 11 (10am-11pm), and, most importantly, you get to build amazing relationships with families here Advent. We have 4 teachers already, and we need 4 more to complete the team this year! Could you be our answer? Email Zachary, our new Sunday School Coordinator, to get more information or let him know that you're interested.
Come a little early to help set up for worship this fall, and you're really helping make worship possible for everyone. Here is a way to contribute to the worship life of our congregation in a simple, peaceful way. On Altar Guild, all you do is setup our altar for worship on the occasional Sunday. Our Altar Guild members love doing it because they can contribute to worship behind-the-scenes and provide themselves with the opportunity for quiet reflection in our sanctuary. They need a few more members and would really benefit from you joining. Come learn how easy and rewarding it is by meeting with a member before committing to join. Click here to set up a meeting and learn how Altar Guild works.
Serve our neighbors a hot meal at Community Lunch this Saturday. Our Community Lunch in August is especially in need of volunteers as many of its "regulars" are away on vacation. Could you help serve a hot meal to 150 of our neighbors this Saturday, August 27? Learn more and sign up here.
Talk with our Call Committee. Our Call Committee has begun the search for our new Senior Pastor. Click here to see the members of our Call Committee, and to share your questions and thoughts.
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Worship this Sunday

Gospel Text | Luke 14:1, 7–14: Jesus visits a pharisee's house
Old Testament Reading | Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11: Clothed in the garment of salvation
Preaching | Pastor Sudbrock at 9am & 11am English worship, and Pastor Mills 12:45pm Spanish worship
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am English worship, and Pastor Mills at 11am English worship and 12:45pm Spanish worship
Liturgy | Now the Feast and Celebration
Mission Moment | Hear about our Mission of the Month, Augusta Victoria Hospital
Sunday School | Taking a summer break until Rally Day on Sunday, September 18
Adult Conversation | Have a conversation with ELCA mission developers about outreach and how to be one bilingual congregation. In the basement fellowship hall.
Adventurous Adventonians | Lunch and a movie at 12:15pm in the basement fellowship hall
Coffee Time | Coffee, tea, and snacks following every worship service
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 August: Augusta Victoria Hospital, a ministry of Lutheran World Federation that is the sole source of several life-saving medical treatments for people in Jerusalem and Palestine.
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