November 21, 2018
Advent Season Celebration + Las Posadas
Don't miss it! | Saturday, December 8 | 10am - 3:30pm

Join us for caroling, Christmas tree decorating, crafts, hot cocoa, a photo booth, gifts and ornaments, Las Posadas, and more!

The Advent season is about getting excited and prepared for Christmas. What better way to start it off than a big celebration bringing together Advent members and the community. We'll have activities in the morning, lunch, and Las Posadas in the afternoon. Join us for this very special day of fun.

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Our Impact in a Year
God’s love is unmeasurable. And yet, there are signs along the way, signs that God is at work through us and in spite of us. This Budget of Ministries gives us a roadmap, marking our journey, and pointing to the ways that God is at work.

Thank you for your commitment to God’s mission and ministry here at Advent Your discipleship to Jesus Christ makes a difference in the world and in the lives of very real people.
On Udugu Sunday, we reflected on our stewardship through Advent and the global Lutheran Church, and Advent members made their stewardship pledges for 2019.

Stewardship is the belief that we are called to care for the world God made and all the inhabitants in it. We do this through the use of God's gifts in our lives -- our selves, our time, and our resources.

Stewardship pledges made this fall for 2019 are the basis of our 2019 budget, and therefore the scope and impact of our ministry next year. We ask that you continue your process of reflection about your stewardship through Advent in the coming weeks.

Walking with Tanzania
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Udugu Sunday! We hope you enjoyed learning more about our accompaniment with the Lutheran Church in Tanzania, and our new sister church, Nyabugera.

Couldn't make it? Listen to Pastor Margay Whitlock's sermon here, and see pictures from the day here.

Here are some ways you can continue to be involved:

1. Join our Tanzania Committee | They are very open to more members. Email Blessing to learn more >
2. Get involved in Sunday School | Our Sunday School children will be working on various projects this year to connect with the children at our sister church, Nyabugera. Email Vicar Abby if you are interested in helping >
3. Start saving for our Tanzania Trip in 2020! | Our Tanzania Committee will be sharing more details about our upcoming trip soon.
2019 Budget Hearing
This Sunday, November 25 | 10am & 12pm | The Community Hall downstairs

Coinciding with this time of focusing on stewardship, our Council invites you to a Budget Hearing Sunday November 25, offered at 10am and 12pm. This is an opportunity to learn more and give input about the development of our 2019 Budget. If you are away this holiday weekend but would like to participate in this process, please email our Council treasurer, Pastor Charles Miller > 
The Latest from Council
Our Council gathered for their monthly meeting on Wednesday, November 14.  Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

- Vision Team | Following our September congregational meetings, Council finalized a working proposal for a Vision Team to lead a Vision & Mission process in the spring (more details on this below)
- Anti-Racism | The Council affirmed the Pastors in leading an anti-racism initiative and membership with the Emmaus Collective beginning in the spring
- Building Cost Estimates | Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel Architects (GKVA) completed an updated assessment on our basement renovation needs on November 18, increasing the estimate from our Building Update in July. They also affirmed that our Rand Report on the building envelope is valid for 10 years (and "the best in the city"), adding 5% each year for degradation and inflation.
- Elevator & Sidewalk | We recently had to pay $8500 in urgent repairs to the elevator, and it is still not operating. Why? Because our elevator is old, when we put a new part in, it causes another older part to break. Following that trend, another part has broken, and the next repair is estimated to take over a month because the repair company will need to build a discontinued part from scratch. Pastor Gary signed the contract this week, so work will begin immediately. Pastor Gary also just signed the contract for a $1,255 bid to shave our 93rd street sidewalk, making it safer for everyone who uses it. We are over-budget on Building Repairs for this year, but Council is committed to addressing the most urgent safety and accessibility issues.
- Grant | Pastor Danielle is waiting to hear back on a $200,000 grant she and Pastor Gary applied for that, while focused on ministry, could also help with some building costs
- Property Committee | Will be reorganized early 2019
- Council Treasurer | Deanne Walters has accepted her nomination to succeed Pastor Charles Miller as Council Treasurer. The nomination will go to a vote at our Annual Congregational Meeting.
- Annual Meeting Dates | The Council confirmed our annual meeting dates in January. View them here >

For more details on these and more, read our November Council Minutes >
Vision & Mission Retreat
Saturday | January 12, 2019 | 10am-2pm

The Council is currently and prayerfully putting together a Vision Team made up of experienced, passionate, and open-minded leaders from diverse areas of Advent's ministry.  The information gathered and discerned by the Vision Team will influence and guide the work of our Spacial and Financial Planning Teams, which will be formed after the work of the Vision Team progresses.  

The Vision Team will lead a highly visible, inclusive process inviting our congregation to collaboratively shape our vision and mission. The Vision Team will provide opportunities for various levels of engagement by all Advent members.

If you want to be involved in this process, begin by saving the date for our Vision & Mission Retreat on Saturday, January 12 from 10am-2pm. This will be an important opportunity to engage early on in the process.  

Beginning this Sunday, a binder compiling all questions and answers from our September congregation meetings will be available upon request to any Council member. See our full roster of Council members and contact info here >

In next week's e-letter, our Council President, David Richards, will share an update on our Vision Team and next steps.
Faith Formation at Advent
Midday Online Bible Study
Wednesdays at 12pm | Starting 11/28

Join us in person at Advent or join us online for this lunch break Bible Study. Join the Bible Study online next week at
Sunday Faith Formation
Sunday School
10:05-10:55am | Every Sunday
Sunday School rooms (downstairs)

Join us for a faith-filled hour of singing, crafts, Bible stories, and community for all ages, every Sunday! Learn more >
Sundays | 10:10-10:55am | Community Hall (back half)

This Sunday, learn about the Anabaptist movement of the 16th Century. The Anabaptists were an offshoot of the Reformation. Together, we'll talk about both what lessons and cautions we can glean from their lives, beliefs, and witness. View more upcoming topics >
Last week's conversation on Dalit Theology
Sermons & conversations, anytime on your phone

We just uploaded sermons and conversations from Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday, in addition to 50+ sermons and conversations from this year. Learn how to listen >
Music at Advent
Intergenerational Choir | Our NEW intergenerational choir, One Voice Singers, was amazing on Udugu Sunday! All are welcome to join One Voice Singers next time at 11am worship on Sunday, December 2. Children will rehearse in Sunday School from 10:05-10:55am the next two Sundays. Adults are invited to one rehearsal at 10:20am in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 2 before joining our Sunday School kids in one voice at 11am worship.
Community-Building at Advent
Coffee Hour | Our new Coffee Hour at 10am and 12pm seeks to be the ideal place to get to know new people at Advent. Come join us for coffee, baked goods, and conversation before or after worship every Sunday, and get to know more people at Advent.

20s/30s Brunch Group | Save the date for our next Brunch this Sunday, November 25 after 11am worship. Email Michael to learn more >

Adventurous Adventonians | Come and party-hearty with the Adventonians on Sunday, December 9 at 12pm. Good food, good fellowship, good fun. A Saint Lucia celebration, games (pin the nose on Rudolf, etc.), singing,  etc. So many Adventonians travel over the holidays so here is your chance to enjoy some holiday spirit with your fellow congregants before the Christmas/New Year travel season! Email Kathy M. to learn more >
Volunteer Opportunities
Our next Food Pantry is Saturday, Dec 1 at 10:30am. Volunteer > 

Our Advent Season Celebration is Saturday December from 9am - 3:30pm.  Volunteer> 

Our next Advent-Trinity Schools Dinner is Thursday, December 13 at 5:15pm.  Volunteer> 

Our next Community Lunch is this Saturday, Dec 15 at 12pm. Volunteer >
Ministry Calendar & Directory
What ministry or group will you be involved in this month? There are even more ways to connect in fellowship and service!

This Sunday, November 25 | Christ the King Sunday
Gospel | John 18:33-37
Preaching | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Advent Chorale | Sing at 11am worship
Coffee Hour | At 10am and 12pm in the front half of the Community Hall downstairs 
Sunday School | Starts at 10:05am in the Sunday School rooms downstairs
Adult Faith Formation | Off this week. Back Dec 2! View schedule >
2019 Budget Hearing | Offered at 10am and 12pm in the Community Hall downstairs
Communications Internship | Meets from 3-6pm in the Intern Office downstairs
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