September 11, 2018
Our Meal Packing Event is this Sunday!
Sunday, September 16 | 8am - 3pm (5 shifts available, so you can worship and serve)

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples, "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it."

Food is a gift that sustains life. In our church and community, some of us love food, worry about food, lack food, or have plenty. Jesus calls us to use this gift not only to feed ourselves, but for the sustenance and well-being of every last one in our community. 

This Sunday, as we pack 24,000 meals to send to all the food programs in our neighborhood, we'll be responding to this call -- our church and the 120 volunteers from Advent and the community who have signed up. We will give ourselves, our time, our hands, and our joy to follow Jesus and see the Gospel in action.

We are so excited for this Sunday! There are still a few more spaces left if you'd like to join us.

Congregational Meetings
Guided by our mission and ministry, we will address our building needs and envision how our building can best support our future ministry. Our pastors, staff, various committees, and the Congregation Council have been working hard to assess our ministry and building needs. They now invite you to 3 congregational meetings in the fall to present, discuss, and decide on our next steps.
Presentation Meeting

Sunday, September 23

Offered at 10:05-10:55am, 12:05-12:55am, and 1:15-2:05pm (bilingual)

Community Hall (downstairs)

Discussion Meeting

Sunday, September 30


Community Hall (downstairs)

Decision Meeting

Sunday, October 7


Community Hall (downstairs)

When do the Sept 30 and Oct 7 meetings end?

Our Sept 30 and Oct 7 meetings have no set end time. Plan to worship at 9am in English or 12:30pm in Spanish to fully participate in these meetings. We estimate they will be 1.5 - 2 hours long.

Will there be 11am worship on Sept 30 and Oct 7?

Yes. We'll still have a simple 11am worship upstairs for visitors and anyone not attending the meetings.

Will babysitting be provided during these meetings?

Yes. Babysitting will be provided for all meetings so parents can fully participate.

How should I prepare for these meetings?

Below we've compiled all the documents we've sent out over summer that will help set the stage for our meetings. We recommend reading them all.
Preparing for our Meetings
These are documents we've previously sent out over the summer that will help prepare you for our meetings. Please read them if you haven't had a chance yet, and review as needed before our meetings.

Find these materials, meeting dates, and FAQs anytime at
We have many ministries starting and re-starting this fall, as well as (in the next section) 6 highlighted opportunities to volunteer. These ministries center around worship, spiritual development, and social justice with a focus on immigration and hunger -- a direction we'll continue to grow, as shared in our 2018-19 Ministry Plan.

You are invited to explore and participate in any one (or several) of these ministries and volunteer opportunities this fall. Thanks be to God for all these ways we can worship, connect, learn, and serve!
Sunday School Teachers
What: Help with our Sunday School program, and lead activities and lesson for small groups.

When: 10:05-10:55am Sundays, beginning October 14

Where: Meets in the sanctuary, continues downstairs

After-School Program Teachers
What: Assist children in grades K-6 with their homework, and help facilitate snacks and activities

When: 3-4:30pm Mondays, beginning September 17

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

ESOL Conversation Partners
What: Help people learn English through casual conversation

When: 3-4pm Tuesdays and 11am-12pm Thursdays, beginning October 2

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Food Pantry
What: Help assemble and distribute 150+ bags of groceries for the community

When: 9-11:30am the first Saturday of every month (Next: October 6)

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Community Lunch
What: Help prepare and serve a home-cooked meal for 150+ people in our community

When: 9:30am-2:30pm (5 shifts/roles available) the first Saturday of every month (Next: September 22)

Where: The Community Hall downstairs

Koinonia Special Meeting
3pm | This Saturday, September 15 | St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in New Rochelle (map)

Many in our community are deeply connected to the mission and ministry of Koinonia Camp and Retreat Center, our Lutheran outdoor ministry partner upstate. Unfortunately, mold was recently found in many of Koinonia's facilities, presenting a costly hurdle to Koinonia's continued operation and ministry. This Saturday, a special meeting will be held about how to respond to this development. All are welcome.
25th Anniversary of Pastor Brown's Ordination
2-4pm | Sunday, September 30 | Marble Collegiate Church

Marble Collegiate Church is celebrating Pastor Brown's 25th Anniversary of her Ordination, and Pastor Danielle is preaching at the ceremony! All are invited to join her in celebrating this milestone.
Scholarship Application
Apply by September 15

College students! Our scholarship application deadline has been extended to September 15. You are invited to apply for a small scholarship to help with the cost books and other college expenses -- everything helps! And we are glad to help in this way.

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, September 16
Gospel | Mark 8:27-38
Preaching | Pastor Danielle at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Gary at 12:30pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Gary at 9am & 11am worship in English, and 12:30pm in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Dedication of El Salvador Cross | At 9am worship
Confirmations |  Sorayita Alcaide Cruz at 11am worship
Community Food Packing Event | 8am-3pm in the basement Community Hall
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