July 27, 2017
Weekly Story
From now to August 3rd, we will share a short story in every Newsletter that you can in turn share with your children as a way to build faith conversations at home! 

Casey knew that she shouldn’t take the cookie. When she first reached her fingers over the counter, slowly towards the cookie, her mom told her, “No Casey, have faith that all good things will come in due time.” Confused, Casey still took her hand away. Later, however, when Casey was sure her mom wasn’t looking, she reached for the cookie again, but her dad told her, “No cookie Casey, be patient!” Sadly, Casey took her hand away from the cookie. But the cookie looked so yummy! When her mom and dad both weren’t looking, Casey reached for the cookie again, knowing for sure she could grab it this time, but her sister saw her and told her, “No Casey! Mom and Dad said no! Listen to them!” But with its pink and green frosting and the little blue heart drawn on it, she couldn’t resist. Casey wanted that cookie, badly. And so she decided to steal it. She created a master plan that would take place after everyone was asleep.

When her mom had given her a bath and her dad tucked her in, Casey shut her eyes and pretended to sleep. She stayed in bed until she was finally sure it was safe. Then she crawled out of bed, put on her black hat and socks, and snuck out to the hallway. She tiptoed past her parent’s door, silent as a mouse. She slid on her belly past her sister’s room, sneaky as a fox. She crawled past her cat, quick as a bunny. When she got to the kitchen she jumped to her feet, as quiet as could be. She carried a chair and placed it down, climbing onto it without making a sound. When she looked at the counter she saw the cookie -- but next to it was a note! Casey stared at the note, squinting her eyes in the dark, and bringing it close. She gasped as she saw one of the words.

Do you think Casey is doing the right thing trying to steal the cookie? What would you do if you really wanted something but your parents told you that you couldn’t have it? Would you be patient and honor your parent’s words? To find out what the note says, if Casey gets the cookie, and what happens next, tune in next week!
School Supply Giveaway!
10 years ago, some of the kids from the Food Pantry started asking for notebooks, pens, etc as the school season approached. Advent got together and collected tons of supplies to hand out to kids in need! This great tradition will continue for the rest of July, and your donations can be left in the back of the sanctuary. On Monday, August 7 supplies will be handed out to the children.
Accepted Supplies: Backpacks, pencils, composition notebooks, pens, spiral notebooks, filler paper, glue sticks, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, rulers, calculators, erasers, pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes/cases
Recommended Reading Books
Maybe God Is Like That Too, Written by Jennifer Grant
Every child wonders where God lives or what God is like. In Maybe God Is Like That Too, a young boy asks his grandma where God is in their city. She invites him to pay attention to where he sees the fruit of the Spirit. Where love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are, there too is God. The boy sees God in the kindness of a doorman holding the door for a man using a wheelchair, in the patience of his teacher helping him tie his shoes, and in the love, faithfulness, and gentleness of his grandma. An ordinary day in his city opens this young boy’s eyes to God’s Spirit at work all around him. 
Water Come Down: The Day You Were Baptized, Written by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Beautifully written by award-winning author Walter Wangerin Jr., this lyrical story introduces kids to the beauty, joy, and meaning of baptism. The perfect gift to make a child feel special – like part of the most wonderful family in the world. With a dedication page to commemorate a special occasion and a parent section to help impart their families’ unique perspective on the meaning of joining God’s family, Water Come Down is a wonderful introduction to the significance of baptism, its roots in the biblical story and its meaning for life today.
God's Dream, Written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has a vision of God’s dream. It involves people who hold one another’s hands, but sometimes get angry and hurt one another — then say they’re sorry and forgive. It’s a wish that everyone will see that they are brothers and sisters, no matter their way of speaking to God, no matter the size of their nose or the sha
de of their skin. Aided by vibrant artwork, Tutu conveys the essence of his ubuntu philosophy, a wisdom so clear and crystalline that even the smallest child can understand.
When God Made You, Written By Matthew Paul Turner
From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 
The Lord's Prayer, Written by Tim Ludwig
The beloved words of The Lord's Prayer serve as the text for a picture book that shows a young girl and her father spending a day together and helping an elderly neighbor. 
Whoever You Are, Written by Mem Fox Illustrated by Leslie Staub 
“Little one, / whoever you are, / wherever you are, / there are little ones / just like you / all over the world.” So begins the Australian author Mem Fox’s joyful picture book Whoever You Are, a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences. Leslie Straub’s innovative, colorful, folk art–style oil paintings of children from all corners of the globe are bordered with photographs of hand-carved, bejeweled frames—and they all reflect Fox’s message that no matter where we come from, within our hearts “Joys are the same, / and love is the same. / Pain is the same, / and blood is the same.” A gem!
Papa Luther: A Graphic Novel, Written by Daniel D. Maurer
The exciting story of Martin Luther, told through the eyes of his children Hans and Magda. This colorful, 88-page “comic book” is geared especially toward children ages 8 to 13, but will intrigue all ages. 
Annual Congregational Retreat this August
Road trip to Koinonia! Damaris is excited to go on the retreat because "my most memorable conversations and strongest friendships have happened during the retreat." She loves getting her kids to know more people in the congregation, the fresh air, lake, and bonfires.

Enjoy the weekend of August 4-6 in picturesque landscapes while spending time with people who love you as you are. There are boats, goats, campfires, s'mores, hikes, early morning coffee, late-night board games and even more. Sit by the lake reading your book or chatting with a new friend. Spend a night with Advent. Gain a spiritual experience beyond Advent's walls and the New York City buzz. Experience God in nature. We want you there because we know how much you will love it.

We'd love to have you with us. Learn more about travel, costs, housing, programming, and registration on our website.
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Summer Suppers
With Summer Suppers in full swing, we want to make sure everyone is signed up. Summer Suppers is a celebration of community and all are welcome, the old and the young, Spanish speakers and English speakers, the seeker and the faith-filled. Whatever your level of comfort or experience with another language, it is a place to learn and understand God safely in your community.

Come as you are to Summer Suppers and experience a meal and laid back service that will fill you up (literally and figuratively). At Summer Suppers you don't need to bring forth your faith, it comes and sweeps you away. At Summer Suppers the whole Advent community is united. 

Summer Suppers will run Wednesdays from July 12 to August 16. Be sure to stop by one night, 4:30pm for Toddler Time, and 5:30 pm for the meal. 

You can view the full schedule and register online on our website, or pick up a registration form on the back table in the sanctuary.
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