February 6, 2017
Sunday's Big News
Our Call Committee Chair, David Richards, and a member of the Call Committee, Juan Minier, made the following announcement at all three worship services on Sunday:

"It has been a busy week here at Advent. On behalf of the Call Committee and Council, I am pleased to announce that both committees have unanimously agreed on a pastor to be presented before the Advent congregation for consideration as our next Senior Pastor.   The congregational meeting to vote on this pastor will be Sunday, February 26th, so we encourage as many of you as possible to be in attendance that Sunday. The candidate will participate in all three worship services, and we are working on the details as to how best to introduce this individual to the congregation. Please be looking for a letter in the mail and information in the announcement page and e-letters over the next two weeks for details. We encourage all of you to please come be part of this process on February 26th.  Thank you."

Stay tuned for a formal announcement from the Call Committee in next week's e-letter and in the mail, and ongoing details in this weekly e-letter and in worship.
Here We Stand (And Sing!)
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, so we're hosting a special event centered on a beloved pillar of Lutheran worship: the hymn.

Join us in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by raising our voices at our Reformation Hymn Sing at 7pm on Wednesday, February 22.

As if he hadn’t already done enough, Martin Luther also wrote the words and music to a great many hymns, and they will be the feature of our Hymn Sing. Our selection of Luther’s hymns will focus on his understanding of the Apostle's Creed. Join us singing, celebrating, and reflecting on Luther’s reformative understanding of God’s Word that laid the foundation for this wonderful faith community we are blessed with today.

We are inviting other congregations and friends to this special event, and we invite you to do so too! Click here to print a flyer.
Two Ways to Continue Learning About Luther
The last meeting of our three-part book study on “The Forgotton Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation” led by Pastor Sudbrock is at 6:30pm this Wednesday, February 8. Even if you haven't been able to make the other meetings, or haven't started reading the book yet, you are welcome to join the discussion and pick up a copy.

On Sunday mornings in February, you can also join Pastor Sudbrock for a 4-week study on Luther's Small Catechism during our Adult Conversation hour at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall.
The Chili Cook-Off is Back!
We’re bringing back our tradition of a Chili Cook-Off as a special coffee time after 11am worship. Due to our Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 26, it has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 19. This year it will double as a Mardi Gras celebration, too! To enter your chili or help out, contact Maura Rosado at maurarosado@gmail.com. All are invited to enjoy a warm bowl (or bowls) of chili, and fun fellowship.
Join Our Trivia Night Team
Do you have a passion for random facts and friendly competition?

We’re getting an Advent team together to participate in the second annual trivia night fundraiser supporting Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education in NYC, aptly titled: “Are You Smarter Than A College Student?” Join our team to face off against other churches and college students in a friendly battle of wits admist food, drink, and fellowship. Whatever your level of prowess at trivia, anyone interested in being part of our team is welcome to join! Talk to our team leader, Carolyn Riehl (carolyn.riehl@gmail.com), to learn more and get on board.
Advocacy Update
Last year we sent out an Advocacy Alert calling you to reach out to your Senators and Representatives about releasing the allocated funds to Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital, which provides the only source of life-saving cancer treatment in Jerusalem and surrounding areas.

We are pleased to share that the U.S. recently released 25 million USD for the payment of Palestinian Authority (PA) debts to East Jerusalem hospitals. Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH) received over 11 million USD on 22 January 2017. Once again we have avoided any interruption to the life-saving cancer and kidney treatment provided by AVH. Thank you those of you who took action and gave your support.
A Look Ahead to Lent
Ash Wednesday is just a month away on Wednesday, March 1. We'll have special worship services at 12pm and 7:30pm in English, and 6pm in Spanish. We invite you to worship with us and be marked with a cross of ashes.

Beginning Wednesday, March 8, our Wednesday Evening Worship services return for the Lenten Season at 7pm. A change from the Advent Season, these midweek worship services will begin at 7pm, and we’ll also have a Soup Supper before at 6pm in the basement fellowship hall. Join us each Wednesday for fellowship around warm soup, and a Taize-style worship service drawing us into meditation and reflection for Lent. If you are willing to cook soup for one our suppers, sign up here.
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 this February!
View our full Ministry Calendar
This Sunday
Gospel | Matthew 5:21-37: Jesus teaches about forgiveness
Preaching | Pastor Mills at 9am & 11 worship in English, and 12:45pm worship in Spanish
Presiding | Pastor Ann at 9am & 11am worship in English, and Pastor Mills at 12:45pm in Spanish
Music Minister | Frank Martignetti
Sunday Singers | Sings at 11am worship. Meets at 10:15am to rehearse.
Sunday School | Meets at 10:05am in the sanctuary
Adult Conversation | Meets at 10:10am in the basement fellowship hall for week two of a 4-week study on Luther's Small Catechism, led by Pastor Sudbrock
Youth Night | Meets at 6pm in the Youth Room
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Our Mission of the Month for February is Koinonia Camp and Retreat Center. Located about two hours upstate in the Catskills, Koinonia is a Lutheran ministry Advent has partnered with since its beginnings in 1959. Today Koinonia is instrumental in connecting and strengthening congregations in the Metro NY region. We have our Congregational Retreat there every year. Learn more about Koinonia on their website.
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