Calling all members of this faith community to share your voice and your vote. We need your input. We need your perspective. We need your passion for faith, worship, and ministry. Join us this January at two discussion meetings and our 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting.
Sunday, January 15 | 10am-10:55am
Learn, ask questions about, and discuss our programs and staff reports.
Sunday, January 22 | 10am-10:55am and 12pm-12:40pm
Get informed about and discuss our proposed 2017 budget and other financial matters.
Annual Congregational Meeting with Vote
Sunday, January 29 | 10am-10:50am in English and Spanish
Our formal annual meeting for a congregational vote on the 2017 budget, Council members, and other action items.
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of Minutes from 2016 Annual Congregational Meeting
3. Election of new members to the Congregation Council and Nominations Committee
Read the full report from the Nominating Committee, including profiles of the two new nominees to the Congregation Council.
Se puede leer el informe completo del Comité de nominaciones aquí.
4. Approval of Proposed 2017 Budget
The proposed 2017 Budget is now available under the Financial Reports section of this page.
Our Congregation Council worked diligently toward several important goals this year. Read the full report from Council President, Damaris Maclean.
The Call Committee is continuing to interview candidates for our next Senior Pastor. Read the full report from our Call Committee Chair, David Richards.
20s/30s Brunch Group
Our young adults group met monthly for brunch after 11am worship in 2016. The group’s new leader hopes to build out new events in 2017. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Michael Hammett.
The Abiding Memorial Fund was highlighted in a special appeal around All Saints Sunday in November, 2016. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Sarah Brown.
From regular lunch-and-a-movie meetings on Sunday afternoons, to leadership and participation in a variety of special events, the Adventurous Adventonians were very active in 2016. Read the full report from this ministry’s leaders, Kathleen Carpenter and Kathleen Matson.
Our Adult Conversation covered a wide variety of topics in 2016 and is seeking to grow in several ways. Read the full report from Pastor Mills.
Our After-School Program is growing in participants and volunteers. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Barbara Ito.
Our Altar Guild continues the search for new members. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Lynne Henderson.
Annual Congregational Retreat
Many gathered at Koinonia Retreat Center in June for a time of community and relaxation. Read the full report from our 2016 organizer, Tanya Kent.
An update from our non-pastoral leaders in worship about the history of this ministry and where it stands today. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Ricki Ravitts.
Our Chalice Bearers seek to provide worry-free training to encourage and equip new volunteers 2017. Read the full report from this ministry’s leaders, Shannon Barr (9am) and Barbara Sadowski (11am).
Coffee House: West Side Voices
Coffee House: West Side Voice provided the opportunity for many in our congregation and community to share their creative work in a supportive space. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, (our former Vicar) Nancy Rackoczy.
An update on Confirmation is included in Pastor Ann’s staff report in the Staff Reports section below.
Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Madelyn Soussoudis.
Equipo El Salvador
We helped our sister congregation in Calderitas purchase a permanent space for worship and fellowship in 2016. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Norma Martin.
Our “Flower Power” ministry had members transition in and out this year, but is going strong. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Fred Grumm.
Food Ministries Task Force
The Food Ministries Task Force, which includes leaders and volunteers from both our Food Pantry and Community Lunch ministries, formed this year to collaboratively strategize for the functionality, support, and growth of these ministries. Read the full report from the Food Ministries Task Force.
Financial Stewardship Task Force
This task force is excited to build on their success in 2016. Read the full report.
The Green Team cultivated the tree pits alongside our building on 93rd Street, and contributed to a bible study series about “Eco-Reformation.” Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Dart Westphal.
Our Greeters/Ushers did an outstanding job of making people feel welcome as they arrived at worship throughout the year. Read the full report from this ministry’s leaders, Elba Cabrera (9am Worship) and Kathy Matson (11am Worship).
An update on our Latino Ministry is included in Pastor Gary Mills’ report in the Staff Reports section below.
This past year, Advent was blessed with a wonderful and devoted set of readers. But Carolyn decided that it’s time to point out some problematic habits among our lectors (read for a good laugh). Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Carolyn Riehl.
A new group meeting for brunch and conversation throughout the year. Read the full report from Pastor Mills.
In 2016 we welcomed over 2000 guests to nine concerts. Read the full report from the Music Mondays Artistic Director, Aaron Wunsch.
Read the full report from the Personnel Committee.
Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Kathleen Carpenter.
Property Task Force
Read the full report from the Property Task Force.
This committee continues to oversee the financial support of our college students through the Scholarship Fund. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Kathleen Carpenter.
Summer Suppers launched this year as a new summer program bringing our English and Spanish speaking congregants of all ages together for food, fellowship, worship, and learning. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Zachary Stevens-Walter.
Sunday School is under new leadership, and continues to be supported by dedicated families and teachers. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Zachary Stevens-Walter.
Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Kevin Bowen.
Lutheran Counseling Center
Our Lutheran Counseling Center office offers individual, marital, and family counseling for many in our congregation and community. Read the full report from Dr. Thomas Taylor.
College and Graduate Student Ministries
Lutheran Ministries in Higher Education in New York City, and its affiliated ministries and programs for college students, have grown and thrived under leadership of a new full-time pastor. Read the full report from Pastor Becca Seely.
Pastor Ann Tiemeyer | Senior Interim Pastor
Pastor Ann details a variety of goals, success, and joys she has seen during the past year as our Senior Interim Pastor. Read the full Senior Interim Pastor’s report from Pastor Ann.
Pastor Gary Mills | Latino Ministry
Pastor Mills aims to continue growing our Latino Ministry in 2017. Read Pastor Mills’ full report on our Latino Ministry in 2016. Se puede leer el reporte completo del Pastor Mills y nuestro Ministerio Latino del 2016.
Zachary Stevens-Walter| Office Administrator & Sunday School Coordinator
Read the full report from our Office Administrator, Zachary Stevens-Walter. The report on Sunday School can be found under the “Ministry Reports” section above.
Kevin Bowen | Communications Coordinator & Youth Ministry Coordinator
Read the full report from our Communications Coordinator. The annual report on our Youth Group can be found under the “Ministry Reports” section above.
Frank Martignetti | Minister of Music
2016 upheld our reputation for amazing music in worship and special events. Read our Minister of Music’s full report on music ministry at Advent.
Josh Weidmann | Building Manager
A lot was accomplished in our building in 2016, and we are gaining clarity and progress on what still needs to be done. Read the full report from our Building Manager, Josh Weidmann.
Linda Kelly | Bookkeeper
Our bookkeeper has diligently overseen our financial processes and records, while also contributing to the implementation of more organized processes and record-keeping throughout our resources and staff. Read the full report from our bookkeeper.
Read the full report from our Treasurer, Pastor Charles Miller.
Proposed 2017 Budget
Click here to view an introduction, summary, and the full Proposed 2017 Budget.
Haga clic aquí para ver una introducción y el presupuesto completo de 2017.
2016 Dedicated Accounts
Click here to view the 2016 year-end Dedicated Accounts.
2016 Financial Position
Click here to view the 2016 year-end Financial Position.
Investment Committee Report
Read the full report from our Investment Committee Chair, Erik Falk.
Audit Committee Report
Read the full report from our Audit Committee.
Mission Fund Report
The Mission Fund dispersed $42,561.00 to a wide variety of wonderful ministries and organizations in 2016. Read the full report from the Mission Fund Committee Chairperson.
Mission Giving (Other Benevolence)
Read the full report from Council member, Tanya Kent.