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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.

 

Programs Meeting

Sunday, January 15 | 10am-10:55am

Learn, ask questions about, and discuss our programs and staff reports.

 

Finance Meeting

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

Click here to read the agenda for the 2017 Annual Congregational Meeting.

Se puede leer la orden del día.

 

2. Approval of Minutes from 2016 Annual Congregational Meeting

View the minutes from last year’s 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.

 

 

Congregation Council

Our Congregation Council worked diligently toward several important goals this year. Read the full report from Council President, Damaris Maclean.

 

Call Committee

The Call Committee is continuing to interview candidates for our next Senior Pastor. Read the full report from our Call Committee Chair, David Richards.

 

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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.

 

Abiding Memorial

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.

 

Adventurous Adventonians

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.

 

Adult Conversation

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.

 

After-School Program

Our After-School Program is growing in participants and volunteers. Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Barbara Ito.

 

Altar Guild

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.

 

Assisting Ministers

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.

 

Chalice Bearers

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.

 

Confirmation

An update on Confirmation is included in Pastor Ann’s staff report in the Staff Reports section below.

 

Counters

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.

 

Flower Arranging

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.

Also, read the Food Pantry report from this ministry’s leader, Frankie Tompkins, and the full Community Lunch report from this ministry’s leader, Carlos Lopez.

 

Financial Stewardship Task Force

This task force is excited to build on their success in 2016. Read the full report.

 

Green Team

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.

 

Greeters/Ushers

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).

 

Latino Ministry

An update on our Latino Ministry is included in Pastor Gary Mills’ report in the Staff Reports section below.

 

Lectors

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.

 

LGBTQ Group

A new group meeting for brunch and conversation throughout the year. Read the full report from Pastor Mills.

 

Music Mondays

In 2016 we welcomed over 2000 guests to nine concerts. Read the full report from the Music Mondays Artistic Director, Aaron Wunsch.

 

Personnel Committee

Read the full report from the Personnel Committee.

 

Prayer Ministry

Read the full report from this ministry’s leader, Kathleen Carpenter.

 

Property Task Force

Read the full report from the Property Task Force.

 

Scholarship Committee

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

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

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.

 

Youth Group

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.

 

 

Treasurer’s Report

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.