Welcome to Advent Lutheran Church

What We Do

Advent Lutheran Church is a member of a the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Visit the ELCA website for more information on the Lutheran church and Lutheran heritage.

 

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HOLY COMMUNION

every Sunday 

at 10am.

 

 

 

Our interim Pastor, Rev. Dr. Charles R. Vogeley       leads worship services.

 

 

 

          

A Reflection on Last Sunday’s Celebration of the Advent Church Family

During last week’s celebration of the 93-year history of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Advent we asked one person, “How does the Holy Spirit draw you to Advent? What keeps bringing you to Advent?”  What do you think her response might’ve been?  Accessibility?  Parking? Coffee hour goodies?  Opportunity to pray?  Convenient worship time – not too early, not too late?  The not-so-high church liturgy?  None of these!  The respondent said, “The JOY permeating Advent’s faith and life.”  “Oh,” she added, “and the 2-person choir!  They’re amazing!”

How does the Holy Spirit draw to you worship?  Or, is there something or someone keeping you away?  If so, please let the Transition Pastor and Transition Team know.  Maybe the Holy Spirit can use us to help you! The Lord wants His people to be “in community.” Christianity isn’t a “Lone Ranger” faith.  Email Marilee Scheer, Chair, at MarileeScheer@gmail.com or me at CRVogeley@gmail.com. God invites all God’s beloved to worship on the Lord’s Day. We want to hear to you!

Attached is a file with photos from the Celebration’s brunch.  If you cannot open the PDF, then try the Microsoft Publisher file.

 

Father’s Day

          As with Mother’s Day, good news and bad news.  The bad news is that not everyone had/has a loving relationship with their dad or stepdad.  So, our national celebration of Father’s Day may be a difficult time for you. For this reason, we include in Sunday’s prayers a petition for all who have suffered abuse or alienation.

          The good news is many are thankful for loving relationships with dads, grandfathers, uncles, Godfathers, Sunday School teachers, pastors, youth & Scout leaders, coachers, teachers, mentors, etc. 

In addition to our dads and grandfathers, Jean and I are thankful the Lord connected us to three, among many, mentoring churchmen.  Two are named Bob and the third Roy.  We cannot celebrate Father’s Day without speaking of, and thanking God, for them.  Of blessed memory, these saints are always remembered. 

          One God-incidence, since I’ve been privileged to be your transition pastor, is discovering I knew Priscilla Devine’s parents years ago.  They were active members of a neighboring Lutheran congregation in Manhasset, where I served as coverage pastor in the 1980’s. Priscilla’s dad, Ken Deesen, was an awesome leader in Church of Our Saviour – Lutheran in Manhasset along with her mom, Lillian.  I often wished back then that the Deesens were members in Port Washington. It’s not right to steal sheep.  But look at this God-incidence!  Advent’s blessed with Lillian & Ken’s progeny!

 

Now, the 4th Sunday after Pentecost:  About Those Birds of the Air.

          Jesus teaches in parables. Do you have favorite?  The parable of the Sower and Seed is a favorite for many, but the parable of the Soils is also a favorite.  My favorites are the “parables of the lost” in St. Luke 15:  lost sheep, lost coin, lost son.  The Lord searches for, and welcomes, all!

Tomorrow’s parables are the Sower and the Seed and the Parable of the Mustard Seed. You gotta love the mustard seed.  Small. Very small. Larger than a celery seed in your Sunday brunch Bloody Mary, but still small.  Jesus says when planted the mustard seed becomes “the greatest” of all shrubs.  Doesn’t mean the largest, biggest, or strongest. The mustard tree is the “greatest” because it shelters in its branches a variety of God’s beloved birds.  Lesson for us:  We’re God’s beloved too! Even smaller congregations provide shelter, safety and sustenance for God’s people. Smaller congregations find ways to bless the community in which it is located. Advent is among the greatest of congregations!

 

Tomorrow’s scriptures include Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17; and, St. Mark 426-34.

           Hymns are “This Is My Father’s World,” “Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil,” “Faith of Our Fathers,” “Spirit of the Living God,” and “Day by Day.”

          Jessica Scheer is the Lector. Assisting minister is Matthew Wells.  Coffee hosts is Michele Wells. Ushers are Michele & David Wells.

          The Floral Vases are by Kathy Richards in honor of her grandchildren, Abby Kotula and Walter Richards upon their graduations, respectively, from University of Southern New Hampshire and SUNY-Cobleskill.

         

Prayers

          We continue in prayer on behalf of Ron Dobert, Joan Dowdle, Alice Dzvonar, Otto Kirschner, Maria Mannetta, John MullinerBarbara Suprina, and the Faltins’ niece, Karinn Smolly.  Ron Dobert’s kneecap fractures will heal in several weeks. We also cover in prayer Pat Hoehlein, a friend of the Faltins, as well as Roberta herself after being released from the hospital and for her daughter, Linda Benco. 

          Alice sends her greetings to all!  On Thursday she learned the song we’re singing in this season, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet!”  She sang along, chorister she’ll always be!

          Forget not to pray daily with the Transition Team as they come to their first congregational-wide event next Sunday: “O God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

 

Emancipation/Independence Events Today

 

From Council Secretary, Barbara Farr --

Amendments to Advent’s Constitution in keeping with the Model Constitution of the ELCA were unanimously approved at last Sunday’s special meeting.  The revised Constitution will now be submitted to the Secretary of the MNYS, Pr. Robert Schopflin, for acceptance and approval. This is a required action of transitional congregations as we move forward in the Call process.

 

Outreach

Advent is starting up a small Outreach Committee to reach out to our community through various media. If you have any suggestions for Outreach or would like to participate, please contact RKBreuer@aol.com.

 

Transition Team Meets by Zoom

          Marilee Scheer announces the Team will meet with Pr. Angela Shannon (assistant bishop assigned to the Peconic Conference of congregations by Metropolitan NY Synod Bishop, Pastor Paul Egensteinervia Zoom next Wednesday, June 19th, at 7:00pm.  A major item on the agenda is planning for the church family-wide Congregational Assessment.  The assessment is a survey to be completed by all -- either on-line or by pen-and-paper.  The survey is completely anonymous.  No names or identifications will be associated with the results. 

The Assessment’s purpose is to help the Team formulate “the Mission Site Profile.” The MSP, for short, narrates the congregation’s faith, life, assets, needs, and what the Advent family looks for in a prospective pastor.  If you want to read more, go to  https://www.elca.org/Resources/Call-Process and select “MSP guide.”

          The Team will also have a brief meeting after tomorrow’s worship.

 

Peconic Conference Young Adults

          Peconic Conference congregations are planning a Brunch for young adults in their twenties on Saturday, August 17th.  If any are interested in attending, please let me know at crvogeley@gmail.com so I can let Pastors Claire Repsholdt (Our Savior, Patchogue) and Elsa Marty (Trinity, Rocky Point) know you want to be included on the invitation list. 

 

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