Advent Members Participate in Memorial Day Observances

Advent Kids rest after marching in the 2016 Jaffrey Memorial Day parade.
Advent Kids rest after marching in the 2016 Greenville Memorial Day parade.

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. ~John 15:13

Members of the Advent congregation took part in Memorial Day observances around the Monadnock Region this past Monday. In Rindge, Pastor Bob Lindberg served as a guest speaker at the Memorial Day parade on the Town Commons. On the other side of the mountains, three Advent Kids (a Cub Scout, Webelo, and Scout-in-training seen here) marched in the Greenville parade with local veterans and the awesome Keene American Legion Band.

Contemporary Services Coming to Advent

Contemporary ServiceLive music and more! Advent will begin holding regular contemporary worship services starting Sunday May 22 at 10:00 a.m. The contemporary services will generally be the fourth Sunday of each month, but may occasionally take place on additional Sundays as well. Check out the calendar at right — and come see what’s new at the only ELCA congregation in the Monadnock Region!

Single-Ticket Holder Wins Advent’s Treasured Chest!

TreasuredChestWinner_HielLindquistFitzwilliamHiel Lindquist of Fitzwilliam was the lucky winner of Advent’s Treasured Chest, hand-crafted by our own Rev. Bob Lindberg. Hiel bought just one of the $20 raffle tickets, from our Evelyn Fogg at the Fitzwilliam Fair last summer. Congratulations, Hiel, and thank you so much for supporting our church and “Project Playground” in this way. Hiel says the chest is his until a certain daughter decides it’s time to get married.

Children’s Choir Debuts at Advent

Advent's children take an active role in Sunday worship - serving as banners bearers and crucifers and singing in their own choir.
Advent’s children take an active role in Sunday worship – serving as banner bearers and crucifers and singing in their own choir.

Advent now has a children’s choir! The young singers made their debut at the All Saints Day Service on November 1. They will continue to practice and perform in the coming months under the joint direction of Evelyn Fogg and Jeff Poston.

Singing is just the latest way in which Advent’s children are taking an active role in the worship service. This is the second academic year that the elementary and Confirmation class students have take turns serving as the crucifer and banner bearers on Sundays and for other services. Ben Bensinger made a special wooden proessional cross just the right weight and dimensions for little hands last year; and the pint-sized banners seen here that the children carry up the aisle are their own creations. Made in Sunday School as a surprise for the congregation, they debuted at the Easter service last spring.

Fall Sunday School Term Focuses on Martin Luther

Some of Advent's Sunday School kids enjoying lunch at Kimball's in Jaffrey.
Some of Advent’s Sunday School kids enjoying lunch at Kimball’s in Jaffrey.

This Fall’s Sunday School classes begin on September 13, and the first six-week term will focus on the life of Martin Luther with a basic introduction to the Reformation. We’ll be starting a new music program, too!

The elementary-age class has been growing in size the last few years — join us at 9:00 on Sunday mornings to see what the fun is all about.