As preparations for the Really Big Yard Sale & Silent Auction were being made, the young ladies of Advent decided on their own that they wanted to sell lemonade at the event to raise money for a good cause. After checking out the ELCA Good Gifts program, they chose mosquito nets, which cost $10 per family or $250 for an entire village.
More than 40 African countries struggle with malaria, a highly preventable disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. And, as the girls made sure everyone who passed their table knew, a child dies of malaria somewhere in the world every 45 seconds.
The lemonade brigade raised just over $90.00 – enough for nine nets! Or, as they reported excitedly, “We’ve saved nine lives!”
A charter member of Advent’s congregation, Sherry Bartlett of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Saturday 18 May 2013 after losing a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family, including her husband Jim, with whom she would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this August.
She also leaves three children (Nathan and his partner James of Plante City, Florida; Jessica and her husband Kenneth Patria of Temple; and Heather and her husband Zack Woolford of Jaffrey) and two grandchildren, Ayden Woolford and Connor Patria. She is also survived by her brother Alan Cackett, sisters Deborah Acerbi and Lisa Vitelli, and many nieces and nephews.
Continue reading In Memoriam: Sherry Bartlett (1961 – 2013)
A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 11:00 a.m. for Advent member Marjorie C. “Midge” Gosling. Pastor Bob Lindberg will be officiating. Midge passed away 5 January 2013 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester following a brief illness. She was 71.
Midge was born November 20, 1941 in Mineola, New York, the daughter of the late David A. and Jean (Van Vranken) Comstock of Wilton, Connecticut. She moved to Rindge in 1986 with her husband, Joseph A. “Tony” Gosling, D.D.S., who passed away in March 2010. Continue reading In Memoriam: Midge Gosling (1941 – 2013)