Join us Saturday, September 23 for a daylong celebration of the 500th anniversary of a bold act by a German monk named Martin Luther. In 1517, his stand against the church authorities of the day ultimately led to the Protestant Reformation. As a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we here at Advent claim Martin Luther as our founder. He is recognized by all Protestants today as one who took an important and enduring stand against paying our way into God’s graces.
The free festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a Medieval-Renaissance Children’s Faire. Design your own “fair maiden” hat, knight’s shield, or jewelry. Engage in a little swordplay. “Nail” your own statement of beliefs to our Wittenburg Door. Sample homemade root beer made by the Advent Kids. Enjoy grilled hot dogs and silly desserts like a “Diet of Wurms” treat at the food stall. Take a photo with Martin and Katie and some of their contemporaries (including Mr. and Mrs. Magellan and a certain astronomer with pretty wild hair).
Each child attending is invited to “shop” for a free book at the Ye Olde Booke Stall in honor of Martin Luther’s love of books and his contribution to literacy. And everyone is encouraged to stop by the rescue dog meet-and-great area we’re hosting in honor of Martin’s love of dogs. Watch the tails wag as you say hello to local dogs in foster care and learn more about animal rescue, fostering, and adoption.
Prizes will be awarded for best costume of the period — monks, pirates, knights, royalty, jousters, jesters, nuns… We’ve actually heard that a pope may be there! Even your favorite canine can get compete for a prize. Winners in each catagory — adult, child, and dog — will be announced at 1:30 p.m.
Our Traditional Biergarten opens at 2:00 p.m., with German pretzels and Wachusett Brewing Company’s Octoberfest ale available for purchase. Heartier fare will be sold from 4:00-6:30 p.m. (including grilled bratwurst and sides, traditional German desserts homemade by Advent bakers). We will continue offering free hot dogs to kids only until supplies run out.
It was a close vote – whether to raise funds for llama or a goat. In the end, the llama won out because, as the kids explained, “you can use a llama for transportation, too!” Advent’s Sunday School kids decided earlier this fall that they wanted to “purchase” an animal through the Heifer International program for their Christmas project. A goat provides milk and cheese to poor families around the world, meaning better nutrition, especially for the children, and the opportunity to build a family business and develop self reliance. Thanks to their highly prized and very warm wool, llamas are also a key to a sustainable livelihood. And the price for each was almost the same: $120 for the goat vs. $150 for the llama.
As part of their fundraising efforts, the kids are hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday 8 December from 7:00-9:45. The $5.00 cost gets you Chef Poston’s delicious pancakes, sausage, fruit, a choice of juices, and that good Lutheran coffee.
Advent is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a big outdoor festival on Saturday 24 August — and everyone in the community is invited! To be held from 1:00-5:00 p.m., the family-focused event includes free food and cold drinks and plenty of old-fashioned summer fun.
Games range from three-legged races (with prizes for both kid and adult teams) to a cake walk (think musical chairs with cakes as prizes), plus a little kids fishing pool, ring toss contest, and more. And your children and teens won’t want to miss the Scavenger Hunt at 3:00! Other activities include face painting and take-home jewelry crafts.
Mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate “30 years of warm welcomes”!
Bishop James Hazelwood (seated at left) visited Advent on Friday for the first time since his election to the New England Synod last year. A group of parishioners that included some of Advent’s founding members joined Pastor Bob Lindberg to welcome him. Over coffee and refreshments, the conversation ranged from Advent’s 30-year history to outreach opprotunities in the Southern New Hampshire area and beyond. Afterwards, everyone gathered in the Sunday School room to show off the murals in progress by Advent’s resident artist and to pose for a group photo.
For the second year in a row, Advent’s Swedish Meatball Community Dinner on Saturday 26 January will feature Nanna Larson’s traditional recipe for mouthwatering meatballs and gravy — a recipe brought with her when she emigrated to the United States from Jonkoping, Sweden in the early 1900s and painstakingly prepared by Advent’s “meatball rolling team” headed by Nanna’s great-granddaughter.
Side dishes include traditional mashed potatoes, sauteed carrots, green beans with almonds and cranberries, homemade rolls, and a table buffet of homemade desserts. Bring your appetite: As regular diners know, portions are extremely generous and always delicious!
The dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The first five college students with I.D. eat for free. Otherwise, prices are as follows: children, $4.00; students, $5.00; seniors, $8.00; and all other adults $9.00.
Carol Fournier’s employer is collecting new and “gently worn” footwear for the charity Soles4Souls, and she is asking Advent members with shoes to donate to bring them to the church or drop them at her home before 31 March.
The Nashville, Tenn.-based non-profit organization has delivered 17 million-plus pairs of shoes to people in more than 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, and the United States, since 2005.