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.
The Advent kids broke ground last Saturday for their new climbing mountain, the first piece of playground equipment to be installed at what they have named their ADVENTurers Park on the West side of the church property. The kids have been raising 100% of the money for the nature-inspired play area for almost two years now.
The playground crew worked all last weekend as well as Tuesday evening to dig the two four-foot holes with concrete footings necessary for the mountain. Another two work days are necessary before the climbing mountain will be installed and ready for play. Follow their progress in the ADVENTurers Park photo gallery!
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.
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.
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.
Have you stopped by the Sunday School bulletin board lately? Anna Ciglar’s artistic rendering of the Advent Kids “woodland-style” playground plans can be seen, along
with a neatly hand-printed list of the equipment: climbing mountain, standing seesaw, balance beam, monkey bars, swings, in-ground slide, and colorful rubber mushrooms that double as jumping “stones” and seats!