The Advent Kids are hosting another Traditional Pot Roast Lunch — only $6 for a delicious Sunday meal just like grandma used to make! And we’ll do the dishes. The children are more than $2,000 towards their $8,000 goal for a safe, “nature-inspired” playground for themselves and their friends in the community.
Please join us Sunday, June 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a tasty, home-cooked meal and to show your support. The kids served more than 50 diners at the first dinner in March — so come early!
If you missed shopping the book sale booth at last weekend’s May Fair, a table with some of the most popular genres has been set up in the Fellowship Hall where the lunch is taking place.
It’s our second-annual May Fair & Book Sale this Saturday, May 30! Games and activities with great prizes for kids of all ages — including our popular old-fashioned cake walk “competition”! Mouth-watering burgers and hot dogs at the Chuckwagon Cafe. Cool treats at the Advent Kids table. Made in Monadnock wares from toymaker Terry Miller and others. Plus books, books, and more books — between the Usborne Books booth and the Advent used-book stall, avid readers will have plenty to choose from. The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. (until 2:00 p.m.), with the grills firing up about 10:30. Saturday’s weather promises to be beautiful — come join us!
Yesterday was “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, the ELCA’s annual day of service, so the Advent kids decided to do a little fall planting and clean-up. The two large planters of chrysanthemums now on the front porch were the result of their labors, and a generous donation of materials. After beautifying the church entrance, they turned their attention to picking up leaves and twigs on the front lawn in preparation for Fall Fest later this month.
As “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday coincided with Advent’s first day of Sunday School, the kids’ annual Pancakes With Moses kick-off event became Ice Cream With Moses. And, everyone was invited! After church, a sizable portion of the congregation headed to Kimball Farm in Jaffrey for ice cream, socializing, and a good deal of running around among the trees (those in the bright yellow t-shirts at least).
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.
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!”
As many pastors will tell you, the children’s sermon can be the most challenging part of the service! One of Advent’s teens took over the tough crowd this past Sunday as part of his confirmation studies, and we captured it on video. The subject: The Ten Commandments. Well, the first five of them, at least. Listen carefully over the munching of cookies. The little Sunday Schoolers were introduced to the Ten Commandments a few weeks back as part of learning the story of Moses — and they have their own take on the subject matter, especially the honor-thy-parents part.