Hiel 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.
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 gorgeous heirloom-quality chest constructed of walnut and curly birch and lined with cedar is being raffled off at our Christmas Bazaar on Saturday November 14, 2015. Proceeds from the “treasured chest,” which was lovingly hand-crafted by Advent’s own pastor, go equally to the church’s Outreach Fund and the Project Playground fund.
Single raffle tickets are $20, with three for $50 or seven for $100. Only 500 tickets are being sold. The “treasured chest” will be on display at Advent’s booths at the Jaffrey Riverfest (July 25) and other summer and fall festivals in the Monadnock region. Tickets may also be purchased directly from Advent members, or by phoning the church office at (603) 899-3095.
From the statement by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
It has been a long season of disquiet in our country. From Ferguson to Baltimore, simmering racial tensions have boiled over into violence. But this… the fatal shooting of nine African Americans in a church is a stark, raw manifestation of the sin that is racism. The church was desecrated. The people of that congregation were desecrated. The aspiration voiced in the Pledge of Allegiance that we are “one nation under God” was desecrated.
Mother Emanuel AME’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, as was the Rev. Daniel Simmons, associate pastor at Mother Emanuel. The suspected shooter is a member of an ELCA congregation. All of a sudden and for all of us, this is an intensely personal tragedy.
Read the full statement and related news release on the ELCA website.
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!
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.