Contemporary Services Coming to Advent

Contemporary ServiceLive music and more! Advent will begin holding regular contemporary worship services starting Sunday May 22 at 10:00 a.m. The contemporary services will generally be the fourth Sunday of each month, but may occasionally take place on additional Sundays as well. Check out the calendar at right — and come see what’s new at the only ELCA congregation in the Monadnock Region!

Single-Ticket Holder Wins Advent’s Treasured Chest!

TreasuredChestWinner_HielLindquistFitzwilliamHiel 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.

Children’s Choir Debuts at Advent

Advent's children take an active role in Sunday worship - serving as banners bearers and crucifers and singing in their own choir.
Advent’s children take an active role in Sunday worship – serving as banner bearers and crucifers and singing in their own choir.

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.

Fall Sunday School Term Focuses on Martin Luther

Some of Advent's Sunday School kids enjoying lunch at Kimball's in Jaffrey.
Some of Advent’s Sunday School kids enjoying lunch at Kimball’s in Jaffrey.

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.

“Treasured Chest” Fundraiser to Benefit Outreach Programs, New Playground

Advent is selling just 500 tickets for the opportunity to win this gorgeous chest hand-made by Pastor Bob Lindberg.
Advent is selling just 500 tickets for the opportunity to win this gorgeous chest hand-made by Pastor Bob Lindberg.

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.

The Mass Shooting in Charleston Is “an intensely personal tragedy…” for Lutherans

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.