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.
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.
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.
After 25 years of being a priest in the Episcopal Church, some things get ingrained in you. For example, at least once a year I would go into my “Paul Revere” mode.
You see, according to canon law, Episcopal bishops are required to visit each parish in their diocese every 18 months (most make it a yearly visit). It is a VERY big deal for the parish. So, once I would get the notice that the bishop was coming, I would run about the parish hollering, “THE BISHOP IS COMING, THE BISHOP IS COMING!!” And everybody would go into “bishop visitation mode.”
We will start our annual Lenten Bible study the week of 27 February. Led by Pastor Bob Lindberg, the four-week class begins with a fellowship dinner at 6:00 p.m. before the Bible study starts at 6:30. If you wish to attend what is always an informative and thought-provoking series, please complete this one-question survey about which night of the week works best for you. [Update: The survey is closed, and classes will be held Wednesdays beginning 27 February. See the online Advent calendar for details.]