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In Memoriam: Ken Selmer (1938-2014)

Ken Selmer and Pastor Johanna Kiefner
Sharing the joy at Pastor Johanna Kiefner’s installation (2007)

The Advent family lost one of the church’s founding members on Friday with the passing of our dear friend Ken Selmer. Whether washing stacks of dishes at the community dinners, mowing the lawn, or setting up tables and tents before outdoor festivals, Ken was on hand for every church event — with a smile or joke for all. And especially for the kids… If you couldn’t find Ken during fellowship hour after church on Sundays, he was usually outside playing with them and his faithful lab Shadow. He will be sorely missed.

Calling hours are Wednesday 15 October from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Cournoyer Funeral Home in Jaffrey. The funeral service is Thursday 16 October at 11:30 a.m. Following the burial at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in nearby Winchendon, Mass., a reception will be held at Advent. In lieu of flowers, his family has asked that donations be made to Advent Lutheran Church in his memory.

Advent Kids to Host Pancake Breakfast as Part of Their “Llama Project”

Advent Kids Pancake Breakfast

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.

Advent Kids Sell Lemonade to Aid Fight Against Malaria

Advent_Lutheran_Church_Malaria_Fundraiser_Lemonade_StandAs 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!”

In Memoriam: Sherry Bartlett (1961 – 2013)

A charter member of Advent’s congregation, Sherry Bartlett of Spring Hill, Florida passed away on Saturday 18 May 2013 after losing a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family, including her husband Jim, with whom she would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary this August.

She also leaves three children (Nathan and his partner James of Plante City, Florida; Jessica and her husband Kenneth Patria of Temple; and Heather and her husband Zack Woolford of Jaffrey) and two grandchildren, Ayden Woolford and Connor Patria. She is also survived by her brother Alan Cackett, sisters Deborah Acerbi and Lisa Vitelli, and many nieces and nephews.

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In Memoriam: Midge Gosling (1941 – 2013)

A memorial service will be held at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 11:00 a.m. for Advent member Marjorie C. “Midge” Gosling. Pastor Bob Lindberg will be officiating. Midge passed away 5 January 2013 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester following a brief illness. She was 71.

Midge was born November 20, 1941 in Mineola, New York, the daughter of the late David A. and Jean (Van Vranken) Comstock of Wilton, Connecticut. She moved to Rindge in 1986 with her husband, Joseph A. “Tony” Gosling, D.D.S., who passed away in March 2010. Continue reading In Memoriam: Midge Gosling (1941 – 2013)