Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration of the installation of Reverend Dr. Nancy Hauser as Rector of the Church of the Advent. What an uplifting experience to watch the Bishop perform the installation service for someone who has been so special to Advent. Also thank you to all who donated to the capital fund to do major repairs to the PCOC in honor of Nancy.
We are making progress on the necessary repairs to the PCOC. A new roof has been completed, painting is underway that will be completed by summer’s end. The final color will be a stone gray with white trim. Last year we replaced many of the double hung windows and hope to do the big windows/doors in the rear of the building soon. The dying tree in the back of the building has been removed and the big tree near the memorial garden has been thinned of many dead and dying branches. We are not sure whether we will be able to save this beautiful 80 year old specimen. The PCOC study committee continues to meet and will prepared to share its findings with the congregation in the fall.
We have a beautiful campus with many gardens, trees etc. These amenities require much labor to keep them weed free and presentable. There have been some parishioners who have toiled for many hours to keep Advent beautiful. We need additional help to weed beds in front and side of the PCOC, beds along the street entrance as well as the memorial gardens. If we keep up with the work each bed should take less than an hour a week. Please give this some thought and help us keep the grounds presentable. The bench under the big oak tree is a great place to have lunch or just sit and watch the day go by after you finished weeding.
Once again rain, although a blessing impacted our May Fair. I large group of volunteers worked hard parking cars, cooking food, selling tickets ,and running bounce houses ,and slides. Let’s not forget the dunk tank. Thank you to all the kids who braved the chilly water so their “friend” and family could enjoy hitting the target and dumping them in the tank. Hopefully next year will bring a warmer day and a bigger crowd. Be thankful for what we have.
The sun was shining on the Pentecost picnic. Kevin Delaney managed to cook up some great hamburgers and hot dogs and parishioner brought many great side dishes and salads. The deserts were fantastic. I must point out the chocolate cake that almost put me in a coma. Thanks to all who attended to make this a special day.
One reminder, many of us go on protracted vacations in the summer and worship at other churches. However the expenses at Advent continue no matter the time of year. Please check your pledge and try to stay current so we can continue to meet the obligations of the church.
In this time of turmoil around the world let’s pray for peace and understanding!