Senior Living News at ACV

ACV Friendly Neighbor News - Week of November 15–22, 2018


View our community newspaper to find out what's going on around Advent Christian Village this week.

November Village Streams Available


This month's edition of Village Streams, a small collection of useful and timely information concerning the issues of aging and its effects on families, is now available.

Included in the 2018-19 Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series is John Denver tribute artist Ted Vigil. Ted will perform Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., at The Village Church in Dowling Park. Season Tickets for the artist series are on sale now.

Nine Music Acts Coming to Dowling Park


Advent Christian Village recently announced its 31st season of the Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series. This season, nine musical performances have been scheduled from September through March. Solo vocalists, instrumentalists and bands will once again delight and amaze ticket holders gathered at Advent Christian Village, and season tickets are on sale now.

How Tax Reform May Affect Charitable Giving


The tax reform bill recently signed into law roughly doubles the standard deduction for individuals. That’s good news for most taxpayers, however, because far fewer taxpayers will be able to itemize, many are speculating that charitable giving to qualified non-profit organizations like Advent Christian Village will decrease in 2018.

Come to Advent Christian Village for Bethlehem & Beyond, a live, outdoor presentation of the entire life of Jesus Christ told through drama and music, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 7–9. Admission is free.

Family-Friendly Events at Advent 'Christmas' Village


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park loves to celebrate Christmas. As the season surrounding the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, it is a wonderful time of joy and anticipation. For decades, ACV has made the season as festive as possible. This year, many exciting events are planned, and you are invited to take part!

Live! at Dowling Park Artist Series Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Thirty years ago, Advent Christian Village’s Dick Grillo put together the first artist series season. At the time, Advent Christian Village (ACV) was approaching its 75th anniversary, and became Florida’s first retirement community to initiate and host an artist series for its own members as well as the surrounding communities. The final performance of the very first season was the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, playing to a full house in the new Village Church sanctuary.

The Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library will open for business following its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, June 11.

New Public Library, Archive Wing and Ceramics Shop Open


We are pleased to announce that on Sunday, June 11, a dedication ceremony and a ribbon cutting will be held at Advent Christian Village (ACV). At 2:00 p.m., in The Village Church, ACV will dedicate Phase II of Taylor Commons, its newest neighborhood; the Marion Polk Ceramics Shop; and the Shirley J. Brooks Archive Wing, which is part of the Jo Kennon Public Library. At 3:00 p.m., Suwannee County will celebrate the grand opening of the Kennon Library with a ribbon cutting on site. The public is invited to these events.

Advent Christian Village is excited to welcome The Village Church’s new music minister, Traci Nissley, and her family to Dowling Park.

The Village Church Welcomes New Music Minister: Traci Nissley


For a full year the ACV community prayed for God’s leading in searching for a new music minister for the Village Church. Those prayers were answered, as Traci Nissley accepted the call to this position of ministry; her first Sunday was June 4.

ACV's Nursing Home Receives 5-Star Rating


Good Samaritan Center, Advent Christian Village (ACV) at Dowling Park’s skilled nursing center, is excited to announce that they have received a 5-star rating from CMS, the US government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Verna Simpson recently moved into Taylor Commons, a new neighborhood still under construction at Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park. The two benefits she’s most excited about are no yard work and the convenient location. When complete, Taylor Commons will house 30 apartments.

Brand New Apartments Opening in Dowling Park


Members and friends of ACV have been watching as a stretch of Dowling Park Drive has undergone a dramatic transformation. Where once cinderblock duplexes stood, now stands an entirely new neighborhood of townhome-style apartments called Taylor Commons. This project not only increases occupancy in that area, but also enhances curb appeal at ACV’s center.

Carlene and Carroll Polk were all smiles at the groundbreaking ceremony for the future Marion Polk Ceramics Shop. Marion, Carroll’s mother, was an ACV member for 27 years, many of which she participated in ceramics.

Marion Polk Ceramics Shop Groundbreaking


On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in August, the community gathered for the groundbreaking of the Marion Polk Ceramics Shop. The ceremony took place at its future location, in what is now being called the “crafting circle,” joining Watkins Hobby Shop, housing the woodworking and lapidary shops, and the Chriss Building, where artistic painting is taught.

Sharon Belovarac (left) and Lynne Spriggs (two surveyors with CARF) pause with Advent Christian Village President/CEO Craig Carter at the very start of ACV’s on-site survey. A third surveyor, Brent Edgerton, performed his duties remotely. ACV recently learned that they were awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation.

Five More Years!


CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) announced that Advent Christian Village (ACV) has been awarded a Five-Year Term of Accreditation. The announcement came early this month following an on-site survey at the end of September.

Renovations Beautify Good Samaritan Center


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park (ACV) is much more than just a nursing home; it is truly a village, with homes, apartments, stores, restaurants, a medical center … the list goes on. Despite ACV’s diverse and varied offerings, its nursing home, Good Samaritan Center (GSC) — a skilled nursing community offering short-term rehabilitation stays and long-term nursing care — is a big part of Advent Christian Village’s continuum of care. Because of its importance, for the better part of three years, GSC has been undergoing a complete renovation — and we are happy to report that the renovations have reached a milestone.

Natalie Gordon, ARNP-C, recently joined the medical staff at Copeland Medical Clinic in Dowling Park. She specializes in geriatrics and is available for appointments — call (386) 658-5300.

New ARNP Rounds Out ACV Medical Team


One of the vital services provided at Copeland Medical Center at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park is Copeland Clinic. There, outstanding medical care is offered to area residents five days a week. Board certified family doctor/geriatrician Dr. Maria Gonzalez leads the medical team, along with two nurse practitioners: Beth Fulford, and newest team member, Natalie Gordon.

L to R: Virginia Kennon Harshaw, Diane Kennon (in red), Pam Kennon, Craig Carter (behind Pam), Tom Kennon, Branch Kennon (behind Tom), Frank Harshaw, Ivie Fowler, Ronnie Poole, Tony Cameron, Lamar Jenkins, Julie Ulmer, Betty Lawrence, Danny Hales (behind Betty), Shawn Johnson, Sharon Jordan, Ricky Gamble, Larry Sessions, Glenda Williams, and Barry Baker.

Public Library in Dowling Park Takes its First Step to Reality


A crowd of Suwannee County residents gathered at the corner of Dowling Park Dr. and Marvin Jones Blvd. in Dowling Park Tuesday morning, Jan. 26, to break ground at the site of the Suwannee River Regional Library System's (SRRLS) newest addition: the Jo Kennon Dowling Park Public Library. The library, which was first proposed by Danny Hales over a decade ago, survived several obstacles to become reality and anticipation only made the event sweeter. In 2014, Suwannee County was awarded the financial support necessary to make the Dowling Park library a reality. Funding from the state is only part of what is necessary to fund the project and many in the county have stepped up to fill in the financial gap.

One area of Cleo’s Meeting House is a history display telling the story of Advent Christian Village’s early years. Cleo’s Meeting House in Taylor Commons, was recently dedicated along with other completed projects from the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

Advent Christian Village Continues to Progress


Advent Christian Village (ACV) recently held a service of dedication at The Village Church following the completion of two construction projects: Phase I of Taylor Commons, ACV’s newest neighborhood, and improvements made to the Christian education and office areas at The Village Church. These are the first projects to be completed which are part of the new ACV Master Development Plan announced at the end of 2013 with the 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign.

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Presidio Brass

Support Workshop for Local Band Students


First Federal Bank of Florida is helping Advent Christian Village extend a special opportunity to Suwannee County band students. ACV will host an exciting musical event in Dowling Park in April 2016. Along with holding a public concert at ACV, Presidio Brass will also be offering a youth workshop for brass players. Presidio Brass is a brass quintet on par with Canadian Brass, US Army Quintet, and other internationally known brass ensembles.

Seven Suwannee High School seniors were recipients of $1,000; $2,000 or $20,000 scholarships at an awards banquet held by Advent Christian Village on May 19. L–r: Lily Wyche, Jessie Kirk, Brittany Dunn, Darrah Lane, Cody Turner, Taylor Bailey and Katie Stalvey.

Advent Christian Village Awards 22 College Scholarships


The annual Marvin E. Jones Memorial and Forward Fund Scholarship Banquet was held by Advent Christian Village (ACV) May 19. Each year, the legacy of those who donated funds to ACV in order to establish scholarships is carried on, as college scholarships are awarded to Suwannee High School graduates, ACV employees and the children of ACV employees. This year, a total of 22 scholarships were awarded.

A Thoughtful Plan For ACV’s 2nd Century


In celebration of ACV’s 100th birthday and in preparation for its next century of service, the Village Board of Directors recently adopted a new 10-year Master Development Plan.

Betty Lawrence, director of the Suwannee River Regional Library System,  relays how much building a library branch in Dowling Park would benefit western Suwannee County at a luncheon at Advent Christian Village.

Fundraising Campaign Launched for Western Suwannee County Library


A community luncheon was held in Dowling Park to kick off the fundraising effort for the proposed new Suwannee River Regional Library (SRRL) branch in Dowling Park. The library will be open to the public and will be a great benefit to those living in the western part of the county, as the closest public library is located roughly 18 miles away, in Live Oak.

Dr. Maria Gonzalez

ACV’s New Physician: Dr. Maria Gonzalez


Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park is thrilled to announce the arrival of their new chief of medical services, Dr. Maria Gonzalez. Maria, fresh from Florida Hospital in Orlando, began seeing patients in Dowling Park the 13th of last month. Besides seeing patients and managing daily operations at the Copeland Clinic, she will also supervise the medical care given at Good Samaritan Center, ACV’s 24-hour skilled nursing center, and at Dacier Manor its’ assisted living facility.