ACV Friendly Neighbor News - Week of June 22–29, 2017


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

June Village Streams Available


This month's edition of Village Streams, ACV's e-newsletter that provides useful and timely information about ACV and concerning the issues of aging and its effects on families is now available.

The nationally acclaimed classical crossover group, Annie Moses Band, will be performing at Advent Christian Village on Jan. 12, 2017.

Annie Moses Band Comes to ACV


Several years ago, my family and I had the opportunity to attend an Annie Moses Band concert at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. We had never heard of the group. We knew it was a family of musicians, and that there would be singing and people playing instruments like violins, piano and percussion. It had been a long week and the four of us talked about not going, even though we already had tickets. Ultimately, we decided to go. By the end of the first song, we were very glad we were there.

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.

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.