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The Reverend Christy Clore, our Director of Christian Education, has accepted a call and a contract has been approved for her to serve as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, NC.  This is a designated intentional interim position, so she will be helping this congregation transition from their retiring pastor while helping them move through a period of discernment for their future ministry. Christy is not leaving the Moravian Church, she is serving “on loan” from the Southern Province to the Presbyterian Church. 

After feeling led to pursue training in transitional or intentional interim ministry, she has been seeking opportunities to serve as either an intentional interim or installed pastor.  As an ordained pastor, she was granted permission from the Provincial Elders Conference to seek opportunities in Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations through our covenant partnership.  Just as many of you remember the Reverend Joel Long who served with us, a number of other Presbyterian pastors have served Moravian congregations.  Salem Presbytery is eager for the exchange to move the other direction and Christy brings collegial connections in both the transitional and educational ministries of both denominations to this relationship.

Christy’s last day serving the New Philadelphia congregation will be Sunday, February 19 and she will be delivering the sermon for the day.  We will also be celebrating our Preschool Program during the 11:10 Worship. She will begin her ministry with First Reidsville on Sunday, February 26 so that she may begin the Lenten season with them.

To thank Christy for her service to New Philadelphia, we will be having a reception in her honor during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, February 19. The reception will be in the Fellowship Hall.

If you would like to contribute to a love offering that we are collecting to give to Christy, you can send your contributions to the church office. Please indicate that it is designated for “Christy Clore Love Offering”

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Since 1957, as the Moravian Unity celebrated our 500th Anniversary, the Unity Prayer Watch has assured that prayer for the work and witness of our world-wide Moravian Church is being offered somewhere in the world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The Prayer Watch is a renewal of the “hourly intercession”, begun in Herrnhut in 1727 which continued uninterrupted for 100 years.

New Philadelphia’s assigned date and time for the 2017 Prayer Watch is January 2 from 4:00 pm to midnight. Starting this Sunday (December 18) there will be a sign-up sheet in the Commons Area for our members to choose their time to be in intentional prayer on behalf of the worldwide Moravian Church. 

Please sign up for a 30 minute time to pray on January 2. We will share the list of suggested topics for prayer with those who sign up.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Joe

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Am I My Sisters’ Keeper? A Report on the 4th Unity Women’s Consultation

Where: New Philadelphia Moravian Church

When: June 26, 2016 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Refreshments Provided

Join the Unity Women’s Desk of the Moravian Church for a report on the progress, proposals, and stories of the 4th Unity Women’s Consultation hosted in Paramaribo, Suriname in February 2016.

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Handbell Director Job Description

New Philadelphia Moravian Church is seeking a Handbell Director for our adult handbell choir. The choir plays 3-5 octave repertoire monthly at either our 9:00 or 11:10 a.m. Sunday worship service, and is comprised of players with a variety of skill levels and music reading ability. The right candidate will be able to teach effectively to people of all skill levels and lead with enthusiasm.  A new director will begin leading regular rehearsals in August 2016.

The Handbell Director reports to the Director of Music.

Main Duties:

  • The Handbell Director is the conductor of our adult handbell choir.
  • Select music appropriate to the needs of the worship service and the skill level and interest of the players.
  • Schedule and lead all rehearsals for the adult handbell choir, coordinating setup with the Facility Manager, as appropriate.
  • Schedule and conduct all adult handbell choir performances during the church program year, September through May.
  • Prepare small groups as needed for hymn descants, accompaniments with the Chancel Choir, and other special music events as needed by the Director of Music.
  • Organize and maintain the handbell choir music library.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the handbell choir equipment.
  • Periodically lead a “Handbell Boot Camp” session, designed to recruit and train new potential ringers for the adult handbell choir.
  • Explore the possibility of starting a youth handbell choir.

Current Schedule:

  • Rehearsal begins in August and runs through the May performance annually
  • The adult handbell choir rehearses weekly on Wednesday evenings 5-6 p.m.
  • Performance monthly at either our 9:00 or 11:10 a.m. Sunday worship service
  • Special music presentations during liturgical seasons (e.g. Christmas Eve lovefeast)

Equipment:

  • 5 octaves of Malmark Handbells with cases (last serviced Feb. 2011)
  • C4 – G7 Suzuki Handchimes with cases (last serviced Feb. 2011)
  • C3 – B3 – Malmark Handchimes (last serviced Feb. 2011)
  • 12 Acrylic risers and 12 Handbell notebooks
  • Attire (vest, gloves)
  • Singing bell dowels
  • Rock-a-bell (3)
  • Mallets (full set)
  • Permanently designated Bell Loft in the sanctuary
  • Permanently designated Bell Room for practice
  • 3 Handbell carts

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and skill in directing and teaching handbell choirs.
  • Knowledge of music regarding appropriateness for liturgical seasons and level of skill of the handbell choir members.
  • Good communication, organizational, and follow-through skills.
  • Ability to work well with others.

Send cover letter and résumé to:
Jessica Beaver, Human Resources Advisory Committee
New Philadelphia Moravian Church
4440 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Or via email: jls_beaver@hotmail.com
Review of applicants begins June 5. The position will remain open until filled.

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