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Breathe:  Making Room for the Sabbath

Women’s Bible Study

With a jam-packed life, what’s missing is space—space for God to speak, room for you to hear.  It’s time to set aside the activities and busyness that swallows up rest and peace.  Come discover Sabbath margin—the boundary God enables us to put around things we enjoy so that we never become slaves again.

Join in 5 weeks of study on Monday mornings or Thursday evenings in the Banquet Room.

  • Morning Option begins Monday, February 8th at 10:30am
  • Evening Option begins Thursday, February 11th at 6:30pm

 

For questions or to sign up, please contact Christy Clore at christy@newphilly.org or 765-2331; or Grace Shutt, who will be leading the studies, at gvshutt@gmail.com or 765-4506.

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Moravian Church of America, Southern Province 2015 Days of Prayer

Ash Wednesday February 18 ~ Home Moravian Church
The Reverend Dr Dianne Lipsett , Professor of Religion – Salem College
10:00 AM Coffee Hour 10:45 Music 11:00 Worship, Nursery Provided

Sunday February 22 ~ Christ Moravian Church
The Reverend Dr. Daniel Crews
4:00 PM Lovefeast, Nursery Provided

Wednesday February 25 ~ Trinity Moravian Church
The Reverend Peggy Haymes Author, Counselor
11:00 Worship, Nursery Provided
12:00 Noon Luncheon

Wednesday March 4 ~Ardmore Moravian Church
The Reverend Jon Boling
9:45 Coffee Hour
10:45 AM Meditation/Music
11:00 Worship

Wednesday March 11 ~ Calvary Moravian Church
The Reverend Andrew Heil
9:45 AM Coffee Hour
10:45 AM Meditation/Music
11:00 Worship, Nursery Provided

Wednesday March 18 ~ Fairview Moravian Church
The Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette
10:45 AM Music
11:00 Worship with Communion
Luncheon

Wednesday March 25 ~ Konnoak Hills Moravian Church
The Reverend Rick Sides
11:00 AM Lovefeast

March 29, Palm Sunday

April 3, Good Friday

April 5, Easter Sunday

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Namesake: A Bible Study for Women
Tuesday Evenings from 7 – 8 PM
September 10, 17, 24 and October 8 in the Church Library
Study Guides are available in the church office for participants!

Namesake will be a 7-week Bible Study that explores how God often changed people’s names when God’s interaction in their lives changed them. We will think about transformation – the transformation God works in an individual’s life – and revelation – how God reveals Himself in Scripture. Each session has it’s own focus, you can miss a session and still feel a part of what is happening. 7 Biblical characters are featured: Abraham & Sarah, Jacob, Naomi, Daniel, Peter, and the woman caught in adultery.

If you wish to participate, please just contact Christy or call the Church Office and express your interest so we know how many folks for the study guides in this series.

Daniel: A Look at Prophesy
Tuesdays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8
9:30 – 10:30, Church Library

A four-part study aimed at how we can make this scripture personal, looking at the history behind the story. We’ll explore what were Jewish practices of the time; the Babylon of Daniel’s time; the community life in colonial Salem and our present time; and what all those signs and predictions mean! If interested in attending, contact the church office or Christy. Don’t worry if you can’t attend all sessions; each stands on its own.

Gemeinschaft 3
Monday evenings beginning in mid-September
5:30, Church Library

This class offers a wonderful way to create a personal statement of faith through a look at the creeds of the Christian Church, Moravian Covenant for Christian Living, Ground of the Unity and Jesus’ life as described in the Gospels. We explore as a small group but also consider our own personal reflections on these documents, becoming closer to God through journaling our experiences. Please consider participation in this group if you have completed Gemeinschaft 2 at some point and would like to continue the journey. Contact Christy or the church office to connect with this group.

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We will be serving Holy Communion three different times on Ash Wednesday, February 13.

  • We will serve every 10 Minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
  • We will serve every 20 Minutes from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
  • We will serve every 10 Minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Members are invited to enter and leave the sanctuary in a spirit of prayer.

Note: The picture is from the Frieze above the front door at Notre Dame in Paris.

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There is a country song titled, “I Didn’t Promise You A Rose Garden” which emphasizes that a Rose garden is all beauty and peace and that real life and relationships may not measure up. As I have gone through several seasons of trying to maintain the kind of rose bushes that grown in my garden, rarely more than four a season, my observations are that rose gardens may be more like real life than the song imagines. I have spent a lot of time being pricked by the thorns as I have mulched, fertilized, trimmed, watered, clipped the spent blooms, and fought the black spot, yellow leaves. Did I mention the thorns!

Just this week, as I was sweltering in the 96 degree summer sun doing my mid-summer trimming as the sweat dripping on the inside of the lenses of my glasses, this tune entered my consciousness and God spoke to me. He said:

Melvin (mankind) I DO give my people rose gardens, you will all experience pricking thorns and dry, depleted soil; you will have to prepare to live through the cold days of winter and the hot days of summer. Your roots and stems will need feeding and watering. Old buds will need trimming; limbs will need pruning. There will be thorns that you often don’t see, but feel. But if you maintain your rose garden it will produce, and if you maintain it well, it will yield a beautiful show of fragrant beautiful roses, just like your life.

I finished confident Heaven will be full of beautiful, fragrant blooms, and I don’t really mind a few pricks and an occasional sweat while dwelling on this earth.

I then came into the house for a tomato sandwich lunch and composed this Rose Garden parable. As I cut a slice of German Johnson tomato plucked from the garden next to my roses I considered writing a country song about “White Bread, Mayonnaise and Fresh Tomatoes,” but lost inspiration. Then on second thought I mentally muttered that German Johnson tomatoes have got to be the ugliest tomato. Yet, as I continued slicing and peeling and then eating those ugly Tomatoes, I realized that they may be ugly in their skin and wrinkles they taste as if they are beautiful. My conclusion was that “UGLY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP”. Which brought up the better known saying of ‘BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP”.

I came away from my garden and lunch table encouraged that God does promise us a Rose garden and that He sees the beauty of our soul underneath the beautiful and ugly things we do.

M. H.

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