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September is upon us! Whether driven by weather or school calendars, the slide into Fall is one that leads us easily into routines and rituals. For some this may bring tailgating, for others homework, or maybe both. But all these things flow well into the concepts of harvest time, gathering in from the joys of Summer and preparing the soil for next things.

Gregory Norbert offers these words to describe the season of harvest.

“A time for kneading love’s leaven well, to open up and go beyond ourselves; and as we reach for this moment, we know that love is a gift born in care.”

This is a time to open ourselves and discover new things or uncover things in places that we haven’t explored before even though they are familiar. For children and youth it is the very tangible forming of new community in their class groupings and schedule patterns. For others of us, it may be engaging in a new small group or fresh volunteer commitment. Or it may simply be viewing the comfort of long-standing community in the light of a new season and the projects of that time together.

Fall Education Sunday Kick-Off
On September 13, Education Sunday, we will celebrate some of our many opportunities to grow in the fertile soil of community this year. Throughout September, consider what might offer you fresh bread
in this harvest season and get involved in some of these opportunities.

For Children and Youth on September 13:
9am & 11:10am Worship – Celebrate our 1st graders as they receive their Bibles in Worship.

4-5:30pm – New Philly Kids, for children Kindergarten through 5th grade, is a place to explore the Bible, serve others and have fun! Our Church has Talent! is our theme for the year ahead, join us in the Picnic Shelter as we begin discovering and learning to use our individual talents to serve the Lord.

5-5:30pm – Children’s Ministry Parent Meeting, a brief conversation for parents about the year ahead. Do you want your child to grow into a resilient adult faith? How can we support your family this year? Join us at the Picnic Shelter to discuss focus for this year and opportunities for an upcoming parent topic series with Ellen Fox.

5:30-6pm – Fellowship Kick-off Dinner for all New Philly Kids and Youth families! All children, youth and their parents are invited to come and share in this meal together. Plan to bring a side dish or dessert.

5:30-7pm – Youth Fellowship, for 6th-12th grade youth, is a time filled with service opportunities, hands-on exploring of faith and support of one another. Join our leaders, Erin and Ross, as they share about the
year ahead.

3:30pm Children’s Choir & 5pm Youth Choir, are opportunities for young people to be active leaders in our worship throughout the year. Join in these groups as they get started on this year’s music in the
Sanctuary!

Sunday School Groups for Children & Youth – 10am:
• Nursery – Room 211, Infants – 24 months
• 2-4’s – Room 214
• PreK/Kindergarten – Room 108
• 1st & 2nd Grades – Room 118
• 3rd – 5th Grades – Room 303
• Middle Highs – Youth Building Classroom
• Senior Highs – Youth Building Main Room

Adult Groups for Sunday Morning – 10am:
2nd/Main Floor
• New Beginnings – Topical Small Group
• Inklings – Small Group Book Study
• Reflections – Small Group Bible Study
• Mary Martha – Women’s Small Group Book & Bible Study
• Bona Vita – Lecture-based Bible Study

1st Floor
• David Jones – Lecture-based Bible Study
• Discipleship – Mid-sized Group Book & Bible Study
• Discovery – Large Lecture-based Bible Study 3rd Floor
• Advent – Large Lecture-based Bible Study
• New Friendship – Mid-sized Group Book & Bible Study

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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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Tomorrow is the first day of Lent. Today we celebrated the end of “feasting” with a Shrove Tuesday Tea. A tip of the hat goes out to those who made it possible: V. Flynt, B. King, M. Tedder, C. Manning, B. Pettersen and N. Holland. There were about 20 guest. We cut a King Cake—-and we had cucumber sandwiches. The Pastor spoke about an ominous subject—“The Number of the Beast is the Number of a Man.” If you would like to attend one of our Pastor’s teas, please contact The Church Office. We hold them two to three times each year. If you want to know more about the Book of Revelation, plan to attend the Pastor’s Luncheon Bible Study, beginning on Thursday, February 21st. We will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring a sandwich. Beverages will be provided.

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At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday a number of individuals from New Philadelphia gathered at Sunnyside Ministry to present a check from the Moravian 5K Challenge in the amount of $6,800.48 cents. Br. Tommy Cole (Holding the Left Corner of the Check), director, was on hand to receive the check. Betsy Fraser (2nd from right), the head of the Race Committee made the presentation, accompanied by Kay Adams(Extreme Right), chair of the Moravian Festival, Tim Ward (Back Row Right), representing the board of Cooperative Ministries, David, Cindy (Extreme Left) and Riley Daggett (Kneeling), who worked the Race, David Stanfield (Back Row Left), the treasurer of the Moravian Festival Committee, and Drew Boyett (Holding the Right Corner of the Check) the winner of the Race.

The members of the New Philadelphia Moravian Church are justly proud of the many hours dedicated to this race by Betsy and the members of her committee. It is nice to think that a number of people will sleep warmer, and eat better over the next several months because of their efforts. A special thank-you goes out to all our race volunteers and especially race participants. As Br. David Daggett is heard to say, “Keep on moving!”

Photograph by Bill Ray III

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Women’s Bible Study:  Please join us for Mercy Triumphs, a Beth Moore video study of the Book of James.  We’ll enjoy coffee and conversation for eight Tuesday mornings beginning October 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the church parlor and finishing up December 11.  If you have further questions call the church office at 336-765-2331 and speak to Clyde Manning.  You may click on the link below to register.

 

Click Here To Register

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