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Bells of Joy will complete this season on Sunday, May 24 at the 11:10 a.m. service with a jazzy bluegrass version of an old hymn, “No Dark Valley,” arranged by Michael J. Glasgow. Besides
the five octaves of handbells played by the bell choir, Frank Nifong will accompany us on fiddle, and students from R. J. Reynolds High School and UNCSA will play fiddle,
mandolin and double bass to share the joy in the old hymn that says, “There’ll be no dark valley when Jesus comes/ to gather His loved ones home.”

That’s the end of this season for handbells. We will return to play in September!

If you are a former handbell ringer or you just love the beautiful music of the bells and chimes and would be interested in learning how to play, please contact Donna Cartner, director, at bells@newphilly.org. Bells of Joy practice each Wednesday at 5 p.m. and play for worship each month from September to May and for special occasions.

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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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The Bells of Joy handbell choir plays for worship services and special occasions during September through May each year. Sunday, September 22 during the 9 a.m. service, we will begin our season of playing for worship with “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee.” Karen Walter, soloist, will join us that day.

Because the theme of the worship service is Caring and information about Stephen Ministry will be shared that Sunday, we are sharing a hymn with the theme of discipleship, of practicing the love that Jesus taught us, guiding others to follow him.

Washington Gladden, a Congregational pastor, wrote “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee” in 1879, and Christians have sung this hymn as a prayer in a world that still needs the transformation of Christ.

Hear the words of the first two verses with us as we play:

O Master, let me walk with Thee,
In lowly paths of service free;
Tell me Thy secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Watch future editions of the newsletter for background about the pieces that director Donna Cartner has chosen for us to play for the congregation. We will also share stories about the twelve of us who play handbells. It is our joy to bring the music of the bells to you in worship.

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It is with great pleasure we introduce Br. David Teague as our new Band Director for the New Philadelphia Moravian Church Band. David and his wife, Renee, have recently relocated to Winston-Salem upon David’s retirement from Waynesville public schools as a middle high school band teacher.

David is a native of Forsyth County and began his band experience at Friedland Moravian Church under his grandfather who served as band director. David played and arranged music while at East Forsyth High School and earned his B.S. Education Music degree from Western Carolina University in 1973. David taught music education for band, chorus, piano, and guitar at Tabor City High School, Cherokee Indian Reservation School, and Waynesville Middle School.

During the interview process David shared his vision for his new position at New Philadelphia:

“Having worked in education all my life I would look forward to having a chance to continue working with young players in their musical formation and technique and ultimately bring them into the New Philadelphia Moravian Band. My love of instrumental music began by playing the simple, yet profoundly moving chorales. While growing up I attended Friedland Moravian where my grandfather was Band Director. I would seek to work with youngsters to instill a love of the Moravian chorales and to include them in regular worship service as well as special services and events. I have also worked very closely with my church choir directors to add instruments when deemed appropriate, and created arrangement of existing anthems to have additional instrumental accompaniment.”

We welcome David and Renee and look forward not only to David’s leadership, but to sharing our life together with them.  Welcome David and Renee!

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Four additional chimes will be added to the Bishop’s Chimes with donations given in memory of Nancy Rawles, mother of Nancy Holland. These additional chimes in C#/Db, D#/Eb, F#/Gb, and G#/Ab will complete the octave of the Bishop’s Chimes purchased with memorial donations for Bishop Robert Iobst and will be added to selections played by the Bells of Joy in the season beginning in September. Bells of Joy played “Spirit Song” at the 9 a.m. service on May 26 as the last of this season’s performances.

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