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Join us on Sunday, October 2 in the Fellowship Hall

Film Screening – 4-5 p.m.; tickets $5 per adult (to be collected at the door)

Meal & Panel Discussion – 5:15-6:30 p.m.; $5 per person for meal

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Older Elementary & Youth are welcome to attend with a parent/guardian; children’s program provided for younger children.
(Funds raised at this event will be contributed to the Elizabeth Windsor Scholarship Fund)

About the film:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

About the filmmaker:

Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained doctor and mother of two.  Along with Screenagers, her award-winning feature documentaries include Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia (PBS), about her father, and Hidden Pictures (PBS) about global mental healthDelaney has been invited to speak and screen these and other films to hundreds of audiences in diverse settings around the world–such as at primary schools, conferences, medical centers, universities, the United Nations, the TEDx stage in Seattle and the World Health Organization. For her work in using film in launching advocacy movements, Delaney has won several awards. She has provided primary care in under-served clinics for over a decade.

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Senior High just set dates to go on their mission trip to Alaska!  We are currently planning on taking two work teams to the seminary in Bethel from 6/30-7/9 and 7/7-7/16. The youth have been working hard to meet their participating requirements in and around the church and are getting ready to gear up for several fundraisers on the horizon.

We would like to go ahead and thank the church for their continued support of the youth program.  If anyone would like to be added to the senior high youth e-mail list feel free to e-mail me at RMcNeil513@gmail.com.  There are a many fun and exciting events coming up so be sure not to miss out.

Our Middle High youth are going to Washington DC 6/25-6/30 for their mission trip.

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Are you looking for a new way to serve this Fall?

Do you love to tell stories or use your imagination? Do you find yourself asking, “I wonder”, questions? Would you enjoy exploring with the curiosity of a child? Then you would be perfect as a shepherding guide for Children’s Worship & Godly Play!

Join me and other team members to share stories of the Bible and songs with children 4 – 1st grade in ways that make the stories come alive through imagination and reflection. 2-3 leaders needed every Sunday at either 9:30 or 11:30am.

Do you miss the warm snuggles and cuddly moments with your own children or grandchildren? Would you love to explore with toddlers, build a castle or have a tea party on Sunday Morning? We would love to have someone like you building relationships with our young families! Opportunities at 9, 10, and 11am each week.

More opportunities coming soon… stay tuned for ways to serve with H.O.P.E., Trunk or Treat, Operation Christmas Child, or City with Dwellings throughout the Fall.

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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 Children’s Festival
Save the date for a provincial Children’s Festival on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Bethania Moravian Church, 5545 Main St., Bethania, NC 27010. This festival commemorates the Moravian children’s spiritual renewal in Herrnhut in August 1727. Children’s activities are from 2:00pm-3:45pm and include: storytelling, music, games, candle making, quilting, hayrides, horse rides, & face-painting. A special children’s lovefeast service will follow at 4:00pm. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with your family or group on the historic grounds of Bethania prior to the activities! For more information contact Beth Hayes at bhayes@mcsp.org or 336.722.8126.

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A tip of the hat goes out to the Junior and Senior High Youth, their advisors—Ross McNeil and Sara Ebbers, and many adult partners for the Children’s Lovefeast. The youth served the lovefeast and then presented a Christmas pageant based on the the new children’s book, My Journey to Bethlehem, by Mona Ketner and Sandra Armstrong. We set out 300 chairs and filled them to overflowing! Thanks for a all the hard work!

The photo of the lovefeast was contributed by Bill Ray III.

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