For the third consecutive year, members of New Philadelphia will have 12 chances to serve our community in a big way during the Advent season. This is the time for pulling out all of the stops as we discover new opportunities for meaningful service to men, women, children and families right here in our “neck of the woods.”

Our 12 Days of Service will begin on Friday, December 1st. Some familiar projects will be available, such as preparing lunch bags for City with Dwellings and taking a Lovefeast to Samaritan Ministries. We’ll also welcome children from South Fork Elementary School as they assemble a “putz” representing our neighborhood 100 years ago.

There will be new projects, too. Working with Chaplain Robert Wolfe and the Friends of Moravian Prison Ministry, we’ll hold a men’s clothing drive to provide gently used items that will help inmates transition into the workplace.

Start considering now how your small groups, your friends and your family members will participate in the 2017 12 Days of Service. As has been our experience for the past two years, the Advent season becomes even more special when we are strengthening our connections with our community and with each other through service.

An Outreach Ministry of New Philadelphia Moravian Church

Friday, December 1: On the first day of service, deliver over the counter cold and flu medicine to Crisis Control Ministry.

Saturday, December 2: On the second day of service, share the gift of music with some of our home-bound church members as we go Christmas caroling.

Sunday, December 3: On the third day of service, support the middle school youth as they sponsor their annual “Happy Birthday Jesus” project.

Monday, December 4: On the fourth day of service, join together for a Community Prayer Service to pray for our neighborhoods, city, nation and world.

Tuesday, December 5: On the fifth day of service, provide breakfast for the guests of the SECU Family House, which offers affordable lodging and support services for adult patients and/or their caregivers who travel to Winston-Salem for medical treatment.

Wednesday, December 6: On the sixth day of service, share a traditional lovefeast with the men of Samaritan Inn Shelter.

Thursday, December 7: On the seventh day of service, welcome 100 fourth graders and staff from South Fork Elementary School to our church for a time of learning Moravian history, sharing in a lovefeast, and building a putz.

Friday, December 8: On the eighth day of service, take our clothing donations to inmates served by Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry.

Saturday, December 9: On the ninth day of service, assemble goody bags (lunch and snack) for City with Dwellings to share with our city’s homeless.

Sunday, December 10: On the tenth day of service, connect with our shut-ins as children and families deliver a Christmas ornament and share holiday cheer.

Monday, December 11: On the eleventh day of service, roll into the Sunnyside Ministry parking lot with over 1,000 rolls of toilet paper to be given to their clients.

Tuesday, December 12: On the twelfth day of service, share a Moravian lovefeast and Christmas lunch with the students of the Winston-Salem Street School.

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Mrs. Rachel Moody Weavil is the Administrative Assistant at New Philadelphia Moravian Church

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