Dear Friends,


It’s a new year and as we all should expect, God is busy doing new things.  The New Philadelphia Stewardship Committee believes that one of those new things is a new approach to understanding stewardship.


Some of us and some of you, too, have been thinking that there must be more to this stewardship thing than pledge cards and offering envelopes, and a sermon with the “t” word (tithing) and what we do in response to those.  We’ve explored a book called Practicing The King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save and Give, by Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt.  If you’ve ever read The Economist magazine (they call it a newspaper) you know that economics and the economy is about much more than money, interest rates and investments.  The approach these two authors take to what it means to practice the King’s economy shows that to be true.


We are asking that you join us in a year long journey through a comprehensive look at stewardship in six themes: Worship, Community, Work, Equity, Creation and Rest.  Each of the six themes will be developed in our times of worship on the last Sundays of February, April, June, August, October and December.  We are asking our Sunday School classes to agree to use the two chapters dedicated to each theme as their curriculum on the Sunday prior to the last Sundays of the months noted above.  Evie will be sending more information on how you can do that. If you are not in one of our SS classes, an online forum for considering and discussing those chapters will also be offered at a time to be determined.  More on all of this later.


You may be (and we hope you are) asking yourself how you can put your hands on one of these books and how much it will cost you.  The book normally sells for $19.99.  Baker Books will reduce the cost of the book in a bulk purchase to $10.00, and our Board of Trustees has approved funds to allow us to reduce that cost to just $5.00!  We have 100 copies on hand and you may pick up your copy at the church office beginning today.    We ask that you make Rachel and Donna’s job easier by bringing a check or cash amounting to $5.00.


I look forward to reading about (and practicing!) the King’s economy together!


In Christ’s love,


Pastor Sam

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Our guidelines for in-person attendance for worship and gathering remain in place for the time being (wearing masks, waiting six feet, washing hands). You can find them in the quarterly newsletter ( ) or when you register to attend worship at

Although the vaccines for COVID-19 are becoming available now, everyone attending worship or coming inside the building at church should continue to wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, wash hands and limit gatherings until most people are vaccinated;we continue to care for others by following the guidelines for the safety of our staff and our worshippers. According to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, “Receiving the COVID-19 shot and following the 3 W’s is everyone’s best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. “ A person who receives the vaccination receives some protection from the disease but it can still be spread to others without our being aware of it. (See more frequently asked questions at

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New Philadelphia Moravian Church was established on July 26, 1846 to serve the New Philadelphia Community, hence our name. The community itself is gone, long ago swallowed up by Winston-Salem; but the church remains. Today New Philadelphia is a large regional church serving western Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville and beyond. Several of our members come weekly from Kernersville, Greensboro, Mt. Airy, Advance, etc. At present we worship c. 400 people in two services each Sunday, one at 9:00 and another at 11:10 a.m. We have a Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m., and an active program for Middle and Senior High Youth. Our aim is to have a quality, large church program that can meet the needs of individuals and families regardless of their age or station in life. We take pride that, though we have grown in numbers, we have maintained a personal touch. Our character is summed up in our mission statement:

New Philadelphia seeks to be a caring congregation, worshiping God, and encouraging one another to seek a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, as we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit in service and in mission.

The Moravian Denomination

The Moravian Church was first known by the name “Unitas Fratrum.” It is a Latin phrase meaning, “Unity of the Brethren.” Worldwide, it is still our official name. We are called Moravians because the church got its start in Moravia and Bohemia.

The History of the Moravian Church is usually divided into the time of the Ancient Unity, and to the time of the Renewed Church.

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New Philadelphia has a tradition of raising exceptional young people. Zach Wright oversees our Youth Ministry programs, with a specific focus on leading our Senior High Youth Program and working with Erin Key to continue building our strong Middle High Youth Program.

Our Youth Committee oversees both the Youth Fellowship and Sunday School Programs for Middle and Senior Highs, and each compliments the other. Weekly meetings, weekly Bible Studies, Mission Camps, and Mission Trips are all planned to educate, to grow in faith, and to challenge.

This photograph was taken during the 2018 Children|Youth Lovefeast.


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Worship with Us

Perhaps you have shared a Christmas Eve Lovefeast with us? New Philadelphia has two worship services every Sunday morning with c. 366 persons in attendance (2017). Our 9:00 AM Worship is a large Traditional service. Our 11:10 AM Worship is a blended service. Ordinarily, the preacher of the day preaches at both services, and Mr. Steve Gray always directs the Chancel Choir at the earlier service, and the Beracah Choir at the later services.

There is a nursery for both services. Parents receive a radio-alert device, and are notified immediately if their child displays any kind of discomfort.

Both Sunday services feature frequent performances by our Band, and our Bell Choir.

Two Unique Choirs

The Chancel Choir leads worship each Sunday at 9:00 AM. and meets at 7:00 PM each Wednesday for practice. Michael Westmoreland is our Organist.

The Beracah Choir leads worship each Sunday at 11:10 AM, and practices each Monday at 7:30 PM.

A number of New Philadelphians are accomplished musicians, and we frequently enjoy the trumpet, flute, violin, or guitar in our worship services. We invite members and friends of New Philadelphia to participate in one choir, or in both.

Bells of Joy

The Bells of Joy meets every Wednesday evening to practice and enjoy fellowship with each other as we work through a variety of music to enhance the worship experience for the NPMC congregation. The members of our handbell choir come from a variety of musical backgrounds, but each of us enjoys creating music as a part of our ministry to the church. Our director, Terri Queen, is a delightful leader, always eager to guide and challenge us. Music is a wonderful way to worship our Lord and Savior, and we are so happy to be a part of the music program at New Philadelphia.

The New Philadelphia Band

The New Philadelphia Moravian Church Band meets weekly*. Check the schedule for this week’s practice. There are classes for beginning band members, and scholarships are presently available for children who wish to play an instrument**. Although the Band takes a special interest in Church Festival occasions (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Palm Sunday, Passion Week, Easter, Pentecost, 4th of July, August 13th, Church Anniversary, and Thanksgiving), the main purpose of the Band from week to week is to play a prelude for each Sunday morning worship service. During Lent and Advent, the Band plays rounds through the community and at homes of shut-ins. The Band is also committed to supporting funeral services of members within this and other Moravian congregations. Do you play an instrument? Would you like to? You are invited to participate with our band. Contact David Teague at for additional details.

Regular Band Practices are from 7 pm – 8 pm on Monday evenings; we take a break after Christmas and during the summer we have Band-Rounds in the fellowship hall.

Useful links:

MoravianChorales.Info hosts a complete green-blue chorale book in parts.

MoravianBand.Org is theSouthern Province Band Page. is a newsgroup for NPMC Band Members.

For additional information about our musicians, please check out the Staff page.

The Christmas Eve Lovefeasts

The Christmas Eve Lovefeasts are the apex of worship at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. Services are held at 4:30 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, with a band prelude 30 minutes prior to each. A third lovefeast is ordinarily held at 7:30 p.m. on a Sunday night in late December. The dieners serve a simple meal of buns and coffee as the congregations sings carols and hymns of the season. We partake together as the choir sings several anthems. Then, as we sing “Morning Star” the candles are distributed to every worshipper. A wonderful scent feels the air. The warmth of the moment is palpable. The soft glow of the light from hundreds of pure beeswax candles reminds us that Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world!” Or, as St. Paul once wrote, “We have seen the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.” Then, during the final verse of the final hymn, the congregation holds all our candles aloft to remind one another that Jesus also said, “And you are the light of the world! Let your light so show shine before people that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven.”

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Moravians have long argued for the simplicity of the Christian faith, albeit a simplicity that is found on the far side of complexity. Luke of Prague, a premier theologian of the Ancient Unity, taught that the one essential (see motto above) was “a heart relationship with the Triune God that issues in faith, hope and love.” Count Zinzendorf said that all essential Christian doctrine could be written down on one large sheet of paper. We find a similar pattern of looking for the simplicity on the far side of complexity in the New Testament when Jesus says, “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) Or, when St. Paul says, “The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Romans 13:9)

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