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On Sunday, November 15, we will celebrate the Festival of Jesus Christ as Chief Elder with our in-person and live streamed Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. During the service we will gather at the Lord’s Table. 

 

Looking ahead:

 

The “most wonderful time of the year” is fast approaching! Even with restrictions and guidelines in place, we look for ways to remember and celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world: God’s son, Jesus. I’d like to share some plans that are in place for the Advent and Christmas season, but first some exciting news about Thanksgiving:

 

I understand that New Philly has been having a Thanksgiving service on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. We will do that this year with an in-person (and live streamed) service (following our established guidelines) on Sunday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Registration for attendance at that service will open on Tuesday, November 17th

 

What about the morning service on Sunday, November 22nd? I have been asked to preach at the Harvest Celebration of Rolling Hills Moravian Church (Longwood, FL) via Zoom (so I don’t get to go to Florida!). I will be preaching in that service from right here at New Philadelphia. The plan is to join together with the Rolling Hills congregation (virtually) for the morning service. Next week we will send out more details and instructions for being part of that service.

 

So, on Sunday, November 22nd:

  • Morning worship “together with” the Rolling Hills (FL) Moravian Congregation for a “Harvest Celebration.”
  • At 6:30 p.m. we will have our in-person (and live streamed) Thanksgiving Service.

 

Christmas Eve

 

There will be 3 different opportunities for celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 24th.

 

  1. Our musicians, staff and others in the congregation will be putting together an amazing Virtual Lovefeast that will be streamed at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It will not be an in-person service. It will include music (Bells of Joy, Band, Beracah Choir, Chancel Choir, Minor Prophets, instrumentalists, etc.) and a Lovefeast and Candle Service using Lovefeast bags that can be picked up at the church on Christmas Eve morning (with bun, instant coffee, creamer, sugar, an ode and a trimmed beeswax candle). Bags will also be delivered to our homebound members. As with the Sunday morning services, the Lovefeast will be available for later viewing, but we will encourage people to watch it “together” at 4:00.

 

  1. At 6:30 p.m. we will have an in-person Christmas Eve Service in the sanctuary, following our guidelines and restrictions and with no Lovefeast “elements” (food or beverage). We will use battery-operated candles and have one soloist for Morning Star (with the Worship Team responding antiphonally). The service will focus on Christmas music, the Christmas story (with the help of the putz) and other “Christmas-y” features. Registration for in-person Christmas Eve Service will post at a later date.

 

  1. At 8:00 p.m. we will have an informal outdoor Christmas gathering under the tree lights, with live Christmas music similar to the set-up for the drive-in communion services. Coffee and cookies will be available (one person will be assigned to pour coffee from the urn as people hold their cups to be filled and each person will be given a prepackaged cookie). It will be a time of joyful fellowship!

 

In addition to all of this, Clyde is moving forward with exciting plans for 12+ Days of Service; our organist, Michael Westmoreland, is preparing lots of Christmas and Advent music for “extended preludes” during Advent; members of our band will be recording heart-warming, traditional music to share throughout the season; Evie has some exciting things “up her sleeve” for the New Philly kids; Zach and Erin are keeping the Youth focused on the message of the season; instrumentalists are preparing special music…

 

Yes, it looks like it can still be the “most wonderful time of the year!”

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Join us in shining a light on Clyde Manning from New Philadelphia Moravian Church, this week’s #BeMoravianStars!

Clyde Manning is one of the many stars at New Philadelphia that make up a constellation of “stars.” As a Pastoral Assistant, her position is varied and includes many aspects of church life, and this current period of crisis has challenged all of us as we strive to “be” the church. It’s been important to stay in touch with homebound church members in new ways since being together isn’t an option. Working with the Elders and others at New Philly, Clyde has been in communicating through notes, texts, telephone calls, and distant porch visits, finding cheerfulness and hopefulness with each interaction. Active church members continue to “be” the church through good work. In recent months, New Philly has responded generously to several “drives” including: diapers for struggling families; art supplies for those confined to nursing homes; and non-perishable food for our Blessing Box which was constructed and installed early this summer. Recently, New Philly provided scholarship funds for South Fork students, allowing them to receive academic support as their parents returned to work. Clyde’s tasks usually center on the coordination of these projects as we build bridges from church to community. Clyde and the members of New Philadelphia strive daily to answer the call of the one who said of Himself, “I am the light of the world.”

Remember to nominate the Moravian Stars in your life! We will “star” the yards of those nominated to honor them for their generosity and love for their neighbor. Then, we will feature their good deeds on our social media and website.

Click here to read more about our #BeMoravianStars initiative and to nominate someone you know!

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We are all feeling the effects of the Coronavirus and the socially distanced isolation we feel from behind our smile hiding masks.  Some are feeling it more than others.  Not everyone feels their worship needs met by a live-streamed service.  The handshakes and hugs we used to receive in Sunday School, at choir practices and before and after circle and committee meetings leave us hungry for the human contact that was part of our church experience.  Maybe you just need to sit for a time in the sacred space of our sanctuary in meditative prayer. 

Whenever something happens to cause significant changes in our lives, we find ourselves needing to deal with what are important losses in our lives.  What losses has this pandemic caused in your life?

We have no idea just when these things will be restored, but we need to try to do something to gauge the depth of our needs and to see how we might be helpful until that time comes. 

The Board of Elders offers you this opportunity to share about how you are experiencing these days by responding to a few questions.

 

GO TO QUESTIONNAIRE

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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.

Continue reading Who We Are

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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 band@newphilly.org 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.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NPMC_Band/ 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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