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Ready for MORE Fun & Games?

Last week’s Gathering was such a success that we’ve decided to do it again!

This Thursday (June 16) there will be indoor and outdoor games (if it rains the “outdoor” games will be in the Fellowship Hall) and then a time of visioning, planning and sharing ideas together (led by Pastor Sam).

OR, you may choose to keep on playing and enjoying fellowship with each other.

AND, we will again close with a prayer circle and maybe even sing a song.

OH, and did we mention ice cream?

 

Thursday, June 16

7:00    Indoor and Outdoor Games

7:30   Refreshments and Fellowship

7:35   Guided Discussion (visioning and sharing ideas) or more games!

8:00   Prayer Circle

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What do “fun and games” and “Southern Province Synod update” have in common?
 
Well, they will both be part of this Thursday’s Gathering!
 
At 7:00 p.m. there will be outdoor games and refreshments out on the lawn near the Banquet Room portico and board games inside in the lobby. Then, at 7:30 p.m., you can choose to keep on playing OR go inside and hear an update on our recent Southern Province Synod (resolutions that were passed; election results; decisions that were made, etc.).
 
We will conclude the evening with an outdoor prayer circle, asking God’s blessing on our congregation and our Province.
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1. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Pray for the Moravian Church Southern Province Synod.

2. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” Pray for disaster relief workers and Moravian Disaster Response.

3. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Pray for PEC members, bishops, and other church leaders.

4. It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. Pray for Michael and Brenda Brent in Croatia.

5. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. Pray for Moravian Summer Camps.

6. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Pray for Charlie and Vicki Brent in Texas.

7. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Pray for the Moravian churches in Haiti.

8. I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayer, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Pray for the government leaders in our country.

9. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions, it is by grace you have been saved. Pray for short term mission teams.

10. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Pray for Safiatu Braima and Sierra Leonne.

11. Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. Pray for seminarians and candidates for ordination.

12. I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Pray for the Moravians in Peru.

13. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Pray for the Clinica Evangelica Morava in Ahaus.

14. I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. Pray for Moravians in Cuba and the Armando Rusindo Foundation.

15. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Pray for Moravians in Honduras and Nicaragua.

16. Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Pray for the Raipur Foster Child Project.

17. Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Pray for the Teshes in Kenya and Ray of Hope.

18. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. Pray for Phil and Eunice Raiford in Mexico.

19. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Pray for Robert and Anne Thiessen.

20. I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Pray for Adopt-a-Village in Tanzania.

21. Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Pray for the Sineaths in Campus Outreach.

22. May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as our does for you. Pray for the Hoffmans in HIV/AIDS ministry.

23. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Pray for Steve and Ann Marx with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

24. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. Pray for Kevin and Charity in the Middle East.

25. But we ought always to thank God for you, those loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. Pray for the Harrisons with Greek Intervarsity.

26. Finally, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. Pray for Brian and Heather Marx with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

27. I want people everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. Pray for Alan and DeeDee Iobst in France.

28. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Pray for Annie B Missions and Star Mountain.

29. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Pray for the Board of World Mission.

30. For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayer. Pray for Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry.

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The New Philly Farmers Market will be held October 14, 21, 28, 2021. We are excited to invite outside vendors to be apart of this market, as well as members of NPMC who grow or create their own product. We will have a variety of vendors as well as music and food trucks.

New Philadelphia Moravian Church
4440 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104

5:00pm-7:00pm

Thursday October 14, 21, 28

Booth fees will be $15 per week or $40 for 3 weeks. There is no application fee.

Vendors will provide their own tent (if you choose to use one) and at least 20lb weights for each leg. All vendors will be set up outside.

Categories include but not limited to: produce, baked goods, natural products, sewn crafts, pottery & jewelry.

Please no direct sales.

 

Vendors – we have posted an application below, we would love for you ALL to come back this October! Please use this link to apply https://forms.gle/QsU9DK6o3oWnd8Un7

Visit the New Philly Farmers Market Facebook page for updates! 

 

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Dear New Philadelphia Moravian,

Just about three and a half years ago, I received a message from David Guthrie, as PEC President, asking to meet with me. Since I didn’t think that I was in any sort of trouble, I realized that it must be to share a call to serve a new congregation. My mind began to race through all of the congregations that were open and all of the possible calls that it could be. The next day, I walked into the meeting with David absolutely convinced that there were only 2 possible calls that it could be. One that I really wanted and one that I really didn’t want. And the one that I really didn’t want was the one that it was- the call to be Associate Pastor at New Philadelphia. 

I don’t really recall why I was so certain I didn’t want to receive the call to New Philadelphia. Maybe it was the size of the congregation, maybe it was the idea of working with a pastor who had been there for 30 years, maybe it was working with such a large staff, maybe it was what I thought that I knew about the church. Regardless of the reasons, I had received the call that I did not want to receive. And now I had to decide what to do about it.

The easy answer was to just say no and stay where I was. But I wanted to be sure that if I did say no, that I really knew what I was saying no to. So I read all of the call information, the stats and statements about how the Joint Board saw the congregation and how they saw me fitting in, I met with Worth, I met with the Joint Board. And then I went to Laurel Ridge for Sr High Camp. The timing was perfect. I needed to get away to think and to pray, to be in that community that has meant so much to me.

By the time that the week ended, after much prayer and lots of time sitting on top of the mountain surrounded by God’s masterpiece, I knew that I was ready to accept the call that I didn’t think I wanted. And that fall I began my ministry as your Associate Pastor. 

I soon learned that all of my doubts and my fears, all of the reasons that I thought I didn’t want the call were unfounded. I loved being at New Philadelphia. What I thought I knew about the church was wrong. I loved working with the rest of the staff. I loved working with Worth. And I loved being part of such a large congregation. I loved New Philadelphia Moravian. I loved all of you. 

And now the call that I didn’t want is coming to an end. With the calling of a new pastor, my service at New Philadelphia is concluding. And much like I didn’t want the call at the beginning, now that it is coming to an end, I don’t want that either. I would love to be able to continue to worship and serve with you. I am sad and disappointed and hurt that I can’t. 

Yet, as I begin to reflect upon my service among you and with you and for you, I see that perhaps God called me here for a time such as this. For we have been through a lot together over the past three and a half years. There have been dizzying heights and heartbreaking lows. We have seen our church change in ways that we never imagined and right now we are experiencing our world changing in ways that we never imagined. 

I am ready to see what God has planned next for New Philadelphia. And I am ready to see what God has planned next for me. During our last month together, I would love to hear from you. Actually I would love to be able to SEE you but with the pandemic, I don’t know if that will be possible. But I will be here. Call me, text me, email me, or come by. You can wear your mask and we can practice safe social distancing. However you would like, I am ready to listen to you, to laugh with you, to cry with you, as we say goodbye. 

Pastor Joe

 

Photo by Joe Moore/Laurel Ridge

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The Book of Acts Bible Study

You’re invited (men and women) to a Bible Study on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., your choice; the study will be held in the banquet room (morning session) and in the conference room (evening session).

We will be studying the first seven chapters in the book of Acts. Mary Ruth McRae and I are so excited to bring this study to you. As part of this study, we will see our resurrected Jesus with His disciples giving them their last instructions, study the birth and growth of the early church and learn who was named to replace Judas. We will also be studying the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost.

We hope to see you in October, you only need to bring your bible. If you have questions just give me a call – Grace Shutt – 336-408-4969

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