Please invite friends, neighbors and family members to attend with you.
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Pastor's Weekly E-Mail Preview: "Looking Ahead to Sunday" is a weekly email sent from the Pastor's Study to members of the congregation who would like a preview of the upcoming Sunday at Konnoak Hills. If you would like to be added to the list of recipients, please send John an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or place your email address on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.
Advent Bible Study: John the Baptizer - Prophet of the Most High - Tuesday mornings at 11:00 This year's Advent Bible study will explore the personality of John the Baptizer, cousin of Jesus, forerunner of the Messiah, and martyr for God's kingdom. On the first three Tuesdays of Advent, we'll gather in the Activity Building at 11:00. We'll study the John passages in Luke and Matthew and explore how John has been portrayed in art down through the centuries. Pastor Rights will facilitate this study. December 5 - Son of Zechariah and Elizabeth - Luke 1 December 12 - Preacher and Prophet - Luke 3 December 19 - Martyr for God's Kingdom - Matthew 14
Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event - December 1 Konnoak Elementary School is looking forward to coming once again to our Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event. Tours are scheduled for Friday, December 1 from 9:00 until 2:00. We will have demonstrations in cookie making, candle making, star making, and the Lovefeast. We will also have a display of musical instruments, Advent wreaths, a German Christmas tree, the putz, and Moravians today. If you think you might be able to help in any way for any amount of time, please contact Mary Rights. It is really a fun day when we reach out to our neighborhood school. They are always appreciative, well-behaved, and interested in what we have to share. Please consider participating again or for the first time, and ask someone to join you! Many hands truly do make light work!
Hanging of the Greens -- December 3 Our observance of the Season of Advent begins Sunday, December 3. The Advent wreath will be lit, the star and the Chrismon tree will be illuminated, and the greenery will be placed as we meditate once again on the coming of Christ. We'll also sing the Hosanna Anthem as part of our liturgy. (Children will remain in the sanctuary for the entire service.) There will be a costume fitting and role assignment for children participating in the Service of Lessons and Carols immediately after worship this day in the choir room downstairs. ALL children of the church are needed for this fun event.
Women's Fellowship General Meeting and Candle Trimming - December 5, 6:00 pm The Women's Fellowship General Meeting will be held Tuesday, December 5. A potluck meal will be held at 6:00 pm with a short business meeting and installation of new officers for 2018. Candle trimming will begin immediately after the program. Men of the church are also invited to attend. Invite a friend!
Service of Holy Communion -- December 10 Christ comes to us this day in the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the cup.
Wednesday Night Fellowship: "A Christmas with Moravians" - December 13 On this evening, we'll have an encore viewing of "A Christmas with Moravian." Much of this 1993 UNC-TV production is timeless, as it introduces the audience to the Worldwide Moravian Unity and our many cherished Advent and Christmas customs. Hosted by George Hamilton the IV, it also serves as tribute to the late musical missionary's life. Come share a fellowship supper at 6:00, followed by the program.
Lessons and Carols Rehearsal - December 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm This is our only rehearsal before December 17. Pizza for supper followed by rehearsal and other activities (including a special visitor in red).
Service of Lessons and Carols -- December 17 God's plan for the salvation of the world is celebrated through a service of scripture readings and music. Our choir, band, handbell choirs, and children's nativity pageant will steer us towards the manger and the gift of the Christ-child. Gifts for our friends from the Stockton Street Home and the Main Street residence will be received this day. Look for gift suggestions in the foyer and wrap the gifts with the name on the package. We will also receive gifts for elementary school age children in our community. Toys should be new and between $15 and $25. There will be a final rehearsal at 9:30 am for ALL participants (readers as well as children).
Christmas Card Booklet Deadline - December 13 The Youth Fellowship will assemble another booklet of Christmas greetings from you to all our members again this year. You may furnish your own greeting or ask our youth to draw and letter a greeting from you. Every household will receive a copy of the booklet in its church mailbox at no cost. To respect copyrights, all artwork must be original. We can't photocopy published Christmas cards. Half pages (5.5 x 4.25) can be purchased for $10, full pages (5.5 x 8.5) for $15. All orders and submitted artwork must be received by December 13 in the church office or the Youth mailbox. Order forms have beem placed in mailboxes. Proceeds will be used to support next summer's Youth Mission trip.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 24 With Christmas Even falling on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we will have a simple service of Communion and Carols at 10:00 for our morning worship. Worshippers will gather around the communion table to share the Lord's Supper. The choir gets the morning off and Sunday school will take a break on this day.
Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Services - December 24 At 4:00 and 7:00 pm, the birth of Jesus is celebrated with a Lovefeast and Candle Service. In this service of carols, a simple meal of a bun and coffee is followed by the distribution of lighted beeswax candles representing the flame of joy that burns in our hearts through a relationship with Christ. Once again we will welcome a marvelous string quartet to our chancel to increase our praise. Christmas Eve brings many visitors to Konnoak Hills. PLease consider parking a little farther out to leave a closer space for a guest.
Tax Deadline for 2017 Contributions In order to claim a deduction on your tax return for offerings and other contributions made to the church this year, the church office must receive your contribution by December 31, 2017. Contributions received after that date cannot be deducated on the 2017 tax return, even if the check is dated 2017. There is one exception: a check that is written, mailed, and postmarked this year can be deducted for 2017 even if it is not received in the church office until the new year. Our church will be following this IRS rules in recording contributions. The church office will be closed the week following Christmas Day.
Salem Congregation Watchnight Lovefeast - December 31 The Annual Salem Congregation Watchnight Lovefeast Service will be held at 11:00 pm, December 31, at Trinity Moravian Church (2323 Sunnyside Ave). All band members are encouraged to gather for a prelude at 10:30. Our member Jeff Coppage, Pastor of Fries Memorial Moravian Church, will bring the Watchnight message. At the stroke of midnight, the band will interrupt the sermon to announce the New Year with the playing of "Now Thank We All Our God." This interruption is symbolic of the unexpected way the kingdom of God will break into our lives.
Unity Prayer Watch - January 2, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Our participation in the Worldwide Unity Prayer Watch of the Moravian Church has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 2, from 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. The Unity Prayer Watch is a continuous chain of prayer circulating through the congregations of our twenty-five Moravian provinces on five continents. A sign-up sheet and prayer suggestions will be placed in the foyer. We are asked to provide at least sixteen people to fill half-hour shifts.
Epiphany Celebration of Holy Communion and Drawing of Scripture Watchwords - January 7 Our first worship service of 2018 will include the celebration of Holy Communion in observance of Epiphany, the season in which we affirm the coming of Christ for all peoples. We will also draw scripture watchwords for the coming year.
Annual Report Information Due to Church Office - January 10
Board Installations and Reading of 2017 Memorabilia - January 14 On this Sunday, we will install the Church Boards for 2018 and share the "Memorabilia for 2017."
Medical Professionals Appreciation Sunday - January 21 We will thank those in our congregation who serve in healing ministries such as nursing and emergency medical care. A bulletin insert is being prepared to list all of our members who are in medical training, active service or retirement. Please submit names to the church office.
Youth Retreat - February 2-4
Wednesday Night Fellowship: Ash Wednesday Holy Communion - February 14 The forty-day season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of preparation and self-examination as we reflect on the cross and resurrection in the weeks before Good Friday and Easter. It brings to mind Jesus' forty days in the wilderness as he prepared for his calling as a servant Messiah. We'll begin Lent this year with a 6:00 pizza supper followed by a simple service of Holy Communion in the sanctuary at 6:30.
First Sunday in Lent Communion - February 18 The season of Lent is a forty day period of self-examination, reflection, and fasting that the Church sets apart in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection at Easter. We pattern this season on the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the very beginning of his ministry. We'll observe the beginning of this season with the celebration of Holy Communion on Sunday morning.
Easter - April 1