Upcoming Events

Please invite friends, neighbors and family members to attend with you.

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 jdrights@bellsouth.net or place your email address on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Praying the Psalms Schedule

Sunday Morning Food Offerings - 11:30 to 12:30
The generous food offerings for Sunnyside Ministry continue in the Luther Street parking lot.  Let John know if you would like to help on a Sunday morning.

Tuesday Morning Virtual Prayer Meeting - 10:00 am weekly
All are welcome to share our weekly Prayer Meeting by way of phone or Zoom each Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 10:30.  Contact Pastor Rights for instructions on how to connect.

Board Meetings - 7:00 pm
Elders - Tuesday, October 12
Trustees - Thursday, October 14

Candle Services - December 19 at 10:00 am and December 24 at 5:00 and 7:00 pm
On Sunday morning, December 19, and Friday evening, December 24, the birth of Christ will be celebrated at Konnoak Hills with three identical Candle Services.  These services will closely resemble our traditional Christmas Eve services without the sharing of Lovefeast buns and coffee.  We'll sing the carols, hear the Christmas story, and enjoy the musical offerings of the Band, the bells and the Choir.  Following the pastor's meditation, red-trimmed candles will be received and raised high.  Our annual Christmas offering will be received for Sunnyside Ministry.  Masks should be worn and every other pew will be roped off to allow distancing.  If we fill up the modified capacity of the sanctuary on Christmas eve, we will have overflow in the Fellowship Hall with a presentation of the recorded service from Sunday the 19th. 

Pandemic Precautions for Candle Services at Konnoak Hills - December 19 and 24

In our preparation to celebrate the birth of Christ this Sunday and December 24th, we are very aware of the pandemic’s increasing threat during the holiday season.   On Tuesday of this week, the NC Department of Health and Human Services offered the following information and caution:

North Carolina’s key metrics have all been increasing, including people going to the emergency department with COVID-like symptoms, cases, the percent of tests that are positive, and hospitalizations. In addition, the state is once again classified as red by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicating high community transmission.

With the holidays approaching and people getting together, there is greater risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. To reduce the risk, North Carolinians should get vaccinated as soon as possible and get a booster as soon as they are eligible. Health leaders also recommend getting tested, even if you are vaccinated, before and after you travel and before gathering with others. Everyone should continue to wear a mask when in indoor public settings.”

The following protocols will be in place this Sunday morning at 10:00 and on Christmas Eve at 5:00 and 7:00.  Our Christmas Carol and Candle Services will closely resemble traditional Christmas Eve services without the sharing of Lovefeast buns and coffee.  These protocols add another layer of challenge to the service of our ushers.  Please be sensitive to this challenge. 

 We also ask that anyone experiencing Covid symptoms refrain from attending and putting others at an elevated risk.  A good number of neighboring Moravian Congregations will livestream their services.

              Precautions

Masks are to be worn into the building and throughout each service.
Please wait until everyone in your party has arrived to be seated.
Worshippers will receive red-trimmed candles as they enter the sanctuary.
Seating will be in every other pew.
Consider sitting in the balcony to help distribute the congregation throughout the sanctuary.
Following the pastor’s meditation, the candles of those sitting on the end of a pew will be lit for the flame to be passed down the pew.
At the end of the service, please exit the sanctuary promptly. 
Plates to receive our Christmas offering for Sunnyside Ministry will be placed at the back of the sanctuary.

Overflow Seating 

On Christmas Eve, the fellowship hall will be prepared to accommodate people arriving after the sanctuary is filled to its modified capacity.
The overflow congregation in the fellowship hall is invited to worship while viewing a recording of our December 19th Candle Service.

Once again, we’re being called to display the remarkable agility, adaptability, and common sense that has served us well over the past two years.  My prayer is that each of us will use our best judgement in planning for the week ahead.  Wherever we are and however we celebrate, the good news is that Christ still comes.

 On behalf of the Board of Elders,

John D. Rights
Konnoak Hills Moravian Church

Epiphany Holy Communion - January 2, 10:00 am

Unity Prayer Watch - January 3, 6:00 am to Noon
Our participation in the Worldwide Unity Prayer Watch of the Moravian Church has been scheduled for Monday, January 3rd from 6:00 am to Noon.  The Unity Prayer Watch is a continuous chain of prayer circulating through the congregations of our twenty-six Moravian provinces on five continents.  A sign-up sheet and prayer suggestions are in the foyer.  We are asked to provide at least 16 people to fill half-hour shifts.

Red Cross Blood Drive - January 15

Ash Wednesday Holy Communion - March 2