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 firstname.lastname@example.org or place your email address on the sign-up sheet in the foyer.
Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event - November 30 Konnoak Elementary School is looking forward to coming once again to our Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event. Tours are scheduled for Friday, November 30 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 2 Our observance of the Season of Advent begins Sunday, December 2. 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.
Potluck Dinner and Candle Trimming - December 4, 6:00 pm Our Wednesday night fellowship moves to Tuesday with a covered dish dinner followed by candle trimming. The meal will be held at 6:00 pm, followed by a brief meeting of the Women's Fellowship and installation of new officers. Candle trimming will begin immediately after. All are invited to attend. Invite a friend!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES - December 5
South Branch Conference Night at Samaritan Inn - December 7, 6:15 pm We are again invited to join with volunteers from the Advent, Community Fellowship, Hope and Hopewell Congregations to assist the overnight shelter staff. A sign up sheet is in the foyer. At least six people are needed to assist the shelter staff. Supper will be served, the kitchen cleaned, devotions shared with the guests, and a two-hour shift will be assigned with another volunteer to assist the Samaritan Inn staff person. Christ lives at Samaritan Inn as we remember his words: I was hungry and you fed me; a stranger and you took me in.
Moravian Mountain Christmas at Laurel Ridge - December 8 Come for the weekend or the day! Crafts, cookies, hot chocolate, cider and more. Click the link to Laurel Ridge's website for more info.
Service of Holy Communion -- December 9 Christ comes to us this day in the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the cup.
Trustees Meeting - December 10, 7:00 pm - SNOWED
Elders Meeting - December 11, 7:00 pm - SNOWED
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES - December 12 - SNOWED
Service of Lessons and Carols -- December 16, 11:00 am DUE TO THE SNOW: Handbells will rehearse at 9:00. Children will rehearse at 9:30. Choir will rehearse at 10:00. 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). In case of snow on this date, the service of Lessons and Carols will move to the 23rd.
Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 23 On this Sunday, we draw nearer to the manger and the celebration of the incarnation of God in Christ, we'll also receive a Benevolence Fund Offering during worship. In the second chapter of Acts, we read that the early Christians took care of one another by sharing their resources according to their need. In this same spirit, we will receive offerings for our Benevolence Fund on this fourth Sunday in Advent. This fund is most often used to lighten the burdens of our members and others who are faced with a financial crisis. Requests to the Benevolence Fund Committee may be made through its Chair, Gerald Goforth. Checks for the offering should be made out to "Konnoak Hills Moravian Church" and designated "Benevolence Fund."
Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Services - DeChristmas 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 1) parking a little farther out to leave a closer space for a guest and 2) leaving your Lovefeast bulletin behind to be reused at the next service.
Church Office Closed - December 24-28
Tax Deadline for 2018 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, 2018. Contributions received after that date cannot be deducted on the 2018 tax return, even if the check is dated 2018. There is one exception: a check that is written, mailed, and postmarked this year can be deducted for 2018 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. Please note that the church office will be closed the week of Christmas.
Salem Congregation Watchnight Lovefeast - December 31 The Annual Salem Congregation Watchnight Lovefeast Service will be held at 11:00 pm, December 31, at Calvary Moravian Church (600 Holly Avenue). All band members are encouraged to gather for a prelude at 10:30. Our pastor John Rights 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, 4:00 pm - Midnight Our participation in the Worldwide Unity Prayer Watch of the Moravian Church has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 2, from 4:00 pm until Midnight. 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 6 Our first worship service of 2019 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 6
Board Installations and Reading of 2018 Memorabilia - January 13 On this Sunday, we will install the Church Boards for 2019 and share the "Memorabilia for 2018."