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.

Grid Calendar for November

Service of Praise - November 3
All our music groups will amplify our praise this day. We'll pull out all the stops to celebrate the gift of baptism.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP: Lectio Divina: A Sacred Reading of Scripture - November 6
The Holy Scripture is a gift from God and a place to encounter God's Living Word in a very real way. Lectio Divina (Latin for sacred reading) is a way to listen for God speaking through a specific passage. Each Wednesday evening in November, we'll listen for God's Word revealed in three readings of a selected text. On November 6, after a potluck supper, we'll have the First Reading: Listening. The passage is read listening for a word, phrase or image that draws your attenion. We'll meet in the Emma Spaugh Bible classroom.

Virginia Creeper Trail Youth Bike Ride - November 9, 8:30 a.m.
We're returning to Damascus, Virginia for another ride on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Please let John Rights know if you need wheels. We hope to have a good number of adults from the congregation joining us. Ask your parents if they'd like to come along either for the bike ride or just for the ride. Bring a lunch. Supper will be provided. We'll gather at the church at 8:30 a.m and return early in the evening. Please sign up in the foyer or let Sandra, Mary or John know by Wednesday, November 6.

Service of Communion and Commitment - November 11
Our fall stewardship emphasis culminates this day with the celebration of the Holy Communion. We'll embrace Christ as Lord of our lives and Chief Elder of the Moravian Church. As part of our worship, each person will have the opportunity to present an estimate of financial giving for 2020. In place of our customary Time and Talent sheet, each person will be invited to offer written responses to the following questions: How have I experienced the presence of God in the life of our congregation? How do I intend to live more fully into my baptism? Time and Talent sheets similar to what we've used in past years will be distributed in January.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP: Lectio Divina: A Sacred Reading of Scripture - November 13
After a fellowship supper, we'll have the Second Reading: Pondering. The passage is read a second time, pondering what is happening in your life that may have caused you to be drawn to the particular word, phrase or image.

Quadrennial Review with Provincial Elders - November 14, 7:00 pm
Every four years, the Provincial Elders' Conference meets with our Joint Board of Elders and Trustees for a Quadrennial Review. This meeting provides an opportunity for our boards to take an expanded look at the life and ministry of our congregation. It also gives the Provincial Elders the chance to learn more about the challenges and joys we share and how they might assist and support us in our mission and ministry. This review for all Elders and Trustees will be held Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please be in prayer for our boards as they prepare for this meeting.

Konnoak Hills Night at Samaritan Inn - November 28
Beginning at 6:15 pm, supper will be served, the kitchen cleaned, devotions shared with the guests, and for those staying overnight, a two-hour shift will be shared with another volunteer to assist the Samaritan Inn staff person. We hope to have our friends from Stockton Street serving again with us. Christ lives at Samaritan Inn as we remember his words: I was hungry and you fed me; a stranger and you took me in. Extend the invitation to a neighbor to join with us in this great work.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FELLOWSHIP: Lectio Divina: A Sacred Reading of Scripture - November 20
After a fellowship supper, we'll have the Third Reading: Discerning. The passage is read once more, discerning what God is calling you to do through this passage.

Benevolence Fund Offering to be Received -- November 24
Each year a special offering is received for the Benevolence Fund on the Sundays prior to Thanksgiving and Christmas. This fund is used to address emergency and benevolent needs in our congregation and community.

Congregational Council -- November 24, immediately after worship
Congregational Council will be called to order on November 24. Members of our Boards of Elders and Trustees will be elected as well as a representative to our South Branch Conference Leadership Team. In addition to these elections, a proposed church budget for 2020 will be considered. Two weeks before Council, the Nominating Committee will submit a slate of nominees for consideration. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at Council provided all nominees have agreed to serve if elected. We'll also receive a brief report from the Stewarship Committee regarding the promotion of a planned legacy giving program to be implemented in 2020. All communicant members in good standing are members of Council.

Konnoak Hills Community Thanksgiving Lovefeast -- November 24, 6:00 pm
On Sunday evening, we'll gather at Konnoak Methodist church with our neighboring congregations. Pastor Rights will bring the message this evening and a special offering will be received for Sunnyside Ministry. Bring non-perishable food items for the Christ Beloved Community Food Pantry. Our thanks to our Methodist friends for hosting worship and the reception that follows. Next year the service rotates to us!

Wednesday Night Fellowship: Takes a break this evening for Thanksgiving -- November 27

Hanging of the Greens -- December 1
Our observance of the Season of Advent begins Sunday, December 1. 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 3, 6:00 pm
Our A potluck meal will be held at 6:00 pm, followed by a brief Women's Fellowship General meeting and installation of new officers for 2020. Candle trimming will begin immediately after. Men of the church are also welcome and expected. Invite a friend!

Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event - December 6
Konnoak Elementary School is looking forward to coming once again to our Moravian Heritage and Candle Tea Event. Tours are scheduled for Friday, December 6 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 Dianne Miller. We need everyone who helped last year and more! 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!

Service of Holy Communion -- December 8
Christ comes to us this day in the breaking of the bread and the drinking of the cup.

Service of Lessons and Carols -- December 15, 11:00 am
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. All children of the church are needed.  See Sandra Johnston if you can help.  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 22nd.

Konnoak Hills to Welcome Putz Tour - December 15
The Board of Cooperative Ministry is sponsoring a Tour de Putz on Sunday afternoon, December 15th. Visit one or all of the following churches on this day to learn more about this long-standing Moravian tradition. Our thanks to Martha Johnson for sharing the planning of this event.
2:00 - 2:30 Hopewell Moravian Church at  701 Hopewell Church Road
2:45 - 3:30 Konnoak Hills Moravian Church
3:45 - 5:00 Unity Moravian Church at 8300 Concord Church Road in Lewisville
  3:00 - Community Moravian Christmas
  4:15 - Putz Presentation
  4:30 - Interactive Children's Lovefeast (all ages welcome)

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 22
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. Checks for the offering should be made out to "Konnoak Hills Moravian Church" and designated "Benevolence Fund." (In case of snow or ice on the 15th, the Service of Lessons and Carols will move to this Sunday.)

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 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.

Book Sharing: The Red Tent - January 27, 6:00 pm
All are invited to share a discussion of The Red Tent, a novel by Anita Diamant, on the evening of January 27 at the church parsonage. In The Red Tent, Diamant re-creates the popular Biblical story of Jacob by giving a voice to his only daughter, Dinah. Told in Dinah's voice, this acclaimed work of historical fiction reveals the traditions of ancient womanhood and family honor. In the coming weeks, a sign up sheet will be placed in the foyer. Bring an appetizer to share at 6:00.

South Branch Conference "Rising Against Hunger" - March 14 (2020), 9:00 - 11:00 at Hopewell Moravian
We'll join with Advent, Community Fellowhsip, Hope and Hopewell Congregations to pack 10,000 meals to feed hungry people around the world. We'll work with the organization "Rise Against Hunger" (formerly Stop Hunger Now). Save the date and bring a friend for a fast-paced and FUN Saturday morning.