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

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.

Church Office Closed - December 24-January 1

Tax Deadline for 2019 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, 2019. Contributions received after that date cannot be deducted on the 2019 tax return, even if the check is dated 2019. 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 Service of Holy Communion - December 31, 11:15 pm
The Annual Salem Congregation Watchnight Service will be held at 11:15 pm, December 31, at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church. Andrew Heil of Home Moravian will bring the 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 to 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 to 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 - January 5
Our first worship service of 2020 will include the celebration of Holy Communion in observance of Epiphany, the season in which we affirm the coming of Christ for all peoples.

2019 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."

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.