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New Beginnings Moravian Church January 2013

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

As we turn the page upon another year, we can give thanks that we serve a God who in fact, has plans for us and more precisely, has plans for you. When the Prophet Jeremiah wrote these words he was giving council and hope to the people of God who had been exiled in Babylonia for quite some time, surely dreaming of a time when they could go home to the Land of Milk and Honey! But the Prophets council (as he spoke for God) was not to get caught up in the daydream of what might be one day, rather he was telling them to not waste the time that they had even now… even though they were being held in bondage. God was telling his people to not forsake the moment but to grab it for all it was worth, to work to better the place in which they were, and rely upon him alone. As the passage continues we hear support and what many would consider an admonition too… “…call upon the Lord and come and pray to Him, and He will hear you. You will seek Him, and find Him; when you seek Him with all of your heart.” As we open the days of the future together, as we work to continue to live into the plans that God has for us, let us not look too far ahead of where we are. Let us find purpose and meaning and work to do today, not reliving the past or being paralyzed by the future, rather living in the present. Let us seek him with all of our collective hearts knowing and rejoicing in the news that He will hear us as we make the most of what we have today! May God’s blessings be with you and yours in 2013! Happy New Year! Serving together, pC Building a community guided by the Holy Scriptures, preparing it to reach out in word and deed, with faith, joy and compassion, spreading the message of hope through Jesus Christ while celebrating God’s everlasting love & grace.


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3rd Annual Chili Bowl - Feb. 2nd 4:30-6:30 p.m. It’s a great afternoon of delicious food friendly competition, and great fellowship. Please sign-up in the FH & be sure to indicate if you’ll be entering a chili, or just judging them!

Classes for Every Age! For children 3 & 4; during the worship service; circle time, singing, Bible story, craft, snack, mission work and more!

2nd Annual Women’s Day — Saturday, February 16th at 9:00 ‘til 3:30 here at New Beginnings Leaders: Joyce Vance Pastor Betty Helms Malissa Bumgarner Master Gardener

Guest Speaker: Lucetta Zaytoun, CPCC Pick up a brochure in the FH for more details & complete the reg. form by Jan. 30th Registration Form Your Registration of $15.00 is requested. This includes refreshments, a boxed lunch and a program booklet.

Middle/High School Class 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays in pChris’ office K3 Class — For children K through 3rd grade; from 9:30-11:30, (on Joyful Noise Sunday,

Please complete information below & mail to: Jan Richardson : Women’s Day 22416 Torrence Chapel Road Cornelius NC 28031

the class meets 9:30-10:20 ONLY so that the children can Name________________________________________________ participate in worship with their families. Address _____________________________________________

4/6 Class — For children fourth through sixth grade; meets in the Youth room, from 9:30-10:20.

Women’s Bible Study 9:15-10:15 at The Solomon House

Feasting on the Word 9:30-10:15 in the fellowship hall

Phone #_______________________________ Email_________________________________ Lunch time choice, please check one 11:30_________12:20_________ Church membership____________________________________ Enclose your $15.00 registration fee Please register by Jan 30th 2013 to ensure we have enough materials for you. Late registrants will be welcome but supplies may be limited.

This year we are offering a small folding blue umbrella with the Springs of Life Logo A special offering will be taken Thousand Gifts? — see page 3 for details on printed on one panel for during the closing service this potential Women’s Study coming in February. preorder only. Cost to aid the Unity Women’s Desk $10:00.

Interested in a class based on the book One

Micro Loans programs.


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It was a year filled with blessings — Unity Watch, our 2nd Chili Bowl, EWS

- 2012 -

Dinner Service, Children’s Habitat for Humanity mission project, our 2nd Mission Trip to Mississippi, another year of Toddler Time, another summer of Toddler Nursery, K3 & 4/6 classes started, Women’s Day, Campus Birdhouse project, Men’s Fishing Trip, Church Cleaning Day x 2, Men’s Golfing Trip, Sunglass/Flip-Flop Car Drive for Haiti’s Children, Vacation Bible School, Moravian Music Sunday, 2nd Annual Picnic under the Pecans, Levine-Dickson Hospice mission projects, Butterfly Release, Hope Garden to benefit Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen, Butterfly Release, 4th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Bible Jeopardy, our 12th Anniversary, Operation Christmas Child, Christmas in Davidson, Loaves & Fishes Food Drive, Hospice Meal, Chicken Pies, “Away in a Manger” Children’s Pageant, and more . . . and here comes 2013!!

Mission Opportunity

Inclement Weather??? Change of schedule or

Want to help serve dinner? March 16th Note the date and watch for more info!

closure will be announced on WBTV, and when possible, an email will be sent out as well. If you know someone without internet, please give them a call just to be sure they’re aware of the schedule change!

INTEREST SURVEY: Women’s Bible Study Opportunity

Be a part of this Moravian tradition dating back to 1727… Choose the half-hour time slot that works for you. The sanctuary will be open from 8 ‘til 4 See the sign-up sheet in the FH. (Prayer Sheets will also be available)

A BIG THANK YOU . . . Dear New Beginnings, On behalf of Mary, Janet and myself, and our families, we sincerely appreciate all of the Christmas expressions of thanks and encouragement that we receive from you during our Christmas time together. We feel so blessed to be able to serve alongside such a caring and compassionate congregation that words often miss how deeply appreciative we all are. Thank you again for caring for us in such special ways! Serving together, Mary, Janet & pChris

'How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long--and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?' Mondays, 11:30-12:30 Sign-up in the fellowship hall by January 15th If interested in taking this class.

Building a community guided by the Holy Scriptures, preparing it to reach out in word and deed, with faith, joy and compassion, spreading the message of hope through Jesus Christ while celebrating God’s everlasting love & grace.


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Around the Province . . . Lunchtime Lecture, Thursday, January 10th — “Churches on the Move” at the Archie K. David Center in Old Salem. Lecture if free and open to all, and you are invited to bring your lunch. Parking is free in the Salem College Fine Arts Center parking lot off of Salem Avenue (Snow policy—call 336-722-1742 to check if event is still on) 2013 Leadership Focus Conference, February 23rd — One & two hour workshops will be offered. More information available at http://bit.ly/PtPMGn Friends Cottage Special Savings at Laurel Ridge — It’s a great time to visit LR — special weekday rates through the end of March 2013. Need a personal getaway or to spend a memorable time with family or friends? Contact Teresa at Teresa@laurelridge.org or 888-831-5922 to reserve your spot Provincial Women’s Spiritual Life Retreat, April 26-28th, Laurel Ridge; Leader—The Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse Summer Camp is right around the corner . . . Check out the schedule and registration form at www.laurelridge.org ———————————————————

Moravian Mission Opportunities . . . Superstorm Hurricane Sandy — Volunteers are needed to help the many households that have been flooded by this storm along the coast of Staten Island. The United Brethren’s Church, the Moravian Churches of Staten Island, along with Vanderbilt Avenue Moravian Church, are asking for volunteers to come and help in this effort. Donations are also needed to help in the recovery/rebuilding effort. Please make your contributions to UBC Central Elders, add “storm relief” to the memo line, and mail to 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10308. Need more information? Contact Mark Ebert,

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians. Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Approximately 120,000 Americans are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages. Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. Types of Glaucoma There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma, and angleclosure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this called normal tension glaucoma. Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. What are the symptoms of Glaucoma? In the most common form of glaucoma, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, typically causing objects to appear less clearly. At first, it is possible to compensate by squinting or turning the head to focus better. These changes may seem minor, but glaucoma can accelerate quickly, causing eyesight to rapidly and irreversibly deteriorate. Therefore, one may not notice anything until significant vision is lost. What is the treatment for Glaucoma? There is no cure for glaucoma-yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection, by having a comprehensive eye exam, is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. So start off the new year right, if you have not already, set up an appointment with your eye doctor. Reference: Glaucoma Research Foundation and American Optometric Association submitted by M. Hauser

H E A L T H B E A T


At the last meeting, your Leadership Board discussed: •

Welcome to two newest Board members — Scott Snider & Alice-Marie Darnell

Upcoming Events — — Christmas Breakfast, Dec. 23rd — Unity Prayer Watch, Jan. 7th — Chili Bowl, Feb. 2nd — Emergency Winter Shelter, March 16th — Quadrennial Review, April 23rd

Upcoming election of Vice-Chair, 2013

Team Structure

2013 Leadership Meetings—Mondays, 6:30 pm — January 14th — Devotion to be led by Jill Lantz

WANTED: Someone to handle the church photos, fill albums, label events, etc. Call the church office, please.

92 pounds of non-perishables were donated by You, to your neighbors! January 2nd—Terri Ebert; Jill Lantz 3rd — Emily Tucker; Doug Hurlbert Emma Eggers 5th — Joan Wimmer 15th — James Hoover 31st — Sheila Thrower *If your name doesn’t appear on this list, please let the office know so the church records can be updated.

Treasurer’s Report

November 2012

Income: Regular Offering Joyful Noise Interest Flowers Women’s Fellowship Postage Daily Texts Mission Total Income: Expenses: Administrative Workers Comp Prov. Assessment Honorarium Mortgage Property Ins. Postage Flowers Office supplies Utilities Telephone/Internet Nursery Mission Women’s Fellowship Bank Worship Joyful Noise LF Total Expenses: Budgeted Income YTD Actual YTD Budgeted Expense YTD Actual YTD

$16,585.00 61.07 8.69 25.00 3,174.00 6.00 82.00 63.00 $20,004.76

8861.47 260.00 2563.00 150.00 1336.00 392.00 62.00 81.08 59.65 289.49 175.84 160.00 113.00 348.68 11.50 170.12 50.00 161.02 $ 15,244.85 $ 173,073.12 $ 153,821.31 $ 173,073.12 $ 167,342.76

Candle-Trimming 2012 in preparation for our Christmas Lovefeasts

— photo submitted by Paddy Wigney


Upcoming Events: (read this newsletter for details)

January 7th — Unity Prayer Watch February 2nd — Chili Bowl 2013 February 16th — Women’s Day at New Beginnings March 16th — Mission Opp 2013 New Year’s Prayer Lord, As a new year begins, we come to You and ask for Your blessing. We pray that you would give us joy to fill our days, peace to fill our hearts, and love to fill our lives. Thank You for the plans You have for us in this new year. We wait in anticipation to see all You will do! "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

New Beginnings Moravian Church 201 Seagle St., P.O. Box 2278 Huntersville, NC 28078 Phone: 704-992-2003 Fax: 704-992-2002 Office Email: newbeginnings100@bellsouth.net


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