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Oak Grove Moravian Church

120 Hammock Farm Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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With Christ as our foundation,

We are called to share our faith,

Through love and outreach to all.

Oak Grove Leaves

Rev. Matthew W. Allen Pastor

Oak Grove Moravian Church 120 Hammock Farm Road Winston-Salem, NC 27105 336-595-8167 E-mail:

Angie Renigar Editor

Oak Grove Mission Statement Our mission is to glorify God through worship, bring people to faithful discipleship in Christ, equip them for ministry in the church and the world, and grow in our love for one another through fellowship.

APRIL 2012

Non Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Walkertown, NC Permit No. 5

Worship With Us

Sunday Services Worship Service 9:45 AM 10:45 AM Sunday School

Congregational Text for 2012: Jesus said to Simon and Andrew, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.� and immediately they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-18

FROM YOUR PASTOR We’ve had a great Lenten season this year. All our services and activities have been well attended and a blessing. We had a large turnout (about 75) for Heritage Night on March 4. I’ve never seen so much food and it was all delicious. We enjoyed all the historical displays. Thanks to everyone who brought things to share. We also had fun singing some of the old songs you used to sing years ago when you had a Sunday School opening and closing. Several members shared their memories from the past. A truly great evening as a church family! I really enjoyed teaching the Confirmation Class and the kids had a great time at our retreats. Thanks to Loretta Snow for letting us use her family’s cabin and for preparing all the meals. Also thanks to Kevin Mounce, Gerry Peddycord, Amy Colona, Tangee Stevens, and Robin Wolfington for being chaperones. A lot of hard work has been going on around the church grounds. Shrubbery has been planted, trees trimmed, sidewalks repaired, and various other things. Thanks to the Board of Trustees for all they have been doing. We had a good meeting about the Capital Campaign. A lot of good questions were asked and many opinions and thoughts shared. We all need to pull together and work together to accomplish our goal. We want to leave an improved church building for our youth so that they can enjoy the fruits of our labor, just as we are now enjoying the fruits of our forefathers’ labor. I look forward to celebrating Easter with you. Holy Week and Easter Sunday are a true spiritual blessing for me every year at Oak Grove. I can’t wait to process through the new gate with the arch saying God’s Acre on it for the first time on Easter Sunday. God bless and I’ll see you in church!


Exciting News from the 125th Anniversary Committee! A Prayer Garden will be established beside the Fellowship Hall, sponsored by the Anniversary Committee. It will include shrubs and flowers. There will be a cement pad with benches or perhaps a table and benches. It will have a walkway constructed of bricks purchased by persons in honor or memory of a loved one. The bricks will cost $30 each and will have space for 3 lines of wording. Now is the time to plant. The Committee hopes to begin this project right away! If you would like to donate, make your check payable to Oak Grove and write “prayer garden” on the memo line. You may place your donation in the offering plate or see a Committee Member to order a personalized brick.

Beth Dunn would like to announce the marriage of her son, Ben Dunn, to Billie Morgan on March 23rd at Hilton Head Island. Congratulations to Ben & Billie!

The 2012 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board. Don’t forget to reserve your special dates to put flowers on the church altar. There are many open dates left!!!


FEB. 2012 Operating Income

Saturday, April 14th our RCC (Pilot Mountain Regional Conference of Churches) will sponsor the workshop Church Communication in the 21st Century led by Mike Riess, Director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. It will be from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Fairview Moravian Church. Oak Grove members are all encouraged to attend.

Congratulations! Hanna Smith has been inducted into the

National Junior Honor Society At Hanes Magnet School Excellent work, Hanna!

$ 12,499.00

As of 2-29-12 $27,297.01

Operating Expenses $ 12,473.69

$ 21,371.71

Ahead (Behind)

$ 5,925.30



ATTENDANCE 5th…….....91 12th………..86 19th….……91 26th……..101


April Workers

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The last month’s minutes were reviewed and approved, as well as all of the financial reports. There was discussion about replacing the concrete pad in front of the Fellowship Hall. It was decided to patch the concrete. At the time that the newsletter was being prepared, the patching project was well underway. The church budget historically included a planned contribution out of general funds into the Building Maintenance Fund. Those contributions had to be stalled early last year due to low funds. In order to meet the existing budget, it was discussed and approved to begin putting funds into the Building Maintenance account again. Jeff Styers is doing a maintenance check, looking at the heating units in the church and parsonage The next Board of Trustees meeting is Tuesday, April 10, 2012.



Financial Update 1. 8. 15. 22.

Patrick & Carrie Linville Jane Farmer & Bonnie Peddycord Susan, Sarah & Laura Price

Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark & Hanna Smith 29. Gwenda & Lindsey Hooker

1. Jadyn Hooker 8. Ally Wolfington 15. Jadyn Hooker 22. Hanna Smith 29. Hayley Wolfington

FLOWER CALENDAR 1. Faye Gardner 8. Easter Lilies 15. Pam Ellis 22. available 29. Amy Styers

USHERS Jody Colona Gary McCracken Jeff Styers Eric Linville

CD MINISTRY 1. Georgia Brown 8. Loretta Snow 15. Lib Westmoreland 22. Bonnie Peddycord 29. Betty Seivers


APRIL Dear Margaret Hammock Class and Circle #6,

2. Wesley Holt 4. Eric Renigar 5. Emily Weber Louise Whealton 7. Sandra Grindstaff 9. Katherine Linville Tiffany McGrady 11. Dana Wolfington 12. George Seivers

18. 20. 23. 27.

Mark Wolfington Chad Edwards Ally Miao Wolfington Cole Richardson Jerry Lewis Brenda Vanhoy 28. Angie Disher Mark Holt Marie Marshall 29. Mary Hull

5. Johnny & Vicky Vanhoy Frank & Lori Shumate 7. Philip & Ann Mecum 15. Bill & Hazel Beasley 16. Jerry & Tammy Lewis 19. Wesley & Loretta Vanhoy 27. Henry & Linda Shore Peter & Maryann Dunn 28. David & Louise Hester Dewey Jr. & Dianne Linville Patrick & Carrie Linville

Thank you so much for making a donation to the Capital Campaign fund in memory of my sister, Betty Hammock. Sincerely, Margaret Hoerner

Thank you to each dear volunteer who gave of their time, talent and/or treasure to help with the three Confirmation Class Retreats. Each one of you helped Eli, as well as the other confirmands, create fond memories while learning about Moravian history. Sincerely, Eric and Angie Renigar

Gale McDuffie, the sister-inlaw of Faye Gardner, died on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Our sympathy goes out to Faye and the rest of Gale’s family.

Inspiring a deeper understanding of true giving A Stewardship Moment

Newsletter Notes

APRIL 2012

From around the Southern Province

In this month’s issue of Stewardship there is a story of a lady who had difficulties speaking clearly. So, when she was asked to be a greeter and welcome worshipers on Sundays, she wanted to say no.

It’s official. The high-tech era is here to stay. Leaksville’s office now has Wi-Fi. That’s wireless Internet access for us fuddy -duddies. Guess we’ll have to retire our quill pens now.

Her thinking led her to the story of Moses. She remembered that when God called Moses to lead the Jews out of Egypt, he tried to dodge the responsibility. Moses reminded the Lord that he had a speech impediment and could not properly carry out what God desired him to do. God told Moses that he wanted Moses to do the job and that he would help him to achieve the task. The lady, who was asked to be a greeter, decided that she would give it a try. After all, even if she were totally mute, she could communicate lovingly by a winsome smile and a warm handshake. Her story is a reminder God can use each of us in one way or another. Christian stewardship means being willing to use any and all of the gifts God has given us or will give us to enhance the kingdom of God on earth. Jesus gave us his mandate in the 5th chapter of Matthew: “You are the light of the world. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel, but on the lamp stand and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Prayer: Loving God, giver of every good and perfect gift, help us to use the light you give us to repel the darkness of sin and evil and to make our world to be as you desire it to be in our Lord’s name, Amen

Yet another good ministry for the Regional Conferences of Churches. Since their introduction in 2010 they have served as mission opportunities, worship services, fellowship, common histories, guidance, and inspiration. Now we can add communication. On February 19 PEC president David Guthrie gave a PowerPoint presentation to the North Branch Conference of Bethania, Mizpah, Olivet, and Rural Hall, and it was noted: “This was the first time the PEC did a presentation at an RCC event.” Psst, Br. Guthrie, next time pack a pocketful of Scripture verses to hand out to the kids. It’s what Bishop Edward Rondthaler did a century ago — to great uplift of the Moravian Church. A thousand plastic Easter eggs — that is how many Clemmons aims to set out for its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Great Sabbath. Let’s hope for more, and more kids to find them all. Continuing its 100th anniversary year of celebration, Trinity has acquired 100 (good number for the occasion) new stackable chairs for its fellowship hall, which has undergone a makeover including curtains for the stage from a theater that was closing. The curtains were a foot long, but deft hemming had them fitting perfectly. — Richard W. Starbuck Moravian Archives

A Time to Connect In just a few short weeks, Moravians from throughout the Southern Province will gather at Friedland Moravian Church for the 2012 Intersynodal Gathering on April 27-28. The name of this event may seem unfamiliar to some, but it simply means that Moravian provincial and congregational leaders will gather half way between the 2010 and 2014 Synods for a time of sharing. This will not be a time for elections or votes on resolutions. Instead, the purpose is for worship and fellowship, and especially to consider how well we are connected to each other within the structure of our province adopted at the Special synod held in 2009. The Gathering will begin Friday afternoon with registration at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. Participants will be pastors, delegates to the Regional Conferences of Churches and other provincial leaders. Moravians in and around the Winston-Salem area will have an opportunity to join with participants at the Gathering for the worship service Friday evening at 7:30. This service is being planned by and will be led by staff and students at Moravian Theological Seminary who are from the Southern Province. Participants in this Intersynodal Gathering were recently asked to complete a survey on their experience of the connections between congregations, Regional Conferences of Churches, and the Southern Province. This feedback will soon be made available to the participants and will be used at the Gathering as the participants discuss questions similar to those on the survey. In these discussions participants will highlight experiences to celebrate which have come out of the RCCs and the new structure. They will also have the opportunity to focus on things they’ve seen which they hope will happen more or maybe happen differently. Please keep your pastor and your RCC delegates in your prayers as they gather for this important time together with their counterparts from congregations throughout the province.

Announcing new Youth Fellowship Groups at Oak Grove! ALL young people from Preschool up to High School are invited to participate any and every Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 beginning April 18th. Make time to hang out at God’s house!

2012 Confirmation Class Members of the 2012 Confirmation Class were received as Adult Communicant Members on Palm Sunday, April 1st. We welcome the following young men and young women into our church: Amy Lynn Colona

Mollie Mounce

Sam Peddycord

Eli Renigar

Katrina Stevens

Kelsey Wolfington

JOINT BOARD REPORT The Joint Board met on Tuesday evening, March 13, 2012 in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Matthew opened the meeting with the reading of the Daily Text and prayer.

The Board of Elders will host a potluck luncheon on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 12:30pm

Pastor Allen encouraged board members to attend the RCC workshop titled Church Communication in the 21st Century at Fairview Moravian Church on April 14 from 1-4 p.m. The board approved a request from the 125th Anniversary Committee to create a Prayer Garden in celebration of our anniversary. It will be between the Fellowship Hall and sidewalk going to the Men’s Bible Class door.

in honor of Pastor Allen for his *** 10 years *** of ministry at Oak Grove. His actual installation date was April 14, 2002. Please come, bring a covered dish, and help celebrate this milestone!

BOARD OF ELDERS REPORT The meeting opened with intercessory prayer. Youth groups will start after Easter on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30. There will be three groups taught by the following teachers: Preschoolers (Lynn Hester and Sharon Kerr), Elementary (Angie Renigar and Tangee Stevens, and 6th grade and up (Gwenda Hooker). Graveyard Arch and Fence will be dedicated Palm Sunday. A committee was appointed to meet with Olan Mills about doing a pictorial directory: Jane Farmer, Loretta Snow, Ann Seivers. The Confirmation Class was approved for church membership. Easter envelope offering will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Holy Week Schedule Building Campaign Memorials and Honorariums In Memory of Paul C. Ellis Marie Styers Pooman Virginia Amos Gray M. Barneycastle Donald G. Barneycastle Mary Styers Moore Alma & Marvin Brown, Sr.

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 1 9:45 a.m. Worship with Palm Sunday Liturgy and “Hosanna” concluding with Graveyard Arch and Fence Dedication 11:00 a.m. Sunday School 5:30 p.m. New Members’ Covered Dish Supper 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Readings (pages 5-20) MONDAY, APRIL 2 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Readings (pages 21-49) TUESDAY, APRIL 3 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Readings (pages 49-63, 75-88)

In Honor of: Charles Hilton’s 58th Birthday Pam Ellis’ Birthday Miss Christina G. Hilton’s 23rd Birthday

Continuing The Vision……..

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Readings (pages 88-117) MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 5 6:30 p.m. Band Prelude 7:00 p.m. Holy Week Readings (pages 65-74) and Holy Communion GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 6 6:30 p.m. Band Prelude 7:00 p.m. Lovefeast and Holy Week Readings (pages 117-139)


SATURDAY, APRIL 7 7:00 p.m. Great Sabbath Service of Music at Home Church ……..Building The Future

Update on Capital Campaign Funds

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8 6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service in Old Salem 9:45 a.m. Resurrection Service/Easter Morning Liturgy beginning in the Sanctuary and concluding in God’s Acre

From the beginning of our Campaign we have total donations of $224,217.55. There is a pledge balance of $54,377.00 that has yet to be received.

Copies of Readings for Holy Week are available for $7.00. See Johnny Vanhoy to purchase one.

Please continue to support our Campaign with your prayers and monetary gifts.

PLEASE attend our special Holy Week Services and follow along as we read the accounts of Jesus’ last week on earth. If you cannot attend, please read along at home.

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