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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: oakgrovemoravian@embarqmail.com

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 2014

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 2014: Does God speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill? Numbers 23:19


FROM YOUR PASTOR I have been most blessed during this Lenten Season. All of our services, both Sunday morning and Wednesday evening have been really good. I love the Lenten hymns and anthems we have sung. I have also enjoyed the Lenten Devotional booklets we are using this year as well as my own personal Bible reading and prayer time. I saw the movie “Son of God,” which was very inspirational. I have grown closer to my Lord during this Lenten journey. I hope you have, too. The most spiritual week of Lent is still to come. Passion Week, or Holy Week as we refer to it nowadays, is the commemoration of Jesus’ last week on this earth before His crucifixion and resurrection. It is a most solemn week as we reflect on His sufferings leading up to His brutal death. It is a journey with Jesus to the cross.

Oak Grove Moravian Church Family, Thank you for the many acts of kindness shown to me and my family during the loss of my dear Aunt Ruby. Your calls, prayers, and cards were very comforting during this difficult time. In Christian love, Dana Wolfington & Family

It is a difficult journey, but one we must make. How can we go from the pomp and circumstance of Palm Sunday straight to the victory of Easter Sunday without going with Jesus through the darkness of Holy Week? For it is in the darkness of Passion Week that we are brought closer into the fellowship of our Lord’s suffering. Only there are we able to appreciate the sacrifice He made for us, giving up His life so that we can have eternal life. I invite and encourage you to join me in walking with Jesus during Holy Week as we read the accounts of His entry into Jerusalem, teaching in the Temple and at the Mount of Olives, Last Supper in the Upper Room, prayer in the Garden, trial before Caiaphas and Pilate, crucifixion, and burial. Attend our Holy Week Services and be blessed and prepared for Easter.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

May you have a most blessed Holy Week and happy Easter!

Oak Grove will welcome it’s two new members: Jamie Matthew Wood and Linea Louan Linville.

God bless and I’ll see you in church!

Matthew

Everyone is invited to the potluck supper held in their honor that evening in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m.


MORAVIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA, SOUTHERN PROVINCE 2014 DAYS OF PRAYER

Wednesday

FAIRVIEW MORAVIAN CHURCH

April 2

Reverend Scott Venable, Speaker 10:45 AM Music 11:00 AM Worship with Communion

Wednesday

KONNOAK HILLS MORAVIAN CHURCH

April 9

Karl Sjolund, Head of Salem Academy, Speaker 11:00 AM Lovefeast

Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday

Friday, April 18, Good Friday

Sunday, April 20, Easter

Proverbs 17:22, says, "A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets." The next Band Practice is Sunday, April 13 at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Egg Hunt & Scavenger Hunt Saturday, April 12th 1:00—3:00 p.m. Kids! Invite your friends! Story, treats, prizes, refreshments.

Grand Prize to the child who brings

THE MOST GUESTS !

18th Annual Hospice Hope Run 5k Walk/Run and 10K Run Saturday April 12 2014 Team George Seivers Please visit the website below to find out details of how to join our team or donate in honor of George Seivers. www.hospicecarecenter.org


2014 LENTEN SERVICES: The Glory of our Weakness The schedule is as follows: Wednesday, April 2 6:00 p.m. Supper 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service

JOINT BOARD REPORT 

All folding chairs are being sold to the town of Walkertown for $3.00 each. Tammy Lewis will put the information on Craig’s List about the green choir robes which will be sold for $8.00 each.

David Hester reported that the Building and Construction Committee is looking at new building plans which will include new bathrooms and a kitchen based on the amount of money we have now and can raise in the next year. They plan to visit some churches with updated kitchens and bathrooms. This needs to be communicated to the congregation and will be done right after Easter. This is the fourth year of a five year commitment to raise monies.

Sermon: Christians Too Busy to Pray (Luke 22:39-46) Rev. Dan Nelson Wednesday, April 9 6:00 p.m. Supper 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service Sermon: Barabbas Speaks (Matthew 27:15-26)

ELDERS REPORT 

Intercessory Prayer

Matthew is working with BCCM and looking at the demographics of the Walkertown area to see how Oak Grove can minister to the needs of people in this area in ways that other churches and/or organizations are not doing.

Proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off were $550.00.

Approved the infant baptism of Linea Linville on Palm Sunday.

A BBQ Cook-Off will be held May 17 and will be similar to the Chili Cook-Off.

Matthew will be gone for the Moravian Music Foundation Board of Trustees’ meeting in Bethlehem March 25-30, some of that will be vacation days. He will also be gone to Synod April 2-6. Graham Rights will preach 3/30 and Arkon Stewart on 4/6.

Rev. Matthew Allen Each Wednesday we will gather in the Fellowship Hall for supper at 6:00 p.m. and in the Sanctuary for the service at 7:00.

Palm Sunday is April 13th Easter Sunday is April 20th We extend our deepest sympathy to Dana Wolfington in the loss of her aunt, Ruby Boger who died March 8th, to Jeff Styers in the loss of his uncle, Clete Bourne who died March 8th and to David Hooker in the loss of his mother, Rachel Hooker, who died March 24th.

TRUSTEES REPORT Present: Gerry Peddycord, Jeff Styers, Arnold Reeves, Johnny Vanhoy. 

Financial Statements approved.

Purchased fluorescent light fixtures for the youth room.

Timer for sanctuary heating system repaired and installed.

In process of getting an estimate for digital/program thermostat for heat & air in sanctuary.


Building Campaign Memorials and Honorariums

The King’s Teens and ‘Tweens Youth Fellowship Room will begin being furnished and decorated after Easter. It’s a big room that

In memory of:

In honor of:

Dorothy P. Sell Donald E. Sell James & “Jerry” Stevens Sandra Grindstaff Henry B. Shore

Circle #2 Lucy Gardner Margaret Hammock Class Billy Comer Gray Comer

could use several furnishings such as 

paint

a college dorm refrigerator

sofas, loveseats, chairs

window valances

God-friendly game consoles (think “old

school”,

Atari,

Continuing The Vision…….

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ……...Building the future

PacMan,

Frogger , & such)

Contact Angie Renigar at 671-8497 or 595-8167. On the first Wednesday after Easter, April 23rd, we

Update on Capital Campaign Funds From the beginning of our Campaign we have total donations of $342,125.64. There is a pledge balance of $22,112.00 that has yet to be received. Please continue to support our Campaign with your prayers and monetary gifts.

will meet to begin work on the new room! We will have supper together at 6:00 then get to work. ATTENTION YOUNG PEOPLE!

Come strengthen your bond with fellow Christian youth and work together for common good! Hoping to see some new faces along with the regular crowd!

Please bring canned food items during the season of Lent to donate to Bethabara Moravian Church Food Pantry which provides for 500 people each month. Place your donations on the fellowship hall stage.


Newsletter Notes From around the Southern Province

February STEWARDSHIP

February 2014

YTD

Operating Income

$11,245.00

$22,867.55

Operating Expenses

$11,299.50

$23,399.22

($54.50)

($531.67)

Ahead (Behind)

To meet all of our monthly expenses, which include  Salaries $8,137  Utilities $2,314  Supplies $1,882  Provincial Causes $2,867 we need to take in $15,205 every month.

ATTENDANCE 2….....88 9……..95 16……..65 23……..94

With Easter coming so late this year, April 20, it’s a pretty safe forecast to say that we will have no snow then, despite the snowy winter we have had. That might not be true with our Moravian Churches in Bethel, Alaska, or Nain, Labrador. What is the latest date Easter can occur? April 25, and that will happen next in 2038. Salem Congregation of 13 Moravian Churches, which will hold the 242nd Easter Sunrise Service in Salem, is looking toward the future of the Salem God’s Acre. The paths in the old section must be replaced at about $70,000. Looking ahead to when the graveyard runs out of space, Salem Congregation has hired an architect to design a columbarium fence with pickets and arches in the new section. That will provide 2,368 niches for burial, almost equaling the number of grave sites already in the new section. The Pilot Mountain Regional Conference of Churches — that’s Bethabara, Fulp, Oak Grove, Providence, and Fairview — is looking ahead to the third Saturday in September — that’s the 20th — when it will have a mini Moravian Festival at Bethabara in conjunction with the Apple Festival at Historic Bethabara Park. Each of the RCC churches will be invited to have a tent. And a potluck supper will be held that evening at the Bethabara pavilion with musical entertainment by the “Moravian Buns.” Already in several church newsletters: “IT’S CANDLE MAKING TIME!” We Moravians plan ahead. Mount Bethel is going energy efficient with two new windows in the kitchen. Other old windows in the fellowship hall and Sunday school building may be replaced as budget allows. Just delivered, literally, early this a.m. Friday, March 14, at Moravian Music Foundation: The latest Moravian Lower Brass CD. And it is perfect timing too, since it is entitled What Heights, What Depths of Love Devine: Music for Lent and Easter. A cheap $16 plus tax and shipping and handling. Phone 336-725-0651. Don’t mind the growly soul answering the phone; he’s been out in the Cherokee Nation. Richard W. Starbuck Moravian Archives


April Workers

APRIL

NURSERY WORKERS 6. Jeff & Amy Styers and Landon Renigar 13. Robin Wolfington & daughters 20. Eric & Anita Linville 27. Patrick & Carrie Linville

ACOLYTES 6. Sidney Hooker

FLOWER CALENDER 6. Pam Ellis

13. Joseph Kidwell

13. Matthew Allen

20. Mollie Mounce

20. Easter lilies

27. Chloe Wolfington

27. Mark & Dana Wolfington

USHERS Mike May Steve Price Gerald Peddycord Bobby Wolfington, Jr.

GREETERS 6. Don Farmer 13. Hazel Beasley 20. Faye Gardner 27. Marion Clark

CRISIS CONTROL MINISTRY DONATION Unsweetened Applesauce

23. Ally Miao Wolfington 2. Wesley Holt 27. Jerry Lewis 4. Eric Renigar Brenda Vanhoy 5. Emily Weber Cole Richardson Louise Whealton 28. Angie Disher 9. Katherine Linville Mark Holt Tiffany McGrady Marie Marshall 11. Dana Wolfington 29. Mary Jo Hull 18. Mark Wolfington 20. Sonja Smith-Renigar Chad Edwards

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


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