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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.

July 2013

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 2013: Whoever sees Me sees Him who sent Me. John 12:45


FROM YOUR PASTOR The Moravian Church traces its beginnings all the back to the 1400’s with a man named John Hus. Hus was a Catholic priest who lived in Bohemia, which is present day Czech Republic. In 1402 he became the pastor of Bethlehem Chapel in Prague and was also a professor at the University of Prague. At that time the Catholic Church was full of corruption and Hus called for certain reforms. He denounced the sale of indulgences—slips of paper that the people bought from a priest granting forgiveness of their sins. Hus said the Bible was the final authority on all spiritual matters, not the Church. He preached in the language of the people, rather than Latin, so that they could understand in their native Czech. He also advocated that the laity partake of the Cup (or chalice) in Communion. Only the priest partook of the Cup on behalf of the people.

Editor’s Choice: A Daily Devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie Continuing The Vision……..

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ……..Building The Future

Speaking out against the Church and calling for reform got Hus in trouble with Church authorities. They took many of the things he said and did out of context and accused him of heresy. Hus was given the chance to recant everything he had said and could have saved his life. But Hus the fearless martyr refused to take back anything he said or what he stood for. Since he had said or done nothing contrary to Scripture, to recant would have been to turn his back on Christ. So at the Council of Constance in 1415 Hus was found guilty of heresy and burned at the stake on July 6, ironically his birthday. He died singing. Hus’ cries for reform did not die with him. His followers would eventually have to take the decisive step to break away from the Catholic Church when it was apparent the Church would not reform. On March 1, 1457 the Unitas Fratrum (Unity of the Brethren) was formed. It would flourish for a time, almost die out, but was reborn the Moravian Church in 1727 in Germany.

Update on Capital Campaign Funds

We thank John Hus and his followers for standing up for what is right. They never compromised the teaching of Jesus and the authority of Scripture. May we do the same in our day and look to Hus as our role model.

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

I’ll see you in church!

Matthew

From the beginning of our Campaign we have total donations of $329,311.39. There is a pledge balance of $26,292.00 that has yet to be received.


July Workers NURSERY WORKERS 7. Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark & Hanna Smith 14. Gwenda & Lindsey Hooker 21. Angie May & Sidney Hooker 28. Jeff & Amy Styers & Landon Renigar ACOLYTES 7. Jadyn Hooker

FLOWER CALENDER 7. Matthew Allen

14. Hayley Wolfington

14. Andra Reeves

21. AmyLynn Colona

21. Choir

28. Sidney Hooker

28. Louise Whealton

USHERS David Hooker Kevin Mounce Patrick Linville Gerry Peddycord

CD MINISTRY 7. Bonnie Peddycord 14. Betty Seivers 21. Jane Farmer 28. Georgia Brown

CRISIS CONTROL MINISTRY DONATION Natural Peanut Butter and Jelly

Editor’s Choice: A Daily Devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie A Different Kind of Battle Captain Scotty Smiley has served his country with great courage, but he also has had to face great adversity. A U.S. Army Ranger and a combat diver-qualified infantryman, Captain Smiley is also the Army's first active-duty blind officer and its first blind company commander. In April, 2006, Captain Smiley lost both of his eyes when a suicide bomber blew himself up 30 meters away from his vehicle. He has faced this adversity with great faith and courage, an example to anyone dealing with a disability. Since losing his eyesight, he has climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, skied, skydived, and earned an M.B.A. He was named Soldier of the Year in 2007 and has written his story in a book called Hope Unseen. Captain Smiley is a fantastic model of bravery and courage on the battlefield. As Christians, we, too, are in a battle, but it's a battle of a different kind. It is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one— and it is just as real. The Bible tells us that we are "fighting against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). It would blow our minds if God were to pull back the curtain and enable us to see into the spiritual world—the world of God and Satan, the world of angels and demons, the world of heaven and hell. As I have often said, the Christian life is not a playground; it is a battleground. So here is our choice: Either we are going to win or lose in this battle. Either we are going to gain ground or lose ground. Either we are going to advance or retreat. Which will it be? It's a decision we all need to make.


BOARD OF ELDERS REPORT

The Elders met Tuesday, June 11 in the Library. The meeting opened with the Daily Text and intercessory prayer. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. Two fundraisers are planned for the mission trip to Staten Island. T-shirts are for sale and a spaghetti lunch will be held after church on June 23. A patriotic service and Fourth of July picnic will be Sunday, June 30.

Vacation Bible School is almost here! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for

Sandra Grindstaff will be honored as Organist Emeritus on Sunday, July 21 for her many years of dedicated service as our organist. A potluck lunch will be held after church. Vacation Bible School will be held August 2-4 and Anita Linville is the director.

Friday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 3rd

The CEC is planning a Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Sunday, September 1, which is also Promotion Sunday.

and Sunday, August 4th.

The Church Picnic will be combined with the ice cream supper on Sunday, September 15.

Invite all of your friends to join you and Grow In Friendship With Jesus! Watch your Sunday bulletins or call the office for more details: 595-8167.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORT

The Trustees met Sunday, June 9th. In attendance were Johnny Vanhoy, Jeff Styers, Wayne Stevens & Patrick Linville. The financial statement was reviewed and approved. It was decided that the kitchen is to be repainted by Johnny Vanhoy/Harvey Seivers. The floor in the fellowship hall & kitchen are to be professionally waxed. The Fire Department completed it’s inspection in May. The next meeting will be held on Sunday, July 14th at 6:00 p.m.


Newsletter Notes From around the Southern Province Grace had a fire in its parsonage April 6. No one was hurt, but it caused more than $17,500 damage (covered by insurance) and made pastor and wife “homeless” for six weeks. Repairs revealed something literally shocking to the work crews. The house had no ground, and electricity was running on the furnace line and the copper pipes. Moreover, further repair work revealed burned boards inside the wall on the second floor, whereas April’s fire had been at a faulty heat pump circuit in the basement. Evidently, some of the wood used to build the parsonage in 1941-42 came from the remains of a burned building. One of the arches entering the Salem God’s Acre has taken a tumble. It’s the northernmost one off Cedar Avenue. As best can be determined, a passing truck knocked the adjoining granite pillar into the arch’s supporting brick column, causing the arch to fall. Salem Congregation has the arch safely stored till the support column is rebuilt with appropriately antique bricks. And then we will be able to find uplift again in the arch’s encouraging words from Canticles: “Until the day break, and the shadows flee away.” Salem Congregation sees need for further improvements. In the Salem God’s Acre, aside from repaving walkways ($75,000), some 300 illegible gravestones are in need of ID plates giving names and birth and death dates. (The original stones would be kept.) In addition, several trees are earmarked for removal, especially one that is damaging the wall and steps to Salem Cemetery. (But certainly not the big ginkgo in the old section of the graveyard.) Also the Belo Home, Vorsteher’s House, and Archie K. Davis Center are receiving necessary repairs. Clemmons has inaugurated a nifty little way to assure that we keep up with our pledges whether we are filling the pews or have gone to the beach: direct deposit. With direct deposit, we can set up our banking account to automatically transfer funds to our church on a regular basis. Just think. No more digging for the cash or checkbook as the collection plate nears us, since we can make our contribution through direct deposit. Now this is one idea church trustees should love (and we love to keep trustees happy). One-time donor? Clemmons lets us do that too through PayPal on Clemmons’ web site. Oh-oh. King is chasing down an echo in its sanctuary. Let’s hope the sound system problems are remedied soon, because it seems the echo has “deterred some members from attending more regularly.” Say, maybe we could use a little direct deposit here. Richard W. Starbuck Moravian Archives

CHRISTMAS IN JULY ! The Youth Fellowship Group will be filling shoe boxes with Christmas gifts to be given to the many impoverished children around the world. Your donations of small gifts & toiletries will be accepted in the Fellowship Hall until the Lock-In on

Friday, July 12th. Our young people are reaching out to the less fortunate children of the world via Operation Christmas Child. Pray that the children who receive your generous gifts will feel Jesus’ love & seek Him. Supper is at 6:30 for youth of all ages. (Opportunity for a parents night out!) Bring your friends! Packing gift boxes, fun fellowship, music & games into the night. Rising 6th graders up to High School Seniors are invited to stay for the Lock-In. Sign up on the bulletin board.

Jesus. The Greatest Gift of All.


JULY

Moravian Softball League Forming Plans are underway to begin a Moravian Men’s Softball League in the fall of 2013 through the Winston Salem Recreation and Parks Department. Plans would be to play games on Thursday evening. If your congregation or your Regional Conference of Churches would be interested in forming a team, please contact Franklin Nifong (New Philadelphia Moravian) at 336-408-0576 or contact through email The Rev. Dr. David A. Marcus (pastor@christmoravianchurch.org) for more details about an upcoming informational meeting.

2. Jean Cain Linda Miller 3. Kristie Swaim 4. Gary Hester Bonnie Peddycord Zachary Priddy 5. Loretta Vanhoy Melissa Richardson 6. Waldon Idol Helen Hammock 7. Cooper Wolfington 9. Elizabeth Hawkins 10. Cassie Branch Helen Lewis 11. Willie Disher 12. Katie Fulp

14. Betty Seivers Loretta Snow 16. Riley McCracken 17. Meleah Cox 18. Terri Hester 19. Loretta Melton 20. Ann Mecum 22. Beth Dunn 23. Walter Sell Jim Westmoreland Susie Williams 26. Jadyn Hooker 27. Beth Kirby 28. Colton Sattler 31. Georganne Reid

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP NEWS There are some changes to Men’s Fellowship… The TIME has been changed to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast is no longer being served, but come hungry for God’s word and fellowship with other Christian men. ALL men are invited on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

1. Steve & Susan Price 7. Bill & Nancy McGlamery


Youth Fellowship Group Summer 2013

May STEWARDSHIP

May 2013 Operating Income

YTD

$ 12,123.50

$66,732.81

Operating Expenses $ 10,628.04

$69,537.61

Ahead (Behind)

($2,804.80)

$

1,495.46

ATTENDANCE

5.…....75 12……..95 19……..68 26……..81

NO regular Wednesday night meetings from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Lake Myers was a blast! THANKS to Arnold & Andra for being such wonderful hosts! 10 young people enjoyed good Christian fellowship & no doubt slept very well upon returning home that night! Second Harvest Food Bank was a rewarding experience for the 9 who gave of their time to make feeding the hungry more productive. Thinking of those who depend on the Food Bank made us even more appreciative of our lunch at Arby’s. July 12th Christmas In July Lock-In. Supper for all youth at 6:30 p.m. followed by packing gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Rising 6th graders up to High School Seniors are encouraged to spend the night for the Lock-In. July 31st Show God’s love at Hospice by coming together at the church to bake cookies for families receiving hospice care. Watch the Sunday bulletin for more details or call the church office.

First night of Vacation Bible School: Hay Day! Growing In Friendship With Jesus. Something Aug. 2

new and exciting: VBS is Friday, Saturday & Sunday this year! Aug. 14 Summer Finale! Visit Oak Grove Shut-Ins with bowling afterwards. Be a blessing to the people who miss being able to travel to attend church functions. Carpool from the church.

And then …...

Oct. 13 YFG Soup & Hall. Fundraising event to Operation Christmas Child functions. All youth will be serve & clean up.

Salad Bar 12:00 Fellowship earn money to pay to ship gifts and fund other Youth needed to promote, prepare,

Sign-up sheets will be posted on the bulletin board.


Mrs. Sandra G. Grindstaff is being bestowed the honor of Organist Emeritus for her many years of beautiful music at

Job 8:21...he fill thy mouth with laughing... Here is a true excerpt / blooper from a church bulletin:

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Oak Grove Moravian Church Everyone is cordially invited to celebrate this honor during our worship service on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. You are also invited for a Covered Dish Lunch at noon

The next Band Practice is Sunday, Aug. 4th at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.


July 2013 Newsletter Oak Grove Moravian Church