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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.

May 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


Editor’s Choice: Daily Devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie Pastor Chuck Smith once told a story about a Papua New Guinea tribe that had a widespread birth defect. Everyone had one leg shorter than the other. Interestingly, the idol they worshipped also had one leg shorter than the other. They had created a god in their own image. I believe this is the same direction America is going. When people say, "I am spiritual, I am just not religious," it is code for "I'm making it up as I go." People effectively make a god in their own image when they say things like, "My god would never judge a person" and "My god would never condemn two people of the same sex living together in a committed relationship." But they just made up their own god. And their god, essentially, is them. What is the first of the Ten Commandments? "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3). What is the second commandment? It is related to the first: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image" (verse 4). Idol worship is putting anyone or anything in the place of God. I read an article in USA Today about the fastest growing spiritual group in America, which claims no affiliation with any faith. The article states, "This group, called 'Nones,' is now the nation's second-largest category only to Catholics, and outnumbers the top Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptists. The shift is a significant cultural, religious and even political change." It has been said, "When a man stops believing in God he doesn't then believe in nothing, he believes in anything." We can't edit the Bible. We can't say, "I like this part of the Bible and not that part." If we do, then we will end up with a god that is not the God of the Bible.

FROM YOUR PASTOR On Sunday, May 19 we will observe Pentecost. On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to the disciples who were gathered in Jerusalem after Jesus had ascended into heaven. All the people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages, yet they could all understand one another. Then, Peter, being filled with the Holy Spirit preached to those present and told them to repent and be baptized. Some 3,000 souls were added to the kingdom of God that miraculous day. The descending of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost marked the beginning of the Christian church and the Church has been proclaiming the word of Jesus Christ ever since. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God continues to work through the Church and add souls to the kingdom every day. Before Jesus ascended into heaven He promised the disciples He would send the Holy Spirit. He said, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” Indeed the Spirit came and has been with us ever since the day of Pentecost. Through the Holy Spirit, God is everywhere at the same time and with us at all times. The presence of God is always around us. The Holy Spirit empowers us to live Christian lives and to witness to those who do not know Christ. The Holy Spirit converts people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit comforts us and strengthens us during difficult times. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence that we sometimes feel in a special way. Even though the Holy Spirit is with us, sometimes we resist Him. We are afraid of renewal, because it brings change and once we truly let the Spirit guide every aspect of our lives, we are no longer in control; God is. When we resist the Holy Spirit we miss out on a deeper and fuller relationship with God. We don’t experience all that God has to offer. We get stale and do not grow as Christians. We as individuals and the Church become stagnant. As we celebrate Pentecost, let us truly open our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and power. May we allow the Spirit to lead our lives and motivate all that we do. With the Holy spirit in charge, we can accomplish great things in our lives, the lives of others, in this church, and in our world. Come, Holy Spirit, come! I’ll see you in church!

Matthew


Editor’s Choice: Daily Devotion from Pastor Greg Laurie


MAY

Have you been blessed to have a mother? Have you been blessed to have a special lady in your life who has been “like” a mother to you? Do you know a special woman who would appreciate loving recognition on Mother’s Day? Someone that you admire in her efforts as a mother or mother figure? Show her that she is special by having her name listed in the Mother’s Day Bulletin Insert on May 12th, 2013! If you would like to honor or remember someone in the Mother’s Day Special Bulletin Insert, please submit names to the church office no later than Monday, May 6th, 2013. Donations of any amount will be accepted and the goal is to raise $1,000.00 for the Capital Campaign Fund. *Note: We will honor our fathers in this same manner next month. Details to come.

1. Geraldine Ellegood 3. Gerry Peddycord Nancy Sell 4. Margaret Hoerner 5. Rev. Matthew Allen 7. Elizabeth Westmoreland Haileigh Moore Beverly Disher 8. Michael Vanhoy 14.Anthony Edwards Wayne Stevens 15.Frankie Petree

18.Sara Wolfington 19.Samantha Dunn Bob Williams Sarah Dean 20.Tammy Lewis 21.Tyler Vanhoy 24.Jennifer Herrin Amy Colona Seth Poston Katrina Stevens 26.Robin Wolfington 31.Cana Hooker

3. Micah & Amy Wolfington 8. Johnny & Phyllis Sell 10. Dwight & Jennifer Herrin Henry & Nancy Sell 13. Baron & Alison Grindstaff 14. Robert & Susie Williams 15. Jody & Amy Colona 18. Jim & Lib Westmoreland 30. Dean & Amy Davis


Newsletter Notes From around the Southern Province

Onto Easter Sunrise Services a little rain must fall. And did it ever this year, drenching the big one in Salem which traditionally draws thousands. Count the attendance in the hundreds this time. Reporting from sickbed, a tuning in to the trusty WSJS broadcast brought — absolute silence for more than two minutes (what’s that dripping sound?). Then someone gave the Home Church bell rope a vigorous yank, and the service began: “The Lord is risen. . . .” Minister, congregation, singing, and especially band all came through loud and clear over the new speaker system, and so did the rain with its dripping sound in the background. Raleigh Moravian reminds us to come its way over the summer months to see the pottery exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History. Entitled “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware” and organized by Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the exhibit showcases nearly 200 objects made by Piedmont potters including some by our 18 thand 19th-century Moravian potters of Salem and Bethabara. The exhibit runs through September 1. Check it out on the Museum of History’s web site at http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/art_in_clay/index.html. A little note from Moravian Ministries Foundation: The “Feed My Sheep” campaign for Laurel Ridge has raised almost $800,000, which not only paid for the new Summer Camp Kitchen but helped pay down the debt on the 2007 expansion of Higgins Lodge. And since 2004 more than $2.9 million has been raised for capital projects at Laurel Ridge. Now that’s support we love to see. Trinity’s Br. John Jackman will soon be off moviemaking again. Previously he has written and directed the film biographies Zinzendorf and Wesley. This time But Now I See will be on the life of John Newton, who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Filming will be in Nova Scotia in late May and on the North Carolina coast in June with the film’s release in early 2014. So keep the klieg lights handy for the grand debut. And up Mizpah way, filming was done for “The Ultimate Life,” a Hallmark movie directed by Michael Landon, Jr. Theater release is scheduled for September 6. Catering to its aging (how about “maturing”?) membership, Leaksville is planning a handy drop-off area and handicap parking. The cost: $17,000. That’s over and above the regular budget. So pass the hat. Maybe twice. And tell the younger members you’re just thinking ahead for them. In preparing for its summer concert season on Salem Square, the Salem Band is hoping to have a donation of an electronic keyboard. Richard W. Starbuck Moravian Archives

Ladies Night Out was fun! If you were not there, consider attending the next one! The food was good. The speaker and music were sweet. The men were such attentive servers and the tables were a splash of beauty and color and personality. Thanks to Beverly Disher and everyone who made it a lovely evening of fellowship!

If you know someone who is graduating, please contact the church office with the information ASAP so that we may recognize their achievement on Graduation Sunday.


Building Campaign Memorials and Honorariums In Memory of: Gladys S. Barneycastle

In Honor of:

HAPPY

40th BIRTHDAY!

Mrs. Anna B. Hilton Mrs. Donna B. Comer

TO OUR PASTOR, REVEREND MATTHEW W. ALLEN ON SUNDAY, MAY 5TH

Continuing The Vision……..

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN ……..Building The Future

Update on Capital Campaign Funds From the beginning of our Campaign we have total donations of $323,483.55. There is a pledge balance of $27,737.00 that has yet to be received. Please continue to support our Campaign with your prayers and monetary gifts.


May Workers NURSERY WORKERS

ACOLYTES 5. James Peddycord

5. Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark

12. Katrina Stevens 19. Kelsey Wolfington

& Hanna Smith 12. Gwenda & Lindsey Hooker

26. Laura Kate Colona

19. Angie May & Sidney Hooker 26. Jeff & Amy Styers & Landon Renigar

USHERS

Matthew Allen

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You may know about God, but do you truly know what He says about Himself—and what He wants from you? This eye-opening study will help you gain a true understanding of God’s character and His ways. As you discover for yourself who He is, you’ll be drawn into a deeper, more personal relationship with the God of the universe— a relationship that will enable you to confidently display His strength in life’s most challenging circumstances.

Jamie May

FLOWER CALENDAR 5. available 12.

Do you really know God?

Sam Peddycord James Peddycord Patrick McCracken CD MINISTRY 5. Georgia Brown 12. Loretta Snow 19. Lib Westmoreland 26. Bonnie Peddycord

CRISIS CONTROL MINISTRY DONATION Whole Wheat or Low Sodium Crackers

New Women's Bible Study will start on

May 11th.

Please call Tammy Lewis 723-1430 if you would like a study guide.


BOARD OF ELDERS REPORT

The Elders met Tuesday, April 9 in the Library. The meeting opened with intercessory prayer. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. Job 8:21...he fill thy mouth with laughing... Here is a true excerpt / blooper from a church bulletin:

Church Council to elect our synod delegates will be Sunday, April 21 after worship. The nominee for official delegate is Louise Whealton and for alternate, Tammy Lewis.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

James Stevens will start a new church website with the domain name www.oakgrovemoravianchurch.com in the near future.

The next Band Practice is Sunday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORT The Trustees met on Sunday, April 14th. In attendance were Johnny Vanhoy, Arnold Reeves, Wayne Stevens, Judy Dillon, Patrick Linville and Jeff Styers. Last month’s meeting minutes and budget were reviewed and approved. Two new fire extinguishers have been purchased and placed in the vestibule. Decision was made to replace the office copy machine which is 10+ years old and parts will no longer be available beginning in May. New machine to be delivered before first of May. Exterior lights that were out have been repaired by Arnold Reeves.

Minutes by: Wayne Stevens


March STEWARDSHIP

March 2013

YTD

$ 14,420.00

$37,553.31

The annual Yard Sale sponsored by the Women’s

Operating Income

Fellowship is Saturday, June 1st from 8:00 a.m.—

Operating Expenses $ 17,244.61

$42,839.06

1:00 p.m.

Ahead (Behind)

$(5,285.75)

Donations accepted ONLY during the

$ (2,824.61)

final week of May. Watch the Sunday bulletins for details or see Andra Reeves for specific donation drop-off times.

ATTENDANCE Will be serving BREAKFAST at the annual church Yard Sale on Saturday, June 1st!

Come early

so you don’t miss out! it’s gone, it’s gone!

Once

3…….75 10…....81 17…....80 24…...124 Easter 31…...144


Oak Grove Moravian Church May Calendar 2013