Fulfilling Our Mission
When I came to Home Moravian Church as associate pastor, I found that some things had changed since I was a child here—and some had not. The design of the bulletin, for example, appears unchanged since my six-year-old self drew pictures on it during worship hour. (People jumping off the church roof, or planes circling the belfry, King Kong–style, were much featured in my repertoire.)
So it’s a little surprising that the earth did not tremble, nor the heavens shake, when we made a change to the design of the bulletin last fall. Have you noticed? On October 27, 2013, just below our venerable founding date, were these words:
Fulfilling Christ’s call to love God, live in community, and serve our neighbor.
This is the new mission statement of Home Moravian Church. Developed by a Joint Board task force and approved by the Board of Elders, it captures a vision for our church and enables us to evaluate every plan or action in terms of how well that plan or action matches the vision.
Look, for example, at the renovation of the Chapel—rapidly (and noisily!) underway as I write. Can the transformation of Chapel into Saal help us in our quest to love God? Yes—by providing new space that may inspire creative worship, which can bring us into closer relationship with the divine. Can it help us to live in community? Imagine a Sunday School class or other group activity in which flexible seating arrangements allow us to see each other’s faces and hear each other’s voices clearly as we learn together. Can it help us to serve our neighbor? Improving the worship experience for overflow crowds on Christmas Eve is just one way we envision serving neighbors as this new space, opening directly onto the street, invites them in.
As we move forward in 2014, what else will we do as a church to increase our love for God, strengthen our life in community, and further serve our neighbor? And what will we do as individuals to reach those same goals?
Besides being a great guide and an attractive addition to the bulletin design, this mission statement has something else to recommend it: It’s short. Short enough to memorize! And when we memorize something, we say we’ve learned it not “by mind,” but “by heart.” Let us take this mission statement to heart in the coming year, and see how it draws us closer to God, to one another, and to our neighbor.
We are excited to welcome Peggy Matthews, who joins our part-time staff, along with Lehoma Goode, in the important role of pastoral care and visitation. Peggy is an ordained minister and social worker. She graduated from Wake Forest Divinity School in 2002 and served a two-year residency at the Moses Cone Health System in clinical pastoral education. Her most recent ministry was at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro where she served for nine years as Parish Chaplain and Director of Congregational Care. Peggy and her husband, Sam, are Home Church members. They have two daughters, three granddaughters and one great grandson. We welcome her many gifts and passion for people to our staff.
Inquirers’ Classes Offered in February
The winter series of Inquirers’ Classes for those who are interested in joining Home Church, or learning more about the church, will be held on four Sundays beginning February 9. The classes will cover Moravian history, theology, governance, and Home Church and its ministries. The classes begin at 11:15 am after worship and will be held in the Parlor unless otherwise noted.
...Grady Dunn, Sharon Spangler
Recovering at Home:
…Blevins Baldwin, Hallene Brindle, Joan Cotterill, Penny Denny, Juanita Disher, Pat Dyer, Kate Hix, Terry Minnis, Barbara Rominger, Elizabeth Sides, Carol Southerland
...Teresa Cude on the loss of her brother, Mike Hutchins, who died on December 27.
…The family and friends of Iris Amos, who died on January 12.
…Jim Pettit on the loss of his mother, Wilma Pettit, on January 16, in Columbus, OH.
…Paulette Brewer on the loss of her father, Gurney Vestal, on January 17.
…The family and friends of Dorothy James, who died on January 21.
…The family and friends of Beulah Jones, who died on January 22.
Thank you notes...
Home Church Membership – Please accept my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of your love for my dear Iris. You showed your love in many ways, telephone calls, visits, flowers, cookies and prayers. These past two plus years were not easy for her, but with the congregation’s love and God’s help she has won the victory and is now in the more immediate presence of our Lord. Thanks be to God! —T.K. Amos
Elizabeth Sides extends her deepest appreciation to the congregation for all the expressions of love and support received during her recent surgery.
Christian Education Highlights
From Donna Hurt
Wednesday Night Programs
- February 5, 12, 19: Human slave-trafficking is a shameful issue facing our world today. Affecting mostly women and children, it happens all across the globe, even in America. The Rev. Patty Garner and Jenna Nodine help us explore this problem through the book and video Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. You are encouraged to find a copy of this powerful book, at any bookstore or the city library, and read it for fuller understanding of these very important presentations.
- February 26: Kevin Redding, Executive Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, speaks about the work of his organization. Their goal is to protect our region’s rivers and streams, natural and scenic areas, wildlife habitats and farmland, so that the Piedmont remains a healthy and vibrant place to live or visit.
Please make reservations for the 5:45 dinner by the Monday beforehand, or join us for the program in CE101 at 6:30.
Adult Sunday School in February
Moravian Music and Worship Series in CE101: For 5 weeks, we mix hymns and liturgies and hymnals, looking at old and new, to learn about the music and worship traditions we cherish.
- February 2: Moravian music, intended for worship, centered in the congregation – to be led by Nola Knouse.
- February 9: Moravian liturgies and hymns, built on Scripture – to be led by Bob Sawyer .
- February 16: Moravian hymnals through the centuries – Nola Knouse will walk us through 500 years of hymnal history to see what has changed and what has remained consistent.
- February 23: Sing to the Lord a New Song (a new Moravian songbook) – Glenn Siebert and Susan Foster will lead an overview of this new resource and we’ll sing some of the songs, all written by living Moravians.
- March 2: Our favorite hymns and anthems – Richard Starbuck will share stories about the origin and use of many of our traditional favorites.
Young Adult Class (CE 208): This lively group continues with more very meaningful conversations based on various current topics of interest in the news, and how they might be seen through the lens of Christianity. The resource used is called “The Wired Word.” Betty Cole, Drew Hancock, John and Susan Mickey take turns facilitating the discussions.
The Gospel of Luke (Club Room): The purpose of this study is to read and discuss this New Testament book verse by verse, asking deliberate questions while seeking deeper understanding. February moves into chapter 7. Teachers are Helen and Doug Beets, Tom Williams.
Upcoming Events & Calendar Highlights
February 4, 7:30 p.m., Salem Band Concert: Directed by Eileen M. Young, the band will perform a Winter Concert on Tuesday, February 4, at 7:30 pm in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center at Wake Forest University. The program features classic band literature and popular favorites, including music by Shostakovich, Offenbach, Holisinger, Persichetti, a big-band medley, and more. The concert is free and open to the public.
February 17, 11:30 a.m., Messiah Moravian: Senior Friends joint quarterly potluck luncheon sponsored by the Salem Creek RCC. Yadkin developer Dean Naujoks will be our speaker, on water quality and condition of the entire Yadkin River flood plain. Anyone interested in this environmental issue is welcome.
March 5, 11 a.m.: Ash Wednesday Day of Prayer Service, sponsored by Women’s Fellowship. The Rev. Dr. Gail R. O’Day Dean of the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University, preacher. Fellowship Time at 10:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall. Nursery provided. When did Day of Prayer begin? Here's the answer...
March 16: Receive New Members during the 10:00 am worship hour, for those participating in the Inquirers’ classes February 9-March 2. Persons desiring to join in March are encouraged to contact one of the pastors or Jane Shore in the church office (722-6171).
April 13: Palm Sunday
April 20: Easter Sunday
May 2-4, Women's Fellowship Spiritual Life Retreat: All ladies of Home Church, please mark your calendar for the Spiritual Life Retreat on 2014 at Laurel Ridge. The retreat facilitator for this provincial spring event is our very own pastor, the Rev. Ginny Tobiassen. More details to come, Tamra Thomas, PWB President
Find the complete Home Church calendar on the homepage.
Campaign is drawing to a close
The capital campaign, "It's Our Time. It's Our Home," will conclude with the completion of the renovation of the chapel into the Saal. The five-year endeavor to raise funds for preservation and improvement of our historic facilities will wrap up soon.
Campaign Chairmen John and Susan Mickey addressed the congregation on Sunday, February 2, 2014, outlining the details of the projects accomplished since the kick-off, as well as providing an update of the financial report of the campaign.
The final campaign project, the Saal, was begun the first week of January and is on time for completion before Easter. Look for announcements from a planning group preparing for the celebration of the opening of this new space for new ministry!
Chapel Pews Await New Positions
Twenty brown, maple-seat, white-backed pews from the 50s-era Chapel are available and on view on the stage of Fellowship Hall. The pews vary, from 10'4'' to 11'9''. A team of Home Church craftsmen will custom fit these lovely pieces for a minimum donation of a chair for the new Saal–$250. Due to the limited number of pews, orders will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the team leader, Jimmy Moore, at 655-9118 to save a pew!