Senior Friends, Thursday, Sept. 16
Report by Patsy Ernst
Andrew Heil hosted the meeting. Patsy Ernst welcomed the group and opened with prayer. She thanked Andrew and Tom Haupert for their help. Hazel Disher reported that we now have $70.00 in the Missions Fund, and $28.00 in the Budget.
We hope members will contribute to the Budget because we have obligations to take care of for our speakers, now, and in the future. Please send any checks to Hazel and Wayne Disher, made to Home Moravian Church and put “Senior Friends Budget” or “Senior Friends Missions” on the memo line. Thank you.
Tom asked for prayer concerns; ones mentioned were Lehoma Goode, Brown Clodfelter, Joanne and Jaime Livengood, and Pam Tilley. Tom offered prayer for them, and then had devotions. He used passages from Hebrews and Revelations, where he read, “We are looking for a way ahead.” In John 1, he read “In Christ was life, and eternal life is fellowship.”
He introduced the speaker Arkon Stewart, who gave an inspiring program. We learned that he grew up in Davidson County to a family who was poor and struggling with many issues. Arkon was gratefully befriended by a neighbor who took him to church and let him earn money by helping on his farm. His neighbor Mr. Motsinger became like a father to him and was a good example for him to follow. He accepted Christ at age 11.
He worked and retired from RJ Reynolds until he retired after 30 years, but felt a call to become a minister during this time. He was influenced by Reverend George Bruner at Advent Moravian Church, Henry Lewis, and Graham Rights; when he retired, he graduated from High Point University, Salem College, and then Moravian Seminary at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He said that Christ puts “a seal on your heart.” He said that he was proud to be a Moravian, and now serves at Enterprise Moravian Church. This was a very interesting and inspiring program. Thank you, Tom, for bringing us this program.
After questions and discussion of the program, Patsy closed the program.
Please join us for a meeting!
Senior Friends is for "seniors" of any age. One Thursday afternoon every month, we get together virtually (or in person when restrictions permit) for a time of fellowship, devotions and an interesting program. We look forward to in-person gatherings again, when can also share a potluck lunch.
Program topics have included art, music, travel, exercise, history, missions and religion. When we're able to gather in person, field trips will occasionally be on the schedule. It's amazing the breadth and depth of knowledge that we have available to us, from both our own congregation and others in the community. Also, one of our pastors usually joins us for the hour. Members from St. Philips Moravian Church sometimes will meet with us.
Watch the calendar on the homepage for dates and times of upcoming Senior Friends gatherings. We would absolutely love for you to join us!