We Gather Together
Now that the weather has finally started to feel like fall, we’re thinking of those gathering times associated with November. Thanksgiving is the most obvious, of course, but Moravians have a special festival day in November, and Home Church has its own reasons for gathering this month. Let’s take a look at our calendar—abundantly full of opportunities to be with one another as the body of Christ.
Sunday, November 3, at 10 AM, join us for Anniversary Lovefeast, celebrating our 248th year as a congregation. To make it extra special, it will also be a prayer day for older adults and a time to celebrate our members who have reached age 90 and beyond. Some of those members will speak to us in worship, sharing stories and talking about the gifts and challenges of aging.* All members 90 and older who are present in worship that day will receive a special gift, and everyone is invited to linger for a second cup of lovefeast coffee (served in the Lovefeast Serving Room)!
Sunday, November 10 we will mark the Festival of Christ as Chief Elder, a celebration unique to Moravian Christians. We gather in our 10 AM worship for the sacrament of Holy Communion.
Sunday, November 17, is our annual Church Council, in the Sanctuary immediately following worship. Our Church Constitution sets forth this yearly obligation, an opportunity to elect new board members and also to discuss other topics of interest. (Our Constitution specifies: “All matters that relate to the temporal or spiritual welfare of Home Church may be discussed in the Council at the motion of any member or by request of the Board of Elders or the Board of Trustees.”) We encourage all communicant members to gather for this important opportunity to chart the course of our congregation.
Sunday, November 24 is a day with much to be thankful for! It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It’s Reign of Christ Sunday—the end of the church year. (Believe it or not, the new church year begins the following week with the first Sunday of Advent!) And it’s also the day when Home Church gathers with people of faith from many traditions for our annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. This year’s service will be held at Knollwood Baptist Church, 330 Knollwood Street, at 5:30 PM. We’ll celebrate God’s abundance with members of several different Protestant and Catholic congregations, as well as friends from Temple Emanuel and the Muslim community. It is a tradition at this service for each faith group to contribute an offering of canned food: Home Church is assigned beef stew and/or canned veggies of any kind, so come with your cans because you can!
And then comes Thanksgiving Day—when we pray that all will be gathered with those closest to their hearts, enjoying much peace and expressing deep gratitude for all God’s gifts. We hope that as you offer prayers of thanks around your tables that day, you will know how thankful Home Moravian Church is for each and every member and the gifts all bring to the body of Christ. May you feel God’s blessing richly this month, and may we see you often as we gather together!
*Watch the sermon and stories from Nov. 3 prayer day for older adults.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Immediately following 10 a.m. Worship Service
Home Church’s Annual Council will convene on Sunday, November 17, 2019, following the 10 a.m. worship service. All communicant members of the congregation are welcome and encouraged to attend this luncheon meeting. The meeting will begin in the Sanctuary, where the first ballots will be marked, and continue with a meal in Fellowship Hall. Boxed lunches, from Mrs. Pumpkin’s, will be provided for lunch. (Please let us know if you need a gluten-free or vegetarian box.) The deadline for lunch reservations is November 13.
Candle trimming & lunch, volunteer signups
Please join us Nov. 13 & 20 for conversations with Our Neighbors in Faith.
Senior Friends potluck, Thanksgiving service Nov. 24
Frances Hutchinson answers the call to volunteer
For Home Church's anniversary celebration Nov. 3
Choir, Men's Chorus, Band, Gregor BellChor
For Spring/Summer sessions of 2020 school year
Best wishes, congratulations, hospitalized, recovering, sympathy
Comenius Learning Series, Laurel Ridge workday
Women’s Fellowship Candle Tea Candle Trimming and Lunch: Bring your family and join the Women's Fellowship for lunch and candle trimming in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Lunch will be prepared and served by the Hospitality Committee at 12 noon. Lunch will cost $5 per person. Childcare will be provided. Candle trimming will follow lunch. Sign up by calling the church office 336-722-6171 by Monday, November 4th.
Candle Tea Volunteer Sign-Ups: We have over 100 positions left to fill. It is easy to sign-up on SignUpGenius:
Reservations: Reservations for Candle Tea are available through the Candle Tea web page. Candle Tea reservations start at 4 PM and end at 8:30 PM on Thursday, December 5th and Thursday, December 12th at the non-refundable price of $7.00 per person.
Senior Friends will meet for a potluck lunch on November 21 at 12:00 noon. Beth Baldwin and Sarah Jennings will have our program and will talk about their recent visit to Kenya and Ray of Hope. You will be both informed and entertained, so please bring your favorite dish and join us.
Our Thanksgiving worship service this year with our decorations and collections of food for area agencies will be held on Sunday, November 24 at the 10 a.m. service. Families are encouraged to bring their food donations, and, at an appropriate time in worship, they will be brought to the front of the Sanctuary.
Recycling Reminder: Please recycle emptied paper beverage cups in the special receptacles near the coffee machines. Place half and half containers, stirring straws, etc. in the trash cans nearby. Thank you
More photos from children's candle-making Nov. 3