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A Special Opportunity:

Churches for Middle East Peace at Home Church on Sept. 25, 2019

They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.—Isaiah 2:4

With joy and excitement, Home Church invites members of the congregation and community to a very special event in September.

CMEP-logo.jpgFor many years the Moravian Church in America (Northern and Southern Provinces) has been a member of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). CMEP is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and faith organizations from Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical traditions. It works for a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East. CMEP advocates for equality, human rights, security and justice for all people of the Middle East. 

Twice each year, CMEP brings to congregations across the country a “Pilgrimage to Peace Tour” team composed of multiple voices from the Middle East. This team helps inform and educate people of faith on the work being done to achieve peace and justice in the Holy Land. Members of the team include:

  • The Rev. Mae Cannon, Executive Director of CMEP
  • Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth, director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution in Jerusalem
  • Aziz Abu Sarah, a Muslim speaker, author, entrepreneur and peace advocate from Jerusalem. Aziz is the recipient of the Eisenhower Medallion as well as the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East given by the Institute of International Education. 

In September, this team will speak in Chicago, Denver, Charlotte, and—thanks to the efforts of Brother Rick Sides, who represents the Moravian Church on the Board of Directors of CMEP—at Home Moravian Church! The “Pilgrimage to Peace Tour” will be our Wednesday Night Fellowship event on Sept. 25. It will be held in the Sanctuary and is open to the public. We encourage everyone to come and participate in this special event.

We will also enjoy two special interfaith events during this fall’s Wednesday Night Fellowship. On Nov. 13, we will share our fellowship meal with guests from the local Muslim community, and on Nov. 20, we will welcome Jewish guests. We'll get acquainted over dinner, and afterwards talk to each other about building understanding in our community.

We look forward to these times of learning, fellowship, and bridge-building as together we seek to follow our Chief Elder and Prince of Peace in the world of today.


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Stewardship Stories: The Enrichment Center

My niece, Corey Williams, is a talented artist. Over the last few years I’ve been glad for the opportunity to purchase some of her work, including, most recently, a really fine painting of the baseball great, Jackie Robinson. It’s been a pleasure to watch Corey’s skills grow thanks to the Enrichment Center, one of the local agencies supported by Home Church through our outreach budget.

EnrichmentCenter-logo.jpgAs a person on the autism spectrum, Corey benefits from the Enrichment Center’s day program, which offers classes in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Culinary Arts and Functional Life Skills. While the Visual Arts classes have helped her develop technique and competence in a variety of media, the Functional Life Skills classes have also enriched Corey’s life by allowing her to live independently in the Belo Home.

Through the Enrichment Center, Corey and other students also give back to the community as volunteers in places like the Forsyth Humane Society, Kaleideum, and the William G. White YMCA.

The mission of the Enrichment Center is “to empower and enrich adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, enabling them to grow as individuals, live with dignity and have choices in how they fulfill their lives. We live out our mission by offering a variety of programs that allow individuals to earn a living, be recognized for their artistic talent, and live as independently as they wish to live.”

I am so grateful for the Enrichment Center. I’m grateful for the many ways it brings joy to our city and its residents. I’m grateful for the opportunities it provides for Corey and the many friends she has made there. I’m grateful that the members of Home Church give generously to our operating budget to support outreach of this kind. Because Home Church gives, our community and all its residents thrive. Thank you!

--Ginny Tobiassen, for the Stewardship Committee

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Day of Service, demonstrating our faith

DayofService.jpgIn 2018, the Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces passed a resolution establishing a Moravian Day of Service. Moravian Christians across North America are encouraged to engage in service, partnering in their local communities on or near that day. This year’s Day of Service is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 15. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for worship on this day. A variety of stations will be arranged to provide people of all ages with an opportunity to experience loving service—i.e. the work of our hands—as both an expression of our worship to God and as a living demonstration of our faith. Lunch will also be prepared and will conclude our worship together. We hope you will join us.

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Senior Friends have two September options

Senior Friends will meet for a potluck lunch in the Parlor at noon on Thursday, Sept. 19. Those attending are asked to bring a monetary donation or canned food for Sunnyside Ministry, our mission emphasis for July through December. We will offer two programs this month. Those who wish may go with Steve Allred for a carriage or wagon ride through Old Salem. Steve will provide interesting facts about the neighborhood and Tom Haupert will recount stories about some of the buildings. Anyone who does not wish to go on the tour may stay and play Synonym Bingo with Patsy Ernst. In case of rain we will ALL play Bingo.

Our Senior Friends have enjoyed some wonderful programs this year, including lunch with Mrs. Evva Hanes and a tour of her Moravian Cookie Factory. We have also enjoyed programs on art, music, travel, and exercise.

Future programs include a trip to the Forsyth County Central Library and a Christmas Lunch at the Omega House Restaurant. We would be happy for you to join us.

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Take note...

Fall Band Classes will begin Sept. 3, 2019, at Home Moravian Church. Sponsored jointly with Salem Congregation, Beginning Band classes, as well as Second and Third Year classes, will once again be offered under the leadership of Robah Ogburn and Connie Merritt. Each Tuesday night, the Beginners’ class for all ages 4th grade and up (we have had students starting in their 80’s) will meet at 6:30 pm. Second and Third Year players meet for class at 7:30pm. The classes are held in the Rehearsal Room on the lower level of the Rondthaler building. If you do not know what instrument you want to learn the leaders will help you make that decision on your first night of the class. Please contact Connie (kapwing@triad.rr.com) or Robah (RobahOgburn@Yahoo.com) if you have questions or need additional information. Any Home Church member that would like to borrow an instrument should contact Art Sorensen via email, asorensen1959@gmail.com , or phone, 336-407-2192.

Save the Date for Lovefeast candle trimming on Tuesday, October 15 in the Fellowship Hall.

Women’s Fellowship/Home Missions – On Sunday, Sept. 1, a bin for Salem College students will be placed next to the Church Office. These girls need, collect toiletries and personal items for Salem College girls, but may not be able to afford, toiletries and personal items. Please bring the following and help us fill the bin: detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, tissues, hand sanitizer, sanitary products, adult wipes, shampoo, and body wash/bar soap. We gave generously last year, and the gifts were much appreciated. 
—Lynne Wells
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” Hebrews 10: 24

The Moravian Prison Ministry is hosting their 3rd annual "Bold & Beautifully Made" fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm to support the important work they do for incarcerated people in our community. It will be held at Hampton House Art & Framing (720 Coliseum Drive NW, Winston-Salem). $25 General Admission tickets and $50 VIP tickets are available. All ticket holders will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, and a silent auction. VIP holders will receive a piece of pottery made with the help of inmates and raku-fired onsite. You do NOT have to be present to win. To reserve your ticket, call or email the Moravian Prison Ministry at 336-416-5801 or fmprisonministry@gmail.com

Salem Band at the Movies – Join the Salem Band for an afternoon of music from your favorite films: Somewhere in Time; Casablanca; O Brother Where Art Thou; Star Wars; Robinhood and more. Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, 3:00 pm in Hanes Auditorium, Elberson FAC, Salem College campus, FREE.

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Adopt a College-Age Student – 2019

With the school year fast approaching (or here already!), our congregation’s young adults are getting ready for their new year. Last year, the Christian Education Committee began a program to “adopt” the college-aged students in our congregation in an effort to stay connected and support them through this important part of their lives.

Spach-college classroom-FB.jpgThe “adoption” program lets our college-aged members know that Home Church loves and supports them even when they can’t physically be with us. We are continuing the program during the 2019 school year and need volunteers to ensure every young adult who desires to participate is adopted by a Home Church member or group.

Who can adopt these young adults? Any individual, family, committee or group that is willing to stay in touch with a student at least once per month.

What does it mean to “adopt” them? What do we have to do? We ask that during the school year (October – May) you stay in touch with your young adult in some manner. This can be as simple as writing a note, sending a small gift, even sending an email or a text. We suggest spending an average of $5 per month. Our goal is to stay connected and reflect the love and support of our church to the student.

How do I get information about the young adult? You will be provided information about how to contact him or her, as well as other information such as where (s)he goes to school, and interests and likes that will help you think of small gifts (s)he would enjoy. The information will also help you think of creative ways to communicate and let your young adult know (s)he remains in our thoughts.

I adopted a young adult last year – can I adopt the same person? We will try to honor the request to stay with your adoptee, but want to make sure all young adults who desire to participate have someone to adopt them. With this in mind, changes may be required but we will do our best to honor any requests.

How do I get involved? Email Elaine Peddycord at depeddy@triad.rr.com to let her know your interest. Remember the adoption can be by an individual, family, group or committee!

Thank you for your participation in this important ministry!

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Diggs-Latham Elementary School Opening

Thank you to all who donated school supplies to Diggs-Latham. It was truly a blessing.

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Prayer Tree Requests

Many members of Home Church are praying for each other. If you would like to ask for prayers from your church family, please contact Katherine Petree (336-727-1195 or katherine@thepetrees.net) or one of our pastors, and your request will be added to our Prayer Tree.

These requests can be about you, a family member, or a friend if they have given you permission to submit the request. We do not send out any information without permission from the prayer recipient, and will only share the information you ask to be shared.

AND, If you would like to join our Prayer Tree and participate in praying for members of our church family and others on our prayer list please contact Katherine. Your name will be added to our email list and the requests will come to your in-box. You will not need to pass the information onto anyone, simply add the prayer requests to your daily prayers.

Please join us in this worthwhile and rewarding ministry. It is a wonderful way to connect with your church family and care for one another.

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