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Congregational Text for 2012: Jesus said to Simon and Andrew,

“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” and immediately

they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:17-18

Oak Grove Leaves Oak Grove Moravian Church

120 Hammock Farm Road

Winston-Salem, NC 27105

336-595-8167 E-mail: [email protected]

Rev. Matthew W. Allen

Pastor Angie Renigar

Editor

August 2012

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.

FROM YOUR PASTOR

I always get excited when August rolls around each year. This is

when we celebrate the biggest festival of the Moravian year. It is

called the August 13th Festival where we commemorate the great

outpouring of the Holy Spirit on August 13, 1727 in Herrnhut. A

congregation of quarreling Christians was transformed into the

renewed Moravian Church. They were transformed and united by

the Holy Spirit in a profound and miraculous way. They put their

differences aside and learned to love one another. That day was

the beginning of a golden age for the Moravians. In 1732 they be-

gan sending missionaries all over the world. Zinzendorf de-

scribed the Moravians as “the Saviour’s happy people.” Indeed

they were a group of loving and dedicated Christians who took

seriously God’s call to share Christ with the world.

Now, over 250 years later, the fruit that was yielded from that

powerful spiritual experience has had long lasting results. From a

congregation of 300 in Herrnhut, the Moravian

Church has grown into a worldwide denomination of over

800,000. We may be small in number compared to other Chris-

tian denominations, but we have still had a great impact on the

world and we continue to share our faith in Christ with others.

Because we are small, we have maintained our simplistic style of

worship and our many beautiful traditions. We enjoy wonderful

fellowship with one another. Even today, God is still using us and

blessing us.

And even though the Holy Spirit is still at work in our lives and in

the Moravian Church today, we yearn for another powerful visita-

tion of the Spirit similar to that of August 13th. Like the early Mo-

ravians, may we be praying for it. Another great spiritual renewal

would be awesome. So, as we celebrate the wonderful spiritual

experience of 1727, may we also be aware of God’s presence with

us today and pray for another outpouring of the Holy Spirit. I

hope that another Moravian Pentecost is just around the corner.

God bless and I’ll see you in church!

Matthew

Moravian Daily Texts 2012Moravian Daily Texts 2012

A Devotional Guide for Every DayA Devotional Guide for Every Day

Look down from heaven and see, from

your holy and glorious habitation.

Where are your zeal and your might?

Isaiah 63:15

Youth Fellowship Group Trip to Lake Myers

Everyone had a great time! Things rolled smoothly. Everyone

was breaking out of their comfort zones and getting to know each

other better. Several of us overcame water fears. We did every-

thing: water boggan, bumper boat, picnic or lunch at the café,

mini golf, arcade, both pools, diving board, waterslides,

basketball, playground, feeding ducks & eating hot dogs by

the fire! Join us when we do this again in June 2013!

ACOLYTES

5. Jadyn Hooker

12. Hanna Smith

19. Hayley Wolfington

26. AmyLynn Colona

FLOWER CALENDAR

5. Henry & Linda Shore

12. Matthew Allen

19. reserved

26. available

USHERS

Kevin Mounce

David Hooker

Patrick Linville

Gerry Peddycord

CRISIS CONTROL MINISTRY

Grits & Oatmeal

CD MINISTRY

5. Betty Seivers

12. Jane Farmer

19. Brenda Clark

26. Georgia Brown

NURSERY WORKERS

5. Patrick & Carrie Linville

12. Jane Farmer & Bonnie Peddycord

19. Susan, Sarah & Laura Price

26. Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark &

Hanna Smith

August Workers

VACATION BIBLE

SCHOOL

ENDS

Friday, August 3

Ages Pre-school to Adult

6:00 p.m.—8:30 p.m. (Supper at 6:00 p.m.)

Join the Amazing Desert

Journey

Where Jesus Leads Us Home

Youth Fellowship Summer Events Regular Wednesday night meetings at 6:30 except where noted

W Aug. 1st No meeting—VBS week F Aug. 3rd Last Night of VBS W Aug. 8 Visit Oak Grove Shut-Ins (No meeting) Sa Aug. 11 YFG Spaghetti Dinner & Variety Show Sa Aug. 18 Wagon ride at Lazy 5 Ranch M Aug. 20 Visit new Lutheran Home to assist with crafts

May God bless each young person and work in every heart

in this delightful ministry!

June 2012 Jan.-June

Operating Income $ 13,180.40 $84,278.85

Operating Expenses $ 14,204.18 $77,610.06

Ahead (Behind) $(1,023.78) $ 6,668.79

JUNE

STEWARDSHIP

ATTENDANCE

3rd……..105

10th...…...80

17th......…103

24th..........94

2. Don Farmer

Kaylee Swaim

4. Tracy Sattler

7. Kara Day

Bill Beasley

9. Dewey Linville, Jr.

Stephanie Priddy

12. Evelyn Fulp

Leigh Weber

Greyson Hawkins

16. Steve Price

20. Jennifer Shore

Tina McCracken

21. Anthony Hester

28. Eric Bryant

29. Phyllis Williams

7. Michael & Lisa Parker

14. Billy & Donna Comer

20. Kris & Kristie Swaim

21. Eric & Angie Renigar

29. Bob & Marlyn Wolfington

AUGUSTAUGUST

Newsletter Notes

From around the Southern Province

As summer turns the halfway mark toward fall, reports come in from camping at Laurel Ridge and mission trips near and far. And thoughts turn to outreach at schools. For example, the knit-ting ministry at Grace in Mount Airy is planning to purchase and knit items in area school colors to raise funds for more yarn for the knitting ministry. The Clemmons Women’s Fellowship has launched an “Empty Lockers” campaign to fill children’s lockers with supplies required by the school system. Fairview reminds that tax-free weekend, August 3-5, is a perfect opportunity to stretch buying power in outreach projects to provide school sup-plies. And Trinity has a collection box to give away school sup-plies at the annual Anthony’s Plot Block Party on August 11.

Hopewell is giving an extra touch to its year-young Christian Life Center. Porch roofs will be added to the three entrances that don’t have roof protection. Now all we will need is a little rain to enjoy the protected entrances.

Oak Grove is considering extending its capital campaign by raising an additional $125,000 in this its 125th anniversary year. Meanwhile, 116 bricks have been ordered for the prayer garden.

Raleigh reports that eight Moravian hymnals have found their way to Uganda, where they were “welcomed with loving arms . . . by the Moravian Church of Uganda.” It is truly amazing how glob-ally our little Moravian Church reaches.

Union Cross is checking on forming a handbell choir. “If you can count to 8,” the claim is, “you are a prime candidate” for join-ing. That must be true. I’m still struggling at “three.”

Richard W. Starbuck

Moravian Archives

New Church Directory

If you have not picked up your copy of the newest Church Directory, there are copies available in the of-fice. There are a few revisions that you will want to make in the new edi-tion. Billy & Donna Comer have a son, Gray Comer Beth Dunn’s email address is [email protected] Pam Ellis’s email address at work is [email protected] Frank & Marty Homstad’s telephone number is 341-9437 Sharon Kerr’s email address is [email protected]

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

FOR LOCAL SCHOOL

During the month of August we will col-

lect school supplies for the children at

Middle Fork Elementary School. Please

place any of the following supplies in the

box on the Fellowship Hall Stage.

Washable Markers

Glue Sticks

1-inch 3-ring binders

2-pocket folders

Wide-ruled notebook paper

Wide-ruled composition books

Crayons

Erasers

#2 Pencils

Saturday, Sept. 810 am to 6 pm

New Philadelphia Moravian ChurchWinston-Salem, NC

Food – Music – Children’s Activities – Our ChurchesOutreach – History – Traditions – Crafts & Merchandise

Join us in sharing with our communitieswho we are and Whom we serve

as we invite our family, friends and neighborsinto the fellowship of our churches!

Building Campaign Memorials

and Honorariums

In Memory of:

Don Barneycastle

Mary Sell

In Honor of:

Birthdays for Anna B. Hilton, Laura K. Hedrick and

Kenneth J. Kennedy

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

Continuing The Vision……..

……..Building The Future

Dear Oak Grove Family, Thank you so very much for all your prayers & food that was given to our family. You all have always been there for friendship, love, laughter & just being the family you all are. We didn’t mean to be forgetful its just things got piled up from moving & are just now being found. So thank you gain & hope to see you all again. Love you all, Valerie Cook & Family

Dear Oak Grove, Thank you kindly for all of your cards, prayers and visits recently. I so appreciate your kindness. Sincerely, Walt Sell

AUGUST 2012

An article in the August issue of Stewardship re-

minds us of our duty to respond to God’s goodness.

For example, the article states that no portion of “our

time” is really our time ... it is all God’s “time” and

we should be grateful for the days and years God

gives us to live here on earth. Likewise, since our

bodies, minds, and spirits are gifts to us from God,

we have the responsibility to use them all to honor

God. If we misuse our minds, our bodies, or our tal-

ents, we are not being good stewards of what God

has given us; we are ignoring the Source of our exist-

ence and thus cheating both God and ourselves.

In the fifth chapter of Matthew we find Jesus say-

ing: “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost

its taste, how can it be restored? It is no longer good

for anything, but it is thrown out and trampled under-

foot.” Are we good “salt” striving to give a wonder-

ful flavor to this world through our stewardship or

are we simply living for ourselves without trying to

serve God? If we are to be effective “salt,” doesn’t

this mean that we must live as God’s people striving

to be good stewards of our time, talents, and what-

ever resources God has given us? Surely Christ’s de-

sire for us as his servants is to work to bring love,

peace, hope, and service to the entire world!

Prayer: Help us to live our lives being worthy stew-

ards, dear Lord, that we may ultimately enjoy eternal

fellowship with you. Amen.

Inspiring a deeper understanding of true givingInspiring a deeper understanding of true givingInspiring a deeper understanding of true giving

A Stewardship Moment

Job 8:21...he fill thy mouth

with laughing...

Here is a true excerpt from a

church bulletin:

The pastor would appreciate

it if the ladies of the congre-

gation would lend him their

electric girdles for the pan-

cake breakfast next Sunday.

The next Band Practice

is Sunday August 5th at

9:00 a.m. in the

Fellowship Hall.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Financial Update

The Board of Trustees last met on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012. There were no board meetings held in July. The next board meetings will take place on Tues-day, August 14th.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Your abundant donations have shown the younger generation how to be a reflection of God’s love. Young people of Oak Grove as well as their friends & guests who have been coming to Youth Fellowship thoughtfully packed 43 gifts in July. Jesus heard the pre-cious prayers of our young people as they prayed for each child who receives a gift box.

CHRISTMAS In JULY

Why are you giving me this box? It is a Christmas gift for you.

What is Christmas? It is when we celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth.

Who is Jesus Christ? He is your Saviour. Hope is given and the kingdom is furthered.

ANNOUNCING

Oak Grove’s Youth Fellowship Group’s

MISSIONS FUNDRAISER

Spaghetti Supper & Variety Show

Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.

Purchase tickets now for you & your friends:

$10 Adults /$5 Children ages 5-12 /Free for ages 4 & under

See Tangee Stevens, Loretta Snow, Anita Linville or Angie Renigar