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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
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
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!
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?
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!
5. Jadyn Hooker
12. Hanna Smith
19. Hayley Wolfington
26. AmyLynn Colona
5. Henry & Linda Shore
12. Matthew Allen
CRISIS CONTROL MINISTRY
Grits & Oatmeal
5. Betty Seivers
12. Jane Farmer
19. Brenda Clark
26. Georgia Brown
5. Patrick & Carrie Linville
12. Jane Farmer & Bonnie Peddycord
19. Susan, Sarah & Laura Price
26. Hazel Beasley, Marion Clark &
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
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
2. Don Farmer
4. Tracy Sattler
7. Kara Day
9. Dewey Linville, Jr.
12. Evelyn Fulp
16. Steve Price
20. Jennifer Shore
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
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
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]
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.
1-inch 3-ring binders
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Wide-ruled composition books
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
In Memory of:
In Honor of:
Birthdays for Anna B. Hilton, Laura K. Hedrick and
Kenneth J. Kennedy
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
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
Here is a true excerpt from a
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
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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.
Oak Grove’s Youth Fellowship Group’s
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