Christmas Eve Services

Services for December 24, 2017

11 am   Children’s Lovefeast Service

We invite you to join us as we share a simple meal, called a “Lovefeast.” Lovefeast services became a part of the Moravian worship tradition after a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit on August 13, 1727. During a service of worship on that day, many doctrinal disputes and personal hostilities were laid aside, and a new spirit of love and fellowship prevailed. A simple meal was brought into the sanctuary where all continued to worship. Today Moravians around the world continue to share the Lovefeast to celebrate significant occasions.

A Lovefeast service is primarily a music service designed to convey a thematic message. The hymns and music in a Christmas Lovefeast tell the story of our Savior’s birth. A special part of the Christmas Lovefeast is the candle service, during which beeswax candles, trimmed in a red paper skirt, are distributed. These candles remind us that Christ said, “I am the light of the world,” and “you are the light of the world—let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

At our Children’s Lovefeast, the youth and children of our congregation will lead the service. The Children’s Choir will sing, the youth will serve as Scripture reader, ushers and “dieners” (those who serve the lovefeast). Please join us for this beautiful and meaningful service. A nursery will be provided.

 

4 PM and 6:30 PM  Christmas Eve Lovefeast and Candle Services

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant… as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. We will offer with two Lovefeast and Candle Services on Christmas Eve. The first is at 4:00 and the second at 6:30. There will be a band prelude 30 minutes before each service. A nursery will be provided. Bring all of your family and friends. No one celebrates Christmas like the Moravians and especially like Fries Memorial!

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Our Servant Choir

Fries led a Moravian Lovefeast Dec 11th at Arbor Acres’ Strickland Place with the choir singing. It was surreal to have our pictures on their wall-sized screen. It was a new experience (with a learning curve) – a very meaningful evening. With commitments next week singing at the homeless overflow shelter and caroling for neighbors, this is truly a servant choir.

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Help Children With Incarcerated Parents Nov 3rd

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Hurricane Supplies Collection: Oct 8-9th

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Collecting Emergency Clean-Up Buckets & Hygiene Kits 

Along with 3 other Moravian churches, Fries is collecting emergency cleaning supplies and hygiene kits for victims of the devastating hurricanes of recent months. We are partnering with Church World Services (Sponsor of the annual CROP WALK to fight hunger) which is already in place in the affected areas. Lists of specific (new) supplies that are needed are accessible using the links below.  Fries has a limited number of free buckets available through the church office.

Supplies must be dropped off at Fries by MONDAY MORNING OCTOBER 9TH. We will have volunteers in our fellowship hall (take the walkway from our sign) to collect supplies that morning  between 8 am-10 am.   You are also invited to bring supplies to our 11 am worship service on Sunday October 8th. A prayer of blessing for the supplies will be part of that service.

Lists of Specific Supplies Needed:

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Want to contribute financially? $75 will pay for a fully stocked Emergency Clean-Up Bucket, $15 will pay for a Hygiene Kit.  Unless CWS processing fees are sent in, Fries will pay those fees ($3/bucket, $2/hygiene kit) to CWS.

Make checks out to Fries Memorial Moravian Church. Write “Hurricane relief supplies” in the memo line. Send to the address below or drop off at the church M-Thu 9am – Noon.

Willing to help? Please let us know for planning purposes. Questions or comments? Please contact us by phone (336) 722-2847 or via e-mail

 

Fries Memorial Moravian Church

Rev. Jeff Coppage, Pastor

251 N. Hawthorne Rd  Winston-Salem, NC  27104

www.frieschurch.org

 

 

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World Communion & Buckets of Supplies

Dear Fries Family,

         This Sunday, October 1, 2017,  in worship we celebrate Holy Communion as part of World Communion Day. This is remarkable timing because this Sunday we are also hosting the Salem Creek Friends Meeting (Quaker Church) which will be having

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their silent (unprogrammed) worship in our library as we worship.* Please welcome our Quaker brothers and sisters warmly. This Sunday will be an ecumenical, truly Moravian, day!

       Fries is responding to the needs of recent hurricane victims is several ways. First, we have collected over $1,500 for relief work that is being distributed by Moravian Disaster Relief. This supports aid that partners with Moravian (and Unity of the Brethren) sister churches in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean Islands. Updates from MDR can be located here.

      Secondly, we are doing some hands-on relief work by assembling buckets of cleaning supplies and/or hygiene kits to be distributed to hurricane victims through Church World Services (Sponsor of the annual CROP Walk to fight hunger). This is particularly good for families of groups to do together. A good number of FREE BUCKETS are CWS buckets Captureavailable in our Fellowship Hall. Lists of specific (new) supplies needed are available. Please fill up buckets and bring them to church on October 8th for a prayer of blessing during worship. On Monday October 9th, Pastor Jeff will take all donated supplies from partnering churches (Calvary, Ardmore, Christ and Fries) to a pick-up point in Richmond VA. They will be picked up there on October 15th for distribution to areas of urgent need. Please contact Heather Stevenson, Margie Lamb, or Pastor Jeff with questions.

With Hope,

Pastor Jeff

* October 1st and 8th are scheduled as two “trial runs” of this arrangement. If all goes well we will work out a covenant of agreement for an on-going arrangement that benefits both congregations. Here is a link to more information about the SCFM.

 

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Blessed Worship

 

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Blessing of the Backpacks, 9/10/17, overseen by Jesus and the Little Children.

Photo: Patti Petree

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Discovering Your Core Life Purpose

Register by clicking on this link.

Discovering Your Core Life Purpose: Saying Yes! to God, Neighbor, and Self

A Personal Development Program at Fries Memorial Moravian Church

251 N. Hawthorne Rd Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Dates:  Sundays September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 22

Time:  4:30 pm (Most sessions are 1.5 hrs. Two sessions are longer)

Cost:  $25 includes an extensive workbook & copy of Core Elements of the Appreciative Way(pdf) – to be paid by September 3rd.

Leadership: Pastor Jeff Coppage & the Christian Education Committee

Further Information: (336) 722-2847       Register by clicking on this link

“To create a life of abundance we need to attend to the blessings of our lives and use these blessings as the foundation for building our future. This program is designed to create a place (life) of deep appreciation and gratitude where the love of God, neighbor, and self can be manifest. Participants will be led through an Appreciative Inquiry* into their own life and discover those things that they do well, that they value, and that give them a purposeful meaning. Finally, special attention will be paid to creating goals that are achievable and sustainable and allow us to continue to say Yes! to God, our neighbor, and to ourselves.” –  Rob and Kim Voyle  (Authors of program)

In this program, we will work deliberately with weekly presentations and small groups as well as daily workbook assignments. Participants need to block out time to methodically look at their lives through the lens of Divine blessing and purpose. Resources incorporate scripture, personal reflections, liturgy, and wisdom from corporate, civic, and religious leaders. This is geared to benefit individuals regardless of church affiliation or faith tradition. Invite your friends and family!

Sessions include:

 

  • Who Blessed Your Existence?
  • Finding Life’s Purpose
  • Unconditional Love and Saying Yes! to God        
  • Saying Yes! to Your Neighbor
  • Saying Yes! to Yourself

 

Register by clicking on this link.

 

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