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Christmas Lovefeast

Christmas Lovefeast and Candle Services

You are invited to experience the true meaning of Christmas in time honored tradition. Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. 

December 21, 2014 *
7:00 p.m. – Family & Friends Christmas Lovefeast & Candle Service  (public welcome)

December 24, 2014 – Christmas Eve Lovefeast & Candle Services *
     2:00, 4:00, 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
     (2:00 p.m. service for children)
     (8:00 p.m. service contemporary)

The Lovefeast and Candle service includes the singing of traditional Christmas carols, the reading of the Christmas Story from St. Luke’s gospel and a Lovefeast.

At the end of the service candles are distributed. The lights are dimmed and on the last verse of the concluding hymn congregants raise their candles high remembering Christ’s words, “I am the light of the world” and “Ye are the light of the world — let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”.

December 31
7:00 p.m. Cup of Covenant for the New Year in the Fellowship Hall 

The celebration of the Cup of Covenant is a tradition that goes back to the early years of the Renewed Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Germany. On August 17, 1733, a lovefeast was held in Herrnhut before the departure of a group of missionaries on their voyage to
St. Croix. Following the lovefeast they continued to Zinzendorf’s room where the cup of covenant was celebrated. This celebration did not remain a one-time event. In the Moravian Church the cup of covenant became a liturgical celebration during which the entire congregation or a specific group within the church renewed its unity and commitment to the service of Christ.

* NOTE: There is no childcare. Children are welcome at all services. 


Children’s Gingerbread House Workshop

Children are invited to a Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturday, December 13th
3:30-5 pm
The children will have a fun time making gingerbread houses for Christmas!

Children’s Essential service to follow @ 5:15 pm
Little Church on the Lane
522 Moravian Lane: Fellowship Hall

Donations are welcome and proceeds to benefit A Child’s Place
sweets and treats will be served
Please RSVP by 12/6/14 to
Come celebrate the reason for the season


Fall Festival! Trunk or Treat

Please reserve the date of Saturday, October 25 for the Little Church on the Lane’s Fall Festival! Trunk or Treat will be from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. After Trunk or Treat, the Essential Service will be from 5:15 until 6:15. We will also be accepting donations to support local and foreign ministries such as Sierra Leone and Eastover Elementary. More information will be forth coming in the future weeks.


Sermon – Come To Me by Pastor Rusty Rushing


Sermon – “Light” by Chaz Snider

Chaz Snider, Director of Youth & College Campus Ministry brings our sermon today from Matthew 5:13-16.  We go not to judge, but to serve because light was brought to us. Light always wins. Be in the world letting your light shine for Him.


A Power Greater Than Our Own

Sermon – A Power Greater Than Our Own by Rev. Phil Bauguess

Guest pastor, Rev. Phil Bauguess, brings our message today and consecrates the elements of Holy Communion. Christ said he would never leave us alone. When he died he sent the Holy Spirit to live within all believers to serve as our counselor, teacher, and guide. Call upon the Holy Spirit and let him help you become the person that God wants you to be. Luke 3:21-22; Luke 4:1-2, 14-19


Whereever You Are, Be There

Sermon – “Whereever You Are, Be There” by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Using Jeremiah 29:4-11, Pastor Rushing shares God’s message to the Israelites when they were in exile in Babylon. This message is for us today. Whereever God has placed you, be there fully and do his work, even in the midst of strife. Are you being deceived by the world and letting the world extinguish your light? Call on the Holy Spirit to guide you into the way of Christ.


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Sermon – Love by Mohamed Braima

Mohamed Braima,  Moravian Mission Minister in the village of Yiehun in Sierra Leone, West Africa, brings a message of LOVE focusing on 1 Corinthians 8:1-8. Love is the greatest of human qualities. If you love your brother and sister, do what you can not to make them stumble. We were created by God to do his work. Let the love of God work through you to take His word to all who do not know him.



Sermon – An Appeal To Heaven by Rev. Jeff Carter

Rev. Jeff Carter, pastor at Macedonia Moravian Church, Advance, NC brings the message today and serves Holy Communion. Join us as Rev. Carter shares the appeal to heaven of historians George Washington, John Hus, early Moravians, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Ann Graham Lotz, and others. Jesus Christ appeals to us in Mark 8:34-38. Will you sacrifice and die to self to follow Christ?


Natural Gifts

Sermon – Behold The Man – ‘Natural Gifts’ by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rushing, in his last sermon in the Behold The Man series, speaks about our natural gifts. Psalm 139:13-14 teaches us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God was personally involved in how we were formed. He gave us different talents and gifts to speak to his glory. How are you using the spiritual and natural gifts God gave you? Are they being used to His glory or are they being wasted on earthly things.

Also, Pastor Mohamed Braima brings greetings from the mission ministry in Sierra Leone West Africa.


Redeeming the Time

Sermon – Behold the Man – Redeeming the Time by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Are you a good steward of the time God has given to you? As Pastor Rushing looks at Ephesians 5.15-17, we learn what it means to live wisely and walk according to Godly wisdom. Christ redeemed us through his blood from the bondage of sin. Are you missing the opportunity to live for God by spending time on earthly things? This moment is the only moment we are guaranteed – will you choose to live for God NOW!?


Trust and Treasures

Sermon – Behold the Man – ‘Trust & Treasure’ by Pastor Rusty Rushing

It makes a difference when we put God first in everything. Is your security in God or in your treasures? Are you storing up treasures in heaven or on earth where they will rust and decay? Pastor Rushing helps us understand the difference between treasures in heaven and treasures on earth. Where is your treasure? Where is your trust? Will you choose to put God first?



Sermon – Behold The Man – Spiritual Gifts by Chaz Snider

Chaz Snider, Director of Youth and College Campus Ministry, brings our message on Pentecost Sunday. God came as the Spirit to dwell with each believer – guiding and empowering them. The Spirit is the source of our gifts. God has made us all unique. How are you using your gifts to show Christ’s love in action?



Sermon – “Behold the Man” – Gifts of Grace by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rushing continues the sermon series, “Behold the Man” by speaking of the gifts God has given each of us. In grace we are all called to be humble and not think of our self as more highly than another. We are united through diversity as we use our gifts to build up the body of Christ. Do you use your gift to serve others as Christ served? Do you need renewal? Turn to Christ and ask Him to renew your mind.   Romans 12:3-8



Sermon – “Behold The Man” – A Living Sacrifice – by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rushing begins a new sermon series entitled, “Behold the Man.”
In Romans 12:1-2 we are told to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. Jesus set the example for us through his obedience to God and His suffering on the cross. God is calling us to give our whole life to him and not transform to the world.

As Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf visited an art museum in Dusseldorf where he saw a Domenico Feti painting titled Ecce Homo, “Behold the Man.” It portrayed the crucified Christ with the legend, “This have I done for you – Now what will you do for me?” The young count was profoundly moved and appears to have had an almost mystical experience while looking at the painting, feeling as if Christ himself was speaking those words to his heart. He vowed that day to dedicate his life to service to Christ.

Will you allow yourself to be changed into the image of Christ to present your body as a living sacrifice?


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Sermon – “The Gospel” – Pastor Rusty Rushing

The Gospel is the good news announcing that we have been saved and rescued from God’s coming wrath. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins. Restore your relationship with God and save yourself from the coming wrath. When God looks at you will He see Jesus Christ? Ask God to make you bold to share the Gospel.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, John 3:36, Romans 1:18-32, Genesis 3, 1 John 3:14, John 10:10. Romans 8:1, 1 Timothy 2:4.




Join us at 5:15pm in the Sanctuary on Saturday, May 10, as Joe McCready leads us in worship through music and Pastor Rusty Rushing shares how we overcome doubt through faith.

This service lasts about 45 minutes. Come as you are into God’s house to worship and praise Him.



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2014 Vacation Bible School

Little Church On the Lane is excited to announce the dates for this year’s VBS!
Join us Monday through Thursday, June 16-19, from 9 a.m. until noon as we learn about Jesus’ One-of-a-Kind Love. You may register in the Little Church office or online at the following link: http://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/LittleChurch

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Card Making Workshop

A Greeting Card Making Workshop will be held on Monday, May 12, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Join us as we let our imaginations go wild! The cards you make can be donated to the Bethel Moravian Bookstore, or you can take them home. Join us for the fun!
If you have any questions, please call Helen Gulledge at 980-428-5080.
Hope to see you there!

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“Soap and a Note” Women’s Workshop

You and your friends are invited
“Soap and a Note” Women’s Workshop
Sunday Afternoon, May 4
2:00 until 4:00 pm
Little Church On The Lane Fellowship Hall

Workshop activity is packaging soap and writing encouraging notes to
Changed Choices friends.

Special Guest
Jan Harrison

Jan, a veteran Bible study leader, will share her passion for women to learn to apply God’s word to their everyday lives and to see what a difference it makes. Jan’s service to our Lord includes teaching “Women of the Word” Bible study group for 14 years, leading retreats and workshops, writing a book, and loving others through being a daughter, a sister, mother and grandmother.

Please bring a bar of soap and a blank note card with an envelope.


Sermon – “Jesus Still Lead On”: Being Moravian 2.0 – Rev. Steve Wilson

Using John 20:19-23, Rev. Wilson shows us how fear can keep us from growing the Kingdom of God. We must hold fast to the peace that only Christ can bring and step out in boldness and faith to grow the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us and to be with us, giving us the words to say when we don’t know what to say. What are you doing to grow the Kingdom of God? It is time to write a new chapter at Little Church through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Let’s join together and step out in faith to take the Word of God to a hurting world and grow His Kingdom.


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Easter Sunrise Service Liturgy and Message – Pastor Rusty Rushing

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Sermon – The Path to Calvary: Jesus Is Our Proclamation – Pastor Rusty Rushing

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Sermon: The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Peace – Rev. Jay Harbinson

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He gives us the kind of peace the world cannot give. Jesus paid the price for that peace on the cross on that Good Friday. It was done for us. Join us as The Rev. Jay Harbinson, retired Lutheran Pastor, takes us back to that day when God gave his one and only son to pay the price for our sins.


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The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Passion – Pastor Rusty Rushing

On Palm Sunday, as Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem, the people cried ”Hosanna” which means save us. Jesus came to offer them peace and reconciliation with God. Their passion for Jesus turned to “crucify” because he wasn’t what they wanted.  Jesus Christ had a passion for us, a passion so great that he gave his life for us. Are you passionately in love with Jesus? Are you serving Him as He served you? Matt 21:1-11, Zachariah 9:9, Philippians 2:5-11

Join us each night this week for our Holy Week Scripture Readings as we follow Jesus from his entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion on Good Friday…7pm in the Chapel.


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Lent & Easter Schedule

Sunday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. Palm Sunday Worship:
We proclaim Jesus as Lord as He takes His rightful place as King.

Sunday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
This is the first of our Holy Week services.
A lovefeast will be observed with the readings from the Passion Week manual.
These readings are all scripture as they tell us the accounts of Jesus’ last days.
(This will be held in the Chapel. If you wish to attend and need a nursery for this
and other services, please call the church office.)

Monday – Wednesday, April 14 – 16, 7:00 p.m.
In the Chapel – Each night there is prayer, a message of the day and the Passion Week Readings. These describe the events of the day for Jesus.

Maundy Thursday, April 17,  7:00 p.m. – Holy Communion
In the Chapel – This is the night Jesus spent His final hours with His disciples.
He broke bread and gave us the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
During the readings, we will partake of Holy Communion.

Good Friday, April 18,  7:00 p.m. – Tenebrae Service
In the Sanctuary – We come to hear the last accounts of Jesus’ life.
We listen and experience what happened as Jesus gives us the ultimate sacrifice.
We leave in silence waiting for the cry that He’s Alive!

Easter Sunday – April 20, 7:00 a.m. - Sunrise Service
We begin in the front of the church to hear “The Lord is Risen!”
The band leads us in singing as we begin our celebration. After the Easter liturgy, the service continues inside with a lovefeast.

8:15 a.m. Easter Breakfast
Following the Sunrise Service, everyone is invited for breakfast. This is for everyone to enjoy just as we do each Sunday. Breakfast will be served until 9:15 a.m. Fellowship time until 9:45 a.m.

9:45am – Sunday School Bible Study will be held from 9:45am  - 10:45am.

11:00 a.m. Easter Celebration Worship Service
We proclaim the life which is available to us through Christ’s death and resurrection.

The preparation and celebration remind us of God’s blessings through His gifts.
We hope you will take the time to realize how much you are blessed!


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Sermon – The Path to Calvary: Jesus Is Our Passover – Pastor Rusty Rushing

God created an exit for the Israelites out of Egypt, creating a family of people for him. The Feast of the Passover is a commemoration of this event, reminding the people of what God did for them in sparing their firstborn sons from death. God gave us an exit from our sins by sending his one and only son, Jesus, to be our sacrificial lamb. Jesus blood covers our sins and delivers us from the judgment we so deserve. We commemorate Jesus sacrifice and remember we are washed by the blood of the lamb through Holy Communion. May we never forget the price Jesus paid on the cross for us. Exodus 12:1-13, Exodus 4:22-23, 1 Peter 1:19 and 1 Corinthians 5:7



Sermon – The Path to Calvary: Jesus Is Our Provision – Pastor Rusty Rushing

God always provides exactly what we need. We need God more than anything and we need a restored relationship with Him. God provided Jesus as our provision to pay for the death we needed. As God sent a lamb to save Isaac, He sent Jesus to save us from our sins. May we live each day in the reality that Jesus is our provision. Genesis 22:1-14 & Romans 5:8-10.



Lent Turn Away From Sin

Sermon – The Path to Calvary – Jesus Is Our Promise – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rusty begins our Lenten series today with ‘Jesus Is Our Promise.’ Jesus path to Calvary begins with our sin. We live in a world tainted and corrupted by sin. It is not the world God created. All hope is not lost – through God’s grace he provided a means for us to be restored. His son Jesus came to save us from our sins. Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, why not do it now and let Jesus walk with you through your pain and suffering. Genesis 3:1-15, Matthew 1:21-22 and John 3:16.



Sermon – Expiation – Rev. Tom Shelton

Rev. Tom Shelton, retired, brings our message today.
Expiation, The atonement for our sins, Romans 3:22-31 and Isaiah 53:4-6.
All of our happiness was bought with a price. Do you know the price Christ paid for you? Christ satisfied the need for our punishment by going to the cross that we should have died on. He was wounded for our transgressions. God loves us so much he gave his life for us.
What have you done for Christ? Have you been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb?


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Leodicea – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:14-22 & John 10:10
Lukewarm Living
Today’s sermon concludes the Letters to the 7 Churches in Revelation. The church in Leodicea received the most stern condemnation of the 7 churches. They lacked compassion and Christ-centered works. They were spiritually poor and needed Jesus. They were living for self instead of living for Christ. Jesus was telling them to repent of their sin and turn to Jesus Christ in faith. Jesus was not happy with their lukewarm living but he loves them. Are you living to satisfy yourself or Jesus Christ? Are you producing souls for the kingdom? Jesus stands at the door and knocks. Are you willing to answer the door?


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Philadelphia – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:7-13
Open Outreach
In His letter to the Church in Philadelphia Christ commends them for their faith and for standing firm as they are persecuted. Christ has opened a door of opportunity for them to reach out into the community to share the gospel, and no one can stand in their way or close the door. Are you standing firm on God’s word? How is God using you to share his gospel?


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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Sardis – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 3:1-6
Absent Authenticity
In His letter to the Church in Sardis Christ tells them they have an outstanding reputation, but their reputation is not what it appears to be. They are dwelling in their past glory, but in the present they are dead. They are encouraged to strengthen what life they have left and become active in the sight of God. In their complacency they have failed to represent Christ.  Christians bear Christ’s name so we must be authentic in our representation of him. If Jesus was writing a letter to you today, what would he say to you? Is your representation of Christ true?



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Sermon – Special Delivery To the Church in Thyatira – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 2:18-29 & 1 Kings 16 – 21 (Jezebel’s story)
Morals Matter
In God’s letter to the 4th church, he commends the Church in Thyatira for their love, patience, dedication to service and reaching outside the church. He condemns them for idolatry and sexual immorality which go hand-in-hand. Jesus walks in purity and he expects us to imulate him by walking in purity. We have liberty by God’s grace, but we have limits. God always gives us a chance to repent, but if we refuse His judgment will come. Are you changing God’s word to suit you or are you letting His word change you? Do God’s words matter to you?


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Sermon – Special Delivery: To The Church In Pergamum – Pastor Rusty Rushing

Text: Revelation 2:12-17 & Numbers 22
Compromised Christianity
In God’s letter to the 3rd church, he commends the Church in Pergamum for holding fast to the name of Jesus Christ in the midst of evil. He condemns the church for compromising their Christianity. We live in a world not unlike Pergamum, yet Christ calls us to holiness and to be set apart from the world. Sin is real and deadly because it separates us from God. Are you standing on the Word of God alone by resisting the pressures of the world?



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Sermon – Special Delivery: To The Church in Smyrna – Pastor Rusty Rushing

The Church in Smyrna (Rev 2:8-11) was a church under unrelenting pressure and affliction yet they persevered in faith through their suffering. Our Lord, in his letter to the second church, commends them for maintaining their faith amid suffering. Christ stood firm in his faith as he faced persecution and death. He was willing to die for us. Will you stand firm in your faith under pressure? Are you willing to lay your life on the line for Jesus Christ? Join us as Pastor Rusty takes us through this letter and shares with us how we can stand firm in our faith under pressure.


RCC Super Bowl Chili Challenge

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It is finally here – time to see who has the ultimate chili!  The competition day for the Salisbury Road Church Council!

Let’s come together as a congregation once more and welcome the other churches in the Council to Little Church on the Lane – and while we are sharing information about Sierra Leone and the need for solar power, enjoy some chili and vote on your favorite.

It is sure to be a good time with food, fellowship and fun! Please come prepared to support the fundraiser for solar power in Sierra Leone – we will also have solar powered flashlights there for purchase, and one will be given away as a door prize to the lucky winner!

We look forward to having our top three chilies back to the regional competition, and if you would like to make your chili again, or didn’t get to make it the first time but are interested, please let me know – we would love to have the extra chili!

It is sure to be cold, so come warm up with some warm chili and fellowship – we look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday, February 1 from 3:00 to 5:00pm!!
(See the attached flyer at the top)

Kim Ellington
LCOL RCC  Representative

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Sermon – Special Delivery to the Church in Ephesus – Lost Love – Pastor Rusty Rushing

2nd in an 8-part series: As we study the letter to the church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7), we can apply God’s words to our own church and our own life.  God walks with us and is in control. He knows our condition, our needs, our difficulties and what we have done. Remember your first love for Christ and that you are the light of the world, you are His messenger to witness to the lost and hurting. Christ and His mission must be central and drive all that we do. Are you in a love relationship with Christ and are you a bearer of his light, sharing his love with others?



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Sermon – Sierra Leone Ministry

Join us as Rev. Steve Wilson (retired), his wife Claire, and Jeff Fulp take us on their journey to the village of Ngiehun, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Listen to the sermon describing their experience in Sierra Leone and view the video at……. This is the village led by Moravian Missionary Rev. Mohamed and Safiatu Braima. The 2nd school building of the Moravian Secondary School was dedicated on December 14, 2013.

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Solar for Sierra Leone

Solar flashlights are available at Little Church.

  • Buy a solar flashlight for $20 and half of the proceeds will go to provide a solar system in Yiehun’s Moravian School.
  • Donate $10 and we will ship a flashlight to a villager.
  • Hybrid-Light flashlights recharge from any light source.
  • Get 8 hours of use from one charge.
  • The charge will hold for years – great for emergency storage because it never has battery corrosion.
  • If you purchase/donate a flashlight, please write “flashlight purchase/donation” on your check.

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Urban Ministry Center “Welcome Home” Kit

Urban Ministry’s Housing Works program will have moved a
total of 175 chronically homeless neighbors from the streets
and into permanent homes. And now we need your help. We
are looking for individuals, youth groups, families and others
to put together a Housing Works “Welcome Home” kit for each of our newest
tenants—the 45 clients moving in through the FUSE program.

Little Church is putting together a “Welcome Home” Kit consisting of the following items:
* Sets of dishes & cutlery
* Dish rack/drainer
* Pots & pans
* Broom, dustpan, mop, bucket & trash can
* Flashlight & batteries
* Light bulbs
* Extension cord(s)
* Can opener
* Food storage containers (Tupperware or Gladware)
* Laundry basket & clothes hangers
* Towels—bath & kitchen
* Shower curtain & hooks
* Pillows
* Cleaning supplies (All-Purpose cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, laundry detergent, dish soap)

Pick an item and bring it to the Church Office. (We will send periodic emails to let you know what items we have received.)

Chili Cook-Off

Little Church Chili Bowl and Sierra Leone Fund Raiser

Thank you to each and every one of you who were able to join us for the Chili Cook-off Luncheon on January 5. Whether you made chili, brought a topping or a side, or just ate, you participated and helped us to raise $189 toward the Sierra Leone missions.


Little Church will host the Old Salisbury Road RCC Chili Cook-off on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 2pm  as our major fund-raiser for Sierra Leone that will involve all four churches in our RCC. Little Church finalists from the January 5 cook-off will be making an encore presentation of their chili recipes to compete alongside the finalists from the other three churches – it should be an amazing chili feast.

Who are those finalists you might ask? Congratulations to:

First Place: George Fondren’s “Alpha-Omega; Sweet & Sassy” chili; pot #1 with 32% of the votes
Second Place: Nancy & Elizabeth Rushing’s!”Chuck Norris Oatmeal – Fire in the Hole”; pot #9 with 17% of the votes
Third Place: Libby Von Fange’s “Home-Run” chili; pot #6 with 15% of the votes

Please put the RCC Cook-off on your calendars: Little Church on the Lane at 2:00pm, February 1.

Kim Ellington


Friend With God

Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Ministry

By joining forces with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Ministry this Christmas, we’ve been part of a monumental effort to reach children, the invisible victims of crime. They now know that God sees them and loves them—thanks to people in Little Church on the Lane! You put smiles on faces of nine children and let them know that their earthly father had not forgotten them, and most importantly, their Heavenly Father!

A special thanks to the nine people who cheerfully bought gifts and wrapped them, and to all those who were willing, but we did not have any more names available. God bless all of you!

The gift delivery happened just before Christmas. Pastor Rusty Rushing, Libby Von Fange and Matt Jarrett delivered the gifts to the children. Matt was able to interpret at one home where the caregiver only knew Spanish. She was so blessed that she could speak in her language the heartfelt prayer requests. A special thank you to Matt! Pastor Rusty prayed with each family and shared the Gospel. An NIV Bible was given to each child and a loaf of Artisan bread to the caregiver. Hopefully next year more people can have the joy of delivering these gifts and seeing firsthand how they minister to the children and families.

Next year we will offer to do twenty names as we desire to trust God to be a blessing to children who have “long-suffering” herein Mecklenburg County!
— Libby Von Fange


Stewardship of Time

We have celebrated our Advent season with our usual services which brought many visitors to God’s House at 522 Moravian Lane. Many in our church family gave generously of their time to make God’s House welcoming in decoration and beauty of the season. Food was prepared to nourish the Lovefeast staff through all services. Strong backs carried coffee trays up and down the steps, in and out of the sanctuary. A loving set of hands sewed liners for the new bun baskets. Mugs cycled through the dishwasher under the watchful eyes of one of our members. Buns were delivered from Winston-Salem because someone gave of their time and vehicle. Members answered the call when asked to sign up and serve. The coffee was good. From beginning to the end, our church family gave of their time to welcome the community to God’s House to receive the message of Christ’s birth. It was a beautiful picture of generosity.

Our world says the Christmas season begins or ends with finishing our shopping and preparations. “Are you ready?” is the usual question from friends and strangers. At Little Church, we know Christmas happens in the hearts and souls of people during our Lovefeast and Candlelight services. It is written on the faces of those who attend. We are so blessed to receive our guests on Christmas Eve and watch peace and joy be born in faces lit with candlelight.

The stewardship of time is a choice richly rewarded. The Advent season bolsters our hope. Time given in bringing the truth of Christ is never wasted. It yields rewards unknown to man but visible to God. Remember the joy of serving our guests. Draw on it the entire year. Be encouraged.

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and peace on earth to people He favors!”

—Luke 2:14 HCSV

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Sermon – Special Delivery From: The Son of Man

Pastor Rushing begins a new 8-week series from the Book of Revelation. Join us as we learn of God’s message to the 7 churches of Asia Minor and how this message applies to our church today. Today’s sermon is an introduction to the series as we begin with Rev 1:9-20. This series will lead us to experience more of what God is sharing with us. The intent is to involve us in God and put us on our knees in worship before Him, and set His word in motion in our lives so we can be the church He has called us to be. Is Christ central in your life? Do you allow Him to hold you in his right hand?



Unity Prayer Watch

The Unity Prayer Watch for the Southern Province of the Moravian Church goes from December 31 until January 18. Little Church is assigned January 1 from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. A sign-up sheet is located in the Gathering Area. Intercessory prayer is one of the most important things we can do as followers of Jesus Christ. You are urged to sign up for a time period of prayer. (There are prayer suggestion sheets in the Gathering Area with the sign-up sheet.)

Sermon – “God In In The Manger – Incarnation” by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rusty concludes the Advent series as he examines ‘incarnation’. Christ chose to leave his glory in heaven to be born as a child and to become one of us so he could serve us. He showed us how to live in light of all we experience…our sorrow, pain, and heartache. We celebrate Christ incarnation that he poured himself out to become one of us so he could redeem us from the bondage of sin and recreate us into the people he desires us to be. Will you open your heart and let Christ recreate you into the person he wants you to be?Philippians 2:5-7 & John 2:14


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Message from Mohamed & Safie Braima

We the brothers and sisters of the Moravian church in Sierra Leone extend our heartfelt greetings to all of you in the Moravian family.  We are happy to say MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you.
We had a wonderful dedication celebration and give God the glory for all that He is doing in the life of the people of Ngiehun luawa and Sierra Leone as a whole. We look forward to a glorious year and pray that God Almighty will continue to bless us all.
Many of you sent gifts to us for the dedication and we thank you for that.  All of you are praying for us and we do thank you for your prayers.  Many of you are contributing to this mission here in Sierra Leone and we thank you for your donation.  Many of you are working hard to see that the kingdom of God here in Sierra Leone continues and we thank you for that.  We do thank you all as you continue to pray and support us here in Sierra Leone.  May God bless us all.
Steve, Claire, Donna and Jeff have returned home from Sierra Leone.  We do thank you and the Almighty God for the time we had with them.  We hope more people will come next time around when we would have built the college.  Yes college.  All the people say we need the college.
We thank God for all you do.
God Bless!

Sermon – “God Is In The Manger” – “Redemption” by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rusty continues the Advent series as he examines ‘redemption’. Redemption is a concept at the heart of God’s plan to reconcile the world to himself. Jesus came to save humanity from the bondage of sin. We wait on Christ’s 2nd Advent when he comes in all power and glory to take us home to live with him for eternity. Judgment is coming. Will you be ready to go home with Jesus? A better day is coming. Place your eyes upon Jesus and let him into your heart. Luke 21:25-28 and Daniel 7.


Sermon – “God Is In The Manger” – “Mystery” by Pastor Rusty Rushing

Pastor Rusty continues the Advent series as he examines ‘mystery’. Mystery appears many times in the Bible. God is a mystery unless he reveals himself and his mysteries to you. The mystery in Christ is all that matters. The only mystery you need to focus on is the mystery of God in Christ Jesus. Hold dear to your faith, accept it and stand firm in it. Accept the mystery of God in Christ and all he has done for you. Colossians 2:1-4.