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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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)
LCOL RCC Representative
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.
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
* 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.)
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.
IT’S NOT OVER!!
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
This year we will have our Congregational Christmas Lovefeast on December 15 at 7:00 p.m. This is a wonderful time to invite friends and family to a service of celebration welcoming our Lord’s birth. A nursery will be provided for this service.
The services on Christmas Eve will take place at 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 8:00 p.m. The 2:00 p.m. service is especially geared for children. Come early for a seat.
The 4:00 pm and 6:00 p.m. services are traditional services with the 8:00 p.m. service being in contemporary format and led by the Essential Team.