Text: Revelation 3:14-22 & John 10:10
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?
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.
Children and Youth Christian Education Classes meet on Sunday at 9:45am
The class for 3 to 5 year olds is led by Vickie Raefield. What a wonderful way for your child to know the ways of Jesus and to see him through the love given by these teachers! This class meets in the last room of the Parker Building at 9:45 a.m.
The class for 2nd through 3rd grade is led by Valerie Kight and assisted by Gidget Landgraf and Kim Ellington. *Please see the information about the Adult Sunday School Class led by Gene Kimel for the fall study.
The class for the 4th and 5th grades is led by Dot Maxwell. The class leads the children to a faith decision and nurtures them as believers in Jesus Christ. After a period of time, this class becomes the confirmation class. They meet in the classroom connected to the Gathering Area. Students in this class are well on their way to participation in the church life and will remain in worship for the entire service. There is no Children’s Church for them as they remain in worship as part of their class.
The Middle School Sunday School class (6th-8th grades), is led by Chaz Snider in the second room in The Attic. They are studying God’s story to save us throughout all of scripture, focusing on God’s love which is present from Genesis to Revelation.
A nursery is provided for children up to age 3. Miss Sheryn and Miss Vicki take care of these little ones. The rooms are the first and second classes in the Parker Building
Little Church on the Lane has a history of small groups helping people to grow together as a church family while learning more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In each group we urge people to fellowship together, pray for one another, learn from good teaching and serve one another in and out of the group. Thus each group becomes a way to experience life with other believers. Paul says to ”be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Our life groups on Sunday morning and during the week help provide for our renewing.
You are invited to participate in one or more Life Groups. Those on Sunday morning begin at 9:45 a.m. with a breakfast at 9:00 a.m. There is a variety of groups with a variety of subjects available. If there are some who desire a particular subject or topic which is not being offered, please let the staff know and it can be started. Please review the descriptions of each class and choose a group to participate in. You may visit the various classes to help you decide. You are also invited to change classes in order to participate in a topic which interests you.
Adult Christian Education Classes meet on Sunday at 9:45am
The Alma Owen Class meets in the second room on the left down the hallway from the Gathering Area. Martha Caudill is the teacher of this class. The main theme for the Spring 2014 quarter is the fulfillment of scriptures through Jesus. This includes the covenant with David, Jesus triumphal entry, His trial and resurrection, and Jesus confrontation with the religious leaders. Passages come from the Old Testament, the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation. We welcome and encourage you to join us in discussing and sharing these.
The Conversation Class led by Richard Bohart meets in the first room down the hall from the Gathering Area (right beside the Alma Owen Room). This class has been together for many years and has a foundation of care for its members. The material used is the David C. Cook Sunday School material.
The Discipleship Class led by Phil Lambeth uses the David C. Cook materials—same as the Conversation Class.
The Fulp-Garwood Class led by Jeff Fulp and Barbara Garwood is studying the Book of Revelation. This class meets in the parlor of the office building. Join us in study and discussion to gain a better understanding of what God reveals to John about the events that lead up to the end of history, Jesus’ second coming, and the permanent establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth!
The Barnabas Class led by Bryon May and Jake Jacobs meets in the parlor of the Chapel. They are currently studying the “red words” in the Gospels.
Adult Sunday School class led by Paul and Joann Nabb studying the book of Amos. The study is from the IVP Press online services and all material can be downloaded from ivpress.com/bible/amos. This class meets in the classroom over the chapel.
Studies During the Week
This class, The Women’s Life Group/Bible Study meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., beginning September 16. The class meets off site at Queens Oaks Condos in the Oak Room on the first floor (2222 Selwyn Avenue). Mary Lou Davidson, a friend of Little Church on the Lane, will lead this class as they begin in Genesis as a road-map to the Scriptures. As God leads you through prayer, join us and bring your Bible! We will see what He has for us. If you are interested, please contact Jean Whipple at 704-376-1564 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Bible Study
Led by Rev. Steve Wilson, the class meets in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 a.m., enjoys a biscuit together and goes right into study. Currently they are studying the works of Andrew Murray. All men in the congregation are invited.
Star Mountain’s History
Believing that God is a God of justice, the Moravian Church began to look for ways to serve through Christian solidarity in Palestine. In 1867, the church began its mission of serving lepers at the Jesushilfe hospital in Jerusalem. Later, this ministry moved its facilities to Star Mountain near the
Palestinian city of Ramallah.
Since 1980, Star Mountain has focused on serving people with special needs, especially children with mental disabilities. Gradually a boarding facility, a school specializing in special education, and departments of agricultural training and community works were established.
In 2013 they have been able to get training for their staff in speech therapy and have hired a part-time speech therapist.
Annie B Mission is excited to announce that it will be hosting its first ever Music on a Mission fundraiser. Music on a Mission is a benefit concert with all proceeds going to Star Mountain’s speech therapy fund. Music on a Mission will be held on Sunday, June 9, at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, starting at 3 p.m. There will be music for all age groups. The all Moravian line up of entertainers features Rev. Brad Bennett, Rachel Marie Schachter, and The Moravian Buns. The cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
For more information, please visit the Annie B Mission Facebook Page, website (anniebmission.org), or contact Elizabeth Green at Elizabeth.email@example.com.
We hope to see you all there at Music on a Mission, but if you can’t come, you can donate to Annie B Mission through the Board of World Missions.
Your Board invites you to a church family retreat at the Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center of the Moravian Church on the weekend of August 2-4. This retreat is for adults & kids. There will be programs for adults, youth & children, plus plenty of free time. Nursery staff will be there to care for kids of all ages during program time. For those who cannot spend the weekend, we invite you to bring a picnic lunch and join us for Worship. Lunch on Sunday will be on the campgrounds.
Come be part of the church family for a weekend or at least a day!
RESERVATIONS with a non-refundable deposit of $100 are needed by Wednesday, May 22, so we can reserve rooms. Balance will be due at a later date.
Call the church office (704.334.1381) to make your reservation and provide the following information by May 22 or complete this form which will be in the Sunday bulletin:
# Adults Attending _____________________________________
# Children Attending and ages ___________________________
Week-end Accommodations (rates are per person) & (Includes 2 nights, linens and all meals)
Plan A: Single Occupancy w/private bath $200.00
Plan B: Double/Triple/Quad Occupancy w/private bath $150.00
Plan C: Single Occupancy w/semi-private bath $180
Plan D: Double/Triple Occupancy w/semi-private bath $130
Plan E: Children ages 5-18 in room w/parent $35
Children under 5—No charge
NOTE: No family will have to pay over $300.00. Little Church will pay the difference with families using Plan C and staying in the Bishop’s Wing with a semi-private bath so they can use 2 rooms at a reasonable cost.
I can’t attend for the full weekend, but will come up on Sunday.
# Attending only Sunday: Adults________ Children _________
(Contact the Church office or a Board member if you have questions.)
Special Requirements (diet or physical) __________________________________