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.
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.
Fall 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. They will be studying the beginning of the world and of the Jewish nation. Looking at Genesis and Exodus the class will also follow the Hebrew people as they journey from captivity through the wilderness and on to freedom. Many interesting characters such as Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac, Jacob and Moses are included. The class invites you to join them. All are welcome!
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 Gene Kimel, during the next two months (Sept & Oct), will be combining with the second and third graders to learn about the Fruit of the Spirit. This multi-generational class experiences the value of youth with the maturity of adults.
A new class led by Rusty Rushing will meet in the room directly over the Chapel – In October, we are scheduled to begin a study on the world behind the Scriptures. We will be using videos containing the teaching of Dr. Tim Laniak and Dr. Jim Martin recorded during my trip to Israel, along with a power point presentation created based on their teaching.
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.
A Women’s Life Group studying Sensible Shoes: A Story About the Spiritual Journey, written by Sharon Garlough Brown is led by Carol Smith. If you are looking for a better understanding of key spiritual practices and a deeper life with God, then please join them on this journey! They meet in the Chapel every Wednesday from September 4 until November 20 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Carol. You may contact her at email@example.com or call her at 704-846-4665.
Men’s Bible Study
Led by Pastor 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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) __________________________________
Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner. As the pollen and temperature rises hearts turn to Alaska. The Bible seminary in Bethel, AK, run by the Moravian Church, is in need of siding and insulating. By using an insulated siding we think it will take less work and will save a lot of money and energy in the coming years. There are three things you can help with, which I ask you to seriously consider.
First and most important is prayer. Pray for safety, for people to help and for financial support. Second is workers – think about whether you might be one of those people being called to go. If you can not go, please consider helping someone else who would go if they could afford it. Third is financial support – funds are needed to purchase insulated siding plus 6 tables and 30 chairs for the seminary. Think about donating a chair @$30/chair or a table @$100/table. Contributions can be made to the Little Church on the Lane and designated for Alaska ministry. Mail to Little Church On The Lane, 522 Moravian Ln, Charlotte, NC 28207.
Thank you for your continued prayerful support of our brothers and sisters in Alaska.
Contact Helen Gulledge, 907-252-1174, or email@example.com for additional information.
Join us on Sunday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for a Moravian Singstude (sing-along) which is a service of singing and listening to music praising God. If you have a hymn suggestion, please let Gus or the church office know of the title. We appreciate and look forward to all suggestions but time may limit the number we’re able to include.
God has a way of opening eyes to see Him move with great power. I believe He has provided the church family of Little Church on the Lane with a way to see Him grow His church. Beginning Easter Sunday, a group of second generation Montagnards will begin to use our Chapel and classrooms to grow disciples for Jesus Christ.
Pastor Simon and a group he has been teaching will come from Greensboro and hold classes and worship each Sunday beginning at 4:00 p.m. Then during the week they will gather in the Fellowship Hall for mid-week classes. They needed a place to meet and desired to have a connection with a church family. God placed them with us and the Board decided to honor the request with a warm welcome. Thus, you are welcome to come and worship with this new church.
The Montagnards came from Vietnam and were instrumental in helping our troops in a difficult war. Many had to leave their country for fear of being killed. Being strong in their Christian faith, they came to work, establish and build a new life. Their children learned English while the first generation remained with the old language within the church. The second generation now wants to learn more about God using English. Little Church on the Lane is now part of their desire to know Christ!
These beautiful bells need hands to play them! Silently they rest, but they need you!
Handbells are a fabulous way to express praise to God and share acts of kindness and the joy of the Lord. There is no more beautiful way to accomplish something as a vibrant, cooperative team.
If you have an interest . . .
If you can read music or if you are willing to learn
If you have musical talent, or wish you had the opportunity
If you are willing to help others learn
There is no age limit, no skill level required. We will help each other play to the glory of God!
Because being a member of a handbell choir takes serious commitment, we plan to keep our goals reasonable, to accomplish some performances at Easter and Christmas. We will start with simple but beautiful pieces. If we have interested players who desire special guidance, I will be glad to help you. Handbell playing is the single most rewarding musical experience to me, and you will not regret joining this group!
Please call the church office if you are interested in joining this group. Practice sessions will begin soon.
Teresa Wright Horner
DATE: March 3, 2013 TIME: 12:15pm
You are invited to a fund raiser lunch at Little Church On the Lane in the Fellowship Hall after Worship Service. Funds are being raised to purchase supplies for renovating Alaska Seminary in Bethel.
Menu: Homemade Moravian Chicken Pie, Moravian Slaw, Green Beans, Roll, and Beverage.
Bake Sale: Cakes, Pies, Cookies
Cost of the meal is a donation to help with purchase of supplies: Siding, Paint, Tables, Chairs, Mattresses.
Moravian missionaries began training “church helpers” in 1891 then in 1947 they built a seminary to serve as the educational arm of the Alaskan Moravian Church. Many Southern Province Moravians, including Little Church members have gone to Bethel Alaska over the years to help build and repair buildings in Bethel.
Last summer the seminary was reopened after having been closed for several years. Several work teams went to Bethel where they built a home for the pastor and did some painting and cleaning at the seminary. This summer, we hope to have as many as three teams going to Bethel to work on the seminary and the Dean’s house.
Sponsored by: Helen Gulledge & Outreach Ministry
Join us on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 10:30am in the church Fellowship Hall for Bible Study and fellowship. Our study “Singing Our Faith: Moravian Hymns Through The Seasons” leads us through a study this month of hymn #795, “Come, Faithful Shepherd, Bind Me.” We will learn to trust through dark times as we study Psalm 23, Matthew 14:22-33, 1 Timothy 4:9-10 and Romans 8:35-39.
Bring a sandwich or whatever you want to eat for lunch, we’ll provide the beverage, and join us for fellowship after our study. We will adjourn around 12:30pm, or you may leave after the study.