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 Stewardship Committee Meeting
Tuesday / May 2 @ 7:00 pm

Make plans to experience God's creation at Laurel Ridge!
When: Saturday, 29 April - Time: 10am until
Hamburger and Hotdog lunch @ noon
Please sign up for side dishes - sign up sheet on the Church bulletin board
Please mark your calendars and make plans to join your Church brothers and sisters at the Moravian retreat center - Laurel Ridge, located in the mountains near West Jefferson and Sparta. We have reserved the picnic shelter on the property which is located near the small lake on the property. Lunch will be served at noon and a representative of Laurel Ridge will join us and talk about the retreat / camp and opportunities to serve at Laurel Ridge.
Other activities include:
- Fishing at the lake
- Hiking (several trails on the property)
- Bocce ball
- Corn hole
- Relaxing in the mountain air (bring your favorite camping chair it you have one)
Laurel Ridge is approximately 1.5 hour drive from Hickory. Further info about carpooling from the church to come.
                                                                         Look forward to seeing you there!
                                                                                             Tom

Lenten Fair, Holy Week and Easter Pictures
Holy Week and Easter Sunday pictures are posted in video format on the events page - click the play button.
Click Here for Power Point Show composed by Anita (page opens in a new window)
Click Here Lenten Fair & Egg Hunt pictures in pdf format (page opens in a new window)

Thanks Jane, Carolyn, Anita, Rachel and others who send pictures

Memorial Day
Honoring the men and women who died in military service for the United States
Hello fellow New Hoper’s! This Memorial Day we want to take the time to celebrate the lives of our family members, who have passed away, that served this great nation. I would encourage all of you to send me some information about the family members you would like to share with us. This will be posted on a board outside the sanctuary for everyone to see. If you could send me any or all of the following: their name, date of birth, branch of service, a picture and something you would like to share about them.  Thank you and God bless!  Fay Ayers | efayers1@gmail.com |
276-730-4309

Your Caregiving Journey
A Four-Week Workshop Series sponsored by Catawba Regional Hospice
Caring for a loved one with a chronic illness, disability, or life-limiting condition can be satisfying. It can also challenge the caregiver and stretch a family physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Know that there is relief.
*Tuesday - April 25 – Emotional and Spiritual Toll
*Tuesday - May 2 – Practical Aspects
*Tuesday - May 9 – The Financial Impact
*Tuesday - May 16 – Managing Stress
Both afternoon and evening sessions available - see flier for exact times, location and registration details. Please contact Jane if you have questions or need additional details.

Taking Church to the People is NOW ONLINE
Building, Connecting & Mobilizing Moravians to live out our Faith!
Quarterly edition of The BCM Essentials can now be read online.  The first chapter of "Simply Moravian" opens “believe it or not, our Moravian ancestors lived in a world that was pretty complicated too, just without television. Or microwaves, or cars, or indoor toilets, or even Facebook!!” Above the chapter heading is an illustration, featuring two 15th century Moravians perplexed by modern technologies. One Moravian holds... (You must click the link to see the illustration and read more.)

*New Hope Moravian C.M.O. & PreSchool
  • Summer Camp registration is underway for ages 18 mos - 10 years (rising 4th graders). This runs June 13th through Aug. 17th (off week of July 4th). In the summer, we operate Tuesday through Thursday (8:30am-11:30am) with Lunch Bunch optional from 11:30am until 12:15pm (additional fee of $3 per day). We will have a weekly theme and have lots of fun activities planned, including Bible stories, outdoor activities, sand and water play, science experiments, crafts, and music.  $110 per month for 2 days/week - $125 per month for 3 days/week
  • We are also currently registering for the 2017-2018 School Year. Fall Registration (September 6th - May 25th) is now open. Classes held Monday through Thursday (8:30am-11:30am) with Lunch Bunch option from 11:30am until 12:15pm. Registration fee is $55. Call for additional information or to set up a tour. Details, Fee Schedule, and Registration Form available on this web page.
  • New Hope PreSchool April Newsletter

**ECCCM Update
  • ECCCM is still in need of "hearty" canned goods so we will collect stews, corned beef hash, chicken and dumplings, spaghetti and meatballs, Manwich, etc. during April.
  • Plastic bag donations have been steady and generous. Let's keep that going.
  • Our 1st Thursday volunteer day is May 4. Set your own time for however long you can work.
  • The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

April 2017 ONWARD
The Newsletter of the Moravian Mission Society, Southern Province (April 2017 Edition)

**The Catawba Valley Community Chorus will present Spring Concerts on these dates
Date Time Location
April 23 3:00PM                      Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC
April 24 7:00PM                      Trinity Village on Springs Road (1265 21st St NE, Hickory, NC 28601)
April 30 3:00PM                      Redeemer Lutheran Church, 200 N. Main Street, Catawba, NC
May 1 7:00PM                      Abernethy Laurels (102 Leonard Ave, Newton, NC 28658)
The concerts are free to the public and mostly religious in content. No admission / free-will offering will be collected.
Several of our members (Margie, Carolyn, Janie and Ned) sing with this chorus.

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New Hopers
Friday April 21, 2017
6:30 PM - Meal and Fellowship with a Surprise Program

Aging Well Conference 2017
Friedberg Moravian Church (Saturday, April 22, 2017)

Sponsored by the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries, the 2017 Conference on Aging Well will be conducted at Friedberg Moravian Church (Winston-Salem) on April 22.  Pam Prevatte is our New Hope representative and has asked for suggestions you may have for her presentation. Links to the conference: bulletin insert - social media graphics - facebook page banner - online registration - print registration.


Catawba Valley Community Chorus Concert
Date Time Location
Sun / April 23 3:00PM                      Beth Eden Lutheran Church, 400 N. Main Avenue, Newton, NC
Mon / April 24 7:00PM                      Trinity Village on Springs Road (1265 21st St NE, Hickory, NC 28601)
The concerts are free to the public and mostly religious in content. No admission / free-will offering will be collected.
Several of our members (Margie, Carolyn, Janie and Ned) sing with this chorus.

PreSchool / CMO Advisory Meeting
Thursday April 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM
in the Fellowship Hall

Provincial Women's Spiritual Life Retreat at Laurel Ridge
Rev. Carol Foltz will be the facilitator (Friday thru Sunday - April 28-29 & 30, 2017)
Schedule of Events and Registration Form for this conference.  The Provicial Womens' Board is anticipating a full house at Laurel Ridge-Higgins Lodge again this year, so send in your registration EARLY to get your choice of rooms. All women of the Southern Province are welcome, whether your church has a Women's Fellowship or not.

Church Retreat & Picnic at Laurel Ridge
Saturday April 29, 2017 - 10 AM
Hamburger and Hotdog lunch @ noon
Please sign up for side dishes - sign up sheet on the Church bulletin board
Please mark your calendars and make plans to join your Church brothers and sisters at the Moravian retreat center - Laurel Ridge, located in the mountains near West Jefferson and Sparta. We have reserved the picnic shelter on the property which is located near the small lake on the property. Lunch will be served at noon and a representative of Laurel Ridge will join us and talk about the retreat / camp and opportunities to serve at Laurel Ridge.

Other activities include:
- Fishing at the lake
- Hiking (several trails on the property)
- Bocce ball
- Corn hole
- Relaxing in the mountain air (bring your favorite camping chair it you have one)

Laurel Ridge is approximately 1.5 hour drive from Hickory. Further info about carpooling from the church to come.
                                                                        Look forward to seeing you there!
                                                                                             Tom

Catawba Valley Community Chorus Concert
Date Time Location
Sun / April 30 3:00PM                      Redeemer Lutheran Church, 200 N. Main Street, Catawba, NC
The concerts are free to the public and mostly religious in content. No admission / free-will offering will be collected.
Several of our members (Margie, Carolyn, Janie and Ned) sing with this chorus.

Resolution 12 Steering Committee
Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. (Bethania Moravian Church)
read more about the Resolution 12 Steering Committee here

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Resolution 12 Steering Committee invites you to a service of worship and prayer, celebrating our unity and diversity in the Moravian Church, to be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Bethania Moravian Church.

You are warmly invited to attend a service of worship and prayer, focusing on our unity and diversity in the Moravian Church, planned and led by Bishops Graham Rights, Wayne Burkette, Sam Gray, and Lane Sapp. This service will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m., at Bethania Moravian Church. This is one of a series of services sponsored by the Resolution 12 Steering Committee; others were held last September 25 and January 22. These services do not specifically address homosexuality, but rather are opportunities for worship and prayer together, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things. We seek to rejoice together in the things that bind us together as brothers and sisters in Christ, serving Christ and the world through the Moravian Church; we seek to worship our faithful, loving, and gracious Triune God; and we seek the wisdom, grace, and peace to know and follow God’s will for the Moravian Church in all things.

May you know God’s presence and blessing during this Easter season!

Your sister in Christ,

Nola Knouse (For the Resolution 12 Steering Committee)


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Catawba Valley Community Chorus Concert
Date Time Location
Mon / May 1 7:00PM                      Abernethy Laurels (102 Leonard Ave, Newton, NC 28658)
The concerts are free to the public and mostly religious in content. No admission / free-will offering will be collected.
Several of our members (Margie, Carolyn, Janie and Ned) sing with this chorus.

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - May 4
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Caregivers Support Group
Click Here for more information concerning the Caregivers Support Group
Meeting: Sunday - May 7. 4:00 pm

 *2017 ECCCM Benefit Golf Tournament - Thursday, May 11*

The 2017 ECCCM Benefit Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 11th at Glen Oak Golf Club in Maiden. Details and Registration information here.


Sunday - May 14
Moravian Music Sunday LoveFeast & Honoring Mothers
11:00 AM - Moravian Music Sunday LoveFeast & Honoring Mothers Worship Service

Ladies' Circle Meeting - Tuesday - May 16 - 7:00 PM
Leslie Session #6 at Carolyn McDonald’s home

Sunday - May 21
Graduation Sunday
Graduation Sunday and Reception (Donna Marie Monge)

Sunday - May 28
Ascension of the Lord Sunday
Special Worship Service acknowledging the Ascension of the Lord (Thursday, May 25 - 40th day of Easter) Acts 1:11

May 27 through May 29
Memorial Day Weekend
Remembering the men and women who died while serving our country.

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ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - JUNE 1
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - June 4 - Holy Communion
Pentecost Sunday
11:00 AM Worship Service - Pentecost Sunday - Holy Communion

Ladies' Circle Meeting - Wednesday - June 7 - 6:30 PM
Hot Dog Cookout at Leslie Srail’s home

Sunday - June 11
Trinity Sunday
Trinity Sunday is a Christian feast dedicated to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is one of the few Christian feasts that celebrates a doctrine, not an event. Trinity Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

Tuesday - June 13
New Hope Summer Camp starts today and runs through August 17th

Sunday - June 18
Father's Day
Recognizing the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.

↓ ↓ ↓ JULY CALENDAR ↓ ↓ ↓

Sunday - July 2
Annual Independence Day Celebration & Cookout
New Hope's Annual Independence Day Celebration with Cookout after Service

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - JULY 6
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - July 9 - Holy Communion
John Hus Festival
Commemorative Communion - John Hus martyred on July 6, 1415

+ RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Tuesday - July 25 (2:00 PM-6:30 PM)
Nancy Miller and Pat deBlois will host a Red Cross Blood Drive at New Hope.  Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. To meet this need a total of 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Eighty percent of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set-up at community organizations, companies, schools and colleges and places of worship. You can put the power of faith into action and help save a life!

25th Moravian Music Festival
July 23-29, 2017
Please make plans to join our voices and instruments in music and worship! Location: Winston-Salem, NC. Schedules, registration and other festival information can be found by clicking on these links: The 25th Moravian Music Festival Page - Festival Website - Festival Facebook Page - Sept 2013 Moravian Magazine.

↓ ↓ ↓ AUGUST CALENDAR  ↓ ↓ ↓

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - AUGUST 3
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - August 13 - Holy Communion
August 13th Festival (Renewal of the Unity)
On 13 August 1727, the Moravian community underwent a dramatic transformation when the inhabitants of Herrnhut "learned to love one another", following an experience that they attributed to a visitation of the Holy Spirit, similar to that recorded in the Bible on the day of Pentecost.

↓ ↓ ↓ SEPTEMBER CALENDAR  ↓ ↓ ↓

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - SEPTEMBER 7
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - September 10
  • Fall Sunday School Begins
  • Breakfast at 9:30 AM
  • Teacher commissioning during worship

Sunday - September 17
National Back-to-Church Sunday
Pizza Luncheon after Worship!  Back to Church Sunday is a national campaign strategically designed to help churches reach out and invite everyone to try church again. This powerful movement encourages church attendance by inspiring and empowering church members to invite their neighbors, friends and loved ones to a special Sunday service designed just for them.

Sunday - September 24
Honoring Older Adults
"Super-Senior Sunday" - Service conducted by our New Hope Super Seniors.

↓ ↓ ↓ OCTOBER CALENDAR  ↓ ↓ ↓

Sunday - October 1
World Communion Sunday
World Communion Sunday is a celebration observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. It focuses on an observance of the eucharist.

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - OCTOBER 5
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - October 8
Mission LoveFeast & Covered Dish - Special Speaker
The Moravian missionaries were the first large-scale Protestant missionary movement. They sent out the first missionaries when there were only 300 inhabitants in Herrnhut. Within 30 years, the church sent hundreds of Christian missionaries to many parts of the world, including the Caribbean, North and South America, the Arctic, Africa, and the Far East. They were the first to send lay people (rather than clergy) as missionaries, the first Protestant denomination to minister to slaves, and the first Protestant presence in many countries.

Sunday - October 29
All Saints Sunday
All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown.

Tuesday - October 31
Halloween Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

↓ ↓ ↓ NOVEMBER CALENDAR  ↓ ↓ ↓

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - NOVEMBER 2
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Sunday - November 5
Moravian Womens' Sunday - Church Council & End of Daylight Saving Time
  • Recognizing the hard work, dedication and leadership of women in the Moravian Church (past and present)
  • Church Council following Worship Service
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends

Sunday - November 12 - Holy Communion
November 13 Festival
November 13 Festival: Recognizing Jesus Christ as Chief Elder of the Moravian Church

Saturday - November 18
Gingerbread House Construction for Children (10AM - 11:30 AM)

Sunday - November 19 - LoveFeast
Worship Service: Thanksgiving LoveFeast

Sunday - November 26
Reign of Christ (Christ the King) Sunday
Christ the King Sunday celebrates the all-embracing authority of Christ as King and Lord of all things. Officially called "The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King." This special day is celebrated on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent.

↓ ↓ ↓ DECEMBER CALENDAR  ↓ ↓ ↓

Saturday - December 2 - 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
Annual CandleTea & Christmas Bazaar
Click Here to Visit our CandleTea Webpage
Sponsored by the New Hope Womens' Fellowship and held on the first Saturday in December, the CandleTea is a community open house and craft fair regarded by many as the opening event of the Christmas season.  Guests are warmly greeted by volunteers wearing traditional 18th-century costumes; served sugar cake and coffee in the pews while listening to the music, songs and history of the Moravian Church.  Following the initial greeting, guests are encouraged to tour our Christmas Bazaar - a wondrous display of food, arts and crafts.

Sunday - December 3
First Sunday in Advent - Lighting of Advent Candle
The season of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. It is a time for waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah.

ECCCM Volunteer Day
Thursday - DECEMBER 7
New Hope's scheduled workday is the 1st Thursday of each month through the calendar year. We can work anytime that day during their hours of operation...This can be as little as (1 hour) or all day (9:00am-4:30pm); You decide. Thank you for all you do. Your contribution of time given to ECCCM makes a BIG difference in the life of our community! The Mission Committee would like a record of ECCCM volunteer hours. Please put your name and hours worked on the sheet posted on our bulletin board.

Saturday - December 16
New Hope Moravian Christmas Caroling
New Hope Choir, New Hopers, members of the congregation and others are welcome and encouraged to participate in this annual event -  meal together afterward.

Sunday - December 24
Christmas Eve LoveFeast & CandleLight Service
Click Here to Visit our CandleLight Webpage
Two Services: 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM with meal between services

Sunday - December 31
Christmas Reading Service
No Sunday School Today

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