New Organist

New Organist

We are excited to announce that we have hired a new organist.  Matthew Cates, who has played as sub for two Sundays in July, was invited to apply for the job as permanent organist.  He will be serving under the direction of Oscar Hernandez, our Music Director. 

Matthew Cates is an avid pianist, organist, and composer. Having a deep love for French Romantic and Impressionist music, he frequently performs the works of Duruflé, Franck, Litaize, Vierne, and Widor. He studies currently at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with Dr. Timothy Olsen.

Composing frequently, he has written a number of works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, organ, and voice, among other instruments. His works have been performed in North America and across Europe.

Matthew has studied and performed extensively in Europe as well. He’s seen extensive venues across the United States and Europe performing at the Washington National Cathedral, Duke University, Église de La Madeleine, Église Saint-Eustache de Paris, St. Bernard de La Chapelle, La Cathédrale Américaine de Paris and Notre Dame d’Auteuil, among others. He studied at L’Académie Internationale d’Orgue in Paris, France, where his teachers included Frédéric Blanc, Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard, François Espinasse, François-Henri Houbart, and Andrew Dewar.

In addition to his studies in Europe he has performed the complete works of Maurice Duruflé, and is a Maurice Duruflé scholar. Matthew has had the opportunity to be part of chamber groups and larger orchestra groups playing works such as his own “Chanson du Cœur”, Michael Daugherty’s “Bells for Stokowski”,and Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, as well as the opportunity to sing works such as Duruflé’s and Fauré’s Requiem.

He has won two superior prizes for piano performance, in the 2013, and 2014 ACSI piano competitions. His playing has been described in “The American Organist” as “technically and musically masterful. His love for the music is infectious.” (TAO July 2015). He placed 1st in the Seventh Annual UNCSA Organ Competition and Festival, and he also placed 1st, and won the prize for the interpretation of Bach in the 2018 ECU Organ Competition.

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Moravian Children’s Festival

Moravian Children’s Festival

Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friedland Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC

Celebrating a Community of Peace — Families are invited to come & participate in various activities that teach Moravian history!

Children’s Activities | 2:00pm
Storytelling | Sugar Cake Making | History of Friedland | Prayer Walk | Mission Project | Putz Making

Lovefeast | 4:00pm
Church bells and a Moravian band will call us to gather for a lively and engaging service!

Items Needed:
This year, we are making goody bags for the City With Dwellings: Community First Center! The center provides a place for the homeless to go during the spring and summer when the shelters are closed. We are asking congregations during the months of July and August to collect items to go in the bags. Simply bring the items by the BCM Office before August 15 or let us know by then what you are collecting and bring the day of the festival. These bags will be packed as one of the activities and then blessed during the lovefeast and delivered the next day to the center.

Suggested Items:

  • travel size personal care items
  • socks
  • water bottles
  • snacks (such as packages of crackers)
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • coupons to fast food restaurants
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AP Block Party

AP Block Party

It’s our annual block party for all of our neighbors! It’s a great time to:

  • MEET the neighbors;
  • MAKE Crafts;
  • COMPETE in a Cookie Baking Contest;
  • LISTEN to great Music;
  • DANCE!;
  • EAT delicious FOOD;
  • PLAY fantastic games, and

You will have an AWESOME time! We also give out school supplies to the *neighborhood* kids. It is time to start looking for those school supply sales!

Donations may be brought directly to Anthony’s Plot Community or to your local participating church. If your church would like a donation box, please contact us by Facebook message to Anthony’s Plot Community.

School supplies needed this year include (*=most needed):

  • Pencil pouches or boxes
  • 3 ring binders (1 & 3 inch)
  • *Erasers (stick or caps)
  • Packs of loose leaf paper (wide & college rule)
  • Glue sticks (no liquid, please)
  • 2 Pocket folders with prongs
  • Spiral notebooks
    • 1 subject (wide & college rule)
    • *3 & *5 subject (esp. college rule)
  • Rulers
  • Highlighters
  • Scissors (blunt end aka “safety”)
  • Index Cards
  • Colored Pencils (12pk) or Markers (10pk)
  • Packs of 10 pens

We also accept monetary donations for shoe vouchers and other expenses. Monetary donations may be mailed/brought directly to:

Anthony’s Plot Community – 2323 Sunnyside Ave. Winston-Salem, NC. 27127-3050

To volunteer, sign up at

We need Trinity members to volunteer to staff tables with info on LOGOS and other community-centered programs of the church!

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Board Planning Retreat

Board Planning Retreat

The Church Board will be meeting for a special planning retreat on Saturday, August 10 from 10 am until 3 pm.  They will begin with a session with Laura Watson from the Moravian Ministries Foundation to discuss stewardship programs.  They will then have a discussion of a book they have all read, led by Jonathan Sidden.  The book, Connect! by Don Corder, outlines practical steps that have been used in many churches to connect to people in the community that are seeking a place to serve and connect in community, and effectively invite them and integrate them in the church community.  The afternoon session will focus on specifics of adapting Corder’s ideas to our specific circumstances, identifying areas that we need to refine and organize, and shaping our plan for intentional outreach.

We invite all lay leaders of the congregation to read Connect! as well. It is available on Amazon as a Kindle e-book, as a hardback, and on Audible as an audio book.  There is a loan copy in the church office that members may check out after all Board members have finished reading.

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Dennis Stanfield Obituary

Dennis Stanfield Obituary

Mr. Dennis Keith Stanfield, 63, of Winston-Salem, died Wednesday, July 18, 2019, at Trellis Supportive Care, after a lengthy battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was born in Winston-Salem on October 14, 1955 to the late Charlotte Snider Stanfield and Elbert Graham Stanfield, Sr. Mr. Stanfield was a graduate of Parkland Senior High School (class of 1974) and went on to earn undergraduate degrees from Wake Forest University and High Point University, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent a varied career of thirty-five years working in the areas of Information Technology, Real Estate, and Finance. Employers of note include Sara Lee Corporation, Lowe’s Companies, Wake Forest University, and most recently, The Moravian Church in America, Southern Province, where he served as Provincial Treasurer. Mr. Stanfield was a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker. Dennis was a lifelong member of Trinity Moravian Church, where he taught Sunday School, served on both the Board of Elders and Board of Trustees, played softball for decades, ushered, served at Lovefeasts, and played in the band. Music was his first love, and he recorded a number of contemporary Christian and country songs, many of which were performed in church. Dennis especially loved sports and being active outdoors. He loved nature, and especially the splendor of the North Carolina mountains. Preceding him in death are his parents and his two beloved dogs. Surviving are a brother, Elbert Graham (Gray) Stanfield, Jr. and wife Vicki, and his long-time girlfriend, Cindy Reavis of Kernersville. He is also survived by a nephew and niece, a number of cousins and friends, and many Moravian Brothers and Sisters in Christ. A celebration of his life was held on Sunday, July 21, 2019, at Trinity Moravian Church, with the Rev. Bill McElveen, the Rev. Russell Williams, and the Rt. Rev. Graham Rights officiating. Interment was at Salem Moravian Graveyard, with the Rev. Ginny Tobiassen officiating. Memorials may be made in his honor to Trinity Moravian Church, 220 East Sprague Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127, or to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be made at

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Our annual Easter Egg Hunt for the little children will be held after worship on Palm Sunday, April 14.  There will be a light lunch followed by a variety of games and the egg hunt on the lawn!  In the event of bad weather, the egg hunt will be held indoors.

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Easter Sunrise 2019

Easter Sunrise 2019

The 247th Salem Congregation Moravian Easter Sunrise Service will begin in front of Home Moravian Church on April 21, 2019 beginning at 6:00 AM with the Reverend Chaz Snider, pastor of Ardmore Moravian Church officiating. The massed band from the Salem Congregation churches will be accompanying the service and playing antiphonal tunes as the service processes to “God’s Acre” for the conclusion of the service. A hospitality area will provide sugar cake and coffee and will be set up in front of the Belo Home at 455 S. Main Street prior to the service.

Members of St. Philips Moravian Church and some other brothers and sisters from Salem Creek RCC (Home, Messiah, St Philips & Trinity) will gather at the historic 2nd St. Philips Cemetery (at the corner of Cemetery and East Salem Avenue) to take part in the service from that significant section of the graveyard. 

The entire Easter Sunrise service will be streamed live on the internet and broadcast over WSJS AM 600khz. For more information on the service, parking areas, and video links, visit

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Cross Walk 2019

Cross Walk 2019

For forty-four years, the youth of Trinity Moravian have held a Cross Walk on Good Friday.  A full-size cross is carried in solemn and prayerful silence through downtown Winston-Salem, concluding at Salem Square with a liturgy of confession recalling Christ’s crucifixion.

Where To Gather

As we have for the last several years, the Cross Walk will start at LOAVES & FISHES, 657 West 5th Street, the Building across the street from the Downtown Library.  Parking is available in the Centenary UMC lot next to Loaves & Fishes,. Please arrive between 10:30 am and 11:00 am.  The Walk will begin at 11:00 promptly.  The route is about 1.4 miles in length.  We walk slowly so that the walk will take 40 minutes or more; because of our alternate route to accommodate I-40 construction, it may be a little longer.  We conclude at Salem Square, where Walkers will be greeted by a Moravian Band, and together we will join in a Good Friday Liturgy of Confession.

Visit the Cross Walk page to see the alternate route map!

 We usually have between 6-8 people carrying the cross together at any time.  Everyone who wishes to take a turn will have a turn.  This is not a “reenactment,” but a meditational prayer experience and silent witness.
ALL ARE WELCOME.  We often have babies in strollers, walkers with dogs (MUST BE ON LEASH!), and even folks in wheelchairs.  Those who do not feel that they can physically do the mile walk are welcome to join us at the end at Salem Square – and in fact we often have quite a crowd waiting there when we arrive!  Walkers are advised to bring some bottled water, sunscreen, and hats!  We will be escorted by two Winston-Salem Police Officers who will supervise street crossings.  A church bus will be available to shuttle Walkers back to the parking lot on 5th Street after the Walk is concluded.

Last year, we had a record number turn out, with over 250 Walkers.  This year we are hoping to have an even larger number!

It is hard to describe the experience of the Cross Walk.  Like many of the best Moravian worship traditions, it is experiential in nature.  Each year more and more people from different walks of life join us for this solemn procession.  Children, teens, grandparents, recovering addicts, ex-convicts, bishops, and ministers take turns carrying the weight of the Cross.  The silent, reverent procession is a time of personal prayer and reflection.  Each person takes something different away from the experience.

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Puppet Show Dinner Theatre

Puppet Show Dinner Theatre

Danny & the Shacks is a puppet musical presented by our Logos Middle School puppet team retelling the Bible story of Daniel and Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego in the land of Babylon.

These captive Israelites held true to their faith while captive in a foreign country. They face physical challenge, a fiery furnace and the lions’ den while holding true to their faith in the one true God.

This program will be presented Wednesday Evening, April 3rd (during Logos) at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall and Sunday, April 7th, 12:15 pm (a “dinner” theatre)also in the Fellowship Hall.

A ticket will be needed for admission to the Sunday program (because of meal planning requirements).

See Jeannie May for a ticket.

There is no charge for admission. However a Love offering will be received at the Sunday program to defray meal costs and to provide support for Trinity Puppet Ministry.

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Holy Humor Sunday

Holy Humor Sunday

In recent years, Trinity has been participating in an old Orthodox custom – that of telling jokes the week after Easter.  After all, the Resurrection was the biggest practical joke on the Devil that there ever was; and if you can’t have a good belly laugh about life after the Resurrection, you’ve probably got the wrong end of religion!

So Sunday, April 28 will again be Holy Hilarity Sunday here at Trinity, and there’s no telling what to expect during the 11 am worship.  Those of sour demeanor and inability to laugh at themselves had best stay home or visit another church that Sunday.

However, if you enjoy a good laugh at life and believe that God has a sense of humor – and that humor is a blessing from God – we’ll save a pew for you on Sunday, April 28th!

If you have a favorite joke that you’d like to tell (or have told) during the service, please contact Pastor John.  Jokes that are nasty, denigrate others, or would make Jerry Jackson blush are not appropriate.  However, jokes on the devil have pretty wide latitude.  We have a strict limit on jokes about dogs walking into bars, but no limit on variations of the old “How Many BLANKS Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?”

This year will be a musical Hilarity Sunday, with some fun old hymns like Turn Your Radio On and The Royal Telephone—as well as a really amazing antiphonal Logos “Thank You” conceived in the spur of the moment my the Zeisberger Table!

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