Passion Week Reading Services

Part of our Moravian Easter tradition is to meet each night of Holy Week (or Passion Week, from the Latin word passus, “to suffer”) and read a portion of the events of that week in Jesus’ life leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection.  We sing stanzas of hymns that pertain to the readings, and use this time together to reflect upon the awesome events that were woven together by God to create the first Easter.

We encourage you to set aside the time to meet with us each evening of Passion Week beginning on Palm Sunday to share in this devotional experience.  The weeknight services will be held in the Rights Chapel this year.  The Good Friday Tenebrae Service blends the readings with special music from the choir and the experience of darkness
as the candles are extinguished in the sanctuary.  This impressive experiential service ends in darkness and silence following the story of the burial of Christ.

Experiential Maundy Thursday Communion

Last year, we held a special experiential communion service for Maundy Thursday in the Reich Fellowship Hall.  In addition to the Holy Week Readings, we experienced Holy Communion in a different way.  The participants were seated in tables of twelve, and they shared the elements with one another.  It was a profound and moving experience, and we plan to use the same kind of service this year.  We hope you will plan to attend!

April 14
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service & Lovefeast  (SANCTUARY)

April 15
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 16
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 17
7 pm – Holy Week Reading Service / LOGOS  (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

April 18
7 pm – Maundy Thursday  Communion (REICH FELLOWSHIP HALL)

April 19
7 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae Service  (RIGHTS CHAPEL)

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2019 Watchword for SP

Each year the European Continental Province makes arrangements to draw watchwords for the individual Provinces, Mission Provinces, and Mission Areas.

The texts assigned to the Southern Province are those for Sunday, October 26:

You are a people holy to the Lord your God; it is you the Lord has chosen out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.  Deuteronomy 14:2

God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.  Romans 3:30

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New Website Design

Check out our new Trinity Moravian website, which should go live around March 1.  The new layout is “responsive,” which means it is designed to display well on a mobile device such as a tablet or phone — over half the views of web sites now are on a mobile device.  Our old web site, designed for the 2012 Centennial, displayed well on a computer screen but was very difficult to navigate by phone.

In addition to the change in layout, there are important changes to content as well.

The new will have most of the articles from this monthly newsletter available online, and we have improved the calendar to include a lot of the information you need—where meetings are, which volunteers are scheduled, etc. We will have easy access to our live webcast — and archived webcasts

If you use a Google Calendar on your phone (most of us do!), you will be able to click on event on the church calendar and add it as an event to your personal calendar.

We plan to include a number of short videos of members talking about Trinity, as well. 

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Jonathan Sidden to Clemmons Moravian Church

Jonathan Sidden to Clemmons Moravian Church

Br. Jonathan Sidden, who has served as our music director for the past 12 years, has accepted the position as music director at Clemmons Moravian Church.  He will start there in March; his last Sunday with us will be March 3.  We have all enjoyed the amazing music the choir has performed under his leadership, and of course we will miss his operatic tenor voice!  During his tenure, Trinity has seen a re-voiced organ, new choir robes, the reconfiguration of the choir loft, a sanctuary redecoration, a new piano in the choir room, a Centennial celebration, and he has introduced new traditions and countless new favorite anthems in services. 

Brother Sidden, our prayers and best wishes go forward with you as you start this new phase of music ministry at Clemmons!

Oscar Hernandez will continue as our organist.

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Women’s Fellowship News

Circle 3 will meet on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm in the old Fellowship Hall.  Please enter through the side door.

Circle #4 will meet on Tuesday, February 12⋅10:00 – 11:00am.

If you are interested, please join us for bible study and fellowship. New members welcomed!


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Credit Card Donations

Have you ever realized right when the offering was announced that you forgot your checkbook — and all you have in your wallet is a wrinkled dollar bill, some lint, and a CVS receipt?  You meant to donate, but now you’ll have to remember to go home and mail in a check. Now you will be able to make your donation for the Sunday offering with a credit or debit card as well! We will have a tablet with a card swipe unit set up at the rear of the sanctuary — just insert your card, type in the amount you want to donate, and it’s done!  You get an emailed receipt, and a card to place in the offering plate indicating that you gave electronically.  The secure card swipe system is powered by PayPal, and takes swiped cards and chip cards as well.  It’s easy and quick!  This same system will be available for donations at congregational lunches and other events, as well.  Be sure to try it out!

We are also in the process of setting up “text-to-give” options, which allow cell phone users to make donations by sending a text to a particular number.  This option should be available by the end of the month.

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Online Calendar

The Church Office is now using Google Calendar for all scheduling options.  The confusion that resulted from using both the old paper calendar and the electronic one occasionally caused some conflicts.

To submit a new date or reservation for the calendar, please CALL the church office, EMAIL the requested date to, or fill out a paper   Calendar request slip These are posted right outside the office door.  Dates are entered through our management software, and automatically “synched” to Google Calendar.

We now are including a huge amount of information on the calendar — volunteer rotations, LOGOS themes, room location for meetings, etc.  Just click on the event to see the details.  An added benefit for those who use Google calendar on their phone (that’s most Android and Apple phone users!), you can add events to your personal calendar with just a click.  Click on the event, when the detail window opens, click on COPY TO MY CALENDAR (see picture below).

No password is needed to view the calendar or the details.  We are planning to have a couple of screens in the church that display the calendar.

Do you have an older, unused tablet that still works — but not fast enough for current games and programs?  Would you consider donating that tablet to be one of our calendar display units?

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Christmas Lovefeast Report


We had a wonderful turnout for the four Christmas Lovefeasts — that’s the Community Lovefeast, the two Christmas Eve services, and the “Little Lovefeast” held by the children in Sunday School.  The Community Lovefeast was particularly well attended, with many visitors from the area — more than we recall ever having before!  SPECIAL THANKS to the many people who worked so hard to make the services as success — dieners, coffee makers, ushers, webcasters, choirs, and so on!  Everyone did a wonderful job as we celebrated Christ’s birth!

Community Lovefeast: 195

Christmas Eve, 4:00: 397

Christmas Eve, 7:30: 238

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Trinity Video Challenge!

Are you ready to take the Trinity Video Challenge?  We are in the process of designing a new, “responsive” web site which will display better on mobile devices, and will have a more up-to-date look.  We’re looking for help from members and friends:  we need great photos of church people and events.  But we also need brief video snippets of a variety of our members and friends saying what it is they like about being a member of Trinity!  If you would be willing to be “on camera,” speak to Pastor John to set up a time — we want you to share your favorite memory or favorite thing about being a part of Trinity Moravian Church

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New Additions!

Congratulations to Tyler and Meagan McGee-Risdon on the birth of twins Nolan McGee Risdon (5 lb 15 oz) and Riley Woods Risdon (6 lb 4 oz) on December 30, 2018. Mom and dad are doing fine (though a little short on sleep! And Charliecarson is loving being a big sister! We look forward to doing a double baptism in the near future!

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