Thursday, September 3, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
The Provincial Women’s Board presents:
Serving and Sharing
Newsletter for August 2020
From Our President:
It is an honor and a blessing to come to you as president of the Provincial Women’s Board. It is an unusual time for us all, but the Board intends to continue to work for the women of the Southern Province.
2020 has not been a great year for many of us. The life we are leading now is not what we are accustomed to doing or what we are comfortable with doing. It is easy to think of all that we have lost because of the pandemic, and it is easy to become discouraged with all the turmoil in our country and the world. Whenever I begin to feel this way, I think of how this all is part of God’s plan for us. What can I learn from Him?
I always look at what God does for me every single day. I felt a bit overwhelmed when I realized that nothing the Provincial Women’s Board has done in the past would be the same. We have had to cancel 2 significant events, the Spiritual Life Retreat and the Fall Celebration. We lost several of the Days of Prayer. We do not know what the next few months will bring. So how was I going to lead this group of women? I turned to God and was reminded that these women volunteered to serve on this board. They are coming up with wonderful plans and ideas for doing what we love to do even in a pandemic. We will make adjustments, but we will still serve you.
I have looked to my family and friends during this time as well. My family received a great blessing that resulted in much joy. I have enjoyed Zoom meetings and phone calls. We have had wonderful gatherings outside while not getting close.
Please remember that this newsletter is intended to highlight what you are doing at your churches. We would love to hear from you. Please submit short articles or descriptions of some of the ways your church is serving God. You can send them to the office by email (email@example.com).
God answered my question. What can I learn from God’s plan for me? Everything! I have learned to put aside all that is difficult in our world today. I focus on what I can do to serve God! I will not look back on this year with sadness, but with joy for all the blessings I have experienced. One great blessing is having the opportunity to serve on the PWB with the incredible women of the board who are supportive and creative and generous.
Blessings, Pam Prevatte
The 2020 Fall Celebration will be different! On Saturday, August 29, The Rt. Rev. Sam Gray and The Rev. Linda Seippel will be videoing their review of the Bible Study book and the Mission Study Book. After that time, you will be able to view workshops on YouTube, Facebook, etc. We will use our email list to send the link to you. Email the office to update your email address.
We will be arranging a time for everyone to pick up their study books. As many of you know there is a huge construction zone all around Old Salem, therefore we thought it best to have a day to pick up the books away from the office. We will contact those who have ordered books via email.
The third part of the Fall Celebration is the 2021 Budget for the PWB. We will send the proposed budget to the church offices and Women's Fellowship Presidents. A short time will be allowed for questions. Next, we will be publishing a survey for all the women of the Southern Province to vote.
We are very sad that we will not be able to see your smiling faces this year. But looking forward to being together with you all soon.
Prison Cake Ministry Update
The Prison Cake Ministry of the Provincial Women’s Board has been put on hold since mid-March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we received a chance to be a blessing when the Administrative Assistant in the prison Chaplain’s office called me right after the 4th of July. Each year the prison staff hosts a picnic for the inmates. In the past the Dining Hall at the prison has helped supply the desserts for the picnic. However, this year the Dining Hall was not able to do this. So Brooke, the Administrative Assistant, reached out to us since we had not been able to supply the cakes for the Yokefellow program. I called 5 churches that either not had the chance to deliver their cakes or were on schedule to deliver in July. Each church was glad to donate a full sheet cake for the picnic. We then had to wait to hear from Brooke as to when the picnic would take place. Last week she called me and said that the date for the picnic was up in the air and that we would not have enough time to order, purchase, and deliver the cakes when the picnic date was set. So, it was decided that each church involved would donate $50 to the Prison Ministry and the staff would purchase the cakes. Each church involved was glad to do so. Working with the Prison Cake Ministry has been a great blessing to me but with my other duties as Vice-President of the Board I am giving up my prison ministry duties. The chair of the committee will be Linda Worley (Hope). Her committee consists of Kaye Brookshire (Ardmore) and Faye Bricca (Bethania). I know they will do a wonderful job. I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to the following churches who donated money for the cakes for the prison picnic; Advent, Ardmore,Bethabara, Bethania, and Friedberg.
News From YOU!
Fairview: A large thank you to our members for all the kind deeds provided to our congregation. We are very grateful.
The Fall Fare for Fairview is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th. We will have our bake sale, farmers market and many vendors. If you know of a vendor, please contact our chairperson Kathy Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unity Moravian Church is celebrating August 13th Communion with a parking lot communion service on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Bring your own cup or there will be cups provided for the sacraments. In case of rain communion will be held on the following Sunday, August 16th. All are welcome.
Unity Moravian Church is celebrating our 40th Anniversary on November 15, 2020, virtually. We are planning a video that will be streamed along with our service. Communion is planned for that day too. There will be more information closer to the date.
The Children's Festival is being held virtually on Sunday, August 16th, 2020. If anyone is interested, please call Dana Myers 336-945-3801 or click HERE to see information on the BCM’s website.
We will not be having our bazaar this year. It is with regret that we do this as it is one of the best bazaars in the area. We will look forward to next year.
Friedberg -The Women’s Fellowship has been very busy during this pandemic. They have sponsored 2 very successful food drives to benefit Sunnyside Ministry. On Sunday July 26 Circle 4 of the Women’s Fellowship sponsored a drive-by Christmas in July event to benefit the Blessing Box that they support. Lots of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and personal hygiene items were donated. Also, at this event Moravian star masks were sold to benefit Laurel Ridge. This was a huge success. The masks were sold out but more have been ordered. If you would like to purchase one you can call Sherri Phillips in the church office at 336-764-1830. The masks cost $10 and come in sizes small and large. The colors to choose from are red, slate blue, and grey. The new order of masks should arrive in about 2 weeks. The Friedberg Choir sold beautiful pens that come in a velvet pouch for $5. These pens come in a variety of colors and proceeds go to support the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry. If you would like to get one you can call Sherri Phillips in the church office again at 336-764-1830. They make very nice gifts.
Meet Your New Provincial Women’s Board!
Judy Albert, Moravian Women’s Conference Rep. from Mizpah
Faye Bricca from Bethania
Kaye Brookshire from Ardmore
Diane Clifton, Finance Committee Chair from Kernersville
Rev. Betty Helms, Clergy Representative from New Hope
Julia Horton from Friedland
Martha Johnson, Mission Chair from Konnoak Hills
Marletta Page, Nominating Chair from Grace
Susan Parker from Macedonia
Dorothy Pettus from St. Phillips
Pam Prevatte, President from New Hope
Ann Radford from Home
Vicki Stanfield Vice President, Days of Prayer and Spiritual Life Chair from Friedberg
Kay Vance from Unity
Becky Ward from New Philadelphia
Paula White from Hopewell
Linda Worley, Prison Cake Ministry from Hope
This board will serve 2020-2022. At the 2022 Provincial Synod some members will roll off the PWB to be replaced by new members elected at Synod.
From the Office:
Our next Newsletter will be published on October 29, 2020. The submission deadline for that newsletter is October 19.
NEW Office Hours: Thursdays 10am-2pm, pickup and drop-off by appointment only. Virtual office Hours are on Monday. Any messages left on voice mail or emails will be answered on Monday.
Provincial Women’s Board, South
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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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