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Activities

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Worshipping together on Sunday is a very important activity, but it is certainly not our only activity. We gather for fellowship, for education, for prayer, and for service. Throughout the year, we also have a variety of special gatherings. We also share our building, our financial resources, and our pastor with groups that serve community needs.

If you want specific information about what is happening right now or in the near future, don't be afraid to email the pastor at [email protected]

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Fellowship

Moravian Women: This Women's Fellowship group has a long history of giving and leadership in the community and the church. All women are invited to be a part of the fellowship. The dues are $10 per year.

Men's Group: This group is interested in fellowship, worship and service activities, and meets under the leadership of Lance Fox.

Youth Fellowship: Our Youth Group offers the opportunity for fun, service to others, and discussion of deep thoughts. We have had overnight retreats, visited the worship services of other world religions, and even taken a trip to New York City.

Music: Join the choir!

Defeat of Jesse James Celebration: During Northfield's annual celebration on the 2nd weekend in September, Main Street Moravian Church offers hospitality to the revelers by giving out free bottles of refreshing cold water during the Defeat of Jesse James Parade. (The church building is along the parade route.) The whole congregation takes part in operating a hotdog and pie stand, and the proceeds go into the general fund.

Pancake Breakfast: Every so often one or more of the groups within the congregation will organize that traditional and delicious fundraising ploy, the Pancake Breakfast. Raffles for fabulous prizes from fabulous local merchants may also be a part of the morning.

Christmas Café and Live Nativity
On the first Thursday in December, we stand in snow and cold proclaiming that the Christ Child has been born! What fun! We have the costumes, we have the slightly insane leadership, we are ready!! All are invited to dress up and share in a narrated enactment of the birth of Jesus. We provide the costumes, scenery, lights and narration. Your whole family (including the dog) can come and act out the true Christmas story.

The Christmas Cafe and Live nativity is held in conjunction with Northfield's WinterWalk, in which area businesses stay open later each year on the first Thursday in December to offer music, goodies and festivities.We ourselves have a treats and gifts table: if you have a craft or a treat that you could make for sale we would truly appreciate the donation! Please let Pastor Amy know if you want to participate in this festive evening.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service:

This beautiful and traditional Moravian service is one of story and song. The scriptures telling of Jesus' birth are read, and we sing Christmas hymns together. The service includes the old custom of singing the Moravian Hymn "Morning Star", led by a child and sung responsively with the congregation. (If you have a child whom you believe would like to lead this song, please talk to our music director. We could have a small choir of children if enough are interested!) The other tradition observed in this service is the candle light service. Our beeswax candles are passed out and lit during the singing of Joy to the World; then the lights are dimmed and we sing Morning Star and Silent Night. It is a great way to celebrate the eve of Christ's birth.

Christmas Day Worship and Christmas Dinner for All: We gather for worship on Christmas Day (December 25), at 10:30 am. This service is quiet and contemplative. We take time to be quiet and joyful before God. There is a short message and a longer period of reflection time. Consider making this service a part of your Christmas Tradition.

Following worship, we offer a Christmas Banquet Dinner, free of charge and open to all in the community. We cook the dinner ourselves, under the direction of the Women's Fellowship. We invite the whole community to come and help, set tables, play music, bring wrapped treats, serve the food. We try to create a feeling of a family gathering together for Christmas, rather than one group of people serving another group of people. We will all eat together and enjoy the festivities as a community. Everyone is invited, young and old, families, single folk. It is a great way to celebrate the Lord's Day! Please join us in celebration.

Mt. Morris Retreats: Every so often, we have reserved the winter retreat lodge for a church family get-away.There is usually lots of play time, some learning and worship time, and there is a private room with a bathroom each family or group.There are nine rooms, so we try to fill up the place and have a wonderful time.

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Education

Sunday School: For children in grades K-8 at 9:00 a.m from September to May. Our curriculum varies according to the age level of the students and the preferences and skills of the teacher. We select material from a variety of publishers, including Cokesbury, Augsburg Press, Zondervan and Logos.

Confirmation Class: Our class in faith development leads to the opportunity to participate in the rite of confirmation. It is open to students in eighth grade and above, and meets every Wednesday during the Sunday School year from 5pm to 6pm. A faith development class for adults may be held whenever there are several people who have not had formal Sunday School education and who would like to participate in such a class in conjunction with confirming their faith.

Vacation Bible School : Vacation Bible School is a summertime opportunity for youngsters to learn and have fun with the church community. It is held in the morning during the third week in August at the church. Last summer we invited the day care as well as community children to take part. We led the vacation Bible school as a group (all ages) with older youth and members helping as the leaders. We opened with a singing time, then had story time, snack time, craft and recreation. We ended with a closing circle of prayer. If you can help in any of these areas, or would like to help choose the curriculum and lead the Bible school, please call Pastor Amy. We usually have about 15 children.

Adult Faith Education Opportunities: In addition to the occasional availability of adult confirmation classes, opportunities for adult education arise from time to time. For example, we have had a Leadership Conference was held at Mt. Morris, a Moravian Church Retreat Center and Camp. The Day of Feasting, which we hope to offer again, also provided great learning opportunities.

Regional Workshop and Conference also take place from time to time.

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Prayer

Prayer Chain: When there are special concerns or needs for prayer, the prayer chain can be activated via telephone. Norma Bickel, the contact person, can be reached at 645-7945.

Prayer Meeting: A small group meets for prayer weekly. Contact Pastor Amy for more information about this group.

Prayer Watch: Main Street Moravian Church takes its turn in a worldwide Moravian prayer tradition called the Unity Prayer Watch. The Prayer Watch is organized so that at every hour of every day throughout the year, somewhere in the world there is at least one Moravian in prayer for the needs of the world and the church.

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Service to the Community and Sharing our Resources

Cable Ministry: Our worship services are broadcast on local cable television each Wednesday evening and Sunday Morning. (Note that the Sunday morning broadcast is of the previous Sunday's services.)

Nursing Home Ministry: Pastoral staff and lay members serve communion, lead worship and have a regular monthly meal at the Northfield Care Center, the Dilley Unit at the Northfield Hospital, and the Three Links Nursing Home.

The church participates in the Northfield community's Parish Nursing Program. As part of this ministry, beginning in June, blood pressure screenings will be held in the church library on the first Sunday of each month.

Pastor Amy serves on the Healthy Community Initiative Executive Board of Northfield and plays a leadership role when appropriate in community and ecumenical services and educational opportunities.

A Co-dependency Group
meets on Tuesdays at the church at 7:30pm.

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Special Gatherings

Ordination and Anniversary Celebrations are held from time to time.

Outdoor Worship and Potluck: Every summer, usually in August, we enjoy a service outdoors in the Washington Street Park, adjacent to the church. After the service we share a potluck.

Community Musical Services: the St. Olaf String Quartet has played for us at Advent and during Lent we have had performances by the St. Olaf Trombone Choir. If you are familiar with the quality of the musical talent at St. Olaf College, then you know what a treat these special gatherings were. We hope to have more in the future.

Ecumenical Services: Main Street Moravian Church takes part in an ecumenical Good Friday Service, an Ascension Day Service, a Community Thanksgiving Service, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service.

Day of Feasting (and Learning): Our Day of Feasting turned out to be a wonderful event. Our thanks to Rev. John Wallace of Waconia Moravian Church for the idea. Eighty people gave up a Sunday afternoon and evening and learned, ate and worshipped. They fed their minds, bodies and souls. This event included seminars on "hot topics" in the faith community, a great four course German dinner, and Moravian Ladies all dolled up and in bonnets. We hope to do this again!

Don't miss the celebrations described in the Fellowship section!

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