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“Be still my soul: the Lord is on your side.

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

leave to your God to order and provide;

in every change God faithful will remain.

Be still my soul: your best your heav’nly friend

through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 

For over 172 years of ministry and service, the Lord has been on our side at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. God has been faithful to us through many changes. As a congregation we are facing another change with the retirement of Rev. Dr. Worth Green after 30 years of faithful and fruitful ministry. While it is hard to imagine what our congregation will be like without his leadership and presence, God will provide us with all that we need to continue the good work He has begun among us. 

As we enter into this season of transition, the Joint Board has decided to bring in a transitional pastor to help our congregation as we prepare for the future of our ministry as New Philadelphia Moravian Church. We plan to have our transitional pastor in place after Worth’s last Sunday and anticipate this work to last about a year.

Though change can bring uncertainty, let us maintain our unshakable hope and confidence in our God and in each other. God will guide our future as he has our past.

 

“Be still my soul: your God will undertake to guide the future as in ages past.

 Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

all now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still my soul: the waves and winds still know

the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.”

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Rain or Shine!

Join us for some fun, Friday, October 26 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Food Trucks – Trunk or Treat – Fun and Games

If it’s raining, we’ll simply be inside the church – come in the back way behind the church near the picnic/playground area.

#newphillypreschool #fallfestival #jointhefun #foodtrucks #trunkortreat #funandgames 

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Congregational Council

On Sunday, October 21 at 5 p.m. we gather in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Congregational Council meeting. 

Nominees for board members are… 

Elders: Dan Franklin, Denise Hunt, Franklin Nifong,  Grace Shutt, Lisa Sutcliffe;

Trustees: Bill Byrd, Constance Linville, Tina McSwain, David Stanfield, Miranda Vaden, Earl Wall, Becky Ward;

Council Secretary: OPEN.


The Votes are In:

Elected to the Board of Elders: Grace Shutt, Franklin Nifong, Jack Shore

Elected to the Board of Trustees: Bill Byrd, Constance Linville, Earl Wall, Becky Ward

2019 Council Secretary: Emily McNeill

Thank you to those whose service is ending this year – your time and talent as a board member was greatly appreciated: Judy Cline, Mitzi Dease, Joe Jarvis, Beth Byrd, Mike Johnson, Tim Ward, Paul Williams

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On Thursday, November 8, the Funtastics will drive through the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chateau Morrisette Winery. The trip up will enable us to view the Fall colors in their peak.

After we tour the winery, there will be time to purchase wine, visit the tasting or just browse around the gift and wine shop. The tasting is optional and there is a $10 fee. We will have lunch in the winery’s restaurant. The bus will leave the church at 9 a.m.

Register your attendance with the Church office by November 5.

 

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We’re Glad You’re Here!

We welcome Tim Reynolds as our new Facility Manager at New Philadelphia!

Tim started work Monday, October 1 and is eager to help all church members with their facility needs.

You may reach Tim by email: tim@newphilly.org or phone 336-765-2331 ext. 313.

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The Book of Acts Bible Study

You’re invited (men and women) to a Bible Study on October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and November 5 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m., your choice; the study will be held in the banquet room (morning session) and in the conference room (evening session).

We will be studying the first seven chapters in the book of Acts. Mary Ruth McRae and I are so excited to bring this study to you. As part of this study, we will see our resurrected Jesus with His disciples giving them their last instructions, study the birth and growth of the early church and learn who was named to replace Judas. We will also be studying the Holy Spirit coming at Pentecost.

We hope to see you in October, you only need to bring your bible. If you have questions just give me a call – Grace Shutt – 336-408-4969

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Resolution 14:

As we strive to live like Jesus, love like Jesus, and serve like Jesus, the Joint Board of New Philadelphia Moravian continues to uphold our mission statement: New Philadelphia seeks to be a caring congregation, worshiping God, and encouraging one another to seek a closer relationship with Jesus Christ, as we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit in Service and in Mission.

Resolution 14 of the 2018 Southern Province Synod has been the subject of much discussion in the recent months. Resolution 14 allows (not requires) for a same gender wedding to be performed in Moravian churches or officiated by Moravian pastors. It also allows for the PEC to ordain homosexual pastors who are either married or celibate.

There is some debate about Resolution 14, as approved by the 2018 Synod, being non-compliant with the Church Order of the Unitas Fratrum (the governing document of the worldwide Moravian Church). As things stand right now, the action of the Synod is valid. As a member of the Moravian Church Southern Province, our congregation falls under the authority of the Provincial Synod.

The Joint Board has discussed Resolution 14 and has agreed that it is the responsibility of the Board of Elders to determine who is married in our church (or by our pastors), who is received into the membership of the congregation, and who can participate in the rites and sacraments of the church. We will prayerfully consider each request for membership or admission to the rites and sacraments (including marriage ceremonies) as they are made by the individuals who make them. The Board of Elders is also responsible for determining the purposes for which our church buildings and properties may be used. This responsibility was affirmed by Synod.

The calling of a new pastor is a function of the Joint Board working with the Provincial Elders’ Conference. As part of this process, the members of the Joint Board will have the opportunity to share their opinions about calling a pastor who is a homosexual.

People can and do disagree about the scriptural interpretation and understanding of homosexuality; disagreement doesn’t have to cause division- division only happens when we feel that what we disagree about is more important than what we agree about. We agree about the essentials; we strive to have unity in the essentials, liberty in the non-essentials, and love in all things.

As a Joint Board we would like to communicate what we are focused on going forward, and what binds us together. Please prayerfully consider the following words, and help us all focus on the things we do agree about and our continued work in Christ’s name.

Unity:

 In Paul’s letter to the Romans he says ‘May the God who gives you endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’.

Our uniting principal as a congregation is the desire to glorify the Father and the Son. Home is New Philadelphia Moravian Church. We the congregation are New Philadelphia Moravian Church.

When we come for Sunday worship we know we are home; when we greet each other with the welcoming grace of Christ we know we are home; when we share tears of sadness and joy together we know we are home; and when we glorify God together through our missions and community outreach we know we are home. Through trials and tribulations, joy and grief, loss and celebration of new life, remembrances of generations that came before us, and the hope and anticipation of the generations to come, we all know in our hearts that this is home.

 

Going Forward:

We have a unique opportunity to chart our own course for decades to come. The Joint Board is very excited about opportunities we have as a congregation and church to shine in the eyes of God and build on the great legacy and tradition of New Philadelphia Moravian Church.

This is our focus going forward, and we ask you to join with us in these endeavors:

  • Source, consider, and hire an outstanding Intentional Interim Pastor who is trained in helping congregations like ours transition from one great Senior Pastor to another. No one will ever fill the shoes of Worth Green. But we have an opportunity to take time to understand who we are as a congregation, where we would like to go in the future, and have a trained professional guide us through a process so WE can define the type of Senior Pastor that will take this Church and our faith ‘onward and upward’ for decades to come.
  • The Joint Board is focused on building ‘Generation Next’ at New Philadelphia Moravian. While continuing to care for the current congregation, we know our viability as a church and ability to continue glorifying God rests solely on our ability to bring the next generation of Moravians to New Philadelphia. Those who have gone before us worked hard to allow our families to worship at New Philadelphia, and it’s time for us to do the same for the next generation.
  • One of the consistent hallmarks of healthy and sustaining churches is a vibrant and growing Youth Program. The Joint Board considers our investment of time, money, and talents in growing our Youth Program to be a top priority. You will see more specifics about this in coming months.

In Closing:

In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, and in all things Love

Read that to yourself multiple times. We have a motto that should appeal to all walks of life, young and old, believers and those who are seeking their faith, and most importantly it fosters a unique atmosphere of faith and family that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. It’s time to move forward as a united congregation and focus on growing this church, glorifying God the Father, and continuing to build an atmosphere of faith and family that will be the gold standard of the Moravian Church for decades to come. We need you, and most importantly we all need each other.

‘I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’   – John 17:23

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Please join us for a 

Free Christian Illusionist Show & Hot Dog Dinner

Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 5 P.M. – 8 P.M.
 

David Reed-Brown is a professional speaker and entertainer who gives people hope through the art of magic. He has been ordained clergy for twenty years and is an interfaith chaplain. He tells wonder-filled stories from life that enlighten, teach and celebrate what it means to be human; overcome challenges; be our truest selves; challenge assumptions, and nurture gratitude, diverse friendships and acts of compassion.

 

RSVP Here!

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