Sunday, May 8 Mom’s Favorites

Mother’s Day: We will again ask people to submit their mother’s favorite hymn or song and include them in the service.


Sunday, May 15 Moravian Music

We will ask for requests for favorite Moravian hymns, songs and anthems.


Sunday, May 22 Youth Sunday

  • 9:30 a.m. Our youth will plan the service, choose the songs and/or hymns that they want to have included, preach, etc. This service may be outside but the youth and youth leaders will make that decision.
  • 5:00 p.m. Campfire and Camp Song Jam outside.

–> Laurel Ridge Staff (Tres Fordham, Scarlett Dowdy and Michael Sawtelle will be present to talk about Laurel Ridge).

–> Brad Bennett, John Rights, Adam Goodrich, Jeremy Jones, Roman Brady and some other instrumentalists and song leaders have committed to being here to lead a camp song jam session.

–> We will invite other area youth groups to come and be part of this.


Sunday, May 29 Gospel Favorites

This is Ascension Sunday and it is also Memorial Day Weekend. It will be a great time to have a good ole’ fashioned gospel-singin’ service. People will submit their requests for gospel hymns to be included in the service.


On another note: Saturday, May 28th will be Ridgefest at Laurel Ridge. Pastor Gray will be playing with the Moravian Buns as part of the festivities that day.

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If you are spring cleaning, and are not sure what to do with your discards, please remember the New Friendship class is having their semi-annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14th from 7 am until noon.

You can bring your yard sale items to the picnic shelter after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 13th.

If you need to get rid of your items earlier, please contact Beth Byrd, or any other member of the New Friendship class to make arrangements to store the items until the sale.

Past proceeds have gone to many local missions, including Sunnyside, Laurel Ridge, the Blessing Box, and many others.


Items we do not accept:

  • Damaged or soiled upholstered furniture (sofas, chairs, etc.)
  • Damaged or soiled wood furniture (tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Damaged or soiled mattresses and box springs
  • Non-working or moldy refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners
  • Pornographic material
  • Beer/liquor logo clocks, clothing, mugs, etc.
  • Appliances stored outside the house
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Newspapers/ magazines
  • Tires and auto parts
  • Cleaning supplies and other chemicals
  • Paint
  • Any items stored where they are exposed to moisture (mold and mildew issues)
  • Any item that is damaged or broken
  • TV’s that do not work properly (must be less than 7 years old and flat-screen)
  • Console TV’s
  • Drop side cribs
  • Lawnmowers and other gasoline powered equipment
  • Organs/pianos (does not include portable electronic keyboards)
  • Large office desks (larger than 30” X 60” excluding modular styles)
  • Unframed mirrors
  • Glucose testers or similar devices
  • Potty chairs (adult and children’s)
  • Any item having bugs of any type (roaches, bedbugs, ants, lice, etc.)
  • Wet clothing
  • Carpet
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New Philadelphia Moravian Church is delighted to host Lovefeasts this year. We have options for people who are able to attend in person or folks may view through live streaming or watching the recording later.

In the spirit of love and care for one another we have outlined requirements to keep us all safe when attending the Lovefeasts that are in person and indoors.

Guidelines for Indoor/In person Lovefeasts (Registration CLOSED))

  • Registration is required and available at this link Lovefeast Registration. We encourage people to register early. Those attending in person should plan to show their COVID vaccine card, if eligible for the vaccine; or present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours, if unvaccinated or not eligible for the vaccine
  • Masks are required inside the building.
  • A nursery will be available with staff who will be masked and vaccinated.
  • Since we are limiting numbers, we respectfully ask you choose one of the three services to attend in order to open up more spots for other members and for the community.
  • Wrapped buns and disposable coffee cups will be distributed by Dieners. The baskets and coffee can be passed. People can use their own discretion to eat at the service or take it home.
  • Lit candles will be used during the service.
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.

We will celebrate with hope, peace, joy and love the birth of our Saviour in many ways during this Advent and Christmas!

The Board of Elders of New Philadelphia Moravian Church

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1. Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law. Pray for Charlie and Vicki Brent in Texas.

2. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Pray for Moravians in Peru.

3. Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Pray for Moravians in Honduras and Nicaragua.

4. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be pleasing in your sight. Pray for the Thiessens in Canada.

5. Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Pray for the work of the Unity Women’s Desk.

6. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Pray for the Harrisons with Greek InterVarsity.

7. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble. Pray for the Board of World Mission.

8. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Pray for Kevin and Charity in the Middle East.

9. But as for me and my household we will serve the Lord. Pray for the Hoffmans in HIV/AIDS Ministry.

10. Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. Pray for Moravian pastors, bishops and other church leaders.

11. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Pray for Adopt A Village in Tanzania.

12. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Pray for disaster relief volunteers.

13. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Pray for Phil and Eunice Raiford in Mexico.

14. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. Pray for the Clinica Evangelica Morava in Ahaus.

15. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Pray for the Rajpur Foster Child Project.

16. Rise up and help us; redeem us because of your unfailing love. Pray for Moravians in Labrador.

17. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Pray for seminarians and candidates for ordination.

18. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. Pray for firefighters and police officers.

19. Therefore since we have been justified through faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for short term mission teams.

20. If God is for us, who can be against us? Pray for the refugees and displaced people of Ukraine.

21. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Pray for summer camps and campers.

22. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Pray for Brian and Heather Marx with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

23. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. Pray for Annie B Missions and Star Mountain.

24. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. Pray for Alan and DeeDee Iobst in France.

25. You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Pray for Steve and Ann Marx with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

26. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Pray for the Sineaths in Campus Outreach.

27. He is good; his love endures forever. Pray for the Teshes in Kenya and Ray of Hope.

28. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. Pray for the new members of the PEC and other provincial boards.

29. Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love. Pray for Moravians in Cuba and the Armando Rusindo Foundation.

30. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! Pray for Safiatu Braima and Sierra Leone.

31. My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Pray for Michael and Brenda in Croatia.

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From Pastor Sam

Announcing an additional worship opportunity at New Philly:


Let me explain the purpose of this new opportunity mathematically (what it isn’t and what it is):


Its not division (we don’t want to split up the folks who are already connecting with the services we offer)


It’s not subtraction (nothing that is being offered now will be taken away. The 9:30 service will continue “as is” with a blend of music and styles; the Worship Team will continue to lead hymns and songs (we will not divide the choir into Chancel and Beracahgroups), Sunday School will remain at the same time, etc.).


It is addition: An 11:30 Service will be added. It will begin with a time of singing to give Sunday School folks time to arrive in the sanctuary and will include News of the Church, Scripture Readings, Prayer, a message, and opportunities for interaction and response.


It is multiplication: Having 2 “cells” that can grow will often multiply the number of people participating in worship.


So, on June 26th, July 3rd, July 10th, July 17th and July 24th we will have a 9:30 Service and an 11:30 service (with Sunday School at 10:45).


On Sunday, July 31st, there will only be a 9:30 service, followed by Sunday School and a Congregational Potluck Luncheon that will provide an opportunity for us all to be together in fellowship.


On Sunday, August 7th, we will have our “Service on the Mountain” at Laurel Ridge. Stay tuned for more details on that.


On August 14th, 21st, and 28th we will continue with the 9:30 and 11:30 services. Then we will see how well the additional opportunity is serving its purpose (addition and multiplication) and see where we go from there.

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Ready for MORE Fun & Games?

Last week’s Gathering was such a success that we’ve decided to do it again!

This Thursday (June 16) there will be indoor and outdoor games (if it rains the “outdoor” games will be in the Fellowship Hall) and then a time of visioning, planning and sharing ideas together (led by Pastor Sam).

OR, you may choose to keep on playing and enjoying fellowship with each other.

AND, we will again close with a prayer circle and maybe even sing a song.

OH, and did we mention ice cream?


Thursday, June 16

7:00    Indoor and Outdoor Games

7:30   Refreshments and Fellowship

7:35   Guided Discussion (visioning and sharing ideas) or more games!

8:00   Prayer Circle

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What do “fun and games” and “Southern Province Synod update” have in common?
Well, they will both be part of this Thursday’s Gathering!
At 7:00 p.m. there will be outdoor games and refreshments out on the lawn near the Banquet Room portico and board games inside in the lobby. Then, at 7:30 p.m., you can choose to keep on playing OR go inside and hear an update on our recent Southern Province Synod (resolutions that were passed; election results; decisions that were made, etc.).
We will conclude the evening with an outdoor prayer circle, asking God’s blessing on our congregation and our Province.
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