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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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Journey With Jesus!

Thursday Gathering, January 20

7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room

At this week’s Gathering (Thursday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m.) we will go on a journey through more than 2000 years of history in about 40 minutes. We’ll start with Jesus and end up with… us! And we’ll see how our personal stories and our congregation’s story are connected to His story. More importantly, we’ll think about ways that we can make sure that the story doesn’t end with… us.

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Sunday, January 16
In-person Service CANCELED
 
At the Joint Board Retreat this morning, the Boards expressed (unanimously) we should cancel our in-person service for tomorrow morning, January 16.
 
Their preference is for Pastor Sam to Live stream a short devotional on Facebook FROM HOME and not to have anyone attempt to drive to the church.
 
Kay Windsor will be sharing the Live Stream via Zoom, so if you prefer that option you can go to the newphilly.org website and click on the green square that says, “ZOOM for listeners with video.”
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IMPORTANT SUNDAY MORNING 9:30 WORSHIP SERVICE UPDATE:

Please refer to the notifications on WXII, WFMY, WGHP and WSJS on Sunday morning (January 16) for cancellation information.

If our in-person service is canceled (which it most likely will be) we will still offer a worship opportunity online through the usual Facebook Live Stream (at 9:30 a.m.). 

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This week’s Gathering will be a time for guided and focused prayer. In keeping with the emphasis on prayer and fasting, we will not have any snacks or refreshments. Pastor Gray will provide resources and several creative ways to join together in prayer. If you are not comfortable praying out loud in public – have no fear! There will be other ways that you can be part of the “prayer blitz” – something for all personality types and comfort levels!

 

Thursday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Banquet Room.

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This past Sunday, I challenged all of you to take seriously Jesus’s statement that some things can only be faced head on with prayer and fasting. I asked you to choose one mealtime this week (or any week) when, instead of eating, you would use the time to join in battling the Coronavirus and its variants by “praying this thing away,” even as we continue to act responsibly and thoughtfully. Michael Crane shared some resources with me from a website called “The Grotto.” I have summarized some of their information to offer you a sense of focus for your time of prayer and fasting this week.

 

Let’s all pray:

 

  • For the Coronavirus to stop spreading and for all of us to do our part in helping that happen.
  • For people who are infected with the Coronavirus and/or facing quarantine
  • For medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers, and all those responsible for fighting the Coronavirus.
  • For leaders responsible for making decisions about the Coronavirus.
  • For families adjusting to new ways of life.
  • For business owners and families facing financial stress.
  • For grocery store workers and delivery drivers.
  • For health and healing.
  • For peace and comfort for those who have lost loved ones.
  • For a sense of solidarity and community in facing this together.

 

Pastor Sam

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