The Joint Board of New Philadelphia Moravian Church has approved a request from Imprints Cares for the use of the Fellowship Hall, kitchen (limited use), Banquet Room and Bona Vita classroom to provide space for monitoring elementary school students for online classes, from August 17, 2020 until October 23, 2020, with possible renegotiation at the conclusion of that time period.
These portions of the building will be provided from 6:15 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Imprints Cares will provide all staffing (including monitoring, cleaning, set-up, etc.). We have a Partnership Agreement that addresses issues of insurance and liability. We are consulting with Imprints Cares about the possibility for us to provide scholarships for students that we will identify.
Imprints Cares is a permitted business performing a valuable public service, allowing parents to work and facilitating the education of kids. They are doing this in a community we have committed to support and they are introducing new people to our church. We are assisting them and furthering our goals without endangering our congregation or staff. We believe God is providing us with this opportunity to serve others even in the midst of these difficult times
A word from Pastor Sam:Sunday, August 2
This Sunday, August 2nd, is the 9th Sunday after Pentecost. That’s not exactly a major festival on the church calendar! We celebrated our 174th Anniversary last Sunday and in a couple of weeks we will be celebrating the Festival of August 13th with Holy Communion and a S’moresLovefeast! But Sunday, August 2nd is part of what is called “Ordinary Time” in the church year.
That’s OK, because God seems to specialize in making the ordinary… extraordinary! God turns a tiny seed into a shrub that can take over a garden. God changes hearts and transforms lives. And on this “ordinary Sunday” we will see that Jesus not only turned a few loaves of bread and some fish into a banquet for thousands of people, he also helped his disciples discover the joy of serving others! And the amazing thing is that he can continue to work that miracle in us.
I’m an ordinary person. And my guess is that most of you would call yourselves that as well. But when we come into God’s presence in worship, and when we pray to God with “sincerity” and with open hearts and minds, God can do extraordinary things in us and through us… even on an “ordinary Sunday!”
July 26 falls on a Sunday this year. That was also the case 174 years ago. On Sunday, July 26, 1846, some people who lived 5 or so miles outside of Salem, NC, signed what they called a “Brotherly Agreement” (even though it was signed by SISTER Mary Magdalena Miller!) and officially organized the New Philadelphia Moravian congregation.
This coming Sunday, July 26, we will celebrate the “hidden treasures” that have been and continue to be part of the ministry of New Philadelphia Moravian. This Anniversary Sunday is a time to look back, look around, and look ahead to what God might have in store for us. Please join us in worship at 10:00 a.m. on our Facebook Live Stream.
We are looking forward to getting a “glimpse” of Sunday’s Gospel reading on TUESDAY NIGHT.
Here is the link for this Zoom gathering:
Tuesday night GLIMPSE Bible study
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Each week, the Scriptures for the coming Sunday’s sermon and children’s message will be offered for a glimpse and discussion with a little check-in and fellowship included.
This Sunday, July 12, we will remember the martyrdom of John Hus. His death eventually led to the birth of what we now call the Moravian Church. John Hus was committed to God’s truth and committed to the principle that all of God’s people should have the opportunity to be in communion with Jesus Christ at the Lord’s Table.
As part of our worship, we will offer two different ways to share in Holy Communion:
- The first will be as part of our 10:00 live-stream worship service. If you are planning to participate in Holy Communion please be ready with your own bread and your own cup. Feel free to use whatever type of bread and whatever kind of beverage you prefer.
- The second will be our Drive-In Holy Communion in the church parking lot. The service will begin at 12:00. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 11:30. When you arrive, go first to the portico (by the office entrance). There you will receive the communion elements and the Order of Worship. When you park, be sure to park in the parking space so that you are facing Country Club Rd. You can also back into the spaces that are on the side nearest South Fork School. Please do not park in the back row of the parking lot (near the Scout building).
Also, please make sure that there is an open space between your car and those on either side. Please do not park in spaces that are marked with an X. And remain in your cars so that we can practice the proper social distancing and keep everyone safe and healthy.
We will be physically distanced but spiritually close to Christ and to each other.