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URGENT NEED for Blood Donations

The need for blood is urgent right now!

Please contact Michael Crane to set up a time to give on June 29, if this date does not work for you, please consider giving at another time.

Michael Crane: 860-304-6907 or cranemrev@gmail.com

**Every successful donation will also receive a $5 Amazon gift card by email so be sure the Red Cross has your email address**  

Monday, June 29
2:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
New Philadelphia Moravian Church Fellowship Hall

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Dear New Philadelphia Moravian, 

As I enter into my last week with you, I have spent a lot of time reflecting on all of the joys and the challenges of the past three and a half years that I have served in ministry with you. During the next week, in worship and in the weekly newsletter, I am going to be sharing some of what I have seen, both as joys and as challenges, during my time with you. For this week, I want to focus on one of the greatest joys for me personally and the greatest asset to the ministry of this congregation as you seek to live and love and serve like Jesus. And that is the church staff. 

Prior to coming to New Philadelphia, I had only served in smaller congregations that had very limited paid staff. But New Philadelphia has been completely different. This congregation is very active and it takes many talented, gifted, and dedicated people to make it all run as smoothly as it does and to challenge the congregation to be better than you think that you can be. 

Our musicians are the best in the Moravian Church. Steve, Michael, Sandra, David, and Terri are all extraordinarily talented and are willing and able to use their gifts in a wide variety of musical styles and preferences and bring them all together in a way that allows everyone who joins us for worship to be able to lift their own hearts and spirits and voices in praise to God.  

Our administrative staff is excellent. Rachel always provides a warm welcome and a bright smile to everyone who comes into the church office. She is extraordinarily talented with making our bulletins, social media, and all of our printed material engaging and informative.  Rachel makes sure that the church has what it needs to do what God needs you to do. Rachel is not merely “among the best” she is the best.  Donna understands that the finances of the church are a ministry, not simply a matter of paying the bills, but of serving the Lord. She does her job with dedication, compassion, wisdom, and integrity. Tim knows the church facility inside and out. When something breaks, it doesn’t stay broken for long, because Tim can fix it. As with all of our staff, Tim sees his work as a calling not as simply a job. 

Our pastoral and program staff are amazing. Erin has provided consistent and loving leadership to our youth through a lot of transition during the last few years. She has been someone that our kids know they can count on. Evie is the best Christian Education Director that I have ever worked with. She has unending creativity and is able to use that to give our youngest members a solid foundation in faith. Evie serves the church with tireless dedication. And Clyde. Every church needs a “Clyde” she has boundless energy and enthusiasm. She is the best cheerleader for everything that the congregation does. Clyde has the ability to take any unusual idea that I would have and help make it a reality. (And I guess that I should mention Teddy here too so that she won’t get angry with me.)

In my three and a half years at New Philly, I have never once had a day when I didn’t want to go to the office. The people that I have been blessed to work with have brought me great joy as we have sought to help you all to live, love, and serve like Jesus. I hope that the entire congregation realizes how blessed you are to have all of them. I know that I will miss them. 

Pastor Joe

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Please help us Serve like Jesus as we help care for those in our community.
The cart will be at the portico Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
 
Donations Needed for Assisted Living Communities: 
-Adult Coloring Books
-Colored Pencils and Sharpeners
-Coffee  Mugs
-Ink Pens
-Chapstick
-Lotions 
-Hard Candies
-Pepperidge Farm Cookies
-Hershey Kisses
 
Donations Needed for Imprints Cares (Preschool and Elementary Age):
-Children’s Coloring Books
-Activity Books
-Crayons
-Colored Pencils
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Dear New Philadelphia Moravian,

This past week has been one unlike any that I ever remember. In a world that is already overwhelmed by an unprecedented global pandemic which has led to a crashing economy, now our cities are filled with both peaceful protests and destructive rioting and looting.
As I was watching the news on Monday night, it was just too much. There was too much pain and sorrow, too much grief and loss, too much anger and hatred, too much fear and doubt. It was so much that I felt I couldn’t breathe. And I don’t think that I was alone in that feeling. I don’t think that I am alone in those feelings.

 
To try to get those feelings out, to try to be able to breathe, I wrote this prayer: 

O God, we can’t breathe…

Our world is falling apart. 

O God, we can’t breathe…

        Our neighbors are dying

O God, we can’t breathe…

        We are surrounded by hate.

O God, we can’t breathe…

        We are overcome with fear.

O God, we can’t breathe…

       We are overwhelmed with guilt.

O God, we can’t breathe…

       We are weighed down with sorrow.

O God, we can’t breathe…

      We are lost and alone.

O God, help us to breathe…

     And know that you are here.

O God, help us to breathe…

     And embrace our neighbors.

O God, help us to breathe…

     And be filled with your love.

O God, help us to breathe…

      And claim your peace.

O God, help us to breathe…

     And receive your forgiveness.

O God, help us to breathe…

      And lift us with your joy.

O God, help us to breathe…

      And unite us as one.

O Lord, hear our prayer…

And help us. Save us. Deliver us. 

Amen

 

Pastor Joe Moore

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Dear New Philadelphia Moravian, 

      This Sunday is Pentecost. It marks the end of the Easter season. It was 49 days ago when we proclaimed that “The Lord is risen indeed!” We have had seven weeks to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, to claim the new and eternal life that we receive through his death and resurrection. As far as the church year goes, the end of Easter and the day of Pentecost signal that we are entering into “ordinary time.” This means that there are no big church seasons or festivals until Advent. But we know that the days in which we are living in 2020 are far from ordinary. There has been nothing ordinary about the last 49 days, or even the last 77 days since the global pandemic really began to hit home. 

      This Saturday will be the 77th day since we were required to begin worshipping from home, since we have been unable to come together, in person, as the body of Christ to live, love, and serve like Jesus. The number 77 is an interesting one. In Scripture, the number 7 and variations of it are often used to signify completeness or perfection. Think about the 7 days of creation, or the seven “I am” statements of Jesus, or how Jesus said that we are to forgive not seven times but seventy times seven times. 

      It has me wondering what kind of completion or perfection we should be looking for as we move from Easter to Pentecost and into ordinary time, into this extraordinary ordinary time. It seems to me as if God is using this time when we have been forced to learn new ways of being the church, new ways of living, loving and serving like Jesus, to bring about a new church; to show us that we need to let go of what we are used to doing and who we are used to being as the church, and to open ourselves to becoming something new, to doing things differently. 

      As we come to the 77th day of having our world, our lives, and our church turned upside down, maybe God is telling us that it is finished, that the old is complete and it is time to begin to live into the new. Maybe God is telling us that it is time for us to not keep on looking at what things used to be, and to start looking for what they are going to be. 

      It saddens me that I won’t be here with you to see what God has in store for this congregation. But I know that as long as you continue to seek to live like Jesus, to love like Jesus, and to serve like Jesus, whatever the “new” New Philadelphia will look like, whatever it will be, it will continue to be a witness for Jesus in South Fork, in Winston-Salem, and to the ends of the earth. 

Pastor Joe

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Dear New Philadelphia Moravian,

Just about three and a half years ago, I received a message from David Guthrie, as PEC President, asking to meet with me. Since I didn’t think that I was in any sort of trouble, I realized that it must be to share a call to serve a new congregation. My mind began to race through all of the congregations that were open and all of the possible calls that it could be. The next day, I walked into the meeting with David absolutely convinced that there were only 2 possible calls that it could be. One that I really wanted and one that I really didn’t want. And the one that I really didn’t want was the one that it was- the call to be Associate Pastor at New Philadelphia. 

I don’t really recall why I was so certain I didn’t want to receive the call to New Philadelphia. Maybe it was the size of the congregation, maybe it was the idea of working with a pastor who had been there for 30 years, maybe it was working with such a large staff, maybe it was what I thought that I knew about the church. Regardless of the reasons, I had received the call that I did not want to receive. And now I had to decide what to do about it.

The easy answer was to just say no and stay where I was. But I wanted to be sure that if I did say no, that I really knew what I was saying no to. So I read all of the call information, the stats and statements about how the Joint Board saw the congregation and how they saw me fitting in, I met with Worth, I met with the Joint Board. And then I went to Laurel Ridge for Sr High Camp. The timing was perfect. I needed to get away to think and to pray, to be in that community that has meant so much to me.

By the time that the week ended, after much prayer and lots of time sitting on top of the mountain surrounded by God’s masterpiece, I knew that I was ready to accept the call that I didn’t think I wanted. And that fall I began my ministry as your Associate Pastor. 

I soon learned that all of my doubts and my fears, all of the reasons that I thought I didn’t want the call were unfounded. I loved being at New Philadelphia. What I thought I knew about the church was wrong. I loved working with the rest of the staff. I loved working with Worth. And I loved being part of such a large congregation. I loved New Philadelphia Moravian. I loved all of you. 

And now the call that I didn’t want is coming to an end. With the calling of a new pastor, my service at New Philadelphia is concluding. And much like I didn’t want the call at the beginning, now that it is coming to an end, I don’t want that either. I would love to be able to continue to worship and serve with you. I am sad and disappointed and hurt that I can’t. 

Yet, as I begin to reflect upon my service among you and with you and for you, I see that perhaps God called me here for a time such as this. For we have been through a lot together over the past three and a half years. There have been dizzying heights and heartbreaking lows. We have seen our church change in ways that we never imagined and right now we are experiencing our world changing in ways that we never imagined. 

I am ready to see what God has planned next for New Philadelphia. And I am ready to see what God has planned next for me. During our last month together, I would love to hear from you. Actually I would love to be able to SEE you but with the pandemic, I don’t know if that will be possible. But I will be here. Call me, text me, email me, or come by. You can wear your mask and we can practice safe social distancing. However you would like, I am ready to listen to you, to laugh with you, to cry with you, as we say goodbye. 

Pastor Joe

 

Photo by Joe Moore/Laurel Ridge

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