New Gosh is a combination of human beings who live & work, who love & suffer, who worry & hope. No two people are alike. The one thing we hold in common is our faith in Jesus Christ.
New Goshenhoppen lives as a firm foundation for the Christian faith and shall continue to serve God by sharing the light, faith, and love of Jesus Christ with all people guided by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Music & Worship
Our church has a number of opportunities to lift praises to the Lord. Sing in our Senior and Youth Choir groups. Play an instrument? Join our Brass or Bell Choirs.
Sunday services are held in the main church at 8:00 & 10:30 am.
Sunday School begins at 9:15 am with all-together time in the sanctuary. Come join us!
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Streaming Live Services (updated)
Dear Church Family,
Your pastors and lay leaders continue to monitor the developing situation with COVID-19 (the illness caused by the current strain of coronavirus). After consulting with the Montgomery County Department of Health, the pastors and consistory leaders have made the decision to suspend all in-person worship services, meetings, and activities at New Goshenhoppen Church until further notice. In addition to Sunday services, this includes Bible study, confirmation, Sunday school, all committee meetings, the quilting circle, and outside groups like Scouts and Lifelong Learning.
In lieu of in-person worship, the pastors and music staff will stream a live service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays until further notice.
You can view the service Live at 10:30 am on Sunday by clicking on the link at the top of the home page. You can also view a recording of the service by clicking on the same link after the live service is complete or by visiting the New Goshenhoppen UCC Youtube page.
You are encouraged to watch and participate. Persons are encouraged to mail their contributions to the church office rather than bringing them in, and envelopes should be sealed with an adhesive or water rather than saliva. You may also donate online via the website home page or by selecting New Goshenhoppen on the GivePlus app, which also allows for recurring payments to be set up.
The pastors will continue to be available, predominantly through phone calls, emails, and video chats. Please join Pastor Ryan for his nightly prayers on Facebook Live around 9 pm and Pastor Cydney during her weekly (virtual) Community Office Hours on most Tuesdays from 11 am-2 pm. Both can be found on the church calendar with links included within each calendared event. In some instances, pastors may not be permitted by authorities to enter medical facilities or nursing homes, depending on local and state regulations. For any questions, please reach out to Pastor Ryan Travis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Cydney Van Dyke (email@example.com).
I recognize it may seem trite to say, "Keep calm." but the reality is, doing so is the best policy. To calm any anxieties or fears, pray. Meditate on the Scriptures. Call friends and communicate the "old fashioned" way by telephone. Reach out to the pastors by phone or email. Know that God is still on the throne, and that for most people, the coronavirus will not be life-threatening.
So let us join together online and celebrate worship “together” while we are apart.
Further reminders, cancellations, and updates
The Pork and Sauerkraut Supper on Saturday April 18th
Women's Fellowship Spring Banquet
New Goshenhoppen Dinner Dance for April and May. There is already no dance during the months of June, July, and August. We hope for the Dinner Dance to return in September.
2020 Strawberry Festival
2020 Camping Program
2020 Vacation Bible School
Quiet Days (suspended until further notice)
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding with the many changes happening quickly. We know and trust that God is still at work in the midst of all this chaos to bring about good. Stay safe, wash your hands, and practice love as holy distance!
The View from the Pulpit...
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” … Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” - Matthew 4: 1-3, 10-11
Much of the origins of Lent comes from Matthew 4: 1-11 (I encourage you to read all 12 verses). We observe Lent for 40 days because that is how long Jesus was in the wilderness in preparation for his formal ministry to begin. So Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday- the day before Easter. (Note that Sundays are not included in the 40 days because every Sunday is considered a mini Easter!) And what did Jesus do for those 40 days to be prepared for his ministry to begin? Matthew tells us he prayed and fasted. Thus, we observe Lent by participating in equally penitent and faithful activities.