COVID-19 updates as of 4/14/20
The New Goshenhoppen Dinner Dance in both April and May are cancelled. As usual, there will be no dinner dances in June, July, or August. We hope to bring back this fun and social fundraiser for all ages in September.
The following events are also cancelled:
The Pork and Sauerkraut Supper on Saturday April 18th
Women's Fellowship Spring Banquet
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!
Funeral Policy in the time of COVID-19
Due to recommendations from the CDC and the Montgomery County Department of Health, the following policies now apply to all funeral services at New Goshenhoppen UCC until further notice:
If possible, we recommend cremation with a celebration of life service at a later date
If cremation is not an option, we are only able to provide graveside funeral services at this time
No more than 10 people may attend the graveside service and they must all be standing at least 6 feet apart from one another
We are unable to provide a viewing/calling hour nor a funeral luncheon/repass
Pastoral participation in funeral services being held inside of Funeral Homes are subject to individual pastoral discretion.
Any and all funeral services that happen during this time will be encourage to have a celebration of life service later, when it is safe to do so.
Local funeral homes are aware of these changes. We understand that the adjustments all of us are being asked to make, for the health and well-being of humanity as a whole, requires sacrifices- which means grief. Even more so for those who are dealing with the death of a loved one. There are many losses during this time: loss of a sense of community by the limitation of only 10 people, loss of ritual to help guide through the grieving process, loss of expectation of a robust funeral service in the sanctuary, and more. Our aim is to accompany people as best we are able through all of these changes, and to do so while centered in the grace of God which is always steady and steadfast. For further questions, please reach out to Pastor Ryan Travis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Cydney Van Dyke (email@example.com).
Live Streaming Worship Services
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.
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 at 9pm 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.
If the threat to most people is low, why are we doing this?
Certainly, some of the reports on social media and in the tabloid press have been over-the-top. The worst predictions have very little evidence to back them up and are unlikely to occur. That said, by adopting the protocols we have -- and in cooperation with the department of health -- the worst-case scenarios are much less likely to come to pass, and the likelihood that the virus threat will lift sooner increases dramatically. The health department is instituting a practice called "social distancing," that has proven to limit viral spread and expedite a pandemic's resolution. Social distancing involves the temporary suspension of public gatherings.
So let us join together online and celebrate worship “together” while we are apart.
New Goshenhoppen Dinner and Dance
Do you want to have fun and feel good while contributing to the Accessibility Fund of New Goshenhoppen? Don't dance? You can still enjoy listening to the wonderful variety of music that spans the ages. The price is only $12.00 --- this is less than you would pay just for a meal at a diner! All are welcome --- members, non-members, dancers, and non-dancers, as well as our wider extended community. The time is 7:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Please note that the price and time on New Year’s Eve will be different.
2020 Dinner and Dance Schedule
APRIL 24, 2020 --- CANCELLED
MAY 29, 2020 --- CANCELLED
JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST --- Off for the summer
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 --- Friday
OCTOBER 30, 2020 --- Friday
NOVEMBER 20, 2020 --- Friday
DECEMBER 31, 2020 --- Thursday, New Year’s Eve