Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. The date of this special day this year is February 17th. In contrast to recent practice however, the location of the service schedule will reflect a plan similar to our Sunday morning services, with one service set to take place online in the evening.
Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until next year to come together for the daytime Ash Wednesday service.
The leadership of New Goshenhoppen Church expects to take part in Lenten services with other churches in the Upper Perkiomen community as listed below, but with a plan based on the need for social distancing. Please plan to refer to the Sunday morning worship bulletin for more information. Churches involved in planning for Wednesday night Lenten services:
Friedens United Church of Christ in Sumneytown
New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ
Palm Schwenkfelder Church
Pennsburg United Church of Christ
St. John's Lutheran Church in Sumneytown
St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pennsburg
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Red Hill
Outdoor Ministry Committee
The Outdoor Ministry Committee continues to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in our community. We anticipate that there will be spring candy sales. We don’t know if a spring supper or summer programs will be possible at this time.
We will inform you through the weekly bulletin and future editions of The Steeple when and if we are able to schedule any events. We hope to schedule full moon campfires this spring
Women's Fellowship News
Baby Blankets Needed -- The Fellowship's Quilt Knotting Committee and other women of the congregation are making baby quilts and crocheted blankets that are given to babies that are baptized. The supply is running low. The blankets are approximately 42 inches by 36 inches or larger.
If you can provide a blanket, please place it in the container marked “baptism blankets” in the Fellowship Hall vestibule. The Fellowship Hall vestibule is always open.
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.