COVID-19 updates as of 3/24/20
The New Goshenhoppen Dinner Dance scheduled for Friday, March 27th is cancelled along with all other in person events that were on the church calendar throughout March 27th. We will provide updates regarding future events as we have them.
The mid-week Lenten worship on Wednesday, March 25th is also cancelled as we adjust and upgrade our technical equipment for live-streaming worship services.
The Pork and Sauerkraut Supper on Saturday April 18th is also cancelled.
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!
Streaming Live 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 through Friday, March 27. In addition to Sunday services and midweek Lenten services, this includes Bible study, confirmation, Sunday school, the junior youth sleepover, the dinner/dance, all committee meetings, the quilting circle, outside groups like Scouts and Lifelong Learning, and funeral dinners.
In lieu of in-person worship, the pastors and music staff will stream a live service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays until at least April 5.
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.
The pastors will continue to be available. In some instances, pastors may not be permitted by authorities to enter medical facilities or nursing homes, depending on local and state regulations.
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.
Lent - Reflect, Refresh, Renew, Restore
All Mid-week Lenten worship services have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We encourage you to still be with each weekly scripture passage as we continue to journey through Lent together, just not in-person.
Lenten Theme for 2020 - Restored in Christ
(March 18) Week 3 – Broken Bread Restored – John 6:48-58 Palm Schwenkfelder (SERVICE CANCELLED)
(March 25) Week 4 – Broken Promises Restored – Matthew 26:69-75 New Goshenhoppen UCC (SERVICE CANCELLED for necessary equipment upgrades)
(April 1) Week 5 – Broken Justice Restored – II Corinthians 5:20-21 Friedens UCC (SERVICE CANCELLED)
2020 Camping Program
The Outdoor Ministries Committee is planning for the 2020 season of camping and fundraising to support our campers and the camping program. Watch for the 2020 brochure for summer programs. It should be arriving around mid-February. Shayla Good will be our Summer Director for 2020.
We will be selling candy for Easter and holding our annual Pork and Sauerkraut Supper on Saturday the 18th of April. Watch for an opportunity to purchase Wendy’s Flowers gift cards in April and early May. Watch the bulletin for information about these events and other fundraising activities.
Pork and Sauerkraut Supper
April 18th- (CANCELLED)
We hope to reschedule in the future once it is again safe to be together in person. Please stay tuned for forthcoming updates.
Women’s Fellowship April Meeting
April 13th- (CANCELLED)
Due to the necessary precautions for retirement communities regarding COVID-19, the April Women’s Fellowship meeting at Frederick Living has been cancelled.
Women's Annual Spring Banquet
The Spring Banquet will be held Monday, May 4, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. so please save that date.
All women are welcome to attend. Come with your daughter(s), sister(s), and friend(s). There will be entertainment and a hot and cold buffet. Canned goods will be collected and donated to The Open Link.
Spiritual renewal, Sabbath time, Sharing faith journeys/stories
Held the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Roberts’ Room led by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference. No formal registration; however, a minimum donation of $5 is appreciated. Please join us.
Strawberry Festival Auction
Get those creative juices flowing to make a donation for the “New Item” Auction, Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 a.m. during the Strawberry Festival at New Goshenhoppen Park.
Our big event is about three months away, so start to make your hand-made items now! Gift baskets, gift certificates, and other brand new items are also accepted. All the proceeds from the auction go directly to the Sunday School Department. Please contact Bev Benner if you are able to make a contribution.
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 --- Friday
MAY 29, 2020 --- Friday
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