Welcome to Sunday Services!
In-person worship service at the Park @ 9 am (except for August 30th -- In-person will resume the following Sunday). Please remember that face masks and social distancing is required. Park benches are separated 6'. Alternatively you may bring your own chairs.
Live Stream worship services online @ 10:30 am. Scroll to the top of this page to access the Live Streamed Sunday Worship Link or from your smart TV launch the YouTube app and search for New Goshenhoppen UCC.
Pastor Cydney's Farewell Car Parade
As Pastor Cydney ends her 4-year ministry at New Gosh and starts a new ministry in Connecticut, join us in saying farewell with a car parade on Sunday, September 13th. Enter in the lower parking lot shortly before 1:00 p.m., where you will be directed to line up. We will drive by Pastor Cydney as she stands in front of the former caretaker’s residence. Please feel free to bring cards or gifts. They will be collected that day, or you may mail them to the Church Office.
Tentative Full Moon Campfire
The Outdoor Ministry and Land Use folks are hoping that we can gather at the Prayer/Mediation Wall for a Full Moon Campfire.
The September full moon is on Wednesday, September 2nd. Watch the Sunday bulletin for information.
There is plenty of room for social distancing in the great outdoors. Prior to the campfire, you might want to spend time enjoying the New Gosh trail. The campfire would begin around 8:00 p.m.
Goschenhoppen Meadows Fund
New Goshenhoppen is truly blessed to have had the opportunity to set up a fund to support Ministry, Mission, and Maintenance. The Meadows Fund Charter designates $30,000 from the Meadows Fund on an annual basis for Ministry, Mission, and Maintenance causes recommended by the congregation. A total of $10,000 will be applied to each category.
All members of the congregation are encouraged to consider completing and submitting a proposal for 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the church’s current position of remaining closed to public access, applications will only be available on our website (see links below) or through the office via email - please contact the office directly to receive an application.
Please contact Scott Dickson with any questions regarding the proposal application process. As with previous years, the individuals submitting proposals will remain anonymous throughout the proposal review process:
1. Proposals are due in NGUCC office by 10/23/2020. We will receive proposals leading up to Consistory’s review and approval during the October meeting. Click the link below for the appropriate application:
2. All proposals are screened by the Consistory Vice-President and the Senior Pastor to ensure sufficient information is included. Proposal authors are contacted as necessary.
3. Proposals are distributed to the appropriate committee for review and disposition:
Ministry proposals – Church and Ministry Committee
Mission proposals – Deacons’ Committee
Maintenance proposals – Grounds, Park, and/or Cemetery Committees
4. Committee recommendations are submitted to Consistory for approval at the October meeting.
5. Meadows projects approved by Consistory are uplifted at the November Congregational meeting.
Harvest Home and Health & Welfare
Harvest Home will be observed on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020. It may look different this year due to the circumstances that now surround us. The chancel will not be decorated and fresh, bright flowers will not be placed in the Soldiers’ Vases in the Narthex. But the needs of our community will never be forgotten; therefore, the Health and Welfare Committee is asking for donations of non-perishable food items (please make sure that expiration dates are still valid) that will be donated to OPEN LINK. We are also re-questing gift cards to area grocery stores. These gift cards will be distributed to anyone in need---member or non-member and will be kept safely in our church. If you are able, please use your offering envelope marked HARVEST HOME. All monetary donations from the envelope will be sent to a facility (or facilities) based upon the discretion of the Health and Welfare Committee.
PLEASE NOTE: ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2020, AFTER the park service, which will be held at 9:00 a.m., we are asking church members to drive to the FRONT OF THE CHURCH BUILDING to drop off their food donations and gift cards. Donations will be accepted at this time until 12 noon, RAIN OR SHINE. Several Health and Welfare Committee members will be there to accept your donations. We will be practicing safe social distancing guidelines. Now, more than ever, our community needs our help. The Health and Welfare Committee thanks you in advance.
~ Nonna Stankunas, on behalf of the Health and Welfare Committee
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.
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
SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 --- CANCELLED
OCTOBER 30, 2020 --- Friday
NOVEMBER 20, 2020 --- Friday
DECEMBER 31, 2020 --- Thursday, New Year’s Eve