Worship Themes for September 2022

September 4 – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
We welcome our very own Nolan Benner to the New Goshenhoppen Pulpit. Nolan is one of our seminary students at Moravian-Lancaster Seminary.

September 11 – 911 Anniversary

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sermon: HEROES!
Scripture: Psalm 23

September 18 – Peace Pole
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sermon: Mrs. Dash Won’t Do!
Scripture: Matthew 5:13

September 25 – Christian Education
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sermon: If You Want to Shine in the Night. . .Keep in the Light
Scripture: Matthew 5:14

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Pastor’s Discipleship Class (Bible Study)

Begins on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. and then again at 7:00 p.m. in the Roberts’ Room! (Please know that both classes will be identical.)

When Jesus was asked what the greatest of all the commandments was, he quoted from the book of Deuteronomy: You all love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. Matthew 22:37-38.  In other words, the most important thing a human being does is to love God.

I have been a student of Dr. James Smith through a program at Friends University, Wichita. He has written a series of books that were tested first at his home church, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, and then refined further for publication.

Harvest Home

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, Harvest Home will be observed during our worship services. Each day, we give thanks to God for His provisions that enable our sustenance. However, it is on this Sunday that we ask members to remember those who may not be as fortunate as we are. Would you please donate non-perishable food items to be donated to OPEN LINK? Those in need may be anyone---not just church members, but ALL members of God’s earth.


If you wish, you may bring donations of food anytime before Sunday, September 18 or you may bring them when you come to worship on September 18. Please do what is convenient for you. We ask that you place your donations in the Social Room. Please mark the bags or boxes with the words, OPEN LINK or HEALTH AND WELFARE.


IN ADDITION TO NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS---- We please ask that members continue to donate any monetary funds and gift cards that can be used for the purchase of food for those in need. These gifts will remain in our church for distribution to members and even non-members. By providing monetary gifts and gift cards, families are able to purchase fresh produce and perishable items, such as meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy products.


Of a special note: Would you kindly check expiration dates on the packages and cans that you donate? Please…….only donate items that are not expired. Your cooperation is appreciated and we thank you.

The Health and Welfare Committee

Quiet Days

QUIET DAYS sponsored by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference will be held on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 in the church from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Gail Gerhard will be at the door outside the Roberts’ Room to let everyone into the church. Please bring your own morning drink, snacks, and lunch. Face masks are now optional; you may continue wearing a mask if that makes you more comfortable.
For any questions, please contact Gail Gerhard, T/N 215-679-6523.

Promotion Sunday

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 11th as Sunday School begins a new year back in the Christian Education Building! All students will report to the Sanctuary for some fun, games, and togetherness before being dismissed to their Sunday School small group. Please join us this day or any Sunday at 9:15 a.m.!

Just Peace Sunday

Sunday, September 18, 2022, is designated as Just Peace Sunday in the United Church of Christ.


The Sunday School will have its all-together time at the Peace Pole located at the entrance to the Prayer Wall at 9:15 a.m. Following the 10:30 a.m. service in the Sanctuary, the Outdoor Ministry Committee invites you to join us for a social time tailgate and brief celebration at the Peace Pole.


We have been unable to gather for this time over the past three years and hope you will join us as we bring the celebration back to the Peace Pole. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we will gather in the Social Room.


Youth News

Our Youth Groups will be busy this fall with lots of fun activities planned. We kick off the year at Community Days on September 10 with Sno-Cone making in conjunction with the Friendship Committee. This activity is from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, and we are looking for helpers.


The remainder of the fall calendar looks like this:
Sunday, September 18 - Meeting (lunch provided) AFTER LATE CHURCH
Sunday, September 25 - Mini-Golf at Freddy Hill Farms LEAVING AFTER LATE CHURCH
Sunday, October 23 - Fall Celebration and Hayride AFTER LATE CHURCH
NOVEMBER – Serve refreshments after both services
Friday, November 11 – Saturday, November 12 – Fall Lock In 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, December 3 – Sunday School Decorating Party/Afternoon Child Care – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 10 – Cookie Baking TIME TBD
Sunday, December 11 – Cookies Galore 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Sunday, December 18 – Drive Through Live Nativity 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Bake Sale Fundraiser Community Days Event

Women's Fellowship will sponsor a bake sale fundraiser during the Community Days Event on Saturday, September 10, 2022. The Community Days Event takes place on the sidewalks of Main Street in East Greenville from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Women's Fellowship is requesting donations of baked goods. Baked good suggestions
include bars; cakes; cookies; cupcakes; muffins; brownies; rice krispie treats; candy; shoofly
pie; funny cake; fudge; breads. Shoofly pie and funny cake are very popular items.


Since the baked goods are displayed outdoors on a day that may be very hot, the baked goods should have a minimum of icing and should not need refrigeration. Please place your items in disposable containers. It would also be helpful if the baked goods are labeled (for example: double chocolate cookies, peanut butter brownies, or contains nuts).


Volunteers are needed to help price items. Meet in the church kitchen at 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 9th. Volunteers are also needed to work a few hours at the bake sale tables on the day of the event. Volunteers should contact Delores Schuler at 610-395-1507 or email if you are able to help in any capacity.


Last year, we raised $245.00 from this event. We used this money to support donations to the church, to Open Link, Neighbors in Need, and other ministries.

Full Moon Campfires

Our Full Moon Campfires will gather at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, and at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at the Prayer Wall.

Bring a chair, flashlight, beverage, and your own snack.


A snack will be provided for the October campfire.

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Christian Eduction

You could be a Sunday School teacher or a substitute teacher for the Sunday School. REALLY, you could! CE welcomes anyone who would be interested in being a teacher or teacher’s aid for Sunday School classes to join our cur-rent group of volunteer teachers. There is a curriculum so no need to come up with ideas of what to teach on your own. To find out more or express your interest you can contact Bev Benner, Delores Schuler, or Donna Fried. Catch us any Sunday morning or contact the Church Office, and we will get in touch with you. Give it some prayerful thought.

Sunday school classes resume on Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Back-To-School Donations for Open Link

The Open Link, a multi-service agency serving the Upper Perkiomen Valley, provides services and programs for people of all ages to help lead healthy and productive lives. Needed are back to school supplies for children and youth. Women's Fellowship is collecting supplies for Open Link.

Place your donations either in the Fellowship Hall vestibule (which is always open) or in the container in the Social Room.
Items needed are pencils; colored pencils; markers; pencil boxes; rulers; glue sticks; highlighters; 3-ring binders; pocket folders; spiral notebooks; loose leaf 3-hole paper; sticky notes; back-packs.


Parsonage Open House - October 2nd

Pastor Dave and Mr. Paddy [Irish Setter] extend an invitation to the People of God at New Goshenhoppen and their friends to enjoy a Parsonage Open House on Sunday, October 2nd from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

On the dining room table, there will be a spread of Pastor Dave’s favorite sweets and other delectable treats: Chocolate Flan Cake, Death by Chocolate, Better Than . . ., Brown Sugar Pie, and much more. All of them will be prepared by the pastor!

You are welcome to enjoy a repast, tour the parsonage now inhabited with antiques, pictures, and gentle music.

Build Our Organ

It is said that the church organ is the heartbeat of the church. If that is true, our heart requires some mending.

The total funds needed to begin the project is $125,000.  


WE DID IT!  Thanks to your contributions, we've raised $125,000+.  Thank you to all who contributed to this project.

While we have made our goal, any additional funds received will be applied toward additional maintenance expenses.  If you'd like to contribute, you can place a donation in the offering plate, or give your gift through PayPal (scroll to top and click on Donate),