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The First Moravian Church of Dover, Ohio, is one of several Moravian churches in Tuscarawas County. Our site contains a wealth of information for both our members and visitors alike. We welcome you to join us for weekly worship opportunities each Sunday from September-June at 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School for all ages is at 9:15 a.m.   Everyone is welcome!

 We hope you will take the time to search through our site and check out our ministries and activities with a personal visit.  We would love for you to experience and participate with us at a First Moravian Church service or event.  We encourage you to spend some time exploring our vision, history, and ongoing ministry.

 

 

Spring Breaks Forth in the Valley

by Pastor John

 

When Easter is early, like it was this year, I do see that as a blessing.  We get to celebrate the rebirth and resurrection of the Savior.  Anytime we can revel in the resurrection of our Savior, it is a blessing worth our time, talent, our tendency.  Easter was fabulous.  What a pleasure to share with you the joy of our resurrected Jesus.  Easter, too, announced for us Spring recurring in the Valley. 

   Spring is igniting our area with color and fragrance after a long winter.  (It seemed like a long winter.)  The daffodils have announced the coming newness.  Those pink “cure” tulips are not that far behind.  The trees are budding and the tulip trees will give their two weeks of majesty. At least that is what we hope to see.  As I grow older, I must admit I forget what and where I planted the spring tulips from Hillcrest last fall, and so I wait to remember. 

   This spring, like the flowers and ideas we planted together, we have seen goodness unfold in the life of our congregation and community. 

 

· Learning broke forth. – We ingrained good lessons in our

members as we explored the teachings of sharing the love of Jesus in mission through our Lenten experience, “4 eyes 4 Miissiion”.

· Concerts broke forth. –  We listened to and enjoyed the great

music of the Moravian Choir, Jazz Band and five other high school choirs joining the college for an incredible night of

music at Dover High School. 

· Jesus broke forth. – We celebrated with 200 people at the sunrise service at Schoenbrunn Village, or the 287 people worshiping the Lord on Easter morning at our church service.

· Youth broke forth – at the Spring Rally held at Skyview Ranch, as we embraced how the Holy Spirit blessed the 75

participants at the weekend retreat. 

· Serving broke forth - as we completed another successful year of community luncheons and sugar cake baking, raising over $20,000.00 for mission work for our neighbors near and far. 

· Spring colors break forth. -Remember how we sold and planted over 2,500 pink “cancer cure” tulips in the valley?  Look for those gems to break forth from the ground, and pray for those brothers and sisters who have cancer or are in remission.

 

   So as you continue to read our spring newsletter, I invite you to listen to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit speaks to you.  I invite you to invite one person to come and worship the Lord with our church family and grow our family.  I invite you to pray for others to return to Jesus, the author of our faith.  I invite you to embrace our mission of untangled, unrestricted and unconditional love for our neighbors near and far, as we build memories worth sharing together this spring. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

175th Church Anniversary

(In Two Years)

by Pastor John

   Our first official meeting of those interested in climbing on board the planning team will be on Tuesday morning, May 19, at 10:00.  We are having the first meeting during the day to invite our more mature members to come and join us with their ideas to begin building a blessing together for 2017!  Refreshments will be served. 

 

 

 Ohio Moravians’ Blog Spot

 

     There's a brand new place to visit online where you can find out about all things Moravian, all things cooperative, all things happening, and ALL THINGS...LOVE! Go to:

http://ohiomoravians.blogspot.com/ 

to discover what's going on in our area churches, to find occasional words of inspiration, and to strengthen our ties as Christ-followers in the Moravian tradition. Sign-up on the site to receive email notifications of blog updates so you'll always be aware of the fresh information being posted. Share the blog on social media so news of our faithful ministries travels far and wide. 

 

 

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