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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. During the summer months of July and August, our worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School is at 8:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome!
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Mustard Seed Moment:
News from the Board of Elders
It has been a busy season of Lent in our congregation, and with the beginning of spring we have lots of new and exciting things coming up.
We had an opportunity to host Michael, Ceci, and Blessing Tesh from the Ray of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. While our weather was not to their liking or what they are used to, we showed them a warm welcome. We had the opportunity to hear of their work and see photos of living conditions. A need for school supplies and play equipment was noted, and our congregation filled two large suitcases with needed items for the Tesh's to take back to Kenya at the conclusion of their sabbatical.
Our Jerusalem Marketplace program on Wednesday evenings offered a variety of family-oriented activities, as well as adult study. Each evening began with a wonderful opportunity to gather for food and fellowship, followed by activities while dressed in costume if desired. There was an average attendance of 70 each evening. As usual our congregation was extremely generous with the free-will offering for supper. On Ach Wednesday the offering was given to Michael and Ceci for use at the orphanage. The final supper was a fundraiser for the New York Mission trip. All the weeks in between were combined for a total of over $500! These funds have been equally split between our own Sole Purpose program and The Circle of Friends - an after school program at Uhrichsville Moravian that has shown tremendous growth and popularity.
And then there was the Flint water project initiated by Renee Palmatier, daughter of Bev and Joe Antonelli. God had been knocking and she had hesitated to answer, but when a client at her beauty shop began taliing to her about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she heard the knocks louder. Renee presented an idea to the Elders to gather water and needed supplies for the people of Flint. We said, "Why not?", and the donations just kept coming in from church members and the community. Enough was donated to nearly fill a semi-truck donated by Reese Trucking. Renee, her brother Kris and several members and friends went to Flint to deliver the supplies to an overwhelmed Mission of Hope.
We have several things to look forward to in May. Mother's Day will be celebrated with the Church Anniversary Lovefeast and new members will be received. On May 15, we will celebrate Pentecost Holy Communion. Our graduates will be honored on May 22, and on May 29, we will hold Moravian Music Sunday. As well as our worship opportunities, we have two community projects to look forward to. May 12, we will host the 5th Chalk Walk with the Dover School elementary art department. Look for a colorful downtown area. On Saturday evening, May 7, our church will be one of the stops on Downtown Dover's 1st annual Chocolate Walk. Up to 200 people will make their way through our building on the trek through downtown to gather up chocolate goodies.
(In Just One Year)
by Pastor John
Interested in serving on the Church Anniversary Committee? Contact Pastor John by calling the church office, 330-364-8831. Come and join other members as we begin building a blessing together for 2017! We have a celebration to plan and I could use your help. Come and join us at our next gethering on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. I would like to see a better turn out. How about it!
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