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Thanks for visiting First Moravian Church of Dover on the web.  We realize the internet is a great way to visit and get to know a church without actually stepping through its' doors. 

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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.



Red Colored Belden Bricks

Some days I miss those construction projects with my father.  As you know, he was a bricklayer and during my high school and college years I would work with him building walls, fireplaces, homes, and chimneys (which always made me suspicious about Jolly Old Saint Nicholas squeezing down the size of an average house flue, but I digress).  The one feature I miss about my father’s line of work and my calling or line of work centers around the one word “completion”. 

     Dad would bid on local work and if he “got the job” like building a brick fireplace in a home, he would build that brick fireplace.  It might take him one or two weeks depending on many factors that played into the project, but the bottom line, when he built the brick fireplace, his work was completed.  He could walk away from the job well done, and that brick fireplace would last for generations to come. 

     On the other hand, I work with people, and they are much more diverse and contrary than a pile of red bricks.  I am privileged to help people with their educational, emotional, physical and social needs in the context of their spiritual journey with the Lord.  People talk, move, laugh, grump, ponder, worry, wonder, get angry, and cry out, just to name a few responses.  Red bricks do not do that.  You place them in a spot in the wall and they pretty much stay there.  Bricks persist as a fixture staying in one spot. 

     Sometimes, I miss that stability in my father’s career as a bricklayer compared to mine as a pastor.  In Dad’s line of work you would build a wall, you walk away from the wall, it is standing, holding back the earth or holding up a house, and you look at the wall, your life’s moment of work and say to yourself, "Mission accomplished."  In my calling, working with people can be more exciting, inspiring, frustrating and active than your average pile of red Belden bricks.  However, with people there is always emotion, drama and attitudes, but you never really finish your good work entrusted to your care.  Grace is more of a process than a completion.

     For instance, last year was a rough year on our church family.  We lost some seventeen members over last summer’s synod choices.  We were all hurt and we were sadden.  The actions of others did take their toll on me, and I had only five years invested into these relationships.  I can only image how hard it was on you, with deeper and longer relational ties to people that have moved away from our church family.

     Yet, we have a new year and a new day.  And like a place kicker that misses a field goal attempt, we better not fret too much over the missed opportunity or we will not be ready for the next opportunity of grace coming down the line. 

     So I invite you and your good family to join the joint board leadership, the staff and me in the pleasing and meaningful ministry of grace entrusted to our care.  Love of the Lord and one another, in the end, is far more meaningful than just a pile of red colored Belden bricks.  May you and your whole family join us as we build blessings together in 2015.


Pastor John


Building Blessings Together


To celebrate Jan Hus' 600th anniversary story, this year the Elders and I are developing

 some wonderful opportunities around the theme of “Building Blessings Together”.  We

will look at the life and times of Jan Hus and all of the reformative gifts he gave to the life

of the greater Protestant church. 

Our refrains will focus on building blessings :


· A family that worships and invites others into worship

· A family that learns to listen and tell our story

· A family that shares and sends disciples into the mission field

· A family that loves to laugh and grow


Look for the variety of activities coming down the pike.  Our first event is slated for January 4, when we kick off our program theme, “Building Blessings Together”, with Epiphany Communion. 



One Hundred Seventy-five (175) Years of Love!

(In Three Years)


If you would like to be a part of the Church Anniversary Committee, please contact the church office.  In just three years, in 2017, the First Moravian Church of Dover will be 175 years old!  Can you believe that?  Neither could we.  We want to know if you would be interested in helping organize a party?  Think about it. A celebration of such an important milestone needs the participation of our members. Would  you be willing to help? Let us know soon. Give the church office a call (330-364-8831).  Currently, we have two people signed up. We will need your help. We want your ideas.  Thank you.



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