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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.  During the summer months of July and August, and September 6 & 13, our worship service is at 9:30 a.m.  Adult Sunday School is at 8:15 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. 


Mustard Seed Moment: Be a Labor of Harvest

   “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness.  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’  Mathew 9:35 – 38

    The other day I was at the Colonial Trade Faire event and so enjoyed my time with Steve and Kim Wassem as we sold pie slices for the Schoenbrunn Village.  (Thank you again to all who helped us with that event. We were able to give 15 pies to the village.)

    Anyway, as I was walking by one of the classic vegetable gardens, I was struck once again by the “point of the three sisters”.  The Delaware would plant corn, poll beans and squash all on the same mound of soil.  Why?  You would think you would have a botanical nightmare, but instead you get a wonderful combination of harmony.  At the center of the mound, the corn is planted first and grows first – straight in stalk reaching to the sky, a garden skyscraper.  The next plant, the poll beans, wrap themselves around the corn and climb upward – reaching heights of their own.  Finally, the squash works the bottom of the mound providing thick growth.

   Why this combination of vegetables?  The corn provides the base for the beans to climb and the squash protects and shades the corn and bean roots, holds moisture and fights the weeds.  The “three sisters” work in harmony.  Each plant helps to protect the other, and yet provides for the greater harvest of the whole. 

    So it is in our church family. Some of us are more like the corn, young enough to provide the back work, the physical energy, strength to hold in place the foundation needed for projects and ministries about the congregation.  Some of us are like the beans, connected, weavers that bring the joy and lessons of life to the greater church.  Finally, others are like the squash. They hold, protect, defend and care for the people in the whole congregational family. 

    I was just wondering?  What kind of sister do you see yourself as? 

    Any congregation is only as strong, vibrant and vital as its members willing to work in the field for the harvest.  This is a good garden and we have a strong base, but we need more of our members to stand up, step in and be involved in the Harvest.

   How about you?  How can you jump in and be more involved?

   I need you to be that labor in the harvest.

                                                                       See you in worship,

                                                                   Pastor John


175th Church Anniversary

(In Two Years)

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!   

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