Newsletter

November 2017

EMMAUS MORAVIAN CHURCH
146 Main Street, Emmaus, Pa. 18049
Phone 610-965-6067; Fax 610-966-5420
www.emmausmoravian.org

Office hours: Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm

The Rt. Rev. J. Christian Giesler ~ Pastor ~ rtrevchris@gmail.com
Linda Wisser ~ Dir. of Growth & Development ~ growth@emmausmoravian.org
Timothy Naisby ~ Student Pastor ~ naisbyt@moravian.edu
Melissa Heckman ~ Secretary ~ secretary@emmausmoravian.org
Martha Cox Popichak ~ Director of Music ~ popicox@rcn.com
Christopher Klump ~ Director of Brass Choir
Al Kneller ~ Sexton

 

2017 Watchword
Jesus Christ says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
Matthew 28:18

 

November Special Offering
Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank ~ EMC has been serving at the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank since the 80’s. In 2017 EMC donated over 80 bags of food and over $650.00 to help those in need! As always, we continue to collect non perishable donations for the food bank every Sunday (during Sunday School and worship).

 

Our Mission Statement: Living in Fellowship, Growing in Christ!

 

Monthly Message
Dear Friends:

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:2

I really do enjoy eating roasted turkey and I look forward to the thanksgiving feast each and every year. Truth is I love the gravy too; and to pour that over the turkey and mashed potatoes makes what was already great, heavenly. But why do we only prepare this feast once a year? Is there a law against roasting a turkey in May, or even August for that matter? Can we not invite family and friends over to the house in June and prepare some gravy to put on the mashed potatoes. What is so magic about the month of November (or October if you are Canadian), that makes it THE month to share this wonderful food?
But of course this begs the deeper question: why do we only consider counting our blessings and giving thanks for them at Thanksgiving time? There is a well-worn phrase that we shouldn’t just give thanks one day of the year, but rather we should do so each and every day of our lives. We hear that phrase a lot because it is so very true, and we need to be reminded of it.
Psalm 95 invites us into a thanksgiving life-style, a notion that thanksgiving is best shown by taking time to come into God’s presence, and to express our gratitude with songs from the heart. There is no talk of turkey, mashed potatoes or even gravy…it is being in God’s presence and making a joyful noise.
One of the ways that we express thanksgiving to someone who has done something nice for us is by writing a thank you note. But how does one do that with God? How would we address the envelope? Truth is while sending a thank you note is a great idea, the best way to say thank you to God is by returning the favor, by sharing the love, by taking care of others, by building up the kingdom of God…each and every day of our lives.
So as we begin what is often times a season filled with nostalgia and custom, let us not forget what the season is truly all about. It is about God’s gift of grace to each one of us. Let us truly give thanks by sharing it! I hope to see you in worship!

Peace in Christ, Pastor Chris

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday, November 5th ~ Daylight Saving Time ends ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~
World Mission Day with the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray (combination Main St. and Traditional Service)

Sunday, November 12th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~ Holy Communion

Sunday, November 19th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:00 Fellowship Days; 10:30 Worship ~
PA Chamber Brass; Joyful Noise Offering

Sunday, November 26th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship

Sunday, December 3rd ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~ 1st Sunday in Advent Lovefeast
(No Main St. Worship)

Prayer Concerns

Christine Schneider (sister of Catherine Trawinski),
and our homebound members
Please uphold these church members and friends in your prayers.
Contact the office whenever a visit is needed or to inform us of any situation.
Also contact us when you or a family member is hospitalized.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
On Saturday, November 4th from 9:00am-3pm we will be hosting the Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year! Most of the vendors and shoppers and non members. Now we need our members to help out! What are you doing to be involved? There are lots of ways to help~ from setting up, to greeting vendors and shoppers to selling tickets. If you can help contact the office or Lea Ann. Or, grab a friend (or 2 or 3) and come shopping and enjoy some lunch including homemade chicken corn soup or chowder!
Contact Lea Ann Buchman for details. 610.393.8935
Elvis is back in the building!
In response to popular demand, we are pleased to announce that Elvis (Jeff Krick) will once again be entertaining us in our sanctuary. Last year was a huge success with a capacity crowd. So mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 3pm. Elvis will be performing his Gospel/Christmas show for us in the sanctuary. Tickets are now available in the office or
by contacting Judy Rau. Also they will be for sale November 5th and November 19th after worship. Tickets are $10.00 per person. All proceeds will go to the Emmaus Moravian Church.

The EMC Book Club meets the second Monday of each month in the Comenius Room at 7pm. Pick up our current book and join us for some friendly discussion.
November, Small Great Things, by Jodi Piccoult
December, Winter Stroll, by Erin Hildebrand
January, A Man Called OVE, by Fredrik Backman
February, Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
March, The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

 

Did you know?

EMC is the place where many people gather for different reasons. Our church members gather on a regular basis for Bible Study, Hand Bell Choir, Sanctuary Choir, Women’s Fellowship and numerous meetings. In addition to our meetings, we provide space for community groups to gather as well. Meetings are hosted on a weekly or monthly basis for AA, NA, Girl Scouts,
Venture Crew (co-ed scouting for ages 14-21), Lehigh Valley Couturier Society, and Fibromyalgia Fellowship Group.
Thank you to the members of EMC who support our church and help us provide a place for so many in our community!
Christian Education News

Operation Christmas Child ~ A big thank you to Diane Lint and the Sunday School children who packed over 200 shoeboxes on October 22nd! The boxes will be shipped to children all over the world to spread the love of Jesus and to give to those in need.

The cost of sending each shoebox is $9.00. We are not responsible to pay for all of the shoeboxes we send, but it is highly encouraged. As of now, we have collected $1080.00 (including the Joyful noise offering). That means in order to pay for all of the shoe boxes, we need $720.00 more. Please give any donations to the sacristans during offering or send them to the church office. Thank you for your donations and supporting OCC!

Youth Group Cook Out ~ Youth of the congregation in middle and high school are invited to remain after worship on November 5 for a cook out! Weather permitting we will be out in the pavilion to share food, fun, and fellowship. We will begin right after worship and conclude at 2:00 p.m. Please let Pastor Chris know if you will be attending so that we can have enough food for everyone. We hope to see you there!

Morning Star Auditions will be held on Sunday, December 3rd after worship.
If your child (grades 3-8) would like to sing Morning Star on Christmas Eve, please have them audition (please limit this to children who have never sung Morning Star, or have only sang it 1 time). A copy of the music is available from Martha popicox@rcn.com.
Meet Martha in the balcony after the postlude is finished.

Family Night – Candle Trimming
Sunday, December 3rd 6 p.m.
Join us for a fun night of trimming beeswax candles (which are served to our Christmas Eve worshippers), and an evening with kid’s activities and our little shoppers shop. Please bring a few dollars for your child to shop for gifts. It’s a very inexpensive way for your child to pick out gifts for family members! It’s a great time for young and old alike to get together during the holiday season and enjoy this beloved church tradition! All are welcome (no experience necessary)!

 

The Annual Christmas Program will be held on Sunday December 10th (snow date Dec. 17th). Please mark your calendars! All Sunday School children are asked to participate! Rehearsal will be held on Saturday, December 16th in the morning. What a wonderful way to show our love for Christ!

News for you!

 

Offering Envelopes and Pictorial Directories are now available in the Comenius room. If you did not get your picture taken and would like a directory, a limited amount of copies are available for $5.00.

Daily Texts are now available ~ First published in 1731 in Herrnhut, Germany, The Daily Texts grew out of a spiritual renewal of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum)
that dates back to Aug. 13, 1727. Today, over 280 years after its first publication, the Daily Texts continues its promise of “a daily message from God that is new every morning.”

Paperback $10.00; Large Print $13.00; Hard Cover $15.00; Journal $16.00

Esperanza of Bethlehem, specifically their after school program which provides safe space, homework help and snacks, and/or a light supper to 40+ children 4 days a week, is again welcoming a team from Emmaus Moravian to continue our outgrowth ministry one day a month, as initiated by Linda Wisser. We will again plan to send volunteers the 4th Wednesday of the month. Because of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, our dates may have to be altered to coordinate with school schedules. Anyone can volunteer to join our team that goes to south Bethlehem, or supply nutritious snacks. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Baringer who has taken over the organizational end of this ministry. You can travel on your own, or carpool with others leaving from EMC around 3:30. Future dates will be added to the EMC calendar and announced in church on Sunday mornings. Pastors Tracy and Rhonda Robinson appreciate any help we can give as adults and older teens to provide a nurturing presence for their program.

Joyful Noise Offerings ~ This past year we started collecting a Joyful Noise Offering on a monthly basis. Typically it is the 3rd Sunday of the month. This was an easy way for our congregation to support different Moravian ministries and local ministries. Here is the list of what was collected and the offering scheduled in the future.

February- 270th Anniversary Celebration – $170.00
March- The Moravian Unity Offering- $147.97
April – 270 Anniversary Celebration-$ 343.14
May- Neighbors Helping Neighbors- $205.71
June- Neighbors Helping Neighbors – $178.00
July- Community Outreach/Backpack Money- 139.59
August- Neighbors Helping Neighbors- 296.86
September- Postage Money for Samaritan’s Purse Shoeboxes – 171.71
October 15th- Moravian Disaster Relief through the BWM – 370.71
November 19th- (to be announced)
December 10th- Moravian Open Door

Connect with EMC in various ways: Facebook, Email, Website and Newsletter. If you do not receive a monthly newsletter, contact the office to get on the list. It can be mailed or emailed to you. Always know what is happening in the life of your church!!

Christmas Help

As this newsletter is being put together it 72 degrees and sunny! It’s hard to believe, but the Christmas season is coming weather we feel it or not! Our church is an important key to Emmaus’s heritage and the Christmas season is one of those times when the community comes to experience all that EMC has to offer. Help us to “shine” this Christmas not only in our physical décor but also to show our love for our church and our love for the Lord.

Put the following dates on your calendar and join us in preparation for the season.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 9:30am ~ help needed to decorate church sanctuary, chapel, trees and outside grounds.

Saturday, Dec. 23rd, 6:00am – 1:00pm (shifts available) ~ Lovefeast Bun Making

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2:00 and 4:30 pm ~Lovefeast/candlelight services and 7pm candlelight services. Male and female servers needed.

Sunday, Dec. 24 ~ Kitchen help needed to serve covered dish dinner between 4:30 and 7pm services.

No experience is needed. Please notify Judy Rau at 610-398-6286 or the church office if you are able to help the Sacristan Corp.

 

Financial information
Emmaus Moravian Church Treasurers Report – January thru September of 2017

The third quarter of 2017 saw the successful completion of the Fellowship Hall bathrooms renovation project and our 270th Anniversary celebration. We also were able to make a $ 1,180 donation to Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

We received a $10,000 check from UGI for the lease of a small tract of Cemetery land adjacent to the garage. This check was added to the Cemetery Endowment.

Unified Giving was $1,049 less than the budgeted amount for the quarter and we are now
$4,484 under budget Year to Date (YTD). Plate was close to budget for the quarter and we are $2,412 ahead of budget YTD. Common Ministry donations were under budget for the quarter and we are $786 under budget YTD.

Total income YTD is $379,767 vs. total expenses of $ 375,326.
Our investments continue to do well. Even with budgeted distributions, at the end of August they were $42,505 higher than they were on January 1, 2017.

Respectfully submitted,
Neill J. Dekker, Treasurer

New rental policies have been put in place by the Trustees. If you are interested in renting space in the church, please know that a deposit will be required for Sexton clean up. If the area you rented is cleaned up and acceptable, the deposit will be returned. This is for all outside groups as well as church members renting the church for personal use. More info available from the office.

 

Fund Raisers

Orders for any church sales can be called into the office (610.965.6067)
or emailed to secretary@emmausmoravian.org

Anniversary Cookbook ~ Last round of cookbooks available! This is your last chance to purchase a cookbook for Christmas gifts, etc. Get them before they are gone! Available in the office ~ $7.00

Cash Card Program We carry an inventory of over $8,000 in 50 different cards for everyday shopping. I have access to hundreds more I can order for you and have them in a week. We are available every Sunday for sales or cards can be purchased in the office. Some cards for dining and department stores net the church as much as 16%. Cash cards make great gifts and never expire. Start stocking up for Holiday gifts or to use when you buy all your fixings for those holiday meals!

Typically in stock: Applebees, Arby’s, Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Cabelas, Carrabba’s, Cracker Barrel, CVS, Dominos, Dunkin Donuts, Giant, Home Depot, Itunes, JCPenney, Kohl’s, L.L. Bean, Macy’s, Olive Garden, Outback, Panera, Petsmart, Papa Johns, Starbucks, Staples, Subway, Target, TGI Friday’s, Walmart, Weis, Wawa, Wendy’s

Nutty Buddies Fall Schedule
Mark your calendar and place your orders!
Wed. Nov. 15th and
Wed. Dec. 20th (Candy available in December only)
Pickup day of sale 11am – 12:30pm

Name and phone number ______________________________________________

Salted Unsalted

Peanuts ½ lb. bag $3.00 ________________________________

Cashews ½ lb. bag $5.00 ________________________________

For additional info or to place any orders contact Judy Rau, 610-398-6286 or rau27@ptd.net

 

Sugar Cake and Lovefeast Bun Sale
All proceeds benefit the Emmaus Moravian Camp Hope Scholarship Fund.
This fund pays for ½ of the tuition to attend summer camp for EMC members
Pick up Saturday, November 11th, 2017 ~ 9am-11am

 

Name and number_______________________________________

Number of Sugar cakes @ $5.00 each ___________________________

Number of Lovefeast buns @ $6.00 per dz. ______________________

Total amount due __________________________________________

 

Emmaus Moravian Spirit Order Form
All orders must be placed and paid for by November 15th for early December delivery
Contact Vicki Mitchell at 484-951-2800 with any questions.

Name and phone number: ____________________________________________________________

Please circle size and color of your choice. Larger sizes may have extra charge.

Short sleeved T-shirt $8.00; Maroon, navy, gray, orange, blue, red, black, pink, purple
Youth small, med, large ~ Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Long sleeved T-shirt $10.00; Maroon, navy, gray, orange, red, black, pink,
purple (not available in youth); Youth small, med, large ~ Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Polo Shirt $15.00; Maroon or navy; Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Lightweight Hoodies $15.00 youth/$20.00 adult; Maroon, navy, gray, orange, black, red, pink, purple
Youth small, med, large ~ Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Zippered Sweatshirts $20.00 youth/$22.00 adult; Maroon, navy, gray, orange, black, red
Youth small, med, large ~ Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Crew Neck Sweatshirts $15.00; Maroon, navy, gray, orange, black, red, pink, purple
Youth small, med, large ~ Adult small, med, large, X large, 2xl

Also available: Moravian Seal Magnets $8.00; Apron with Moravian Star $10.00; Ceramic coffee mugs $6.00

Total amount due: ________________ (checks payable to Emmaus Moravian Church)

 

Planning Ahead…
Here is the list of Worship Services in December through January 1st! How are you going to be a part of EMC during this special time of year?!

Sunday, December 3rd ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~ 1st Sunday in Advent Lovefeast
(No Main St. Worship)

Sunday, December 10th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~
Children’s Christmas Program; Joyful Noise Offering benefitting Moravian Open Door

Sunday, December 17th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~
Christmas Program Snow date

Sunday, December 24th ~ 10:30 am Worship; 2:00 Lovefeast and Candlelight Service
4:30 Lovefeast and Candlelight Service; 7:00 Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 31st ~ 10:30 Worship; 4:30-6:00 Silent Communion