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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
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

 

Special offering
Emmaus Ecumenical Ministerium Fund- This fund consists of pooled resources from the Emmaus churches. Money is used to help Emmaus residents in need. It is distributed at the discretion of the treasurer of the Emmaus Ecumenical Ministerium after the need is verified. Money has been used to assist with rent, oil and electric bills, other emergency needs and covers up to 50%
of a person’s total need.

 

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

 

Monthly Message
Dear Emmaus Moravian Family and Friends:
Don’t get me wrong… I love history. History courses were among my favorite in both high school and college. I often looked at the word “History” as actually two words “His- Story”. The “His” there I have seen as God, and that history is actually the story of God and how we as humans have used and/or abused the creation, people, and all that God has given us. It is good to know our story and it is even better to know of God’s place in it.
This past year as we have worked up to the celebration of our 270th anniversary we have taken a good long look back to see where we have come from. Almost every Sunday so far this year we have enjoyed “A Moment in History” during our worship hour giving us a glimpse of things that were happening as our community of faith was being formed. At our pot-luck picnic on June 25 we watched the video of the pageant that was made 20 years ago when we celebrated our 250th. It was great fun to see our early history as it was portrayed in the pageant, and it was also interesting to see how some of us looked 20 years ago!
I do love history, but God would not want us to spend too much time looking back. Yes, we should know our story. Yes, we should know what motivated those early settlers to reach out to the Moravians and organize a church. Yes, we should know of their successes and failures and learn from both of them. But our focus should always be “What’s Next!”
There is a story in the book of Genesis of Lot and his family as they were fleeing a town that was being destroyed. God warned them not to look back, but his wife did, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. That is a fitting thought as we move beyond our celebrations. We should know where we came from, but then ask “Where is God leading us now?”
I look forward to answering that question within the Emmaus Moravian community as these next months unfold. Our mission is out in front of us so let us seek it, plan for it, support it, and ask God to bless us into it.
Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Chris

 

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday, August 6th ~ 9:30 Worship

Sunday, August 13th ~ 9:30 Worship ~ Outdoor Communion

Sunday, August 20th ~ 9:30 Worship~ Eagle Scout Project Dedication

Sunday, August 27th ~ 9:30 Worship

Sunday, September 3rd ~ 9:30 Worship ~ Outdoor Worship with Potluck to follow

Sunday, September 10th ~ 9:00 Sunday School Rally Day; 10:30 Worship

Prayer Concerns

Christine Schneider (sister of Catherine Trawinski),
Nick Heffelfinger (grandson of Alan and Gail Yeakel),
David Wisser (nephew of Matt and Linda Wisser), 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.
It is no longer hospital policy to ask the patient’s church affiliation.
Dear EMC congregation,
We would like to thank all of you for your thoughts, prayers, cards and support during our very difficult time as we mourned the loss of our beloved Husband and Father, Willard Marcks. Your support meant so much to us. We also want to thank Pastor Chris Giesler for the beautiful service and memoir and Linda Wisser for her visits at the hospital.
Fern Marcks and her daughters, Barbara and Diane
Fund Raisers and Sales

Anniversary Cookbooks will be available while supplies last!
Another publication will be printed soon!
They are $7.00 each and are available in the church office!

The Cash Card program Proceeds thru March are almost $1,000. 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 and/or cards can be purchased at the office. Profit margin average is about 5% of face value for the church. If you deal in cash, it costs you nothing. Ever if you use a credit card and get a 1-2% rebate, that $1-2 you would get turns into $5 for the church on a $ 100 purchase. Some cards for dining and department stores net the church as much as 16%. Cash cards make great gifts and they never expire!

Typically in stock: Applebee’s, 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

 

Dear Members of Emmaus Moravian Church, July 24th, 2017

As many of you know, I am attending Moravian Theological Seminary and in the process of preparing for ordained ministry. Part of this preparation includes a supervised ministry/internship experience that provides for learning in a new ministry setting. I am very excited and yet somewhat heavy-hearted to let you know that my internship will begin August 20th, 2017 at Bethany United Church of Christ in Bethlehem, where I have accepted an offer to serve as their pastor for the coming year. I am excited because this is an opportunity that will provide for people and for the current ministry needs at Bethany UCC. It will be a tremendous opportunity to learn and serve in a unique supervised ministry setting. At the same time, I am feeling the painful reality of having to transition out of ministry with Emmaus Moravian Church.

Effective August 20th and through the fall months, my position with EMC will become part-time with a primary focus on Christian Education, and I will completely transition out of my staff role here effective December 31st, 2017. Additionally, since I will be serving as pastor of another congregation, I will no longer be with EMC on Sunday mornings. Due to previously scheduled vacation time, my last Sunday morning in worship here will be August 6th.

Pastor Chris and the Joint Board are working together to determine the next steps for Emmaus ministry and the staffing arrangements that will serve the congregation’s needs. While this change is difficult, it is one more step for me in responding to God’s call to serve in ordained ministry, and it is the beginning of yet another new chapter in the life of Emmaus Moravian Church. One of the primary and high callings of the church is to equip the saints for ministry, for building up the Body of Christ… so that each member may do its part to love and serve the Lord (Ephesians 4). I am forever grateful to all the saints of Emmaus, past and present, who have helped me grow in faith and who have taught me to serve in love. I am so very pleased to share this faith with others, and to now serve in ministry in this new way. My prayers will continue for Emmaus Moravian… that her members would continue to be built up in love; and it would be truly heartening for me to know that Emmaus continues to pray for me in these next steps towards ordained ministry.

In gratitude, sincerity, and deepest Christian love,

Linda Wisser
Director of Church Growth and Development
Approved Candidate for Ordination, Moravian Church Northern Province

 

 

Community Back-to-School Shopping Event
For families in the East Penn area
Saturday, August 19th
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

We are currently collecting gently used kids clothing, shoes and sports equipment. We are also receiving donations of new backpacks, basic school supplies, and lunchboxes for our Back to School Community event. Please bring clean items to the church. Drop boxes located in the narthex and lower level Family Living Area.

If you would like to serve with us, help is needed on these dates:
Thursday, Aug. 17th set up
Friday, August 18th set up
Saturday, August 19th – Day of the event, personal shoppers, greeters, clean up.

Please call the office or email growth@emmausmoravian.org

Pot Luck Brunch and Outdoor Worship
Sunday September 3rd at 9:30 am

Join us for our annual end of the summer schedule, outdoor worship service and pot luck brunch. Main Street Band leads us in worship under the pavillion this year. Bring a dish to share! Sponsored by the EMC Life and Growth Committee.
Rally Day – Sunday School Open House Weekend
September 9th and 10th
SAVE THE DATES!

Saturday, September 9th – A Night in Nature!
An ALL AGES EVENT!
Campfire, S’mores, and a walk in the woods at EMC. Come and see the birdhouses made by our Sunday School classes and learn a little more about foliage and our feathered friends. In the beginning, God created and it is GOOD! Watch for more details on this event.

Sunday, September 10th – Sunday School Rally Day
9 am, Fellowship Hall
Morning refreshments, music, meet the teachers, presentation of 3rd Grade Bibles, and registration for a new year of learning together!

 

Upcoming News and Events at EMC

 

The EMC Book Club meets the second Monday of each month in the Comenius Room at 7 p.m. Please pick up our current book and join us for some friendly discussion.
August ~ The Last Child by John Hart
September ~ The Rent Collector, by Cameron Wright
October ~ The Reluctant Midwife, by Patricia Harman
November ~ Small Great Things, by Jodi Piccoult

The new pictorial directory will be available this coming fall. Production was delayed so we could include pictures from this past weekend’s anniversary celebration. When the completed copy is available, we will let you know.

Food Bank ~ EMC has been serving at the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank since the 80’s. There are steady volunteers that serve, but we are in need of someone new to arrange the volunteers and serve every 4th Thursday of the month at the food bank. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the office.

Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ On September 10th during the Sunday School hour
(9-10), a new class will be forming. We will be creating shawls (knitted and crocheted) for the sick and homebound members in need. The shawls will be taken by the Pastor on his visitations to members of the church. Come for study, fellowship and fulfillment. Bring your needles! Any donations of yarn appreciated. Thank you. Linda Miller and Kathy Rinker

Community and Moravian Happenings

Emmaus Heritage Festival
Sunday, September 24th
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(on the backlawn of the Emmaus Historical Society, 218 Main Street)

Join us for a fun community event featuring displays and demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and an on-site food truck. Sponsored by the Emmaus Heritage Alliance through the partnership of Emmaus Historical Society, Shelter House, Knauss Homestead, 1803 House, Emmaus Public Library, Emmaus Moravian Church, Emmaus Remembrance Garden, and the Main Street Partners. Come celebrate Emmaus Heritage with us!

 

The annual Camp Hope Avon Fundraiser is looking for volunteers from each Lehigh Valley Moravian church. The volunteer contact will put out a brochure request form and give a brochure count to the coordinator by September 25th, 2017, distribute the AVON brochures & order forms, collect order forms & payments due to the coordinator by Wednesday, November 1st, pick up orders from coordinator and distribute to participants at your church. Each church also has the option of placing orders online @ www.youravon.com/lepler. If your church is interested in participating and you would like to be the volunteer contact person, please call/text Lisa Epler at 484-223-8687 or email her @ colorsofavon@gmail.com. Please join our Facebook group @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/CampHope.Avon for year-round specials & offers. Thank You!

 

West Valley Presbyterian Church, 4251 Chestnut St Emmaus, PA 18049
On Sunday, August 13th at 6pm, we are hosting songwriter Wendell Kimbrough. Partnering with local musicians, Wendell will lead us in singing Psalms-inspired hymns and songs together. Wendell writes scripturally-rich songs with sing-able, memorable melodies. His music has been embraced by a growing number of churches, young and old, large and small, with contemporary praise bands and traditional choirs. During the evening we will also be taking up a special offering to support the work of East Penn Neighbors Helping Neighbors. We invite you to join us in worshipping the Lord together. For more information and to register for free, please visit: www.westvalleypres.org/concert

MORAVIAN HISTORY TOUR OF EUROPE
Central Travelers and the Moravian Archives are glad to announce a trip to Europe to visit Moravian sites in 2018. Moravian archivist and historian, Paul Peucker, will travel with the group to provide historical information and insights.
Stops and tours include Prague, the Kalich Rocks, Herrnhut, Berthelsdorf, Gross Hennersdorf, Niesky, Kleinwelka, Herrnhaag, Neuwied, Zeist, Comenius’s grave at Naarden, and Christiansfeld. This tour will be a unique opportunity to visit Moravian sites in four European countries. Departure date is July 4, 2018; return on July 15, 2018. If you are interested in receiving a flyer with more details, which should be available in the fall of 2017, please contact Craig Mosebach, cmosebach@rcn.com, 610.625.4576, or the Moravian Archives.