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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
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

 

Special offering
Common Ministries ~ The common ministries of the Worldwide Moravian Church include (but are not limited to) the following ministries: Moravian Open Door, Camp Hope, Ministerial Education, Board of World Mission, Moravian Music Foundation, and Provincial Archives

 

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

 

Monthly Message
Dear Emmaus Moravian Family and Friends,
The month of October is an odd month in that I often feel as if I am being pulled in two different directions. On the one hand we are still at the front end of the new programming season at the Church and all of that feels very new. On the other hand it is now the 10th month of 2017 and we are already starting to look towards wrapping up the calendar year. This makes it a good time to see what we still have yet to do to make 2017 a successful year.
So as we begin October Sunday School classes and the fall Sunday morning schedule is just getting started up and there are many things to celebrate! We have new energy and excitement as we enjoy new voices and faces in some of our classes and as we begin a new round of classroom experiences. New to the Sunday School line-up this year is a Prayer Shawl Ministry group that meets each Sunday morning in the Family Living Center. They are knitting prayer shawls to be delivered to members and their families who are experiencing illness or crises as a reminder that we as a congregation care for them and surround them with our prayers. And as always we have a Sunday School classes for ages 2 through 102. This is a wonderful way to expand your learning and know more about the Bible that guides us through our lives. Please consider joining a class if you don’t already have one. This is a time of new beginnings.
October also brings with it cooler air, possibly our first snow, and the chance to reflect on the year that is rapidly coming to a close. We have done so very much in this past year that is worthy of praise and thanksgiving. We celebrated our 270th anniversary, completed the renovations of our bathrooms (that were very old), put up a new picnic pavilion, established a new picnic grove in the woods off of our parking lot, and purchased a new heavy duty mixer for the kitchen as well as a new coffee maker. Most of this was paid for by folks giving over and above their normal tithes and offerings. And a good bit was done with volunteer labor as well. This is remarkable! So a big thank you goes out to all of you who helped make it possible.
We are also mindful of the fact that as of the end of August we are just over $8,000 behind on what had been our budgeted income for Unified Giving, and about $900 behind our goal for the Common Ministry effort. While not nearly as exciting, these are the funds needed for us to pay for the day-to-day ministry of our congregation like the utilities, building maintenance, salaries, and partnership with the wider Moravian Church. I would ask each member to consider if they can help us to achieve our goals for the year. We set some achievable goals at the beginning of the year, let’s be sure to achieve them. We can with your help.
I continue to look forward to what God has in store for us in the next few months and the coming year.
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Chris

Message from our new Student Pastor
Hello, Emmaus Moravian Church!
My name is Timothy Naisby. I have just started my second year at the Moravian Theological Seminary, and I am looking forward to spending the next two years in worship and community with you all. Much of my past work in the Moravian Church has been mission based, and last year I had the amazing opportunity to serve by carrying educational supplies and books, to The International Kindergarten in Nepal. There I was blessed to teach the extremely bright children, at the new Shristi Academy for 1st graders, which has greatly increased its student body since that time. I also had the privilege to build a playground for the school, and watch the children enjoy the tire-swing, climbing net and sliding board. Most importantly, I was able to experience community and worship with our Nepali Moravian sisters and brothers. I have felt extremely blessed to work for both the Women’s Shelter at Central Moravian Church, as well as the Central Food pantry, where we receive shipments from The Second Harvest Food Bank. I have been very fortunate with the providence of opportunities to help give back the love I have so freely and graciously received. Much of my time and passion is spent attempting to help others to rekindle the sense of redeeming faith we find in Jesus Christ, that many have lost through unfortunate addictions to drugs and alcohol.
I graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in 3-D Design, with an emphasis in Studio Art and metal sculpture. I currently work with mostly copper and brass, creating images familiar to the Moravian community, such as stars, candles, and the Moravian seal. Even more recently, I have begun a series of carvings that represent the various ministries of Jesus Christ, as well as depictions of times when even Christ our Lord and Savior, asked for strength from the Father. I believe Jesus was in just as much need of Love as all of us, and provides us with that perfect example of surrendering our wills and our lives to God.

Peace and Blessings,
Timothy Naisby

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday, October 1st ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 9:15 Main St. Worship with Holy Communion;
10:30 Traditional Worship with Holy Communion

Sunday, October 8th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship

Sunday, October 15th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:00 – 10:25 Fellowship Days; 10:30 Worship ~
Dr. Nola Reed Knouse will speak about the Moravian Music Foundation; Sunday School Choir to sing;
Joyful Noise Offering benefitting Board of World Mission Moravian Diaster Relief

Sunday, October 22nd ~ 9:00 Sunday School ~ Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing;
10:30 Worship ~ Rev. Bruce Weaknecht leading worship

Sunday, October 29th ~ 9:00 Sunday School; 10:30 Worship ~ Dedication of Memorials

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)

 

Prayer Concerns

Janet and Ken Feldman, 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.
Dear EMC family,
Thank you for your prayers. Many have been praying for our nephew, David and for the whole family, and we are grateful. The months following David’s accident that resulted in his loss of vision have been difficult. Your prayers have helped to sustain the family throughout the initial shock of the accident, through multiple surgeries, and through months of recovery. The strength and support of continuous prayer that held this family was in itself miraculous. But just before Labor Day weekend, our nephew began to see light and shadow in one of his eyes, and recovery of some vision soon followed. God has gifted our bodies with amazing healing capacity. God has gifted our world with amazing healthcare providers. God has gifted the church with amazing faith shared through the power of prayer. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! In gratitude, Linda Wisser

Upcoming Events

Annual Spaghetti Dinner ~ Saturday, October 14th ~
Enjoy good food and fellowship while supporting the church. Mark Iobst and his crew are excited to cook for you! Arrive anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 to be served a delicious meal. Adults $7.00; Children $5.00; children under 5 free!
Fall Rummage Sale
It is once again time to clean out your closets, garages, basements, and/or attics.
We will have our fall rummage sale on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8am to 12pm
Delivery dates/times- Wednesday, Oct. 25, 12 to 6pm
Thursday, Oct 26, 12 to 6pm
Friday, Oct. 27, 12 to 5 pm
No Saturday deliveries
The following items will NOT be accepted: TV’s, computers or screens, electronic devices, stuffed furniture, mattresses, clothing, shoes

Thank you to everyone who donated their treasurers to help support our spring sale. Our profit was over $1600. So keep collecting your unwanted treasures and bring them in! The volunteers do a great job and we have a lot fun doing it, so come join us. For more info on the sale or to volunteer to give us a hand, please contact Judy Rau, 610-398-6286 or the church office.

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
Saturday, November 4th ~ Get your holiday shopping done early! Invite your family and friends to the craft fair! Support the church by eating lunch and support the vendors by purchasing products and crafts. Help is always welcome. Contact Lea Ann Buchman for details. 610.393.8935 (flyer attached ~ color copies available upon request)

More Upcoming Events

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. Tickets are $10.00 per person. All proceeds will go to the Emmaus Moravian Church. Thank you for all your support.

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.
October, The Reluctant Midwife, by Patricia Harman
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

Fund Raisers

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

Nutty Buddies Fall Schedule
Mark these dates on your calendars and place your orders.
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 (Thanksgiving orders),
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017 (Christmas orders/nuts and candy can be ordered)

Pickup of orders will be the day of the sale from 11am to 12:30pm.
After that time, orders and extras will be available in the office.

For additional info or to place any orders contact Judy Rau, 610-398-6286 or rau27@ptd.net.
Orders can be called into the office or emailed as well.

 

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 __________________________________________
Christian Education News

Operation Christmas Child ~ Sunday, Oct. 22nd during Sunday School ~ Shoebox packing day! Emmaus Moravian’s packing day for Operation Christmas Child 2017 is fast approaching! Thanks to those of you who have been placing donations in the box located outside the chapel! www.samaritanspurse.org is a wonderful website filled with suggestions for packing shoeboxes. Go to the website, click on Operation Christmas Child, click on Packing Your Shoebox, and click on What to Pack in My Shoebox. Type in an age and get suggestions. You can explore the site, be inspired by the stories and see the pictures of children receiving their gifts.

If you don’t have computer access, suggestions for shoeboxes are listed here. Shoeboxes should be filled with a WOW item – a medium to large item visible as soon as the child opens the box – an appropriate doll/toy/stuffed animal, a soccer ball with a manual pump, a musical instrument. Other items good to pack in shoeboxes: comb, hairbrush, hair accessories, brightly colored band-aids, soap and washcloth, toothbrush, plastic utensils/bowl/cup/plate, blanket, underwear, socks, shoes, flip flops, an outfit, a pillowcase dress, hat/scarf/mittens, tote bag/purse, age appropriate school supplies, age appropriate toys. The older girls/boys still appreciate toys, but are getting career ready so things such as simple tools (hammer and nails, screwdrivers, wrenches), fishing line and hooks, and sewing kits for girls are great ideas. Also needed, cardboard or plastic shoeboxes. New this year – no candy or toothpaste due to the health and safety of the children. Sometimes shoeboxes wait to be delivered for months and food items and toothpaste can expire.

Any knitters who would like to knit washcloths/hats/scarves/mittens or sewers who would like to sew simple dresses/skirts/shorts, your efforts would be greatly appreciated.
Fee increase ~ A fee is collected to help collect, process, include the gospel book, and transport the shoeboxes around the world, the suggested shipping fee donation has increased to $9 per box.
Any questions can be directed to Diane Lint at lintd@ptd.net or (610) 965-7063. Thank you so much for your gracious donations!

Senior Care Ministry
Are you ready to put your faith into action as Christ Expects us to do? Our Senior Care Ministry has the answer for you. We are now expanding our ministry to include an encouragement and fellowship circle to approximately 20 senior residents of the Village Senior Living facility in Macungie. These residents have no family and very few visitors throughout the year. I’m seeking fellow church members who would be willing to pick up their phone and make at least one phone call per month to 1 or 2 residents. Or maybe you could send a birthday card or encouraging note. The ministry would supply the cards and stamps. I, as director, would complete the circle by visiting each of these residents throughout the year.
So why not join us in stepping out in our faith journey. You don’t even have to leave home! Please contact me at 610-965-1879 if you are interested. Kate Dekker

Prayer Shawl Ministry
A new class began this September during the Sunday School hour! 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

News for you!

The new pictorial directory will be available this coming fall. Production was delayed so we could include pictures from the anniversary celebration. Copies should arrive in October and will be available to families that are pictured in the directory. If you are not pictured in the directory and would like a copy, please contact the office.

Food Bank ~ EMC has been serving at the Allentown Ecumenical Food Bank since the 80’s. In 2017 EMC has 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). Thank you!

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
November 19th- Youth Group Decision
December 10th- Moravian Open Door

Helpers Needed ~ It’s hard to believe, but the Christmas season is just around the corner and we need your help! 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.
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.

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!!

Community and Moravian Happenings

Come to the Camp Hope Fall Festival

Saturday, October 21 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.

at Hope Conference & Renewal Center
15 Ridgeway Ave., Hope NJ

Featuring: Fabulous Fall Fare, Harry’s Hayrides, games,
Light Up the Night Bonfire, pumpkins, apples, leaf crafts
Tickets: $15 per person (age 12 and older); $5 per person under age 12
Advance Reservations suggested: 908-459-4435 or hopecenter@camphope.org

 

Stand Up Bethlehem
EMC would like to send volunteers to help serve those in need.
Saturday, October 14th 10:00 am-1:00pm
Christ Church UCC 75 East Market Street Bethlehem
*Veterans Services Available *Free Health Checks *Free Haircuts
* Free Hot Food * Free Clothing and Personal Items
If you would like to learn more about this ministry and how to help serve, please call the church office. Donations accepted.
Open House Moravian Music Foundation
at the Moravian Archives (MMF Bethlehem Office)
41 W. Locust St., Bethlehem, PA October 15th, 2017; Sunday, 2:00 — 5:00 p.m. Special display of archival manuscripts of music. Presentations by Director, Nola R. Knouse Music by the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir and Two-Part Invention (flute and guitar duo). Refreshments. Free and open to the public!

Greetings Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Save the date of Oct. 31 for a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and put it in the context of reformations in our church, past and present. “Reformations Yesterday and Tomorrow”: Craig Atwood (Moravian), Kelly Denton-Borhaug (Lutheran), Brian Pavlac (Episcopal) will be the speakers, with Steven Simmons (Presbyterian) as the moderator. Bishop Sean Rowe (Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem), Bishop Sam Zeiser (Bishop of the Northeast Pennsylvania ELCA), and Rev. David Bennett (Eastern District President, Moravian Church Northern Province) will be present as event hosts and we will enjoy a Full-Communion celebration of Eucharist. All this and lunch for a free will offering, on Tuesday, October 31, at Moravian Theological Seminary, 9:00 AM -1:30 PM.
Rev. David E. Bennett
President
Moravian Church, Eastern District