Friday, December 9, 2016

On the Second Sunday, Come to the Cinema

Copyright restrictions prevent us from publicizing the name of the movie we'll be showing and discussing at 
2nd Sunday Cinema on 
December 11 from 6 - 9 p.m.,
but feel free to guess the title of a recent release starring Jennifer Gardner as the mother of a critically ill child. A heart-warming, faith-first kind of movie, this little miracle of a film is appropriate for all audiences. 

Shown on the Big Screen at Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church, the movie will provide the catalyst for a faith-based discussion to follow. Refreshments (probably Christmas cookies!) will be available. Folding chairs are provided, but feel free to bring a lawn chair of your own if you'll be more comfortable.

2nd Sunday Cinema is part of the Shared Ministry Opportunities offered among the 6 Moravian congregations in Tuscarawas County. All are welcomed! Check back for more events in 2017.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Putz: A Christmas Tradition at Sharon Moravian Church

Sharon Moravian Church Putz Showings

December 9 from   7 to 9
December 10 from 7 to 9
December 11 from 2 to 4
December 16 from 7 to 9
December 17 from 7 to 9
December 18 from 2 to 4
December 22 from 7 to 9
December 23 from 7 to 9
December 26 from 7 to 9
December 29 from 7 to 9
December 30 from 7 to 9

The story of Jesus' birth is told through the music, lights and figurines of The Putz, an elaborate scene constructed to share the Good News of Christmas. A Moravian custom stretching back to the 18th century, the term "putz" comes from the German word "putzen," meaning "to decorate."
Sharon Moravian Church carries on The Putz tradition and invites you to one or several free showings of its 2016 presentations.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Advent Communion: A Holy Pause

All-Ohio Moravian
Advent Communion

Sunday Evening, November 27
Sharon Moravian Church
6:00 p.m.

Take a deep breath--a holy breath--as the Advent season begins. 
Worship God.
Find inspiration.
Enjoy the music of a combined vocal choir and the brass ensemble B5.
Spiritually prepare to welcome the living Christ at Christmas.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spiritual Splatter Adds Seasonal Painting Events

Sheila Davis has added two extra sessions to her tremendously popular "Spiritual Splatter" painting series. "Spiritual Splatter" is a charming way to exercise creativity! She says, "Come and paint with me...we'll get in the Spirit of Christmas!"

For either of these late additions to the Shared Ministry Opportunities calendar, please sign up on the "Spiritual Splatter" event page on Facebook:, or contact Pastor Chris Johnson at or 484-894-9077.

Thank God For Snow Snowman

Friday, November 25
6 - 8 p.m.
Fry's Valley Moravian Church
594 Fry's Valley Road SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Sheila says, "If you're exhausted from Black Friday shopping and need to unwind and relax, or if you just want a break from the leftovers, come out and paint with me. Session is $25 for an 11 X 14 canvas. Paint and brushes are supplied. Refreshments, too. Feel free to tweak him and make him work with your holiday decor."

Christmas Tree

Wednesday, November 30
6 - 8 p.m.
Fry's Valley Moravian Church

"Let's end the month with a Christmas Tree for your holiday decorating or gift-giving. We'll do this on an      11 X 14 canvas with sponges and brushes...very easy to create. Cost for this session is $25...refreshments and Christmas music provided. All are welcome!"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

All Creatures Great and Small

For anyone who loves fur babies, the upcoming session on Pet First Aid could be invaluable. 
Dr. Jonathan Angel, DVM, will alert you to household hazards that could put your pets at risk and help you know what to do in emergency situations. He'll teach you what should and shouldn't be kept in a pet first aid kit, how to treat basic illnesses and injuries at home, and how to know when it's time to call the vet.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fry's Valley Moravian Church 
594 Fry's Valley Road, just off OH-416 between Tuscarawas and US-36

A member of the Fry's Valley congregation, 
Dr. Jonathan serves on the staff of the Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic, and also cares for his own menagerie of farm and household critters.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Next Up in "Mondays with the Ministers". . . Faith Fit

Another Shared Ministry Opportunity is about to begin. For years, Pastor Darrell Johnson has been practicing the principles explained in Kenneth H. Cooper's book, Faith-Based Fitness: The Medical Program That Uses Spiritual Motivation to Achieve Maximum Health and Add Years to Your Life. He is eager to share his learnings!

Throughout the next 4 weeks, Pastor Darrell will offer sessions of faith-building, a little exercise, a healthy snack, and plenty of challenge and encouragement!

Monday Evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Gnadenhutten Moravian Church/
Ground Level Chapel
November 14
November 21
November 28
                                                        December 5
There is no cost to attend. Registration is helpful, but not required.To register for any Shared Ministry Opportunities, please contact Sigrid Miller, Registrar.

Call: 740-254-4232
Text: 330-663-1558
Mail:  PO Box 643, Gnadenhutten, OH 44629                             

Friday, November 11, 2016

Second Sunday Cinema

Join us for Second Sunday Cinema this coming Sunday evening, November 13, from 6-9 p.m. We will meet downstairs at Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church where we will turn our attention to The Big Screen and watch a movie together. Afterwards, we'll talk about the themes of faith and spirituality the film introduces.

Licensing restrictions prevent us from publicizing titles, but we can tell you that Sunday night's selection is from 2014 and features Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in "a heart-affecting cinematic parable about the saints among us who enable us to come alive in new ways." It is rated PG-13 and tackles mature themes.

Snacks will be available for the cost of  your donation. Folding chairs are
provided, but feel free to bring your own lawn chair or chaise lounge if it will add to your comfort.

Bring a friend or 2 or 10! Second Sunday Cinema is part of the Shared Ministry Opportunities being offered cooperatively through the Moravian Churches of Tuscarawas County. All are welcomed. For further information, please speak with your congregation's OMMC representative, or call The Rev. Christine Johnson at 484-894-9077.