Thursday, June 25, 2015

The T-Shirts Are Here!

 I've got 129 t-shirts strewn across my living room right now, but I'll have them all processed and ready to distribute in time for "Moravian Night" tonight at Trumpet in the Land. If you have ordered a shirt, plan on picking it up this evening. In fact, plan on wearing it this evening, too! (If you still owe money, you may also plan on paying it.)

Remember, EVERYONE is invited to join us on "the hill" at Trumpet in the Land for fellowship, food and music, rain or shine in the pavilion. And please consider staying for the evening's performance of Ohio's oldest outdoor drama, weather permitting.

6:00 p.m.      Gather
6:30 p.m.      Potluck Picnic
7:15 p.m.      Handbell Concert featuring The Morning Star Ringers (an offering will be recieved)
8:30 p.m.      Trumpet in the Land performance (tickets may be purchased at the box office)

The Ohio Moravian Ministries Commission is pleased to sponsor this event. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Meet the Morning Star Ringers


Before the sun comes up on Thursday morning, these beautiful young people will be piling into the Olivet Moravian Church van and beginning their summer music tour of Moravian places. The first trek of the  journey will lead The Morning Star Ringers from their homes in Winston-Salem, NC right into our company where we will welcome them at "Moravian Night." They'll treat us to a charming concert of handbell music while they're here learning about the Ohio portions of our shared Moravian story. By Friday morning, they'll have packed up their luggage and their bell cases and moved along to other Moravian adventures. 

Please come out to meet these folks Thursday evening, June 25, at the Trumpet in the Land venue. ( We'll begin to gather at 6:00 p.m. and share in a POTLUCK meal at 6:30 p.m. (Please bring something delicious to contribute!) The concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. 

We will collect an offering during the program as a way of assisting The Morning Star Ringers with their trip expenses.

Of course, everyone is invited to stay for the evening performance of Trumpet in the Land (adults, $15; children, $8).

The "Moravian Night" events will happen in the Trumpet pavilion, rain or shine. (The Trumpet performance itself is weather-dependent.)

It promises to be a wonderful evening of music, of fellowship, and of sharing our heritage! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

This Week in the World of Ohio Moravians...

TODAY, June 22

Join us from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia for Brown Bags & Big Ideas: A Possibility Exchange. We've been meeting informally for several weeks now, and folks have been reporting that it's a very positive thing. There is no particular agenda, so feel free to bring conversation topics as well as your own lunch. (The park's concession stand will be open in case you need to grab a quick bite.)

Can't find us in the park? Call or text Chris Johnson at 484-894-9077.

THURSDAY,  June 25

It's "Moravian Night" at Trumpet in the Land! Everyone is invited to come to the Trumpet Amphitheater ( beginning at 6:00 p.m. for a POTLUCK PICNIC in the pavilion at 6:30 p.m. Please bring something delicious to eat in a quantity large enough to share. (Plates and utensils and napkins and all that kind of stuff will be provided.) Then...

At 7:15 p.m. we will be treated to a lovely, charming HANDBELL concert given by The Morning Star Ringers, a youth handbell choir from Olivet Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. It will be a fun, interactive, family-friendly happening.

Finally, you will want to attend the 8:30 p.m. performance of Trumpet in the Land, the "thrilling and compassionate story of a peaceful people's influence on the war and the tragic events that encircled the founding of Ohio's first settlement, Schoenbrunn." Who were those peaceful people? The Moravian missionaries and the Native American community they worked among! The Trumpet story is an integral chapter in the Moravian story, and a timely one even as we work through current concerns of how to live together harmoniously in a multi-cultural, sometimes violent world.

Tickets for the Trumpet performance may be purchased at the box office. $15, adults/$8, children.

FRIDAY, June 26

The "I AMs" (In-between Adult Ministries) will be gathering at the home of Christin and James Fouts at 7:00 p.m. for a hotdog roast and family gathering. Everyone in the 20-30Something range is invited for food, fun, fellowship and faith! Please bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group. The "I AMs" is organized through Sharon Moravian Church. To RSVP and to learn the address of the hosts, please call the Sharon Church office (940-92205507), or send a text to Rev. Rebecca Sisley (330-340-8701). This is an event for the whole family; children are included.

FRIDAY, June 26 and Saturday, June 27

·       Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church, 2200 East High Avenue in New Philadelphia, will hold a Garage Sale. On Friday, the sale will go from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

      SATURDAY, June 27

         Dover Moravian Church and its youth-led ministry Sole Purpose invite you to the 4th Annual Kickin’ Chicken Barbecue from noon until 6 p.m. Each $8 ticket provides you with a BBQ chicken breast, apple sauce, baked beans, roll, dessert and beverage. Dine in or take-out. To pre-order tickets, contact the church at 330-364-8831. The church is located at 319 N. Walnut Street in Dover. Sole Purpose raises funds to put shoes on the feet of local kids in need. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Few Reminders....

Here are a few reminders of upcoming and ongoing events in the Ohio Moravian Church world. Scroll through previous posts or click on the label index (on the left) to find out any details you may have missed. And come back often to stay up to date. If you would like to receive notifications whenever new blog entries are posted, please sign up by using the "Follow By Email" box (also on the left).

  • Ohio Moravian T-shirts are on sale from now through June 14. You know you'd like one!

  • Every summer Monday, from noon until 1:30 p.m., we're convening "Brown Bags & Big Ideas: A Possibility Exchange" at a picnic table in Tuscora Park. Bring your lunch (or purchase one at the park's concession stand) and join us for the free-for-all conversation and great fellowship.

  • "Moravian Night at Trumpet in the Land" will take place on June 25. Join us for a potluck picnic and an informal concert by our special guests, the Morning Star Ringers Youth Handbell Choir of Olivet Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. By all means, stay to attend that evening's performance of "Trumpet." Festivities get underway at 6:00 p.m.

  • Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church (2200 East High Avenue in New Philadelphia) will hold a scrumptious Strawberry Festival next Saturday, June 13, from 4-7 p.m. Sandwiches, macaroni salad, baked beans, shortcake, strawberries and ice cream will all be available for the cost of your free will donation. 

  • Sharon Moravian Church continues to celebrate 2 centuries of ministry with many special events and opportunities, including a magnificent trombone concert on June 14, and a 200th Anniversary Chicken BBQ Extravaganza with activities and live music in addition to fabulous food on June 20.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Creature Comforts

Pastor Rebecca Sisley from Sharon Moravian Church reminds everyone of the ongoing "200 for 200" campaign in honor of the congregation's 200th year of ministry. Regarding the current collection she says, "We currently have 152 items for the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, and 10 days to raise the next 48 before the Adventure Class takes it all away. I have faith that we can do it, but we need your help! Please continue donating cat and dog food items, toys, towels, leashes, collars, bleach, laundry detergent, etc. Please help us support all of God's creatures!"

The church building is open to receive your donations Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and, of course, Sundays! The church is located at 4776 Moravian Church Rd. SE, just outside of the village of Tuscarawas. (If you're using a GPS, please type in New Philadelphia.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moravian Night Picnic & Concert at Trumpet in the Land on June 25

Fellowship! Food! Music! Come and be a part of a wonderful gathering on Thursday evening, June 25, when the Ohio Moravian Ministries Commission hosts "Moravian Night" at the Trumpet in the Land pavilion in New Philadelphia. We'll mingle, we'll share a potluck picnic meal, and we'll welcome visiting musical guests, The Morning Star Ringers Youth Handbell Choir from Olivet Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC. Then, if you'd like, stay for a performance of the outstanding historical drama that portrays a significant slice of Moravian history--Paul Green's Trumpet in the Land.