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Monthly Newsletter Feb. 2014

For February 2014 Downoad the PDF version here. From Our District President A Congregation’s Witness I’m grateful for Grace. Grace Moravian Church in Westland, Michigan celebrates Black History month each February. During worship this past Sunday we prayed a liturgy acknowledging the “anguished cries” of ancestors. Below is a highly abbreviated version of it. The […]

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The Blessings of a Parking Lot

basketball1For the past three years the Freedom Moravian Church has raised funds for several different ministries by simply using the church parking lot. What do they do? The church holds their annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament which has been bringing in quite the crowd. This fundraiser filled with family fun basketball, food, carnival games, 50/50 free throw contest and a raffle drawing helps raise hundreds of dollars for local and international missions.

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Freeman

012014freemanintroBrother Arthur J. Freeman died in Nazareth, Pa., December 4, 2013, at the age of 86.

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RCC event illustrates faith in action

012014RCCintroThe Southern Province’s Regional Conferences of Churches (or RCCs) help congregations share their strengths, participate in shared ministries, build unity and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by putting our time, talents and resources together. Here’s a story of one that truly demonstrates faith in action.

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Ponderings: Sunset offers hope for an exciting tomorrow

012014ponderingsintroThere’s nothing quite like the sight of the sun on the horizon. Whether it’s greeting the day or heading home, the mix of clouds, sun and color puts a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.

As the sun sets on each day, my thoughts drift to what’s come before and what’s on the horizon. And as this new year begins, I’m glad to be closing the chapter that was 2013 and am very optimistic for the coming year.

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Polly Heckewelder: a history-making doll still making history

012014pollyintroThe Polly Heckewelder doll, the oldest continuously made American doll, is made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Made and sold by the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society since 1872, this doll carries the memory of the real Polly around the world.

“Polly” dolls tell more than the story of Polly Heckewelder. The story of the doll includes the story of its creators, the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society and how she came to be.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for Jan./Feb. 2014

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New Ministries Foundation website: A tool to help ministries you care about

The Moravian Ministries Foundation launched its new website (www.mmfa.info) in late January to offer tools and information for Moravians who want to help the ministries they care about.

The redesigned site features information about the Foundation’s services (endowment management, planned giving and campaign services), relevant articles and news, blog posts by our staff and resources for pastors and church lay leaders.

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12th Moravian Women’s Conference registration underway

012014moravianwomenintroThe 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Sandy Cove’s 220-acre retreat center is located minutes from I-95 between Philadelphia and Baltimore in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to salvation through Christ after her husband was killed on September 11. Keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Craig Atwood will guide the conference attendees to view Moravian church pioneer women and the importance of their role in the ministry of the denomination. And Mary Kategile will share her love for Moravian women in Tanzania and how we can be a part of their spiritual growth.

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 25, 2014

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 25, 2014 Keeping the commandments “If you love me, keep my commandments.” I sing these words in my head every time I read this text. For forty-three years I have sung in the choir of Central Moravian Church. As a singer, I have been privileged to learn many different anthems whose […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 18, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014 Many dwelling places In my Father’s House there are many dwelling places,” Jesus says. When you hear the words of John 14, what stands out for you? Are your anxieties eased when you hear Jesus’ assurance, “Do not let your hearts be troubled”? Do you identify with Thomas’ deep confusion, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 11, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11, 2014 The Good Shepherd Trust is a firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing. When we are born, our parents are the ones who take care of us. They feed us, clothe us, and keep us safe. They are our world, and we follow […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, May 4, 2014

Third Sunday of Easter, May 4, 2014 Walking with Jesus In today’s Gospel lesson, we read the familiar story of the two disciples walking on the road to Emmaus, talking as friends tend to do. While they were walking along, a man, whom they seemed not to know, began to walk with them. In fact, the […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, April 27, 2014

Second Sunday of Easter, April 27, 2014 Believing Thomas Thomas gets a bad rap. He will forever be immortalized as “doubting Thomas.” This just seems unfair and in a way wrong. For most people Thomas condemns himself in John 20:25. “Unless I see . . .” But if we are being honest about it, doubting is […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, April 20, 2014

The Resurrection of Our Lord, April 20, 2014 Recognizing the Lord The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! That was not what Mary Magdalene or the disciples say when they reach the tomb on the first Easter morning. In the Gospel according to John—each of the four Gospels has differing details of the resurrection—it […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 Unexpected Jesus “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But we live in cultures that place value on appearances. We want leaders who project an image of strength, sophistication, composure, and decisiveness. We don’t want someone who looks like a pushover. We have stylists that dress folks in appropriately colored “power […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, April 6, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014 Spiritually dead Lazarus unnerves us. Is he really dead? Or is he so “spiritually dead” that he stops living and curls up in a safe little tomb where nothing in this life can hurt him anymore? Is he really resurrected, or is this a story of profound spiritual healing? […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, March 30, 2014

Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 30, 2014  Living blindly  Marilyn and I sat at the meeting together as the group discussed some training for the board members and staff of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. “What if we call it diversity training or the inclusivity workshop? Anti-racism training sounds so . . . negative. And […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, March 23, 2014

Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014 Living water Jesus offers her water that will keep her from ever being thirsty again. He offers her water that will make a spring within her that will provide her with endless life/ The Samaritan woman says to him, “Where do you get that living water?” She gets […]

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New Position brings new possibilities for Board of World Mission efforts

012014bwmintroThe Board of World Mission (BWM) is making changes to strengthen its work directly with congregations—and congregations’ work directly with their mission efforts.

“The Board is announcing changes in its program of Moravian Volunteer and Disaster Response due to the recent resignation of Mark Ebert as our Director of Moravian Volunteer Resources (MVR),” says Judy Ganz, executive director of BWM.

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Weekly Moravian Message, March 16, 2014

Second Sunday in Lent, March 16, 2014 Born of Spirit Poor Nicodemus. Jesus blows his mind. I feel for him. I really do. Nicodemus is no dullard. He is kind of a big deal in the Jewish community. Educated. A prominent leader. Faithful in his religious observance. He sneaks out at night to meet with […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, March 9, 2014

First Sunday in Lent, March 9, 2014 Spiritual beings It is difficult to convince yourself that your physical and emotional needs aren’t the highest priority, when you are suffering. Yet we never begin the season of Lent without a story of Jesus willingly being led into the wilderness (or desert) alone with nothing to eat […]

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NP – York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need

012014yorkintroMany of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.

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York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need

012014yorkintroMany of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.

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2014 Northern Province Synod: Bringing Moravians together to lead for the future

012014npsynodintroEvery four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine and chart the way forward for the next four years.

This coming June, more than 250 delegates from across the Northern Province will meet in Bethlehem, Pa. to “covenant with hand and heart” about church practice, Provincial structure and ministries, budgets, health care, new programs and more.

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, will be held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.

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In Essentials, Unity: Understanding the essential things

012014essentialsintroYou may be familiar with the phrase “In Essentials Unity; In Non-Essentials Liberty; in All Things Love.” We hear this statement a lot in Moravian churches, but it is often hard for Moravians to identify just what things are essential or non-essential. Rather than being united in the essentials, as the “motto” claims, Moravians today seem to disagree over just what is “essential.”

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Weekly Moravian Message, March 2, 2014

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, March 2, 2014 Coming down the mountain One minute, Peter, James, and John were standing with the transfigured Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, hearing the voice of God. Then they looked around; it was just them and JesusÑthe non-dazzling Jesus with whom they walked every day. So down they went to […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, Feb. 23, 2014

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany February 23, 2014 The highest love When Jesus asks, “Will you receive my love to be forgiven and live eternally?” we say, “Yes!” and throw open our arms to receive him into our hearts. It’s easy to receive love and kindness, but what about meanness and hurt? How do you […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, Feb. 16, 2014

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany February 16, 2014 First . . . The verse on the cover of the bulletin bothers me. I know that it’s just a portion of Matthew 5:21, but there is one important word missing from that verse. As they are printed for today, these words from Jesus sound soothing and […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, Feb. 9, 2014

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany February 9, 2014 Preserving and healing I remember in the winter watching my father rub a thick layer of salt on the country hams and wrap them in cloth before hanging them in the smokehouse. They would hang there for months before we would take them out to be sliced. […]

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