Author Archives: Renee Schoeller

London Moravian Church to mark 125th anniversary

The London Moravian Church congregation will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The church, located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin between the communities of Cambridge and Lake Mills, was established on October 6, 1889. All former Moravian pastors and spouses who have provided ministry leadership at London have been invited to join the […]

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Lancaster Moravian— selling the church to enhance its ministry

In many cases, we don’t pull out of the driveway until we have seen the exact route on our GPS, know what turns to make when and know exactly what time we will arrive at our destination. The very thought of launching off into the largely unknown seems a little nutty these days; yet, believe […]

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Investing Where We Believe: $100 million for more ministry

The Moravian Ministries Foundation is a unique interprovincial ministry of the Church. We do not train or educate pastors. We do not serve the poor or the elderly. We do not write, compose or perform music. We do not minister to people in far away lands. We do not lead worship. We do not evangelize […]

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Guidebook charts steps of Lehigh Valley Moravians

The rich cultural history of Moravians in the Lehigh Valley has never appeared more fresh or more entertaining than in the new Moravian Walking Tour and Guidebook: The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, published by the Moravian Historical Society. This Guidebook will surprise every reader, even those who are students of Moravian history. It contains more than […]

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First annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: a day of covenanting and prayer for children

In many Moravian churches, one Sunday in October is chosen to recognize and pray for children. The Southern Province got a head start this year by celebrating the first annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: A Day of Covenanting and Prayer for Children on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bethabara Moravian Church. It was a wonderful […]

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A Conquering Lamb for little hands to hold

The Lamb is a favored symbol of the Moravian Church. He can be found on the wide variety of logos and images that depict the Unitas Fratrum in every corner of the globe. And he is central to our seal and motto — Our Lamb Has Conquered. Let Us Follow Him. Now, thanks to the […]

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Basking in the SON: An adventure to the Moravian Church in Cuba

This summer, a group of eight youth and young adults, ages 16 to 28, journeyed to Cuba to work with the newly emerging Moravian churches in one of the Unity’s newest mission areas. In responding to Christ’s call to serve on the Cuba Mission Team, these youth and young adults, and two adult leaders, utilized […]

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Camp from Wisconsin to Nicaragua… and back

In July 2014, a group of three campers from Chetek, the Moravian Church Camp in Wisconsin for students in 9th grade thru age 21, and two leaders traveled to Nicaragua to spend 10 days building relationships with the youth of the church there. The team traveled after an invitation came from First Moravian Church in […]

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Old Moravian Tradition + 21st-Century Technology = a very effective ministry!

Moravian wind players have accompanied singing at Moravian funerals since at least 1731 in Herrnhut. Over these 283 years, band members have been called to service by many different means of communication. The community in Herrnhut was small enough for word-of-mouth notifications — everyone knew who had been called to the more immediate presence of […]

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Faith Gifts help make more ministry possible

At the Northern Province Synod in June, many great ideas were put forth to enhance and improve the church’s mission and ministry. The Synod considered (and in many cases approved) these dreams for the future, recognizing that a body with no dreams is a dying body. But most of these dreams and ideas will require […]

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Bethlehem welcomes Moravian scholars and musicians for conference

Scholars, musicians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in downtown Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of topics related to Moravian history and music at the fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music scheduled for October 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. The conference theme […]

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Surgical Care in Sikonge

The treatment of infectious diseases, especially malaria, constitutes the vast majority of medical care throughout Africa. While the number of those injured in accidents is small in comparison, the lack of access to surgical expertise results in deaths, deformities and disabilities that are unimaginable to those of us in the United States. Peg and I […]

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New Beginnings to drive benefit for tornado relief

Take mother nature’s fury, a Sunday School Lesson about the tornado-ravaged city of Moore, Oklahoma, and a five-year-old with a servant’s heart and what do you get? The Motors-4-Moore Car & Motorcycle Show at New Beginnings Moravian Church in Hundersville, N.C. “This exciting, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4th, from 10-2 p.m. […]

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Ponderings: Lighting the fire at Laurel Ridge

I’m not sure when it hit me. Perhaps it was the long drive up the mountain on a sparkling clear afternoon. Maybe it was while worshiping and praying on the Eastern overlook. It might have been while watching a group of pastors praying over teary-eyed campers, or maybe it was seeing those same high school […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell

Brother Douglas W. Caldwell died July 17, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at age 71. Born May 7, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of David and Margaret (Ashburn) Caldwell. Brother Caldwell graduated from Moravian College in 1966 and received an M. Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969. In 1985 he received […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, September 2014

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 14, 2014 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 31, 2014

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost August 31, 2014 Room enough? When I am giving marriage counseling, I like to tell couples that in marriage two people become one: two bodies, two minds, two ways of doing things. In marriage two become one, and there’s not enough room in there for the both of you! In faith, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 24, 2014

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost August 24, 2014 Who am I? I know who I am. At least, I think I do. Mother. Wife. Pastor. Gardener. Musician. More importantly, I know I am a beloved child of God and a follower of Christ. Does it matter then, what other people think of me? Not really. As […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 17, 2014

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 17, 2014 The challenge The story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman, an uncomfortable story, is worthy of our attention. Jesus and his disciples have entered into Gentile territory, where they are met by a Canaanite woman (someone considered an outsider and an enemy) who is disturbing the(ir) peace. Yet […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 10, 2014

Festival of August 13 August 10, 2014 Unity Unity is hard to maintain. My way and your way often conflict. Unity takes work. I must work at loving others, listening to them, being careful how I tell them I think they are wrong. If we don’t, divorce rates go up, siblings quit talking to one […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for August 3, 2014

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost August 3, 2014 Leftovers This story of the feeding of the five thousand contains a curious detail easily overlooked: “They gathered up the leftovers.” Why did Jesus show such concern for leftovers, the broken pieces? The birds would have eaten them. Was Jesus collecting them for distribution to the poor? If […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for July 27, 2014

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 27, 2014 The kingdom of heaven is like yeast In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus says that “the kingdom of heaven is like yeast.” The picture on today’s bulletin of a woman working in a kitchen probably brings back memories to many of us. Memories of our mother, grandmother, or someone […]

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Weekly Moravian Message for July 20, 2014

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost July 20, 2014 Seeds and weeds The parable of the wheat and the tares reminds us of the power of God’s word when it is proclaimed throughout the world. It has a supernatural power to change the hearts of people and produce righteous results. It reminds us that there is an […]

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A small congregation doing big things with clothing distribution effort

Have you ever had the feeling that your congregation was too small to do a great big mission ministry? Maybe you’ve felt as if the age of your congregants would prevent any amazing ministries from happening. Well, I can assure you that if you trust in what God is calling you to do, even a […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, June 2014

NORTHERN PROVINCE Outdoor Ministries Sunday, June 22, 2014 The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 2 this year. Pastors are encouraged […]

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Southern Province Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Every four years, the Southern Province of the Moravian Church brings together more than 200 delegates to “do the business of the church.” In April, those delegates approved a broad variety of resolutions that affirmed new opportunities, approved administrative and ministerial changes and provided direction for the next four years. The Provincial Synod has the […]

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Moravian polity at work–the (non)election of a Bishop

Synods are a special experience, one in which delegates listen for and discern the moving of the Holy Spirit in making decisions that affect the church. At the Synod of 2014, the Spirit seemed to be saying, “not now” in one area—the election of a bishop. One of the Synod’s key powers is the ability […]

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Synod resolution affirms spiritual solidarity with Honduras

In the midst of reports and discussions concerning numerous resolutions, the delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Provincial Synod unanimously passed Resolution 9, “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” The resolution focuses on the homicide and other violent acts that are directly connected to the trafficking of illegal drugs in Honduras and invites […]

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Ecumenical Partners share thoughts on Southern Province Synod

The Synod of 2014 welcomed not only Moravians from across the Southern Province. Two leaders from ecumenical partners—the Episcopal Church and the Church of the Brethren in Texas—also witnessed the work of Synod. Each has provided their thoughts on being amongst Moravians. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop, Episcopal Church I very much enjoyed the Synod […]

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Synod delegates discern a vision for the future

While Synod is a time for legislating and governing, it is also a unique opportunity to take a look into the future of the Province. Synods harness the gathered creativity, experience, faith and ideas of delegates who only come together once every four years to discern a vision for the future. At the Southern Province […]

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