Author Archives: Susan Kiefner

Sunnyside Ministry helps clients gain financial control

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not […]

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Explore Moravian music at the 2017 Moravian Music Festival

Every four years, the Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) sponsors a week-long music festival to celebrate Moravian music, explore the history of Moravian music, to teach and share, and to explore new avenues and directions in music. Next summer, July 23–29, 2017, the 25th Moravian Music Festival will attract hundreds of musicians to Winston-Salem, N.C., and be […]

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Official Provincial Elders News

Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for 100 years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas Fratrum) […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. David A. Schattschneider

Brother David A. Schattschneider died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 29, 2016 at age 77. Born March 30, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Allen W. and Naomi (Wartman) Schattschneider. Brother Schattschneider received a Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College in 1960, a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1964, and a […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Joseph A. LaFortune

Brother Joseph A. LaFortune died in Fargo, North Dakota, October 29, 2016, at age 87. Born April 21, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Amia J. and Mabel (Ledgerwood) LaFortune. Brother LaFortune attended the University of Wisconsin and received a Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College in 1956 and a Bachelor of […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 27, 2016

First Sunday of Advent “Now is the time to wake up!” “Keep awake!” “Be ready!” The Scripture readings for the first Sunday of Advent have an urgency that is not familiar in our day-to-day living. It’s as if the writers want to shake us into being on guard, alert, aware: God is moving! Pay attention! […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 20, 2016

Reign of Christ Sunday “Today in Paradise” Jesus was crucified between two criminals. One mocked Jesus, but “the other” said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” I got stuck on that first word: “today.” I was distracted by theo-logical questions. Does this […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 13, 2016

Festival of Jesus Christ the Chief Elder Christ as Chief Elder Our text for this day, Matthew 6:21, is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5–7: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The text does not tell us what the treasure is. It could be anything: money, land, […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, November 6, 2016

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Children of God In our Gospel reading today a group of Sadducees have come to question Jesus about the resurrection. They are even noted as saying there is no resurrection, a belief that separates them from the rest of Judaism, who accept the resurrection. They open the discussion with Jesus by […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 30, 2016

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Never the Same Again A song that I learnt in childhood about Zacchaeus focuses on his short stature: “Zacchaeus was a very little man, a very little man was he.” But by the end of the story in Luke 19 Zacchaeus has grown immensely. It is a fascinating story, filled with […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 23, 2016

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Two Men and Me Over the years at various times in life I’ve wanted to come to grips with why I’m attracted to the message of Jesus. I’ve come to find that I like the home-spun stories and parables that resonate with my life story and the learning parables I’ve experienced. […]

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From leftovers, a new ministry is born

At the Moravian Church of Lebanon, we designated a Sunday in April as “Take a Friend to Church Sunday” where members could invite their friends who were not associated with a church to come and worship with them. As part of the day, the evangelism committee thought it would be a good idea to have […]

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Sole Purpose: a ministry providing shoes to students in need

As a new school year approaches, so does the need to buy new clothes, supplies and shoes. However, many families are unable to afford new shoes for the start of classes each year. For more than 700 kindergartners through fifth-graders, new school shoes became a reality, thanks to a program developed at Dover First Moravian […]

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Moravian Education: A necessity

Just imagine the Carolina Colony in 1753. In England, Bishop Spangenberg, Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians had purchased around 100,000 acres of land in the backwoods of the colony from Lord Granville, one of the Eight Lords Proprietors of the English Colony. On this land settlements would be built. First, there was Bethabara, then Bethania, […]

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Ground of the Unity, Part VI

Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss Continual Search for Sound Doctrine and Divine Mysteries. Thanks to Dr. […]

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Compiling the Daily Texts for the first time

—Ed. Note: This month, I invited Sue Kiefner, the IBOC communication assistant who joined us in March, to share her thoughts on her first run through the process of developing the Moravian Daily Texts. Please join me in wishing Sue continued success in her work with the IBOC. God’s plan is bigger than what my […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 16, 2016

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Prayer Will Jesus find faith when he comes again to gather his people on earth? Will he find sure proof that we prayed with zeal for justice and peace and rebirth? Though fairness seems fickle and hope long gone, Christ wants his disciples to know the power to change life lies […]

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Palmetto Moravian Fellowship: “The” Moravians in South Carolina

About six years ago I began searching for Moravians in and around Greenville, South Carolina. I was raised and confirmed in the Moravian faith in Wisconsin, attending the Freedom Moravian Church in Appleton with my parents, brother and two sisters. However, after graduating high school I left the area and lost touch with the Moravians. […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 9, 2016

Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost   “I once was ill but now am found.” Ten once were ill but now are healed. So much emotion, so much feeling. How can one respond to such a miracle? I once was ill but now am healed . . . and I have the promise of respect in my […]

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A Measure of Success: Moravian Children’s Festival and Lovefeast

If you lived in Winston-Salem this summer, you could hardly ignore the fact that Salem was celebrating its 250th Anniversary. With so much going on in “Old Salem,” the challenge for the Children and Family Ministry Team of the Board of Cooperative Ministries was to plan a unique provincial event for Moravian children—one that stayed […]

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12 Days of Service “Connects” New Philadelphia to community

When most folks were planning their summer vacations earlier this year, the Connections Ministry members at New Philadelphia Moravian Church were making plans of a different sort. The second year of 12 Days of Service, a December project that would touch hundreds of lives in the Winston Salem area, was being plotted even though the […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Children On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994. Prayer Day for World Mission, […]

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Keeping Time shares Rev. Brian Dixon’s creative beat

A review by Deborah Appler, Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Director of MATS Program at Moravian Theological Seminary In Keeping Time, Dances to the Beat of a Different Drummer, Brian Dixon’s comfort with the spiritual dance floor is reflected in the deep wisdom and faithful love that pours out through the songs, poems, parables […]

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Obituary: Rev. John David Christman

Brother John David Christman, died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Brian Center of Eden, in Eden, N.C.  He was 71 years old. John was born in Easton, Pa. on June 9, 1945, a son of John Lincoln and Dorothy Sandt Christman. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1967 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1970.  […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Charles Eichman

Sister Geraldine (Paules) Eichman died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 20, 2016 at age 90. She was born March 12, 1926 at Vera Cruz, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Curtis and Miriam (Miller) Paules. Sister Eichman graduated from Emmaus High School, Emmaus, Pa., in 1944. She was united in marriage to Brother Charles W. Eichman on June […]

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Weekly Moravian Message, October 2, 2016

World Communion Sunday We Are All Servants It is clear that the immediate hearers are not the servants mentioned in this passage. Thus, there is something about the truth of today’s Gospel, Luke 17:5–10, that makes us a little uncomfortable. Surely, we would rather that the servant should take care of our needs and then […]

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