“Bruce’s Babblings” – Notes from our District President My life recently has been one of comings and goings. I am excited to rejoice with Greg Behrend, Ben Lippert, and Mandy Mastros (from the Eastern District) who have recently graduated from Moravian Seminary. Greg and his wife Amy are expecting their first child toward the end […]
Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This position has the responsibility for overseeing the total camp and retreat operations. The preferred candidate will have a deep Christian faith, passion for working to make a difference in the lives of others, and a desire to serve. Mt. […]
Bruce’s Babblings Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I hope you all had enjoyable Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It was different for me as it was the first time in 25 years and the first time in 26 of the last 27 years that I was not in front of a church helping to lead […]
Bruce’s Babblings by the Rev. Bruce Nelson, President, Western District Executive Board Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Psalm 19: 1 states, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (New International Version) This verse has always had special meaning for me. However, it took on even greater […]
Our Changing World…Same God A conference to help equip Christian leaders to talk positively about their faith. Sponsored by the Moravian Church Western District Christian Education Commission. April 21-23, 2017 Olympia Village, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin www.olympiaresort.com Cost: $175 per person double occupancy (single: $275; couple: $350; commuter: $125) Early Bird Discount:$25.00 off if you register and pay […]
FROM OUR DISTRICT PRESIDENT “Thank You” Thank you. Though a short sentence, thank you is powerful, descriptive, and complete. Thank you for the gift to serve as Western District President and Provincial Elder these past 10 years. We can look forward to wonderful leadership from our newly forming District Board. Together, let’s hold them in […]
At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Western District, a group of Moravians shared their view on what it means to be Moravian. Moravian Church Without Walls encourages you to make your own video about belonging to the Moravian Church. For more information, visit www.mcwithoutwalls.org #IAmMoravian Intro from WD Synod 2016 from IBOC • […]
At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province Western District, more than 90 delegates cast their votes for leaders to guide the District through the next four years. The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and […]
The Newsletter of the Moravian Church • The Rev. James Hicks, President From Our District President Greetings and peace to you! We have been “Embraced by Resurrection!” For delegates and agency members attending our upcoming Western District Synod on April 28th – May 1st at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center, thank you for registering! […]
From our District President With District Synod around the corner, the District Board recently invited leaders (Joint Boards, Agency Members, Pastors, MWCEC and Synod Delegates) to complete an assessment of the District. We were guided by Holy Cow Consult-ing and utilized Landscape, an assessment tool designed to “gather data and information about the health, well-being […]
Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District Healthy Congregations Task Force The Healthy Congregations Task Force is exploring ways to foster congregational health through a newsletter, surveys, and a variety of opportunities and resources. Visit them at healthymoravian congregations.wordpress.com. To get their newsletter, email email@example.com The Call Process Please hold the Watertown WI congregation […]
Newsletter of the Moravian Church Western District • May 2015 Healthy Congregations The Healthy Congregations Task Force is exploring ways to foster congregational health through a monthly newsletter, surveys, and a variety of resources and opportunities. Go to www.healthymoraviancongregations.wordpress.com to see their resources. To receive their newsletter, email healthiermoravian firstname.lastname@example.org. Moravian Women’s Conference The […]
From Our District President “Surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” Psalm 54:4 Offering baskets were full of 2015 Watchwords as we entered worship at West Green Bay last Sunday. Each worshipper was invited to receive one. Later in the service, Pastor Marian Boyle invited ministry leaders in the […]
Clergy Retreat Spiritual Tools for the Spiritual Journey: Sabbath and Self-Care, Gratitude and Grace A Retreat for Moravian Clergy January 26th – 29th at Mt. Morris Conference Center in Wautoma, WI Do you find yourself living in a survival mode? Do you ever feel defensive, cynical, withered, and weary? This relaxing retreat of solitude and […]
Zinzendorf’s Challenge to Moravians in the 21st Century September 26th – 28th at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. Registration materials have been sent to your local church office. Here is a description of the program: “Zinzendorf is one of the most famous names in the Moravian Church. He is famous for being the great […]
“Zinzendorf’s Challenge to Moravians in the 21st Century” September 26th – 28th at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. Zinzendorf is one of the most famous names in the Moravian Church. He is famous for being the great patron of the Moravians who provided protecttion to the illegal immigrants who arrived on his estates in […]
The Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District May 2014 From The District Board: Remember Gideon? At the April meeting of the WDEB, part of our agenda was to discuss the annual reports turned in by the district churches. Thank you for your promptness in returning the reports. They are one of the ways in which we […]
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 […]
For 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.
Get out and get involved! There are a broad range of Western District events available this winter and spring — take a look!
For quick reference, see the table below, or scroll down to read more about each committee member. Cobweb Representative Region Churches Remington Nystrom California Downey and Morongo Megan Piper North Dakota Bethel, Canaan, Goshen, and Shepherd of the Prairie Sean Tessmer Minnesota I Christ’s Community and New Horizon’s Community Dan Miller Minnesota II Chaska, Lake […]
“Though we are many, we are one body in the union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as different parts of one body” Romans 12: 5 What is the purpose of this ministry? “Young adults strive enhance the communication of the ministries provided by the Western District congregations to further unify […]
For January 2014 • From the Western District Executive Board Download the PDF version Mount Morris Board of Directors The Mt. Morris Board of Directors will miss three long-standing members who will retire from the Board at the end of this year. President Tom Pinney, Vice President Mary Bade, and Bishop Paul Graf have been […]
MWCEC Grant The Moravian Western Christian Education Committee (MWCEC) is offering a grant of $500 to congregations who wish to offer a local program but do not have the funds to do so. The grant requires that the program will be designed so that other churches in the region may attend. The money could be […]
The Western District Executive Board (WDEB) is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and clergy of the District, and is concerned with everything from conflict management to evangelism. Current WDEB members include: Rev. Bruce Nelson of Lake Mills WI is […]
For registration information about our summer church camps, please visit the following websites: For churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota: www.WDCamping.com For churches in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan: www.MidStatesMoravianCamps.webs.com 2017 SUMMER CHURCH CAMPING PROGRAMS Summer Church Camps For 1st-2nd graders 4M Camp: August 14-16 at Mt. Morris, WI For 2nd-5th graders Camp MINDYY: […]
TEACHER EDUCATION NETWORK(TEN) A committee of the Moravian Western District Christian Education Commission What does TEN offer? An annual fall retreat for Christian Educators at the lovely Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center in Wautoma, Wisconsin. Our retreats feature energizing sessions with keynote speakers, refreshing worship, genuine fellowship, and personal relaxation opportunities. Mini retreats and […]
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4
It was the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the church year, and the preacher had begun the familiar preparation sermon. “Prepare the way of the Lord,” the preacher toned from the high pulpit. “All who have ears let them hear.” Directly over the preacher’s head was a traditional Moravian star, nearly six feet across, lit for the first time just minutes before.
“Get along little doggie” isn’t something you hear very often in church. But when the Daggett Moravian Congregation gathered on September 8 for their third annual “Cowboy Church” observance, it’s certain that visions of the Way Out West were on member’s minds.
With attendance three times the normal, folks gathered in their western attire for a western lifestyle worship experience. The community was invited to join with members in a relaxed atmosphere.
In August, a group of young Moravians from the Northern and Southern Provinces joined counterparts from across the Moravian Unity for the 2013 Unity Youth Heritage Tour. The Tour, which traced the roots of the Ancient Unity and renewed Moravian Church in Europe, offered an opportunity to visit the cradle of the Moravian Church.
We asked those who attended to share their perspective and insights into the meaning of this opportunity to them.