Open publication – Free publishing – More bethabara On the cover: A chilly sunrise heralds the beginning of Fall. Photo by Mike Riess
The Moravian Church in North America honors outstanding service to Scouting with The Order of David Zeisberger. The award can be given to any adult of the Moravian Church who has distinguished himself or herself in service to Scouting. Congregations are encouraged to present this award to deserving adult(s) each year; a suggested time for presenting the award is Scout Sunday.
The Sukuma are the largest tribe in Tanzania and the second most prevalent group in the Sikonge district. The vast majority are animistic. Most are nomadic, traveling through the more remote areas of the country with their cattle. In the southern part of the district, however, there are, several Sukuma communities where tribal members have built homes.
It seems that every week the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA are in the news. As registered adult leaders in these organizations for many years (Sue for 31 years and Jay for 20 years), active members when we were growing-up, and parents of an Eagle Scout and Gold Award recipient we wonder if it’s the baby or the bath water that is being scrutinized.
Fortunately for us, our home congregation can see beyond the controversies and appreciate the value of these programs and the synergies they provide to its own youth programming. Our church has chartered a Boy Scout troop for many years and is home to six Girl Scout troops. These troops bring 40 boys, 55 girls, and most of their parents into our building each week.
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 thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.
Editor’s note: For this month’s Ponderings, I invited Renee Schoeller, a student from Hoftstra University who interned with the Interprovincial Board of Communication this summer, to offer her thoughts on working with the staff of the Moravian Church Center in Bethlehem. Renee jumped in and did some great work with us. She was a valuable member of our team during the launch of www.moravian.org and the final stages of the 2013 Daily Texts.
I had the great opportunity to work at the Moravian Church Center three days a week this summer as a publications intern with the Interprovincial Board of Communication.
Most Moravians immediately recognize the names of the church’s historic congregation towns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Salem, North Carolina. However, the history of the Moravians in the New World also includes some significant wilderness sites that are recognizable to only a few.
One of these is Historic Bethabara Park, the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The outpost for the Wachovia Tract, which was the grandest project the Moravians had ever undertaken, Bethabara (Hebrew for house of passage) served as a foothold in the nearly 100,000-acres the Moravians acquired from John Carteret, Lord Granville, the last British proprietor of the North Carolina colony.
The Ephraim Moravian Church may have been built in 1859, but it’s just been brought into the 21st century.
Our church—and basically all of Door County, Wisconsin—has an aging population. All but a few of our Ephraim Moravian kids are in high school, college, or have gotten married and moved away. Those of us remaining can see a day where a cane, a walker, or even a wheelchair will be a welcome addition to our transportation, and many of our departed members had spent their last years aided that way.
The congregation at Covenant Moravian is focused on communicating—circulating a cohesive message for both our members and community to see the affect of the Moravian church in our daily lives and in the lives of those we touch.
Since 1957, Moravian Youth from across North America have been gathering for worship, learning, fellowship and building connections. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life changing and last forever.
A team of youth ministry representatives from both Provinces is gearing up for Convo 2013, set to take place June 30-July 6, 2013 at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The theme of the week is “Let’s Connect at Convo 2013.” This Convo will be for youth who have completed grades 9 through 12.
In July, actor Andy Griffith, best known as Andy Taylor of the Andy Griffth Show and as attorney Ben Matlock, passed away at age 86. Many have speculated that Mayberry is, in actuality Mt. Airy, N.C., home of Grace Moravian Church. But the connection goes much deeper.
“On a beautiful Spring day in May 2009, we were welcomed with generosity and kindness into the Manteo home of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Griffith,” says the Rev. Anthony Hayworth, pastor at Grace Moravian. “Andy, a member of Grace Moravian during his teenage years, had expressed a desire to reconnect with the Moravian church. Through the liturgies for the Reaffirmation of Faith and Holy Communion, Cindi and Andy became members of the Grace Moravian Congregation.