Moravian Church in North America

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Welcome to the Moravian Church Eastern District

The Eastern District of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, includes 50 congregations in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania.

Working together

Moravians from Eastern District congregations work together to further the ministry of the church.

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Christian Education

The Eastern District Christian Education Commission leads workshops, training and programs to help Moravians learn about their faith, their church and their God.

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A growing ministry

The Eastern District supports the work of Esperanza for Bethlehem, a vibrant new Moravian Latino ministry. Here, Esperanza youth sing during an ordination ceremony for one of their pastors, Rhonda Robinson.

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Nurture and strengthen

Moravians from Eastern District congregations work together to further the ministry of the church.

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Moravians from Eastern District congregations work together to further the ministry of the church.

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The Eastern District Christian Education Commission leads workshops, training and programs to help Moravians learn about their faith, their church and their God.

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The Eastern District supports the work of Esperanza for Bethlehem, a vibrant new Moravian Latino ministry. Here, Esperanza youth sing during an ordination ceremony for one of their pastors, Rhonda Robinson.

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Moravians from Eastern District congregations work together to further the ministry of the church.

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District Developments: July 2018

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church: July 2018 David E. Bennett, President MasterChef it is not…but Master’s Chef…Maybe! It was in the midst of their “Youth First” after-school program that First Moravian Church of Easton, PA discovered that youth from their neighborhood loved learning how to cook. One of the modules of the […]

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District Developments: June 2018

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church: June 2018, David E. Bennett, President Ministry Plans Grow At Leadership Summit This last month an Eastern District Leadership Summit took place at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. This event offered the newly established Eastern District Service Ministry Teams an opportunity to meet face-to-face and finalize […]

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District Developments: May 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church: May 2018, David E. Bennett, President Catch a Glimpse of Hope This Season! Editor’s Note: Thank you to Sister Sue Dreydoppel, Director for Hope Conference & Renewal Center, for contributing this month’s article. Did you attend the 2016 Eastern District Synod? Do you remember the feeling after everyone had […]

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District Developments: April 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church: April 2018, David E. Bennett, President Sacred Stories- The Gift of Holy Week Readings There is something about the Holy Week readings that pace my life for this sacred season. Holding that small book in my hand and following along on the stories of Jesus’ journey toward cross and […]

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District Developments: March 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church March 2018, David E. Bennett, President “Wounded Healers” Our church sanctuaries are generally considered holy ground. Some of life’s most precious moments take place within these sacred spaces – children are baptized, wedding ceremonies seal love between two people, lives that have been lost are remembered and […]

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District Development: February 2018

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church, February 2018, David E. Bennett, President Hurricane Relief Concert Sings a Melody of Compassion As the parade of hurricanes blew their way through the Caribbean this last year, the rest of the world held its breath. None more, however, than our Caribbean Moravian congregations whose family and friends […]

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District Developments: January 2018

The Newsletter of the Easter District Moravian Church, January 2018, David E. Bennett, President Gather, Go, Grow Provincial Synod 2018 On behalf of the Eastern District Executive Board, I send our warmest new-year greetings — especially within these extra chilly days! As 2018 dawns upon us, believe it or not so does another synod year! […]

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District Developments: December

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church, December 2017, David E. Bennett, President To Us, To Us…This Task is Given These words currently resonate in a very real and urgent way with Iglesia Esperanza for Bethlehem, an emerging ministry serving the south side of Bethlehem, PA. Following the hurricanes that tore their way through the Caribbean this fall, […]

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District Developments, October 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church October 2017 David E. Bennett, President   Ministry Teams Renewed With Purpose In an earlier article, I wrote about the restructure of district commissions toward a more effective model for supporting our district congregations and achieving the mission mandates of the 2016 Eastern District Synod. Indeed, “To […]

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Unique partnership helps ministry feed the community

For many churches, dwindling membership can often lead to closure. But what happens when a congregation, despite their shrinking size has  a vibrant community that its neighbors have grown to rely upon – and has helped bring people to Christ? That was the situation facing Reading Moravian Church in Reading, Pennsylvania.  While the congregation was […]

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District Developments, September 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church • September 2017 David E. Bennett, President   Taking Church To The Beach! I’m told, “sandy feet left the beach early!” One can imagine how serving a congregation close to the shore can be a challenge come warm summer days. Naturally, we all want to make the […]

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District Developments, August 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church August 2017 David E. Bennett, President District Developments Meet Eastern District Social Media Intern Shana Angel In an earlier District Developments article, we shared information related to our search for an Eastern District Social Media Intern. Such action to strengthen our ability to network through social media […]

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District Developments, June 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church June 2017 David E. Bennett, President District Developments   District Seeks Social Media Intern You see people sitting in the malls, waiting rooms, and even on park benches doing it…..it’s that telltale slow swipe of the finger down their smartphone or tablet…..over and over again as they […]

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Lehigh Valley Moravians to host interfaith “Join We All: Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants as Neighbors and Friends”

Image:“The Best Supper” © Jan Richardson “Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity; and let us put aside all selfishness in consideration of language, nationalism, or religion.” -John Amos Comenius, 1592-1670, Bishop of the Unitas Fratrum (Moravian Church) and religious refugee Sunday, February 26 @ 3 pm Johnston Hall—Moravian College […]

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Filling the freezer to feed those in need

On a November morning this fall, 23 people gathered in the kitchen of East Hills Moravian Church to cook together. Four hours later, 500 meals filled the church’s large freezer, all to be donated to anyone who needed a meal. This group was composed of members of four Moravian churches and Holy Infancy Catholic Church—five […]

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District Developments, January 2017

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church January 2017 David E. Bennett, President Extending Christ’s Love With Community Ministry For Moravian Theological Seminary student, Mandy Mastros, it all comes together in these words….“Our Lord Jesus Christ entered into this world’s misery to bear it and overcome it. We seek to follow Him in serving […]

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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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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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Taking up the task that’s given at 2016 Eastern District Synod

With a memorable line from a favorite hymn as their theme–“To us, to us, this task is given”–136 Eastern District Moravians made their 2016 Synod one like no other. While most Moravian Synods focus on learning about the church’s activities and helping to plan for the future (this Synod did those things as well), the […]

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Images of the 2016 Eastern District Synod

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Eastern District elects new leadership at 2016 Synod

At the 2016 Synod of the Moravian Church Eastern District, held June 22-25 in Bethlehem, Pa., delegates elected members of the Eastern District Executive Board (EDEB). The EDEB provides administrative leadership and coordination for the Eastern District, Northern Province. The Rev. David Bennett was elected to a third term as the president of the EDEB. […]

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Eastern District Synod to focus on mission in our neighborhoods [UPDATED]

Every four years, delegates from Eastern District Moravian congregations meet in Bethlehem for several days of meetings, discussion, legislation and fellowship. For its 2016 Synod, to be held June 22-25 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., the Eastern District is adding a new component: mission.

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“Camp Hope” celebrates its 70th anniversary (and a brief history of Moravian camping)

  Hope Conference & Renewal Center, formerly known as “Camp Hope,” is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its 1946 purchase this year. The 1940s, when the camp property was purchased, was a significant period of ministry for the Moravian Church, as youth and young adults discovered camps, conferences and outdoor ministry. Although programs for youth […]

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“We Make Memories” at Hope Center

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for a summer season filled with meeting new friends, enjoying campfires, swimming, boating, worshipping by the lake or on the hill and celebrating the 70th anniversary of “Camp Hope.” Overlooking Little Silver Lake in Hope, New Jersey, Hope Conference Center offers […]

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District Developments, June 2016

The Newsletter of The Eastern District Moravian Church David E. Bennett, President The Divine Whispers of Leftovers! It all started with too much food! The Lebanon congregation had planned a special “Take a Friend to Church Sunday,” which included a nice luncheon following the service. Certainly being the amazing hosts they are, the congregation worked […]

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District Developments, May 2016

“We agreed to sponsor ‘a’ family Who arrived as ‘the’ family And is now ‘our’ family.” A message from our president, the Rev. David Bennett These words describe the “journey of the heart” for members of Central Moravian Church who have joined with four other local faith communities in resettling a Syrian refugee family. Inspired […]

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District Developments, April 2016

The Newsletter of the Eastern District  Moravian Church April 2016 • David E. Bennett, President Sharon Gives Back With 5K Run & Walk It was certainly a sad loss to the community, but undoubtedly a grave tragedy for the Brown family. One can only imagine the anguish they felt as the realization that their family business, Brown’s Heating […]

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You are God’s Masterpiece — a tale of two weekends

What do you get when you put 35 third- through eighth-grade girls and 15 women all in the Upper Lodge at Camp Hope in Hope, N.J. for a weekend? How about 20 third- through eighth-grade girls and ten women in the lodge at Camp Zimmerman outside of Gnadenhutten, Ohio for a weekend? I can tell […]

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Moravian Open Door continues assistance in NYC

What’s happening at Moravian Open Door (MOD)? The short answer is “lots!” Now in its 29th year, this ministry of the Northern Province helps the homeless of New York City help themselves by providing private and semi-private rooms for up to 41 men and women over the age of 50. Its full-time staff of three […]

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District Developments, October 2015

The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church – David E. Bennett, president October 2015   It was Anything But Business as Usual…. “We always had flowers that decorated our sanctuary,” explained the church member, “but then we came to realize that flowers served more ourselves than our community. So it occurred to us….what if […]

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Eastern District Executive Board

Headquartered in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Eastern District Executive Board (EDEB) provides administrative leadership and guidance to the boards, commissions and ministries of the Eastern District.  The Executive Board also oversees the pastoral call process, helping congregations call their pastors for service.  The EDEB includes two clergy and six lay members, and is led by the Rev. David Bennett, president.

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The Eastern District Executive Board, elected at the 2014 Eastern District Synod, includes the Rev. Bennett, the Rev. Michael Johnson, Jackie Pasquinelli, Ralph Wannamaker, Mike Koenig, the Rev. Darrell Johnson, Lauren Daugherty, Tammy Lavoy and Blondel Jones-Grant.

 

Moravian Daily Texts

08/20/2018

Monday, August 20 — Psalm 102:1–11
Judges 3; Luke 18:31–43

The Lord had made them joyful. Ezra 6:22

Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart. Acts 2:46 (NASB)

In the week ahead, Lord, watch over the people you have put in our path to meet. May we seek opportunities to overlook the diversity among us and focus on our similarities. In your son’s name. Amen.

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