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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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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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District Developments, September 2015

The newsletter of the Moravian Church Eastern District • The Rev. David Bennett, president   A call to… “Call to ….” When I typed out the words, it was hard to imagine it was that time already…..”Call to the 2016 Eastern District Synod.” Yet here we are in this season of preparation for discerning what […]

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Lancaster Moravian: Our mission to others is transforming us

People constantly remark, “So what is happening in Lancaster? How is your project coming? It is so good what you are doing for others!” It is exciting to be used by God as part of a divine plan to enrich the lives of 56 seniors and their families with day care. Yet as we walk […]

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Sharon Moravian celebrates 200 years of service in Ohio

On January 1, 1815, a group of Moravians in what is now New Philadelphia, Ohio, gathered together for the first service as a new congregation. They worshiped together in a second-floor room of the home of Brother and Sister George Blickensderfer, officially dedicating the Sharon Moravian Congregation. These brothers and sisters who gathered together dedicated […]

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Bethlehem group helps shelter homeless during harsh winter months

During the cold harshness of this past winter, a group of Moravians in the Bethlehem area helped shelter the homeless at night. Through a growing partnership with area churches of other denominations, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc. (BES) provided more than just a warm place to sleep. The seeds for BES were sown in January of […]

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Camp Hope readies busy season of fun and faith

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members. The summer season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, worshiping by the lake or on the hill and much more. Overlooking Little […]

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Helping Camp Hope by selling and stitching

Camps need a lot of assistance and support, especially from volunteers. In the case of Hope Conference & Renewal Center, some volunteers serve as counselors or nurses. Some paint doors and repair roofs. Some make quilts and sell Avon. Selling Avon for Camp Louise Snyder, a member of East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., […]

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District Developments • May 2015

Newsletter of the Moravian Church Eastern District • The Rev. David Bennett, president   “Many Smiles and Joyful Tears…” It didn’t just happen….it took a couple of years to get up the nerve just to do it. A phrase that at first was simply words began to take on new meaning as time after time […]

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Youth and Young Adult Retreats: “It’s all about the relationships and being accepted for who I am.”

Moravian youth and young adults celebrate their relationships with each other and with the Lord as they gather each year for the Mid-States Fall Retreat and the Eastern District Eastern Region Winter Retreat. The weekends offer youth a chance to share powerful worship, relevant Biblical messages, games, group challenges and their own faith stories as […]

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District Developments

January 2015 The Newsletter of the Eastern District Moravian Church  David E. Bennett, President They Are Getting Closer! I continually get inquiries regarding the development of the relocation and new ministry of Lancaster Moravian Church. With the new year now upon us, I am therefore happy to report that the church offices of The Moravian […]

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District Developments, December 2014

December 2014 The Newsletter of the Eastern District David E. Bennett, President OUR CHURCH FAMILY: “The most important part of our visit…” “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and […]

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Moravian Youth “Give their all and stand tall” at 2014 Youth Rally

In what has become an anticipated annual tradition, youth and youth leaders from more than a dozen Eastern District churches came together for a weekend of fun, music, worship and fellowship at the 2014 Youth Rally. This year’s Moravian Youth Council Youth Ministries Weekend, themed “Giving My All and Standing Tall,” included youth teams from […]

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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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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

03/29/2017

Wednesday, March 29 — Psalm 40:1–8

Esther 6,7; Romans 9:22–33

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:24

Paul wrote: Through Jesus Christ we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2 (NIV)

We thank you that regardless of today’s circumstances, we are assured that your presence will sustain us. We commit this day to you and ourselves to your care. Amen.

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