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 were in the direct path of these ferocious storms. In particular, our DC area Moravian congregations have many members and friends who originally called the Caribbean their homeland. As sad news of the aftermath found its way back to family members, the destruction was horrifying. Many Moravian friends and family members lost entire roofs of their homes, many were flooded out completely, and even some- were injured. One family member injured in the storm became misplaced during a hospital transfer from the Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico. Unbeknownst to the family, as the storm headed then to Puerto Rico, the person was transferred to Atlanta. As Pastor Tammie Rinker lamented, “It was weeks before the family was able to reconnect.”
Feeling a world away from their loved ones in need, congregational leaders at the Trinity Moravian Church struggled with a sense of helplessness as news of the devastation reached them. As the litany of personal stories became more heart wrenching however, the congregational leaders began to pray their way into an idea. In fact, they realized they were not helpless at all. Relying upon a particular God-given gift – their insatiable love of music – their plan was born. Reaching out to their Moravian brothers and sisters at Graceham, St. Paul’s, and Faith, they invited these congregations to partner with them in utilizing their musical giftedness to help those who had lost so much from the hurricanes. With this recipe of courage, compassion, and prayer, the 2018 Moravian Hurricane Relief Concert of our DC area Moravian congregations found life.
Held at the Faith Moravian Church of Our Nation’s Capital, the evening was a tremendous success and blessing. The many who purchased a concert ticket for $20, were greeted with the glorious harmonies of each congregation’s choir, the rhythmic sounds of steel pans, the beautiful movement of praise dancers, and the phenomenal gifts of several different instrumentalists.
Everyone was treated with not only the wonderful sounds of the evening, but also an abundance of delicious smells from homemade johnny cakes to beef patties. However, the greatest gift of the evening came from a renewed understanding of what can be accomplished when neighboring congregations work together in ministry.
Together, they realized they had made a small difference in the wake of enormous devastation. Together, lives would be touched in tangible ways as the funds raised would be distributed in the Virgin Islands by the Board of World Mission. Together, they had been the hands and feet….and song…of Christ.
Camp Hope Conference Center
There’s still time to get your tickets for the 2018 Camp Season Kick-Off Dinner, Sunday, February 11 at 5:30 p.m., East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem (1830 Butztown Rd.).
Mail a check (to “Hope Conference Center”) to PO Box 165, Hope NJ 07844- indicate number and level of tickets: $15 per person $10 ages 2-10
Become a Sponsor! (includes meal, donation to camp, and a gift for you!)
$25 Jr. Counselor; $50 Counselor; $100 Dean
You can reserve tickets at 908 459-4435. Tickets will also be available at the door
Enjoy dinner, silent auction, sales of camp gear, music, and much more.
All proceeds benefit “Camp Hope.”
Job Openings at Camp Hope
Administrative Assistant, part-time seasonal position.
Executive Chef/Food Service Manager, full-time for summer; also occasional hours during rest of year.
For more info go to: camphope.org/employment, or call 908 459-4435.
The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province will be held in Bethlehem, PA on June 21-25, 2018. In order to prepare delegates for synod, we are holding meetings across the province. All delegates and alternates are expected to attend.
MD-DC- NJ south, PHL
Faith, Trinity, St Paul’s, Palmyra, Egg Harbor, Riverside, Redeemer
Graceham, Lititz, Lebanon, Lancaster, York, Covenant
10 AM – 2 PM
Ohio New Dawn
Dover, Gnaden, Fry’s Valley, Schoenbrunn, Sharon, Uhrichsville, Promise, Redeemer
10 AM -2 PM
Sr. Laura Gordon, currently serving as pastor of the Advent Moravian Church in Bethlehem, PA, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Palmyra Moravian Church in Cinnaminson, NJ. She will be installed April 29th. Please keep Laura and both congregations in your prayers during the time of transition.
Schedule of Events
February 11th – Chamber Music in the Chapel; Baroque and Classical music with Becky Brown, violin, and Becky Lepore. 4:00pm. Music at Central Moravian Church, Chapel, 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem, PA, 610-866-5661. Suggested donation, $10.
February 13th – Bach at Noon –A Cantata Series The Bach Choir of Bethlehem 12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m. Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem, PA. Please visit www.BACH.org for more information. Free.
February 13th 7pm – 7:45 – Lecture by Katherine E. Faull -The Hidden Work of Moravian Wives. Held at the Moravian Archives, 41 W. Locust St. Bethlehem, PA
March 2 -4, 2018 Music on the Mountain. A Moravian Music Weekend of Choral and Band Music. Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center. For more information: laurelridge.org or moravianmusic.org or call Toll Free: 888-831-5922 or 336-359-2951. Please register by February 19th.
July 11 – 22, 2018 Moravian History Tour of Western Europe hosted by Central Travelers and the Moravian Archives. For more information: Craig or Alice Mosebach 610-625-4576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Moravian Archives: 610-866-3255. Please reserve your spot with a $300 deposit by February 28, 2018.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Sr. Donna Bean, who passed away January 16 in Minnesota at age 90. Sr. Donna was the mother of retired pastors Peg Chemberlin and Rebecca Rodriguez and the grandmother of Pastor Greg Behrend (Our Savior’s Church in Minnesota) and Sr. Beth Behrend, wife of Pastor Dan Miller (Edgeboro in Bethlehem). Please remember Sr. Donna’s family in your prayers.
We ask that you hold Brother John Wallace (Pastor to Dover Moravian Church, OH), his wife Cheryl and their family in your prayers as Brother Wallace recovers from a heart stent procedure.
Sr. Ruth Behrend, widow of Br. Wil Behrend, who was a bishop, former president of both the Provincial Elders’ Conference and the Western District Executive Board, passed away peacefully on January 21, in Watertown, Wisconsin. Please keep her four children: Charlene, Jim, Jeanie, and Dan and their families in your prayers at this time of grief.
Board of World Mission
Did you know that about a dozen North Carolina Moravians spent the week after Christmas in the Florida Keys? Far from being a “winter getaway,” their trip was an opportunity to get close to many who lost so much to the devastation of Hurricane Irma. They cleared debris, power-washed buildings to remove mold, moved large (and heavy!) quantities of sand, rebuilt damaged fences, organized supplies, worshiped and prayed with local residents, and even shared Moravian sugar cake and Lovefeast candles! Florida Moravians provided meals and lodging for the team on its way to the mission site, and local lodging was provided by an Episcopal church in Marathon.
Please continue to pray for all those affected by storms and pray that God will continue to send out servants to get close to those in need.
If you feel called to serve in Texas or the Virgin Islands, please contact Jill Kolodziej (email@example.com). Teams forming now!
MMFA: Fourth Quarter 2017 results are in, and it’s good news!
2017 was a great year for the markets. We encourage you to review your fourth quarter statements and certainly let us know if there are any questions. We have also developed a one page performance summary for each investment model. These summaries include an easy reference to the asset allocation of each model, as well as the performance of the model for the quarter. You will be able to access these, every calendar quarter, from our website www.mmfa.info. Please like us on Facebook and subscribe to our weekly newsletter so you can track our progress and our many activities through 2018. We are truly hoping to work with each of you to move ministries forward, together.
Moravian Ministries Foundation now has over $161 million in assets under management and we continue to strive hard to provide a high-quality investment product at a low cost. In 2017 all of our allocations generated positive returns and outperformed their multi-asset benchmarks. The Growth allocation returned 16% for the year, net of fees, and ahead of the growth, multi-asset benchmark that was up 14.7%. The primary contributors to relative performance were our fixed income managers, the domestic REIT manager, and tactical adjustments made by our investment partner, TIAA Kaspick through the year.
May the Lord continue to bless you and, if we can help in any way, do not hesitate to call at 888-722-7923 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the IBOC
This month the IBOC is featuring the Loving Hearts United collection at 25% off. This beautiful book is great for families to come together and build their faith. Regularly $19.95; on sale for $15.00. Log onto store.moravian.org to order your copy or click this link.