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 Center are now open for business! Although the Adult Day Services (ADS) ministry is still very much in the planning stages, the brave spiritual pioneers who made up Lancaster Moravian Church have moved their church offices from the basement of the parsonage into the mezzanine of their new building on Queen Street in downtown Lancaster. As Pastor Dean Easton put it, “This has provided an emotional lift and spiritual affirmation in that it indicates continued progress in our process and allows us several months to begin orienting ourselves to the ways of our city, our building, and our neighbors, with whom we will begin establishing new relationships immediately.”
As they put all the pieces together for their ADS ministry, they are well in the midst of hiring the professional personnel who will be their ministry partners in this effort. Being very close to completing the hire of an Executive Director for the ADS center, they will then follow-up with a search for a Nurse and Program Coordinator. All three staff members will work together to develop the policies and procedures of the ADS ministry before the license application process can begin.
As well, the congregation has worked together to discern a final floor plan which will incorporate the ADS program space and worship center onto one floor. This process of discernment was a long exercise in prayer and dialogue which, in the end, strengthened the fellowship of the congregation and their desire to live into this new way of serving Christ by serving the aged of Lancaster County. The final details for floor materials, color selections, etc. are nearly completed and will soon be presented by the architect to the construction firm for rebid. Pending congregational approval of the contractor’s rebid, the Joint Board expects actual construction to begin February 1, with completion expected about April 1.
Finally, “when the building has been completed and we have received our Permit of Occupancy from the City of Lancaster, the congregation will move into The Moravian Center for worship to praise God for the many miracles it took for us to reach that point,” report Pastor Dean. The Permit of Occupancy will also enable the ADS to formally begin the application process for licensing from the PA Department of Aging, which can be expected to take 30 to 60 days.
We have also received numerous inquiries of how other congregations can support this exciting new ministry. Prayer is always welcome, of course, but now there is a very tangible way to partner with the spiritual pioneers of Lancaster. They need five or six power recliners. Donations of power recliners, in new or good working condition, would be much appreciated. For details, please contact Pastor Dean Easton, 717-397-9722.
It is with a sense of deep appreciation that the Provincial Elders’ Conference has accepted the requests of Br. Gary Marsh and Sr. Maggie Wellert to retire from the active ministry of the church. Gary has served for the past eleven years as Director of Stewardship and as a parish pastor in both the Northern and Southern Provinces before that. Gary intends to retire at the end o February 2015. Maggie currently serves as pastor of Great Kills Moravian Church on Staten Island, and served in parish ministry in the Western District prior to that. Her retirement is effective January 15, 2015. We wish them God’s blessings in the next chapters of their lives.
Schedule of Events
- January 16-18, 2015 -Sr. High / Post High Winter Retreat @ Camp Hope $110 ($50 deposit) Register online at http://camphope.org/youth-specialty-camps-retreat
- Jan 30-Feb 1 2015 -“You Are God’s Masterpiece,” a retreat for girls in grades 3-8 at Hope Conference & Renewal Center. Registration dead¬line is December 30th and space is limited, so please encourage early registration. For more information, please contact event coordinators Jodie Harney at 610-838-9344 or Linda Wisser at 610-965-6067. This event is sponsored by the Eastern District Christian Education Commission.
- April 16-19, 2015: men’s Cursillo weekend and the women’s weekend is April 23-26, 2015.
- June 25-28, 2015: The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference at Sandy Cove Conference Center at the headwaters of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. www.moravianwomensconference.org
- July 5–13, 2015: Moravian Young Adult Convocation to the Czech Republic and Germany to see many of the historic Moravian sites and to find inspiration and vision for current ministry. All Moravian young adults ages 18 through 26 are invited to at-tend. The theme for the trip is “Make the Moravian Journey Home and Catch a Vision for Our Future!” For more information about Convo 2015, please check its website at http://convo2015.wordpress.com/ or its Facebook page at “Moravian Young Adult Convo 2015”. You can register online at http://www.planetreg.com/MoravianYoungAdultConvo2015. There are a limited number of spaces for this trip, and registrations need to be in by January 15, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Cynthia Rader Geyer, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, email@example.com, or call/text (484) 554-0102.
- July 23-26, 2015 -Eastern District Conference -The HILL, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Keynote Address Alice Mann. Worship and Workshops, Fun and Fellowship. Contact Marie Couts: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 330.401.1212
Provincial Women’s Board
Pat Baldwin, President of the Provincial Women’s Board, shares the following announcement:
The Provincial Women’s Board would like to announce the resignation of Jan Harke, administrator of the Northern Provincial Women’s Board, effective December 31, 2014. We thank Jan for the last 13 plus years on the board and for work that she has done to help Moravian Women within our churches. We wish Jan continued blessings.
Moravian Ministries Foundation
Money and ministry. Our churches are able to do more when they have more resources, but faith and finances aren’t always easy to talk about. At our recent Adamson Forum, one minister shared, “Talking about money doesn’t mean you lack faith.” We all know Jesus talked about money. A lot. So why can it be hard for us to do so in our congregations? Another pastor at the Forum said, “Things changed when we focused on what God was calling us to do, not on how much money we had.” Her church discovered they were able to fund the ministry they felt God leading them to do, even though the dollar amount associated with it was overwhelming. They had faith and God provided.
How does your church talk about money and ministry? How can the Moravian Ministries Foundation help? Our Grace, Generosity and Gratitude service assists congregations with changing their conversations about faith and finances. To learn more about it, visit www.mmfa.info/grace or call Chi-Chi Messick, MMFA Vice President, at 888-722-7923.
Churches celebrating Jan. anniversaries:
Jan. 1, 1815: Sharon, Tuscarawas, OH
Jan. 1, 1968: United, New York, NY, merger of New York III and IV
Jan. 1, 2010: MorningStar, Coopersburg, PA, merger of Coopersburg and Grace Center Valley
Jan. 31, 1971: St. Paul’s, Upper Marlboro, MD