Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas […]
Over the past several years, small groups at six Northern Province congregations have been focused on spiritual listening – noticing God at work in people’s lives, sharing their thoughts and listening with their hearts. These new “Spiritual Companioning” groups grew out of a 2014 Northern Province Synod resolution directing a Spiritual Formation Task Force to […]
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 […]
The 43rd Unity Synod of the worldwide Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) passed a resolution recommending the dissemination and study of a paper on the role of the worldwide Moravian Unity by all Provinces. The resolution reads: Resolution US2016.56: Discussion Paper on the Role of the Worldwide Moravian Unity Be it resolved that the committee has studied […]
IPO Introduction: Moravian Church in America Northern Province from IBOC • Mike Riess on Vimeo. Recommendations of the Task Force on Identity, Purpose, and Organization (IPO) Executive Summary The Provincial Synod of 2010 called for the formation of a commission to study the structure of the Northern Province and report back with recommendations to come […]
As a new school year approaches, so does the need to buy new clothes, supplies and shoes. However, many families are unable to afford new shoes for the start of classes each year. For more than 700 kindergartners through fifth-graders, new school shoes became a reality, thanks to a program developed at Dover First Moravian […]
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 national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994. Prayer Day for World Mission, […]
On Sunday, December 22, 1866, a group of resolute German settlers in rural Freedom, Wis. gathered to organize a new church. Thirty-four men and women representing 14 charter families gathered in a crowded cabin to ignite the spark that would become Freedom Moravian Church. With the influx of Mecklenburg Germans to Wisconsin in the mid […]
On a rainy Saturday in April, more than 800 people visited the Northern Province Moravian Archives in Bethlehem to get a glimpse at how the Moravian community in Pennsylvania came into being. For “Deed Day”—on April 2, 2016—archivists put the original deed for the land purchased for the Moravian settlement on display for one day […]
Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Northern Province, Because you’re reading this letter in this magazine, we’ll presume that you have affection and appreciation for the Moravian Church. We’ll also presume you want to thrive in your faith, and you want the Moravian Church to thrive in carrying out Christ’s mission as it has been […]
In the September 2015 issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this issue, we continue to share examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of the […]
In the September issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this and coming issues, we will be sharing examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of […]
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 […]
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 […]
It was during my years at seminary that I first heard of Spiritual Direction: the art of spiritual listening. The thought of becoming a spiritual director resonated from a place deep within me. To my surprise and disappointment, people with whom I shared this insight received it with reservation, and rightfully so. To accompany someone […]
Congregations, just like human beings, are living entities. As congregations, we proclaim and seek to live as the Body of Christ in the ministry we share with the communities around us. And like any “body” there are times when we are in better condition than others. However, unlike for our human bodies, workout facilities with […]
Earlier this year, the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference selected Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the location for a new emerging ministry under the leadership of The Rev. Christie-Melby Gibbons. After a thorough process of inquiry, research, on-the-ground exploration, prayer and conversation with area colleagues in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Milwaukee, both Christie and the PEC sensed God […]
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 […]
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 […]
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 “Faith without fear” is a truth that God has been teaching us in […]
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. Where are you staying? …. ‘Come and See’ … Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ (John 1) The season of Epiphany is about paying attention to the glimpses of God among us. Jesus is the Light that shines in the darkness. […]
In the peaceful, comfortable setting at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minn., members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences, North and South, met jointly to pray, study God’s word, share best practices and encourage and support one another. Thanks to funding from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, and in conjunction with the annual shareholders […]
Let us introduce ourselves—we are the Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg. We are the crazy 50-year-old Canadian/Americans who sold almost everything to become Antioch servants living in Nepal for a year. Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…? Jeremiah […]
A personal reflection on Ferguson by Betsy Miller “Am I my brother’s keeper?” took on new meaning for me when I was in St. Louis, Missouri last month. The National Council of Churches had made a deliberate decision to hold its annual meeting in St. Louis to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ. […]
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 […]
Close to 200 people attended Van-Es Camp on Sunday, September 28 to celebrate the grand opening of the Unity Lodge. The Rev. Matt Gillard began worship in the Memorial Chapel and concluded at the new Lodge with a ribbon cutting joined by Van-Es Chair, Alice Sears, along with Dave Quest, member of the Legislation Assembly, […]
Sometimes ministry happens and creates a memorable place. Sometimes a special place helps ministry to come alive. Mt. Morris is both. It is a place like no other. On August 9th, 2014 the Mt. Morris Board and staff hosted a celebration of a place that is both special and memorable. We celebrated… …the people who […]
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 […]
In July 2014, a group of three campers from Chetek, the Moravian Church Camp in Wisconsin for students in 9th grade thru age 21, and two leaders traveled to Nicaragua to spend 10 days building relationships with the youth of the church there. The team traveled after an invitation came from First Moravian Church in […]
At the Northern Province Synod in June, many great ideas were put forth to enhance and improve the church’s mission and ministry. The Synod considered (and in many cases approved) these dreams for the future, recognizing that a body with no dreams is a dying body. But most of these dreams and ideas will require […]
NP – York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need
Many of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.
NP – 2014 Northern Province Synod: Bringing Moravians together to lead for the future
Every four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine and chart the way forward for the next four years.
This coming June, more than 250 delegates from across the Northern Province will meet in Bethlehem, Pa. to “covenant with hand and heart” about church practice, Provincial structure and ministries, budgets, health care, new programs and more.
The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, will be held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.
(NP) Washington DC pastor shares why it’s the ministry that matters
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…
John 15: 16 (part)
Those were the words that gave the Rev. Bevon H. White his motivation to enter into Ministry some 25 years ago.
(NP) Daggett Moravian “saddles up” for Cowboy Church celebration
“Get along little doggie” isn’t something you hear very often in church. But when the Daggett Moravian Congregation gathered on September 8 for their third annual “Cowboy Church” observance, it’s certain that visions of the Way Out West were on member’s minds.
With attendance three times the normal, folks gathered in their western attire for a western lifestyle worship experience. The community was invited to join with members in a relaxed atmosphere.
(NP) Ohio congregations join together for “Grace in the Valley”
The mellow reverberations of steel pans called to mind a wide swath of beach, a sapphire lagoon, maybe a palm tree swaying in the tropical breeze. But no, the sweet sounds spread from a concert stage in land-locked New Philadelphia, Ohio and delighted the packed house of the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Kent State University at Tuscarawas.
NP – Historic lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners
Nearly one thousand Lutherans, Episcopalians and Moravians gathered in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for a unique celebration of the full communion relationship among the three denominations—the first-ever of its kind.
The celebration arose out of several years of conversation among the heads of the local territories of the three denominations: the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, the Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. David Bennett, president of the Eastern District, Northern Province, of the Moravian Church. Their discussions of ways to demonstrate full communion led to the question of what the three churches have in common. One clear answer: Music.
NP – Staten Island congregations send thanks for helping them help Superstorm Sandy victims
The United Brethren’s Church of Staten Island Board of Elders, to the Moravian Church of the Northern Province and the Southern Province:
“Grace to you and peace.
“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The opening words of Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica seem an appropriate way for the Moravian congregations of Staten Island to share our thanks with you, our sisters and brothers across the Northern and Southern Provinces, for your amazing response to the needs generated by Superstorm Sandy!
NP – Young adults study the importance of their faith at Wisconsin retreat
I always get excited driving to Mt. Morris in Wautoma, Wis.; not just because of the beauty Mt. Morris has to offer but because of the people I am going to meet upon my arrival. The weekend of March 1-3, 2013 was no different.
I traveled west on Hwy 21 from Oshkosh, Wis. with a car full of four young adults. As we got further from the cities and closer to Mt. Morris I started to feel my excitement building. I thought about the laughter to be had, the songs to be sung and the inside jokes that only this special group will understand and fully appreciate.
NP – Palmyra Moravian celebrates sesquicentennial
The brothers and sisters of the Palmyra Moravian Church rejoice as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary on May 17, 2013. Our mission statement: “Grow in Faith, Live in Love, Share the Hope, as we Journey with Jesus” will guide us as we continue to serve the Lord through the ministry of our congregation.
NP – Moravian Bishop Kay Ward pens Bible Study for Lutheran magazine Gather
Moravian Bishop Kay Ward will share her faith and wisdom with sisters from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as she hosts a nine-month Bible study event on the pages of Gather magazine.
Gather is the magazine of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Rt. Rev. Ward is author of the Bible study, “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women,” which will run in the magazine from September 2013 through May 2014.