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Position Available: Northern Province Controller

The Moravian Church Northern Province (MCNP) is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as the Controller of a small, but complex nonprofit organization made up of congregations, ordained clergy, and lay staff serving throughout the United States and Canada.   Principal Responsibilities Supervises and oversees the general financial operations of the Moravian Church Northern […]

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Honoring 150 Years of Freedom (Moravian)

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 […]

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Deed Day offers rare look at the beginnings of Bethlehem

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 […]

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An Introductory Letter from The Northern Province IPO Task Force

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 […]

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Illustrating Healthier Congregations

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 […]

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Illustrating the Healthy Congregation ideal for the Northern Province

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 […]

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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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Passion for God, compassion for people and willingness to get out of God’s way

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 […]

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Building up congregational health

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 […]

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“The trick will be…” Bringing the Tricklebee ministry to life

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 […]

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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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Christ’s Community Church heeds God’s call to feed local children

“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 […]

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Provincial Update January/February 2015

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. […]

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Northern, Southern Province PECs meet to share best practices

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 […]

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What does it take to spend a year in Nepal?

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 […]

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

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. […]

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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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Unity Lodge Grand Opening at Van-Es

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, […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center Celebrates 50 Years!

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 […]

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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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Camp from Wisconsin to Nicaragua… and back

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 […]

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Faith Gifts help make more ministry possible

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 […]

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NP – York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need

012014yorkintroMany 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.

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NP – 2014 Northern Province Synod: Bringing Moravians together to lead for the future

012014npsynodintroEvery 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.

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(NP) Washington DC pastor shares why it’s the ministry that matters

122013dcpastorintro“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.

 

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(NP) Daggett Moravian “saddles up” for Cowboy Church celebration

112013CowboyChurchIntro“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.

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(NP) Ohio congregations join together for “Grace in the Valley”

102013graceinvalleyintroThe 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.

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NP – Historic lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners

092013lovefeastintroNearly 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.

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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!

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NP – Young adults study the importance of their faith at Wisconsin retreat

052013wdretreatintroI 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.

 

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NP – Palmyra Moravian celebrates sesquicentennial

052013palmyralogoThe 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.

 

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NP – Moravian Bishop Kay Ward pens Bible Study for Lutheran magazine Gather

052013kaywardintroMoravian 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.

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Moravian Daily Texts

08/28/2016

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Let mutual love continue. Hebrews 13:1

Sunday, August 28 — Proverbs 25:6–7; Psalm 112
Hebrews 13:1–8,15–16; Luke 14:1,7–14

The Lord is my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior; you save me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3

 

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8–9

 

Brothers and sisters, abandon your fears and be joyful in the promise of the Lord! He has redeemed us, despite our unworthiness. This is such an amazing gift. God, help us to share this good news with the lost among us. Amen.

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