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WD News and Notes, March 2016

The Newsletter of the Moravian Church • The Rev. James Hicks, President

From Our District President

Greetings and peace to you! We have been “Embraced by Resurrection!” For delegates and agency members attending our upcoming Western District Synod on April 28th – May 1st at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center, thank you for registering! Thus far, six of ten pre-synod meetings are complete. I look forward to further gatherings as we prepare for the work of synod. By the end of March synod attendees will receive lodging information. Thus far, it appears we will be able to honor most requests, other than the fact that almost everyone listed Black Oak Lodge as their first choice! Sister Tina Giesler will invoice the congregations and agencies in the next several weeks. Congregations are asked to submit payment by April 21st. Billings are going to Treasurers, with copies to the pastors. As reports become available, we will post them on the synod website (www.2016wd We anticipate most reports will be posted around April 1st, a timely date for those who claim to be fools for Christ. Finally, please pray for a spirit of discernment for synod. What are the outcomes God desires from synod? And, what work will be entrusted to your hands? With gratitude for the ministries entrusted to our hands. — James


Healthy Congregations

The Healthy Congregations Task Force is exploring ways to foster congregational health through a newsletter, surveys, and a variety of opportunities and resources. Visit them at healthymoravian To receive their newsletter, email healthiermoraviancongregation@


Mid-States Spring Rally

The Mid-States Region will hold their Spring Rally for youth in grade 6 – age 21 at Camp Camby in Camby, IN on April 1st – 3rd. Registration forms are available at


The Call Process

  • Please hold the Christian Faith, Morongo, and London congregations in your prayers as they work in the Call Process to seek pastoral leadership.
  • Please hold the Downey, Grace, and Main Street congregations in your prayers. All three churches are being led by their Joint Boards.


From the Moravian Ministries Foundation

Faith-based and wholly committed to the highest financial integrity, the Moravian Ministries Foundation is a one-of-a-kind resource for connecting Moravian values to charitable giving and investing. Serving church administrations, agencies, and any individual who wants to support the health and growth of Moravian ministry, we offer an array of services – including consultation, education, and access to quality investment vehicles for long-term financial planning. Please contact Foundation President Paul McLaughlin (pmclaughlin@mmfa .info or 336-725-2589) for more information, like us on Facebook, sign up for our weekly eNews-letter, and visit our website ( to join the conversation. We look forward to helping you and Moravians everywhere to “Invest Where You Believe.”


From the Board of World Mission

Each month we send out a newsletter on our ministries around the world. If you’d like to be included please email Justin Rabbach at


Unity Synod

The Unity Synod, held once every seven years to deliberate on the ministry and business of the worldwide Unity, will be August 12th – 19th in Jamaica. Delegates representing the Northern Province are Sister Betsy Miller as PEC President and Brother Michael Johnson and Sister Staci Marrese-Wheeler, who were elected at the 2014 Provincial Synod. Please be in prayer for the preparations for this gathering and for our delegates. Sr. Judy Ganz has agreed to serve as Synod Secretary.


Save the Date!

Thank you to all the clergy who attended the annual District Clergy Retreat at Mt. Morris. Save the date for next year’s retreat – January 23rd – 26th, 2017!


The Moravian Church Grant Makes Moravian College More Affordable for Members

As America’s sixth-oldest college, Moravian College (MC) has been a little revolutionary from the start. The College has been pushing boundaries in small ways that have big (lasting) impacts since 1742. That’s when a 16-year-old Moravian girl Benigna founded the nation’s first school to educate women. Almost 275 years later, Moravian College gives 1,850 undergraduates eye-opening, heart-racing ways to discover their own little revolutionary spirits.

Moravian College maintains its deep-rooted traditions and honors its long-standing affiliation with the Moravian Church by offering an annual $2,000 grant to all congregation members who enroll as full-time undergraduate students. The Moravian Church Grant is designed to help make attending Moravian more affordable for members and their families.

The College challenges all of its students to dream a little bolder, think a little differently, and doing something a little out there. That’s why MC annually awards $30 million dollars in financial aid to students – with more than 90 percent receiving institutional grants and/or merit scholarships. It’s why MC gives every freshman a MacBook Pro and iPad to get ready for the tech-savvy, ever-connected world.

Moravian College believes in the liberating power of the liberal arts. This means students have the freedom to own their education. They choose from more than 55 academic programs; they get hands-on, in-the-field opportunities; they work one-on-one with professors on SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academic Research) projects; or they study abroad in nearly 20 countries.

For From 20 NCAA Division III teams to 80-plus clubs and organizations, students participate in service, Greek life, performing arts, and campus communications. They can serve on United Student Government, host a radio show on WRMC, join the Greyhound Marching Band, and see a show in New York City with IMPACT. They can even start their own clubs.

Greyhounds get to be front-and center for campus traditions (like Vespers, MC’s Christmas services), and enjoy amenities such as the always-buzzing student union and the new fitness center. A bonus: Moravian College’s hometown – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (and the Lehigh Valley) – is the perfect college town for students to explore, with its student-friendly restaurants, quirky shops, and a growing arts scene.

Being a little revolutionary has taken Moravian College (and its students) a long way. Ninety-five percent of the College’s graduates finish in four years. And 97% of newly-minted alumni from the Class of 3=2015 landed jobs or went to grad school within 6 months. So it’s not surprising that Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the College among the top 25 percent of U.S. schools for high return on investment.

For centuries, Moravian College has been unleashing the kind of out-of-the-box dreamers, doers, and go-getters – revolutionary-thinking Greyhounds – the world needs. And that’s just the beginning.

Prospective students can qualify for the Moravian Church Grant if they: have applied and been accepted to Moravian College; are an active member of the Moravian Church community; and provide a letter from their pastor supporting the student’s participation. For more information on the Moravian College Church Grant, please contact Peter McCullough at or by calling 610 861-1448. Visit the website:

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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