Moravian Church in North America

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WD News and Notes, September 2015

Newsletter of the Moravian Church, Western District

Healthy Congregations Task Force

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 get their newsletter, email


The Call Process

  • Please hold the Watertown WI congregation in your prayers as they work in the Call Process to seek pastoral leadership.
  • Please hold the Downey CA, Grace MI, and Northfield MN congregations in your prayers. All three congregations are being led by their Joint Boards.


Southern Wisconsin Lovefeast

The Southern Wisconsin Moravians for Mission will host a Love-feast on Sunday, September 13th at 2:00 pm at Lake Mills Morav-ian Church. Rick Nelson will speak of his work in Ahuas, Honduras. Brother Nelson’s presentation will be followed by a luncheon hosted by Lake Mills.


Provincial Cup of Covenant

Please hold in prayer our clergy who will be gathering for the Provincial Cup of Covenant Retreat on September 14th-17th at Spruce Lake Retreat Center in Canadensis, PA.


2016 District Synod

Western District Synod will be held at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center on April 28th – May 1st, 2016. Please put the date on your church calendar! Congregations are asked to elect your Delegate(s) and Alternate(s) now. The District Board will host a series of regional pre-synod meetings designed to prepare delegates and alternates for informed and effective participation in Synod. Joint Board members are also invited. Stay tuned for dates and locations.


Church Anniversaries

  • 5th Main Street (146 years)
  • 10th Daggett (104 years)
  • 11th Watertown (161 years)


Lutheran-Moravian Coordinating Committee

I invite you to check out a new blog, sponsored by the Lutheran-Moravian Coordinating Committee. Our Northern Province Rep-esentative, Rev Tammie Rinker, offers the following:
The Lutheran-Moravian Coordinating Committee would like to get the word out about a new blog: The site is designed to lift up our shared ministry projects. We are hoping readers will submit their own examples of Lutheran Moravian ministry too. Rev Kelly Moore, Co-Pastor of Fries Moravian in Winston-Salem, NC administers the blog. You can also find us on Facebook.


District Women’s Retreat

The Western District Women’s Retreat will be held on September 25 – 27 at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center in Wautoma, WI. Bishop Kay Ward will be leading us as we explore “The Bestowing of Blessings.” Using scripture, story, and song, we will explore the essentials of our Moravian faith – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Faith, Love, and Hope. Our lives are showed with blessings and during our time together, we will stop to appreciate those blessings and learn how we might become blessings to each other. In addition to a great program, there will also be plenty of time for fellowship, sharing, laughter, creativity, and delicious meals. There will also be an optional time to join together with the Western Region Moravian Women to connect, elect officers, and vision for the future. The cost will be $115 for Black Oak or $87 for a cabin. Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast meals are included. If you are only able to come for part of the weekend, that can be accommodated as well. Registration materials have been sent to your church office. The retreat is being hosted by the Lake Mills Moravian Women. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Nan Nelson (nancy. or 920-253 -9040) or Cindy Fahney (clfahney or 920-648-5744).


Western District Clergy Retreat

Save January 25th – 28th, 2016 for our Western District Clergy Retreat at Mt. Morris. Our program leader will be the Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons, Assistant Professor of Theology at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, PA. Steve will focus our attention on creative ways to in-corporate scripture into worship, education, and congregational life. More program information and registration materials will be coming your way in October.


Mt. Morris Woodcutter’s Day

Over the past ten years Moravians and others around the District have been instrumental in assis-ting Mt. Morris with one of its major tasks – supplying firewood for the many fireplaces through-out the Camp. With that in mind, we’d like to announce that Satur-day, October 31st will be Wood-cutter’s Day 2015! Lodging will be available Friday evening. Sat-urday breakfast and lunch will be served in Arrowhead Center. Woodcutters are asked to bring chain saws, gloves, and miscel-laneous hand tools. Preregistra-tion is necessary so that Joy has a meal count and we can assign lodging for Friday evening early arrivers. If you can help out with Woodcutter’s 2015 please email us at Thanks so much for your past help and help with this year’s woodcutting event.


Tour the Holy Land

The Rt. Rev. Hopeton Clennon is organizing a Moravian pilgrimage to the Holy Land through Education Opportunities Tours January 4th-13th, 2016. The price starts at $2,998 and includes roundtrip international airfare from New York Kennedy airport, deluxe motor coaches, first class hotels, and daily buffet breakfast and dinner. You may register online at


Moravian Heritage Tour

A 5 day, 4 night trip into the heart of our American Moravian Heritage from October 7th – 11th.

  • Motor Coach Departs Sturgeon Bay WI on Oct 7 with pick up points along Hwy 43/94.
  • Overnight in Streetsboro OH, complimentary breakfast then on to Bethlehem PA
  • Two nights stay at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
  • Tour of the Moravian Museum and Old Bethlehem with a catered lunch.
  • Free time to explore and shop; including the Moravian Book Store.
  • Moravian Historical Society tour of Nazareth PA
  • Moravian College and Seminary tours.
  • Tour and dinner options at Hershey’s Chocolate World
  • Guided tour of Historic Schoenbrunn Village in New Philadelphia, OH

Quad Occupancy $500/person
Double Occupancy $625person
Single Occupancy $895/person

Registration information has been sent to your church office. Direct inquiries via email to: (subject line: Moravian Heritage Tour) or call Steve Heroux of the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church: (920) 495-5495.


From the Board of World Mission

Each month we send out a news-letter on our ministries around the world. If you’d like to be included please email Justin Rabbach at justin@moravian


From the Moravian Ministries Foundation

In 2012 the Moravian Ministries Foundation began a peer group study of faith-based and comm-unity foundation investment returns. This study is conducted as part of our continued commitment to providing Moravian Common Fund (our pooled in-vestment program) participants with superior investment returns at the lowest cost. We are pleased that for the third consecutive year, the Common Fund’s growth portfolio (70% equities, 30% fixed income) performance ranked number one.

Today the Moravian Common Fund stands at over $147,000,000, with 98% of the funds invested owned by Moravian churches and agencies. The other 2% are funds left to the Foundation for the benefit of Moravian churches and agencies. In other words, every dollar invested in the Common Fund is benefiting and supporting ministries of the Church.

If you would like a copy of the peer group study or our current investment performance report, or if your church/agency is interested in learning more about the Moravian Common Fund, please contact Paul McLaughlin, MMFA president, at pmclaughlin@mmfa .info or 888.722.7923.


New Provincial Staff

The Provincial Elders are pleased to welcome Deborah Albors as the new Benefits and Human Resources Manager. Deb was selected from a pool of qualified candidates to head our Benefits Office. She began her new work on August 17. Join us in welcoming her to the family. You can contact her at or 610-867-7566 x16.

Also, joining the Board of World Mission staff is new administrative assistant, Deb Swanson. She returns to the Church Center having worked previously in the IBOC office. Welcome back! You can contact her at or Phone number for the BWM office is 610-868-1732.

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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