Tag Archives: 2012

Moravian Magazine, June 2012

On the cover: Delegates at the Western District 2012 Synod used technology to review and share documents to reduce paper use. Photo by Mike Riess

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The Moravian Magazine May 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian camps On the cover: A view from “on the mountain” at Laurel Ridge, N.C.

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Moravian Magazine April 2012

  Open publication – Free publishing On the cover: Layne Gerbig of First Moravian Church in Dover, Ohio, painted her interpretation of John 3:1-17

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Moravian Magazine, March 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More star mountain On the cover: Teachers work with disabled children at Star Mountain in Ramallah, West Bank. Photo by Bill Ray.  

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Moravian Magazine, October 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More bethabara   On the cover: A chilly sunrise heralds the beginning of Fall. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine, September 2012

  Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian     On the cover: Pastors lead the closing worship at the 2012 Eastern District Synod in Bethlehem, Pa.  Photo by Mike Riess.

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The Moravian Magazine, July/August 2012

Open publication – Free publishing On the cover: The Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of Doctrinal Theology, leads graduates during commencement ceremonies at Moravian Theological Seminary.  Photo by Colleen Marsh  

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Images from the December 2012 edition

Testing, testing…

 

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Moravian Unity Board meets in Herrnhut

unityboardintroThis fall, representatives from Moravian Provinces around the globe arrived in Herrnhut, Germany for the biennial meeting of the Unity Board of the worldwide Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller and The Rev. David Guthrie, presidents of the Northern and Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conferences, travelled the Herrnhut for the occasion.

 

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Obituaries: Ronnie White, Kenneth Robinson

The Rev. Ronnie Keith White

Brother Ronnie Keith White passed away on October 25, 2012 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  He was born on August 1, 1953 in Ahoskie, N.C. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Seminary with an M.Div. in 1979.

 

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Eastern District seeks director of Youth and Young Adult ministries

As a result of a Synod resolution passed at the 2012 Eastern District Synod in June, the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, is seeking a new director of Youth and Young Adult ministries. 

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Ponderings: Weathering the storm

ponderingsintroOn October 29, a most unwelcome guest visited the northeastern U.S. — a hurricane/superstorm named Sandy. As that blustery Monday wore on, we knew we were in for an event many would remember for a long time.

The wind and rain rose throughout the day and into the overnight, taking down trees and limbs all over Bethlehem. Most of the city lost power. Schools and some businesses closed for days. Thankfully, the storm took no fatalities in our area.

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Prayer shawl ministry spreads in ever-widening circles

shawlintro“As God created the heavens, the earth, and life itself, may God give birth to new life in us. May God’s love be known to us today through Jesus Christ. And as tiny pebbles thrown into a pond cause ripples to move outward in ever-widening circles, may our love move from this place outward—expanding to embrace our neighbors, our community, our human family, and our world.” (MBW, p. 47)

One day, a few women were chatting about the various ministries of the Staten Island (SI) Moravians in Mission (Great Kills, Castleton Hill, New Dorp, and Vanderbilt Avenue Moravian Churches). One of those women shared a devotion she had read. The writer spoke about the prayer shawl ministry of her denomination and the amazing undertaking that was part of their ministry. For a national church gathering, those who knit and crochet prepared enough prayer shawls for each delegate to receive one. 

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Paraments for churches: Looking for God in other places

paramentintroWhere can we find God in our lives and how can we serve him? In the spring of 2009 when our church closed the sanctuary for renovations, we needed to consider other places for worship. Our Fellowship Hall was remodeled for Sunday services. We now felt comfortable and assured that God was in our presence as we gathered together on Sunday mornings. But these changes caused us to ask, “Where else do we experience God and live out our faith?”

 

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Schoeneck Moravian Church celebrates 250 years of worship and service

Sunday, October 14 was a day planned and anticipated for almost a year, as the Schoeneck Moravian Church, just north of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, celebrated its 250th anniversary with a lovefeast, special anthems and a guest bishop.

 

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Central Putz featured on 2012 Christmas City seal

putzsealintroBethlehem, Pennsylvania’s oldest community putz—a unique Moravian display of miniature scenes and figurines in a home or church, which tells the biblical story surrounding the birth of Jesus—is honored on the 2012 Christmas City Seal.

 

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A message from our Staten Island churches

In this issue of The Moravian, we feature two stories from pastors on Staten Island. These stories were penned long before Hurricane Sandy came ashore on October 29 and 30. That storm devastated large sections of Staten Island, along with many areas in the New York metro area and 
Long Island.

Both churches featured—Great Kills and Castleton Hill—are working together with their sister congregations New Dorp and Vanderbilt Avenue to assist efforts to help those affected by this storm. In mid-November, the four Staten Island churches shared the following:

 

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Oak Grove celebrates 125 years

oakgrovechurchA large and joyful congregation gathered on Sunday, September 23, 2012 to celebrate Oak Grove Moravian Church’s 125th anniversary. The service included a lovefeast, special music by the choir and band, and an anniversary sermon preached by Bishop Graham Rights.

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The fog is lifting in Labrador

labradorintroAs we stood on the gravel tarmac next to the small building that housed a check-in counter and scale for the luggage and freight, we noticed the fog coming in closer over the village of Makkovik along the Labrador Coast. We were fearful that again the plane would turn back to Goose Bay as it had earlier that day, which might mean another four days in Makkovik until the fog was predicted to lift. And then we heard the plane and eventually saw it circle the building and land. After a quick refuel, we were on our way back to Goose Bay-Happy Valley where we would catch our flights home.

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Conference attracts Moravian scholars from around the globe

conferenceintroMoravians and those interested in Moravian history and music converged on Bethlehem in October for the third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music. Attendees came from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

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Annual clothing drive helps Staten Island residents feel blessed

clothingdriveintro“God bless you!” We often hear these words from the people who come to get clothing at the Staten Island Moravian Clothing Distribution. When they first come in to wait their turn or when they say goodbye with their bags full of clothing, they shower us with this simple, personal benediction.

And indeed God has blessed us. For the past nine years, the four Staten Island Moravian churches have worked together to offer clean, gently used clothing to children and adults in our community. Our efforts have grown from 2004 when we served 83 children and a few mothers to 2012 when we served 1086 children and adults.

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Scouting: The Order of David Zeisberger

The Moravian Church in North America honors outstanding service to Scouting with The Order of David Zeisberger. The award can be given to any adult of the Moravian Church who has distinguished himself or herself in service to Scouting. Congregations are encouraged to present this award to deserving adult(s) each year; a suggested time for presenting the award is Scout Sunday.

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Evangelism to the Sukuma

sukumabaptismThe Sukuma are the largest tribe in Tanzania and the second most prevalent group in the Sikonge district. The vast majority are animistic. Most are nomadic, traveling through the more remote areas of the country with their cattle. In the southern part of the district, however, there are, several Sukuma communities where tribal members have built homes.

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Scouting and the Moravian Church

ScoutsgirlsintroIt seems that every week the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA are in the news. As registered adult leaders in these organizations for many years (Sue for 31 years and Jay for 20 years), active members when we were growing-up, and parents of an Eagle Scout and Gold Award recipient we wonder if it’s the baby or the bath water that is being scrutinized.

Fortunately for us, our home congregation can see beyond the controversies and appreciate the value of these programs and the synergies they provide to its own youth programming. Our church has chartered a Boy Scout troop for many years and is home to six Girl Scout troops. These troops bring 40 boys, 55 girls, and most of their parents into our building each week.

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October Official Provincial Elders’ News

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 thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.

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Ponderings: An intern’s story

ponderingsMGR 1569Editor’s note: For this month’s Ponderings, I invited Renee Schoeller, a student from Hoftstra University who interned with the Interprovincial Board of Communication this summer, to offer her thoughts on working with the staff of the Moravian Church Center in Bethlehem. Renee jumped in and did some great work with us. She was a valuable member of our team during the launch of www.moravian.org and the final stages of the 2013 Daily Texts.

I had the great opportunity to work at the Moravian Church Center three days a week this summer as a publications intern with the Interprovincial Board of Communication.

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Historic Moravian palisade in North Carolina in need of protection

bethChurch and Fort GJ 2011introMost Moravians immediately recognize the names of the church’s historic congregation towns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Salem, North Carolina. However, the history of the Moravians in the New World also includes some significant wilderness sites that are recognizable to only a few.

One of these is Historic Bethabara Park, the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The outpost for the Wachovia Tract, which was the grandest project the Moravians had ever undertaken, Bethabara (Hebrew for house of passage) served as a foothold in the nearly 100,000-acres the Moravians acquired from John Carteret, Lord Granville, the last British proprietor of the North Carolina colony.

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Ephraim Moravian proves an “old dog can learn new tricks”

ephraimramp Apr 2012The Ephraim Moravian Church may have been built in 1859, but it’s just been brought into the 21st century.

Our church—and basically all of Door County, Wisconsin—has an aging population. All but a few of our Ephraim Moravian kids are in high school, college, or have gotten married and moved away. Those of us remaining can see a day where a cane, a walker, or even a wheelchair will be a welcome addition to our transportation, and many of our departed members had spent their last years aided that way.

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Covenant Moravian Church focuses on communicating

Backpack Blessing 2012The congregation at Covenant Moravian is focused on communicating—circulating a cohesive message for both our members and community to see the affect of the Moravian church in our daily lives and in the lives of those we touch.

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Connecting with Moravian Youth at Convo 2013

Convo 025Since 1957, Moravian Youth from across North America have been gathering for worship, learning, fellowship and building connections. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life changing and last forever.

A team of youth ministry representatives from both Provinces is gearing up for Convo 2013, set to take place June 30-July 6, 2013 at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The theme of the week is “Let’s Connect at Convo 2013.” This Convo will be for youth who have completed grades 9 through 12.

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