Tag Archives: 2013

Moravian Magazine September 2013

  On the cover: A handbell awaits its chance to ring during the 24th Moravian Music Festival. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Moravian Magazine October 2013

   

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Moravian Magazine November 2013

On the cover: The Brethren’s House, built in 1748, housed the single men of the Bethlehem community.

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Moravian Magazine March 2013

Open publication – Free publishing   On the cover: An image for Lent. Read more about this month’s cover photo by reading “Ponderings.” Photo by Mike Riess.

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Moravian Magazine June-July 2013

On the cover: Rev. Brinmore Phual, chairman of the Guyana Province, prays with participants in the Board of World Mission Global Leadership Summit.

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Moravian Magazine December 2013

On the cover: Beeswax candles burn brightly during a Christmas Eve Lovefeast. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Moravian Magazine December 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian   On the cover: A scene from the putz at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This scene is featured on the 2012 Christmas City Seal. Photo by Mike Riess.

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Moravian Magazine January February 2013

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian   On the cover: This remarkable sunset helped ring out 2012 in preparation for a joyous new year.  Photo by Mike Riess

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The Moravian Magazine August 2013

On the cover: Moravian clergy sing during worship at the Interprovincial Clergy Retreat in Harrisonburg, Va.  Photo: Mike Riess  

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Official Provincial Elders News April 2013

Moravian Music Sunday 
April 28, 2013 The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged. […]

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The Moravian Magazine April 2013

Open publication – Free publishing – More full communion   On the cover: Events around the North American Moravian Church; photos by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine March 2013

Open publication – Free publishing   On the cover: An image for Lent. Read more about this month’s cover photo by reading “Ponderings.” Photo by Mike Riess. Official Provincial Elders’ News for March 2013   Read more… Ponderings: A cover for Lent For each issue of The Moravian, I endeavor to come up with a […]

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Moravian Magazine May 2013

  Open publication – Free publishing – More camp hope   On the cover: Laurel Ridge Senior High Campers make the most of a rainy day. Photo by Lynn Davis.

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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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Songbook makes musical addition to services at Trinity

122013songbookintroWhen John Foltz, a life-long member of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, attended the 2013 Moravian Music Festival in Pennsylvania, he discovered a new resource that is having a big impact on the congregation’s music ministry.

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Small stitches make a big difference

122013quiltintroA small group of women is using their passion for stitching to make a big difference to Hope Conference & Renewal Center.

The Hope Quilters have contributed over $4,000 (and counting!) to Hope Conference Center in 2013, money earned by stitching patchwork quilts, potholders, wall hangings, and anything else that can be created and quilted out of small pieces of fabric. The women (so far they are all women, but men would be welcomed, too) get together several times a year to plan, shop, and work on their quilting projects. Many of the women also stitch on their sale items at home in their spare time.

 

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Ponderings: A tale of two coffees

122013ponderingsintroLike many, coffee is central to my morning. Sharing a cup with my wife is how we start every day. It fuels my writing, helps me on long drives and provides a conversation starter at my local donut shop.

But I never realized that coffee would be part of my religious life until I began attending Moravian services. During one weekend in early November, I found coffee to be the connection between two very different worship services; this is the tale of two coffees.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for December 2013

NORTHERN PROVINCE

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Memories of Moravian Christmas on the Kuskokwim

122013kuskokwimintroIn our October issue, we shared several stories of Moravians visiting Alaska. During one of those visits, visitors met Ruth Strand Williams, a lifelong Alaskan. Ruth told visitors of her memories of the now abandoned Moravian Children’s Home. One of those visitors, Alice Mosebach, encouraged Ruth to share her remembrance of Christmas in Alaska during that time.

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A celebration of the Bible and ecumenism: the 400th anniversary of the Kralice Bible

122013kraliceintroThis September, the small town of Kralice in the Czech Republic came alive to celebrate a national treasure—the Kralice Bible.

2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the final, third edition of the Kralice Bible, the first complete translation of the Bible from the original text into the Czech language.

At the festival celebrating this anniversary, more than 2000 visitors attended exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings, films and more highlighting the importance of this book. The town, about 100 miles from Prague, was decorated with verses from the Bible for the event.

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In Memoriam: The Rev. Dr. Brigitte Schloss (1927-2013)

122013brigitteschlossintroThis summer, a fixture of the Labrador and Newfoundland’s Moravian community passed away. The Rev. Dr. Brigitte Schloss touched Moravians in Germany, England and for many years, Labrador. We share a remembrance from Hans Rollman, a professor of religious studies at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

On the afternoon of Aug. 24, 2013, while Brigitte Schloss’ earthly remains were buried at Nain with a memorial service in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, I attended at the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in St. John’s, a moving celebration and thanksgiving for her life. That service was arranged according to her wishes, with many of her friends attending, including a large contingent from Labrador.

I met Brigitte in the early 1990s after she had retired from her position as coordinator of Memorial University’s (MUN) native teacher education program in Labrador.

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Books offer deeper look into Moravian History

Are you interested in learning more about the history of the Moravian Church? Here are three volumes offered by the IBOC that can teach you what you want to know, answer your questions and strengthen your connection to those who made the Moravian Church what it is today.

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Call for Papers: Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History & Music

122013callforpapersintroThe fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music is coming to the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary October 2-5, 2014. The conference explores Moravian history and music in a worldwide context from the 15th to 20th centuries.

The conference is sponsored by Moravian College, Moravian Archives, and the Center for Moravian Studies, in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation, Moravian Historical Society, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership.

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The Beeswax Candle: A Moravian symbol of light and hope

122013beeswaxintroThe lights are dimmed, the candles are lit, a little voice begins singing Morning Star, O Cheering Sight and the congregation responds. It’s Christmas Eve, a night full of Moravian traditions. You’re familiar with the service, but do you know the origins of the beeswax candles that you are holding during the Christmas Eve lovefeast?

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A good time to look up

122013lookupintroWhen I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Psalm 8:3-4

It was the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the church year, and the preacher had begun the familiar preparation sermon. “Prepare the way of the Lord,” the preacher toned from the high pulpit. “All who have ears let them hear.” Directly over the preacher’s head was a traditional Moravian star, nearly six feet across, lit for the first time just minutes before.

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Obituary: The Rev. Leon H. Matthias

Brother Leon H. Matthias died at Silver Spring, Maryland, September 23, 2013, at the age of 66 years.

Born December 8, 1946 in Antigua he was the son of George and Ethel Matthias. Brother Matthias received degrees from United Theological College of the West Indies, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Catholic University of America. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry August 24, 1975 and consecrated a Presbyter August 18, 1981.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for November 2013

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 Fratrum) has continued to bless us. The 1988 Unity Synod affirmed the importance of this experience for the worldwide Moravian Church.

Under the schedule adopted by the 2009 Unity Synod, December 1-31 is assigned to the Northern Province and January 1-18 to the Southern Province. Each Provincial Board will supply assignment of specific dates to individual congregations, with suggestions for prayer topics.

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What one man can do by following the Lord

112013FishLadderIntroOn May 19, 2013, Scot Fortescue began a 360 mile charity run that would span from the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Tennessee state line, to end at the flatlands of the eastern coast at Emerald Isle, N.C. three months later.

The Fishladder Run evolved from an idea that popped into Scot’s head to give back to the community that had blessed his fish business for 22 years in Winston-Salem, N.C. After being unsure of whether this was something he should try or not, he asked God to let him know if the idea come from Him. For weeks God sent little answers, such as giving him his favorite verse in the Bible from a fishbowl at the YMCA. It was Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” I continued to encourage him to listen to what God was telling him. Scot decided to follow God’s direction to commit to the run and make the Scholarship Fund at Sunnyside Ministry in Winston-Salem the recipient of all donations. The scholarship would be in memory of his father, William Fortescue.

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Hearing the stories behind the songs

0813newmusicbookIn July, the Moravian Music Foundation and Interprovincial Board of Communication introduced Sing to the Lord A New Song: A New Moravian Songbook. This new songbook contains 80 brand new songs, written by and for Moravians, as a celebration of the vivacity and diversity of music in the modern Moravian Church in America.

As part of the submission process, songwriters were asked to share what led them to create these new works. In this and future issues of The Moravian, we share some of those stories to inspire others to try a new song, or put their hand to creating their own new works.

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Moravian Theological Seminary’s CROSSROADS program prepares lay leaders for congregational service

112013lindapensyl2When the Rev. Cynthia Geyer left College Hill Moravian Church to assume the new role of Eastern District Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, the congregation was faced with what to do to keep programs moving, fill the pulpit every other Sunday and assist Rev. David Geyer. Mostly they needed some time and space in order to sort out a long-term staffing plan. 

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