Tag Archives: 2013

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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Board seeks God’s direction in Mission during fall retreat and meeting

112013BWMRetreatIntroThe Board of World Mission in North America (BWM) met from October 3-5, 2013 at the Christian Springs Retreat Center in Bethlehem, Pa. for a strategic planning session, followed by a business meeting.

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Tracing Moravian roots on the Unity Youth Heritage Tour 2013

112013UnityYouthHeritageTourIntroIn August, a group of young Moravians from the Northern and Southern Provinces joined counterparts from across the Moravian Unity for the 2013 Unity Youth Heritage Tour. The Tour, which traced the roots of the Ancient Unity and renewed Moravian Church in Europe, offered an opportunity to visit the cradle of the Moravian Church.

We asked those who attended to share their perspective and insights into the meaning of this opportunity to them.

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Learning from our past: Ideas for a 21st-century choir system

112013ChoirSystemIntroLanie Yaswinski is the former assistant archivist at the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. This article is a result of research comparing modern church practices with those of 18th-century Moravians presented at workshops for the Eastern District’s “Heart of Ministry” conferences in 2009 and 2011. A longer version of this article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of The Hinge.

In 2011 I was asked by our District President, Dave Bennett, to consider what a modern Moravian choir system might look like. The result is a proposal for a new choir system that is really dependent on the revival of the small-group prayer bands that delivered pastoral care to all church members through highly active lay leadership.

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Committee focuses on worldwide matters at meeting in Bethlehem

112013UnityExecutiveCommitteeIntroMembers of the Unity Executive Committee met in Bethlehem, Pa., in September to pray for and conduct business on behalf of the Unity Board of the Worldwide Moravian Church. The three days of meetings focused on matters that pertain to the Unity provinces, mission provinces and mission areas around the Moravian world.

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Ponderings: Steeping myself in Moravian theology and history

112013PonderingsIntroSince joining the staff of the IBOC, I’ve been fascinated (and sometimes confused) by the history and theology of the Moravian Church. Whether it’s the Ancient Unity, the work of Comenius, the church of Zinzendorf’s time or the modern-day Unitas Fratrum, I’m still trying to get my arms around what it means to be Moravian.

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Youth mission project produces a-maze-ing labyrinth for Christ Moravian

102013labyrinthintroInstead of its usual summer mission trip doing work in the Laurel Ridge vicinity, the Christ Moravian (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Youth Group decided to do mission on a more local basis. Youth leaders Matt Pace, Kiley Smith and Sabrina Maksi, in collaboration with the youth group, came up with the idea of building a labyrinth for the church. It was to be a surprise for the church and its neighborhood.

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Travelers find warmth and hospitality among Alaskan Moravians

102013alaskanmoraviansintroWarmth and hospitality. These two words come to mind when I think of Alaska. Not the warmth that makes you take off a layer, but the warmth you see in a loving smile and feel deep within as you connect with people through a bond of love and being Moravian.

On August 6, 18 travelers from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania journeyed to Bethel, Alaska to visit with Moravian brothers and sisters there. Later, they would be joined by 16 others to journey into the heart of Alaska, and cruise down the coast. Each leg of the trip was different; each day, the travelers were being prayed for by someone at home.

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Salem Creek RCC reaches out to St. Philips’ neighborhood

102013stphilipsintroThis summer, the Salem Creek Regional Conference of Churches worked together actively on outreach to children in the neighborhood around Saint Philips Moravian Church in the northern part of Winston-Salem. The Salem Creek RCC (Home, Messiah, Trinity and St. Philips congregations) identified the needs of that neighborhood and, working together, developed a plan for a summer outreach that would invite neighborhood families and children to a fun, positive program at the historic congregation.

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Redeemer Ohio Community Garden plants seeds of outreach

102013redeemergardenintroIn the last few years America’s interest in organic, locally-grown food has increased substantially. Add an economic downturn and a fast-paced urban environment to this newfound interest and the result is a resurgence of home gardens, as people try to save money, provide their families with healthy produce and unwind by stepping off the concrete and sinking their hands into good ol’ fashioned dirt.

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Ponderings: Sparking a sense of community

102013ponderingsintroSitting in this editor’s chair (it’s not really a special seat, just a standard office chair from IKEA), I get to hear about—and read about —the great things our Moravian congregations are doing. Whether mission work around the world or at home, neighborhood outreach, help for the homeless, or just inviting folks in for a meal or worship time, it’s heartening to see Moravians making a difference.

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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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Official Provincial Elders’ News for October 2013

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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Obituary: The Rev. Melvin R. Klokow

Brother Melvin R. Klokow died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on July 29, 2013, at the age of 91.

Born in Watertown, Wis., Mel later attended Moravian College and Seminary. Melvin and his wife, Helen, were life-long Moravians who joyfully served the Lord together. After their marriage at First Moravian Church (N.Y.) in 1949, they served Daggett Moravian Church in Michigan and welcomed the arrival of four children: Christine, Linda, David and Jonathan. In 1957, Mel accepted the call to start a new church, Grace Moravian, in Wayne (now Westland), Mich. After eight years there, Mel and Helen were called as missionaries to the Moravian Church in Bethel, Alaska. In 1968, the family moved to Gnadenhutten, Ohio where they served the John Heckewelder Moravian Church, and were involved in the historical outdoor production of “Trumpet in The Land.”

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Mission team learns and grows while helping Alaskan Seminary

102013alaskanseminaryintro“Recently, I was given the opportunity to work with a Moravian work team in Alaska. Just being given the chance to go to Alaska was awesome, but being given the chance to help other people was a chance I couldn’t pass up. I booked my flight, got my days off and left, having no idea what was in store.”

These are the words of David Kemmerer, a member of East Hills Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa., who arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on the evening of July 12, spent the night in the airport, and met the other team members of the Bethel work crew.

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Creating a Mission and Ministry Fund

102013missionministryintroSince 1997 the Moravian Ministries Foundation has been helping individuals who want to support their churches and favorite ministries through gifts from their wills and via other forms of “planned giving.” In recent years we have seen growing interest in creating what we call a Mission and Ministry Fund.

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Comenius Learning Series event explores Ancient Unity and Sermon on the Mount


102013comeniusintroIn early July, Aaron Linville, a recent Moravian Seminary graduate from Kernersville, N.C., joined nearly 60 others at the Board of Cooperative Ministries’ Comenius Learning Series session at Laurel Ridge. This session, “Comenius for a Complicated World,” included lectures and workshops led by Craig Atwood of the Center for Moravian Studies and scholar Diane Lipsett. Aaron shares his learning from this session…

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Choosing a cover for the Daily Texts

102013DTintroWhen I describe the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, I typically start with “publish The Moravian Magazine,” followed by “run the moravian.org website,” “produce books about the church and its faith,” and “provide communications counsel to ministries and congregations.” But our most visible work is the annual production of the North American editions of the
Daily Texts.

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Bethlehem Archives completes first phase of renovations

102013archivesintroOn August 20, more than 100 people gathered at the Moravian Archives to celebrate completion of the first phase of renovations to the Archives building.

The Archives’ “Summer Soiree,” which brought together donors, volunteers and friends of the Archives, featured celebratory food and music, including a welcoming trombone choir and chamber trio. Among the attendees were US Congressman Charlie Dent and Bethlehem Mayor John B. Callahan, who each shared their thoughts on the value of the Moravian Archives and congratulating the Archives’ staff on completing this first phase of the project.

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Moravian youth “get connected” at Convo 2013

092013convointroHigh school students from many corners of the North American Moravian world came together for a week of learning, prayer, fellowship, worship—and, of course, fun!—at Convo 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.

Since 1957, Convo has invited Moravian youth who have completed grades 9 through 12 to join together every four years. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life-changing and last forever.

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Prayer shawls for Northern Province Synod

092013prayershawlintroAnnounced last fall, the Prayer Shawl Minsitry of the United Brethren’s Church on Staten Island is hoping to provide one prayer shawl for each delegate to the Northern Province Synod in June 2014. That means 250 shawls! The group has commitments for close to 100, and is looking for more knitters to help!  

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Ponderings: One busy Summer

For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me, this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter!
July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there.

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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 8, 2013

The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.

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Obituary: The Rev. Otto Dreydoppel

Brother Otto Dreydoppel died at Lynnwood, Washington, July 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Born November 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Otto and Sophie (McCubbin) Dreydoppel. Brother Dreydoppel graduated from Moravian College in 1952 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1955. He received a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 1, 1955 and consecrated a Presbyter January 20, 1963.

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Matz

Sister Mary J. Matz died at Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2013, at the age of 81 years. Born August 10, 1931 in Havertown, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Olive (Wise) Dill. Sister Matz graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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Moravian Music Festival 2013

092013musicfestivalintroIn July, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania came alive with music as the 24th Moravian Music Festival came to town.

For seven days, singers, musicians and music lovers from around the country (and the globe!) braved the summer heat of Bethlehem for a week of workshops, rehearsals, concerts and more. In Central Moravian Church and on the south campus of Moravian College, participants played, sang and appreciated the broad scope of Moravian music.

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Mission trip results in ecumenical partnership and communion

092013missiontripintroDuring the week of July 14, 2013 eleven members of the Hope Moravian Church of Hope, Ind. traveled to Staten Island, New York on a Mission Trip. Lots of Moravian congregations have been doing that very thing this summer, as so many of us are moved to help out the many East Coast residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed, just nine months ago, by Superstorm Sandy.

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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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Mission work on the home front: a remembrance of Francis Weber

092013weberintroThis year America commemorated the lives of two important African Americans who through their brave determination helped to end racial segregation and injustice in this country and the world. On February 4 the nation celebrated the one-hundredth birthday of Rosa Parks (1913-2005), who was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. June 12 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who, not long after President John F. Kennedy delivered his address to the nation on civil rights in 1963, was shot in the back at his home in Jackson, Mississippi, by a white supremacist.

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Filling in the GAPS

092013gapsintroEvery Monday night we here at the GAPS Community at Downey Moravian Church sit down together to share a meal. As you might imagine, most aspects of our life together in intentional community involve some level of intentionality and purpose. But the lens that provides us with much of our focus and direction is this weekly house meal when we gather to reflect on where we have been, to plot and plan for where we are going, and to freely imagine the new paths that we might forge together.

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