Tag Archives: 2014

Moravian Magazine December 2014

  On the cover: Traditional Beeswax candle lights the way toward Christmas. Photo by Mike Riess & Renee Schoeller.

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Christmas at the Bethlehem Boarding School for Girls

How did students at the Moravian Boarding School for Girls in Bethlehem experience Christmas around 1790? To answer this question, we turn to an unusual source. The records of the school contain a school diary for the years 1788 to 1791. The diary was kept not by a teacher but by the students themselves. Each […]

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Am I my brother’s keeper?

A personal reflection on Ferguson by Betsy Miller “Am I my brother’s keeper?” took on new meaning for me when I was in St. Louis, Missouri last month. The National Council of Churches had made a deliberate decision to hold its annual meeting in St. Louis to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ. […]

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Lectures discuss Moravians’ balance of economics and religion

In many religious settings, the spiritual side and economic side of “being the church” can sometimes be a difficult mix. But for Moravians in Bethlehem during the early days of the settlement in Pennsylvania, their economic efforts were key to making their spiritual work possible. At the November 2014 Adamson Forum in Chaska, Minn., attendees […]

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Moravians gather to discuss money and ministry

In early November representatives from more than 20 Moravian congregations and agencies gathered in Chaska, Minnesota to gain new insights on an old topic: money and ministry. The second Adamson Innovation Forum, sponsored by the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA), sought to help churches and agencies change their conversations about finances and faith by […]

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Feeding My Sheep: Sunnyside Ministry is working at it…

As you can see, the billboard says, “1 in 5 kids faces hunger.” This is the sign displayed by FEEDING AMERICA, and I see it each day as I travel into Winston-Salem. It is haunting, especially when we are told that 26 percent of the children in our area go to bed hungry at night. […]

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Living as a Christian and a Moravian in the former East Germany

The Rev. Andreas Tasche, a pastor and board member of the Herrnhuter Missionshilfe (Moravian Mission Society in Germany), grew up in the former East Germany. Under Communist rule, Christians were under constant suspicion and sometimes even open hostility from the government. In this remembrance, initially published in The Moravian Messenger, Andreas shares a little of […]

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Northern, Southern Province PECs meet to share best practices

In the peaceful, comfortable setting at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minn., members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences, North and South, met jointly to pray, study God’s word, share best practices and encourage and support one another. Thanks to funding from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, and in conjunction with the annual shareholders […]

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What does it take to spend a year in Nepal?

Let us introduce ourselves—we are the Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg. We are the crazy 50-year-old Canadian/Americans who sold almost everything to become Antioch servants living in Nepal for a year. Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…? Jeremiah […]

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Ponderings: Picturing Advent and Christmas

We all have our own ways of picturing Christmas in our heads. For some, it’s baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by Mary, Joseph and a cast of animals, shepherds and kings. For others, Christmas imagery is Santa on a massive sleigh, his reindeer guiding the way. And for still others, it’s a scene of […]

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Moravian Magazine, November 2014

On the cover: The Quiz Bowl team from New Dawn Moravian celebrates their victory at the 2014 Youth Rally. Photo by Mike Riess

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Lecture addresses challenge of maintaining Unity in a diverse world

  While it may not appear so in the Northern and Southern Provinces of North America, the Moravian Church is growing by leaps and bounds around the world. During the past quarter-century, explosive growth of church membership in the developing countries of Africa have pushed the number of Moravians in the world to more than […]

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Blessings in Tanzania: Walking hand-in-hand in mission

“Katika mauti ya Yesu Kristo, nakubatiza wewe Into the death of Jesus I baptize you…” I had the privilege to repeat this phrase as I baptized more than 130 infants, youth and adults while visiting 10 congregations in the southern district of the Western Province of the Moravian Church in Tanzania (MCWT) this past September. […]

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Moravian Youth “Give their all and stand tall” at 2014 Youth Rally

In what has become an anticipated annual tradition, youth and youth leaders from more than a dozen Eastern District churches came together for a weekend of fun, music, worship and fellowship at the 2014 Youth Rally. This year’s Moravian Youth Council Youth Ministries Weekend, themed “Giving My All and Standing Tall,” included youth teams from […]

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Laurel Ridge offers a Moravian Mountain Christmas

Start a new family tradition this year at Moravian Mountain Christmas at Laurel Ridge! Join us December 5-7, 2014, for a wonderful time of holiday celebration. Stay the entire weekend or join us for a day. The weekend will be filled with activities like craft making for families, sounds of the season by various musical […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News November 2014

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 Intercessionî 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 […]

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Unity Lodge Grand Opening at Van-Es

Close to 200 people attended Van-Es Camp on Sunday, September 28 to celebrate the grand opening of the Unity Lodge. The Rev. Matt Gillard began worship in the Memorial Chapel and concluded at the new Lodge with a ribbon cutting joined by Van-Es Chair, Alice Sears, along with Dave Quest, member of the Legislation Assembly, […]

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Moravian-United Methodist Dialogue Team moving forward with full communion

The Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in America continue their ecumenical work, as a potential full communion relationship with the United Methodist Church is almost a reality. Over the past two years, a team of representatives of the Moravian and United Methodist Churches have been gathering for a dialogue about the possibility […]

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Get ready for the Moravian Young Adult Convo this summer

Every four years, Moravian young adults in North America have the opportunity to come together for a Moravian Young Adult Convocation. Nearly eight years ago the participants for the Moravian Young Adult Convo 2007 traveled to the Czech Republic and Germany to see many of the historic Moravian sites and to find inspiration and vision […]

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Pastors recommit through Cup of Covenant

In quiet observances throughout the Northern and Southern Provinces, Moravian pastors both current and retired gathered on September 16 to recommit themselves to their work, to each other and to the Moravian Church. The Moravian observance of the Cup of Covenant began in the early years of the renewal, and for more than 200 years, […]

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God Shines on the Moravians

While sitting in a pew at the West Side Moravian Church in Green Bay, Wis., you can see the huge Jumbotron in the Green Bay Packersí stadium. And, from the Packersí stadium, you can see the shiny, spectacular, new, copper roof on West Side Moravian Church. I was wondering how I was going to be […]

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Moravian Magazine, October 2014

In this issue: $100 million for more ministry; selling a church to enhance a ministry; the making of the Daily Texts; Mt. Morris celebrates 50 years; congregational happenings; and more! On the cover: The belfry of Central Moravian Church as fall arrives in Bethlehem. Photo by Mike Riess.

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The unexpected gifts in life

As a pastor for thirty years I have encountered all kinds of people with different perspectives and approaches to life. Like any pastor worth their salt will confirm, bringing the love of Jesus Christ is an honor, a pledge and a call. At times, God’s unexpected love lands right in your lap. Here is one […]

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“Something Beautiful for God” The 2014 Plus 50 retreat

Each year people from around the Western District gather for a long summer weekend at Mt. Morris Camp in Wautoma, Wis. The annual Plus 50 event is an opportunity for the over-50 crowd to enjoy the experience of being campers. The group usually numbers 15–25; this year, our over-50 campers came from Minnesota, California, Indiana […]

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Rudolph Moravian congregation loses church to fire

After more than 80 years as the home of the Rudolph Moravian congregation, the church at 1490 Main St. in Rudolph, Wis., suffered a serious fire on August 26. While Rudolph is one of the smallest congregations in the Northern Province — less than 30 members — it has been a vital, faithful, spirit-filled group […]

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Ponderings: Gearing up for a busy Autumn

As the calendar rolls past Labor Day and the cool winds of September begin to blow (unless, of course, you’re in Canada, where the cold snows begin to fly), the activity level at many of our Moravian congregations begins to really ramp up. Not surprisingly, the same goes for the Interprovincial Board of Communication. While […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, October 2014

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. Prayer Day for […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center Celebrates 50 Years!

Sometimes ministry happens and creates a memorable place. Sometimes a special place helps ministry to come alive. Mt. Morris is both. It is a place like no other. On August 9th, 2014 the Mt. Morris Board and staff hosted a celebration of a place that is both special and memorable. We celebrated… …the people who […]

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Moravian Women’s Conference coming Summer 2015

The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference is quickly approaching and the conference committee is excited about seeing Moravian Women from around the world next June! The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25–28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to […]

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Behind the scenes: the making of the Moravian Daily Texts

  Every October, the Interprovincial Board of Communication receives hundreds of cases of the Moravian Daily Texts from its printer in Michigan. But shepherding each year’s Daily Texts from watchwords drawn more than two years before in Herrnhut to the printed—and now digital—publication used by many North American Moravians takes the IBOC team nearly a […]

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