Tag Archives: 2014

London Moravian Church to mark 125th anniversary

The London Moravian Church congregation will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The church, located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin between the communities of Cambridge and Lake Mills, was established on October 6, 1889. All former Moravian pastors and spouses who have provided ministry leadership at London have been invited to join the […]

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Lancaster Moravian— selling the church to enhance its ministry

In many cases, we don’t pull out of the driveway until we have seen the exact route on our GPS, know what turns to make when and know exactly what time we will arrive at our destination. The very thought of launching off into the largely unknown seems a little nutty these days; yet, believe […]

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Investing Where We Believe: $100 million for more ministry

The Moravian Ministries Foundation is a unique interprovincial ministry of the Church. We do not train or educate pastors. We do not serve the poor or the elderly. We do not write, compose or perform music. We do not minister to people in far away lands. We do not lead worship. We do not evangelize […]

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Guidebook charts steps of Lehigh Valley Moravians

The rich cultural history of Moravians in the Lehigh Valley has never appeared more fresh or more entertaining than in the new Moravian Walking Tour and Guidebook: The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, published by the Moravian Historical Society. This Guidebook will surprise every reader, even those who are students of Moravian history. It contains more than […]

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First annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: a day of covenanting and prayer for children

In many Moravian churches, one Sunday in October is chosen to recognize and pray for children. The Southern Province got a head start this year by celebrating the first annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: A Day of Covenanting and Prayer for Children on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bethabara Moravian Church. It was a wonderful […]

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A Conquering Lamb for little hands to hold

The Lamb is a favored symbol of the Moravian Church. He can be found on the wide variety of logos and images that depict the Unitas Fratrum in every corner of the globe. And he is central to our seal and motto — Our Lamb Has Conquered. Let Us Follow Him. Now, thanks to the […]

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Moravian Magazine, September 2014

On the cover: Moravian youth from North America view Christian History in Cuba. Photo by Dave Sommers.

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Basking in the SON: An adventure to the Moravian Church in Cuba

This summer, a group of eight youth and young adults, ages 16 to 28, journeyed to Cuba to work with the newly emerging Moravian churches in one of the Unity’s newest mission areas. In responding to Christ’s call to serve on the Cuba Mission Team, these youth and young adults, and two adult leaders, utilized […]

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Camp from Wisconsin to Nicaragua… and back

In July 2014, a group of three campers from Chetek, the Moravian Church Camp in Wisconsin for students in 9th grade thru age 21, and two leaders traveled to Nicaragua to spend 10 days building relationships with the youth of the church there. The team traveled after an invitation came from First Moravian Church in […]

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Old Moravian Tradition + 21st-Century Technology = a very effective ministry!

Moravian wind players have accompanied singing at Moravian funerals since at least 1731 in Herrnhut. Over these 283 years, band members have been called to service by many different means of communication. The community in Herrnhut was small enough for word-of-mouth notifications — everyone knew who had been called to the more immediate presence of […]

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Faith Gifts help make more ministry possible

At the Northern Province Synod in June, many great ideas were put forth to enhance and improve the church’s mission and ministry. The Synod considered (and in many cases approved) these dreams for the future, recognizing that a body with no dreams is a dying body. But most of these dreams and ideas will require […]

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Bethlehem welcomes Moravian scholars and musicians for conference

Scholars, musicians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in downtown Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of topics related to Moravian history and music at the fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music scheduled for October 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. The conference theme […]

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Surgical Care in Sikonge

The treatment of infectious diseases, especially malaria, constitutes the vast majority of medical care throughout Africa. While the number of those injured in accidents is small in comparison, the lack of access to surgical expertise results in deaths, deformities and disabilities that are unimaginable to those of us in the United States. Peg and I […]

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New Beginnings to drive benefit for tornado relief

Take mother nature’s fury, a Sunday School Lesson about the tornado-ravaged city of Moore, Oklahoma, and a five-year-old with a servant’s heart and what do you get? The Motors-4-Moore Car & Motorcycle Show at New Beginnings Moravian Church in Hundersville, N.C. “This exciting, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4th, from 10-2 p.m. […]

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Ponderings: Lighting the fire at Laurel Ridge

I’m not sure when it hit me. Perhaps it was the long drive up the mountain on a sparkling clear afternoon. Maybe it was while worshiping and praying on the Eastern overlook. It might have been while watching a group of pastors praying over teary-eyed campers, or maybe it was seeing those same high school […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell

Brother Douglas W. Caldwell died July 17, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at age 71. Born May 7, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of David and Margaret (Ashburn) Caldwell. Brother Caldwell graduated from Moravian College in 1966 and received an M. Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969. In 1985 he received […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, September 2014

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 14, 2014 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 […]

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Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Healthy congregations….care and nurture of clergy…lay leadership…local and global missions…stewardship…identity, purpose and organization…ministry to youth and young adults. These are just some of the wide-ranging topics delegates tackled at the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church Northern Province, held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. Over the course of four-and-a-half days, Synod delegates […]

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Palmer Moravian says, “Don’t Just Go To Church — Be The Church”

It was Joint Board night at Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, Pa., one week after an awesome event. “What were God’s gifts that you experienced from our ‘…Be The Church’ program,” asked Pastor Missy? These were some of the responses: “Wow! It involved almost 200 members and friends all in one day!” “It brought people […]

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Moravian Theological Seminary Celebrates 2014 Commencement

Moravian Theological Seminary celebrated the conclusion of its 207th academic year with a commencement ceremony on May 10, 2014. The service was held in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with newly inaugurated President Bryon Grigsby, a 1990 Moravian College graduate, presiding. Twenty-one graduates received master’s degrees and certificates including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), […]

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Covenanting with Hand and Heart: the 2014 Northern Province Synod

Every four years in Provinces of the Moravian Church in North America, a little bit of history is made. Future generations look back on those every four-year occurrences — Synods — and see the movement of the Holy Spirit and the growth and changing of the Church. And looking back on the Synod of 2014, […]

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Prayer shawls wrap Synod delegates with love

At Moravian Church synods, delegates are often on the receiving end of prayers and best wishes from Moravians around the country.  At the 2014 Synod, those prayers, best wishes and love took the form of beautifully-crafted prayer shawls, one for each delegate. In a Friday morning service, the Rev. Maggie Wellert, pastor of Great Kills […]

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Stewardship, Societal Issues and Synod

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church has captured the attention of our Provinces and beyond for many reasons. Certainly the decision by Synod regarding parameters of ordination and covenanted relationship following years of prayerful conversation and consideration loomed most central, but other issues were faced with courage through several societal issues to which the […]

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Don’t be shy when it comes to capital campaigns

Leading the work of a Moravian ministry is a divine gift, but it requires financial gifts as well. That’s why the leaders of faith in our churches and agencies are often called upon to be leaders in raising money. Many people, however, shy away from the words “capital campaign,” and don’t want to take on […]

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Moravian Magazine, July/August 2014

On the cover: Prayer shawls surround the wooden chalice centerpiece at the 2014 Northern Province Synod. Photo by Mike Riess.  

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Moravian Magazine June 2014

On the cover: Hand-know hearts filled with treats greeted delegates to the 2014 Southern Province Synod. Photo by Sarah Hubbard.

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A small congregation doing big things with clothing distribution effort

Have you ever had the feeling that your congregation was too small to do a great big mission ministry? Maybe you’ve felt as if the age of your congregants would prevent any amazing ministries from happening. Well, I can assure you that if you trust in what God is calling you to do, even a […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, June 2014

NORTHERN PROVINCE Outdoor Ministries Sunday, June 22, 2014 The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 2 this year. Pastors are encouraged […]

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Southern Province Synod delegates approve broad range of resolutions

Every four years, the Southern Province of the Moravian Church brings together more than 200 delegates to “do the business of the church.” In April, those delegates approved a broad variety of resolutions that affirmed new opportunities, approved administrative and ministerial changes and provided direction for the next four years. The Provincial Synod has the […]

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Moravian polity at work–the (non)election of a Bishop

Synods are a special experience, one in which delegates listen for and discern the moving of the Holy Spirit in making decisions that affect the church. At the Synod of 2014, the Spirit seemed to be saying, “not now” in one area—the election of a bishop. One of the Synod’s key powers is the ability […]

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