Tag Archives: 2017

Thanks for the memories…

Retiring Board of World Mission Executive Director Judy Ganz shares thoughts on the Moravian mission work It truly has been a privilege to serve as the Executive Director of the Moravian Board of World Mission in North America, and I am grateful for God’s faithfulness and guidance in this ministry. I want to take this opportunity […]

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Churches come together to build “Welcome Kits” for Puerto Rican families

A few days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in late September, a group of five people met at Edgeboro Moravian Church expecting to discuss some of the upcoming events taking place in the congregation’s ongoing food ministries. What came out of that conversation was an expressed desire to reach out to those directly impacted […]

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Christmas from Carolina to the Caribbean

Every year the New Philly Kids (our K-5th grade youth group at New Philadelphia Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.) participates in the Operation Christmas Child project. This year we wanted to more directly help our Moravian brothers and sisters who have been impacted by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. With the help of the Board of […]

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Ponderings: “Morning Star, on my front porch…”*

On many Moravian (and non-Moravian) front porches and foyers this time of year, Advent Stars—or what we call “Moravian Stars”—are on display. While they make lovely decorations, they also remind us that the joy of Christmas is coming. The Advent after I joined the IBOC, our family received a white Herrnhuter star as a gift. […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: 1957 and Ground of the Unity

Studying the historical and theological background to The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Book Review: Speaking to 
Body and Soul

Instructions for the Moravian 
Choir Helpers, 1785-1786 Edited and translated by Katherine M. Faull 2016, Penn State Press What’s missing? This is a big question our church has been engaged with as we seek to define our mission, structure our organization, reach out in mission and invigorate the laity. As we consider declining numbers and […]

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Comenius Learning Series lecture 
highlights leadership and contributions of early Moravian women

In November, more than 40 Moravians gathered at Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to hear Dr. Katherine Faull of Bucknell University share her insights into women’s leadership roles in the 18th century Moravian Church. Dr. Faull’s lecture, entitled “Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church Through the Centuries” is part of the Board of […]

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Let Our Lights So Shine

Take a good look at a Moravian Christmas candle. Whatever is it doing in our modern church? Mr. Twentieth Century says it is nothing but a cylinder of yellow wax from a beehive, molded around a string and decorated with a bright-colored paper frill. Mrs. Practical moans that hours of work are needed to make […]

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Morning Star, O Cheering Sight

The singing of “Morning Star, O Cheering Sight” is a longstanding, heartwarming Christmas Eve tradition in many Moravian congregations. A young person from the congregation is invited to lead the singing, which features a call and response. As the song comes to a close, worshipers hold up their lighted beeswax candles, filling darkened sanctuaries with […]

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Larger Life Foundation enriches college-community connection

The Larger Life Foundation is fast approaching 100 years of ministry to the Moravian Church Northern Province. Through income received from its permanent endowment fund, the Foundation is able to provide “larger life” to many Moravian agencies and causes. Its financial reach is broad and far-reaching, including support for individual churches, educational institutions, camps, retirement […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE   Nazareth, Pennsylvania Brother Garritt Fleming, who has been serving the Freedom Moravian Church, Appleton, Wis., and Sister Sanette Fleming have accepted the call to serve as pastors in team ministry for Schoeneck Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pa.. Brother and Sister Fleming will be installed January 21, 2018. Specialized Ministry Sister Jennifer Moran, who […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 9 2017

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Cherokee Nation officials tour Southern Province Archives

On a wonderful, warm, Wednesday October afternoon at Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, N.C., a reading room full of invited guests assembled to welcome an official visit by two leaders from the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr., and the Honorable Jack D. Baker, a former at-large councilman for […]

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My crystal ball shows the beauty of the present

Last year, I bought a crystal ball—not to foretell the future or delve into mystical realms. No, this was a tool for creating unique photos. By holding a crystal ball in front of your camera lens and focusing on the image appearing inside it, you see an upside down, curved, wraparound view. Blur the background […]

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Board of World Mission takes on hurricane relief

Harvey, Irma and Maria. For several weeks it seemed like these were the only names you would hear on the news as one hurricane followed closely on the heels of another. The Board of World Mission (BWM), through Moravian Disaster Response has worked with numerous partners to try our best to put the generous gifts […]

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Laurel Ridge looks back on season of love

As the autumn winds begin to chill the mountains of western North Carolina, the staff at Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center is looking back on a wonderful summer of sharing faith and love with young Moravians. “Our theme of ‘Love’ for 2017 came from Colossians 3:14: ‘Beyond all these things, put on love, […]

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On writing a “new” memorial hymn

In making plans for the memorial service for my uncle, the Rev. Christian D. “Chris” Weber (see obituary, page 29), I was looking for hymn texts related to the Holy Spirit. The person and work of the Holy Spirit was an important influence and interest in my uncle’s life and ministry, so I wanted some […]

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Obituary: The Rev. 
Christian D. Weber

The Rev. Christian D. Weber passed into the more immediate presence of the Savior, Sunday, October 29, at Salemtowne, the Moravian Retirement Community. He was 90 years old. Brother Weber was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 13, 1927, the son of the Rev. Christian Otto Weber and Dorothy Pfohl Weber. His father and two brothers […]

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Edwin Sawyer

Brother Edwin A. Sawyer died in Lititz, Pennsylvania, October 5, 2017. He was 103 years old. Born July 20, 1914 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Otto and Sarah (Ziegler) Sawyer. Brother Sawyer attended Moravian Preparatory School in Bethlehem, and graduated from Lehigh University in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science in Business […]

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Intercessions for Times of Crisis

For many, it feels like we’re living in a time of constant stress and human tragedy. With natural disasters, racial unrest, political upheaval, economic uncertainty, mass shootings and terror attacks, we may find it difficult to find solace and peace. In these times, the prayers offered in the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship can help […]

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Home Church youth learn community gardening with gourds

This summer, youth at Home Moravian Church tended a unique patch of ground in a community garden in Winston-Salem to help raise funds for mission activities. Their gourd trellis grew several different types of gourds in a compact space and helped teach gardening, community service and a love of creation. Reesa Devers, an eighth-grader from […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ:

Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Blessed to Be a Blessing: Gifts of Change

This holiday season, would you consider taking part in the growing holiday tradition of giving gifts to those in need? 
 Download the 2017 Gifts of Change for more information. Gifts of Change is a representative giving program sponsored by the Moravian Board of World Mission (BWM )that allows us to walk with our global […]

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Justin Rabbach named BWM Executive Director

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church North America is pleased to announce that Justin Rabbach has been named the Board’s new executive director. He replaces the Rev. Judy Ganz, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Justin currently serves as the director of Mission Engagement, a position he has held since […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 8 2017

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Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 
November 26, 2017 On Sunday, November 26, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students. Watertown, […]

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Ponderings: Hear them as a message to us…

In my role managing the production of the North American version of the Daily Texts, I am always looking for ways to best describe how to approach and use this book. So when I hear someone discussing the Daily Texts and what it means to them—or better yet, a way to approach bringing the texts […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 7 2017

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

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 […]

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