Tag Archives: January

God’s word in my email

As you probably know, compiling and publishing the North American Moravian Daily Texts represents a major part of the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Every year, we translate Bible verses from German to English, assign writers to select hymns and write prayers, compile all of their great work into a book, then ship […]

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Moravian traditions in a non-traditional setting

Right after Christmas, we received a new perspective on Christmas Eve services from Michele Sevacko, who attends Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C. “What is Moravian?” is a question I asked my friend, when she suggested that we try out a new “church” that met in a coffee house in the Arts District in […]

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Moravian History and Music Conference set for October

The fifth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music will take place Oct. 27-29, 2016, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Scholars, musicians, historians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of Moravian topics. The weekend will be filled with events for […]

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Obituaries: Henkelman, Cottom, van Orden

Mrs. Martha Henkelman Sister Martha (Roth) Henkelman died at Nanaimo Regional District, British Columbia, October 29, 2015 at the age of. She was born January 14, 1919 at Marlin, Wash., a daughter of Adam and Lydia (Miller) Roth. Sister Henkelman attended schools in Marlin, Wash., and Western Baptist Theological Seminary, Portland, Ore. She was united […]

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Moravian Magazine, January/February 2016

On the cover: Crunching footprints in the snow mark the trail of earlier passersby. Photo by Mike Riess

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Sierra Leone: God’s call to return

It is difficult to be separated for seven months from the mission that you started, prayed for, and for which you thank God for his guidance and protection. Just ask Mohamed and Safiatu Braima from Luawa Yiehun, Kaihlun, Sierra Leone. They returned to the U.S. in June 2014 to celebrate their son’s graduation from chiropractic […]

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BCM resource highlights what it means to be “Simply Moravian”

Ever taken one of those Facebook quizzes? You know, “What Kind of 80s Rock Star Are You?” or “How Many World Flags Can You Name?” I’ve often thought it would be fun to create a “Test Your Moravian IQ” quiz. How would you do? Go ahead . . . try it! Who is considered the […]

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Moravian Magazine, January-February 2015

On the cover: A blanket of snow demonstrates the beauty of God’s creation. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Archaeologists uncover the First House of Nazareth (Pennsylvania)

In late September 2014, the news spread from the Ephrata Tract, the land in Nazareth Pennsylvania where Moravians first settled in the 1700s: the First House of Nazareth had been discovered! The announcement received national attention, including a mention in Archaeology magazine. The structure, erected in 1740, stood between the Whitefield House and the Gray […]

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Students participate in new Chicago urban mission

For many of us, the days between Christmas and New Year is a great time to reflect on the year gone by, and maybe get in a bit of rest and relaxation as we prepare for the year ahead. In the last week of 2014, 15 participants (11 high school and college-aged youth and young […]

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A new series: Studying Moravian Doctrine

Editor’s Note: When you ask Moravians, “what does it mean to be part of the Moravian faith?,” you’ll likely get many different answers about what our church is and what we believe. While the Moravian Church is known (and respected) for not being overly doctrinal or adhering to strict dogma or rules—thus the many ideas […]

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Planning visit reveals much about our Czech counterparts

Visiting the Czech Republic typically means seeing historic sights in Prague, but if you want to meet members of our church (there it’s called Jednota Bratrska) and learn of its ministry in a country where few identify themselves as active in religion and Christianity, travel about an hour north to Liberec and surrounding areas. When […]

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Youth and Young Adult Retreats: “It’s all about the relationships and being accepted for who I am.”

Moravian youth and young adults celebrate their relationships with each other and with the Lord as they gather each year for the Mid-States Fall Retreat and the Eastern District Eastern Region Winter Retreat. The weekends offer youth a chance to share powerful worship, relevant Biblical messages, games, group challenges and their own faith stories as […]

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Back in Time with The Moravian (January-February 1990)

The Moravian Magazine and its predecessors have been bringing news and commentary from around the Moravian world for more than 100 years. In its pages, you can read the story of our modern church. In this issue, we look back 25 years to the January/February 1990 issue. In the issue, readers learned of changes in […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2015 The Moravian Church is privileged to join with Christians throughout the world in prayers for the unity of the Church during the week of January 18-25. The theme for this year: Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” is based on John 4:7. Ecumenical Sunday, […]

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Obituary: The Rev. George R. Scilley

Brother George R. Scilley died in Fargo, N.D. on December 21, 2014, at age 81. Born August 27, 1933 in Fargo, N.D., he was the son of Ralph and Minnie (Schroeder) Scilley. Brother Scilley graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1958. […]

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Moravian Magazine January-February 2014

On the cover: Sun and clouds combine to demonstrate the beauty of God’s creation. 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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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Freeman

012014freemanintroBrother Arthur J. Freeman died in Nazareth, Pa., December 4, 2013, at the age of 86.

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RCC event illustrates faith in action

012014RCCintroThe Southern Province’s Regional Conferences of Churches (or RCCs) help congregations share their strengths, participate in shared ministries, build unity and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by putting our time, talents and resources together. Here’s a story of one that truly demonstrates faith in action.

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Ponderings: Sunset offers hope for an exciting tomorrow

012014ponderingsintroThere’s nothing quite like the sight of the sun on the horizon. Whether it’s greeting the day or heading home, the mix of clouds, sun and color puts a smile on my face and wonder in my heart.

As the sun sets on each day, my thoughts drift to what’s come before and what’s on the horizon. And as this new year begins, I’m glad to be closing the chapter that was 2013 and am very optimistic for the coming year.

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Polly Heckewelder: a history-making doll still making history

012014pollyintroThe Polly Heckewelder doll, the oldest continuously made American doll, is made in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Made and sold by the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society since 1872, this doll carries the memory of the real Polly around the world.

“Polly” dolls tell more than the story of Polly Heckewelder. The story of the doll includes the story of its creators, the Moravian Ladies’ Sewing Society and how she came to be.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for Jan./Feb. 2014

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New Ministries Foundation website: A tool to help ministries you care about

The Moravian Ministries Foundation launched its new website (www.mmfa.info) in late January to offer tools and information for Moravians who want to help the ministries they care about.

The redesigned site features information about the Foundation’s services (endowment management, planned giving and campaign services), relevant articles and news, blog posts by our staff and resources for pastors and church lay leaders.

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12th Moravian Women’s Conference registration underway

012014moravianwomenintroThe 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Sandy Cove’s 220-acre retreat center is located minutes from I-95 between Philadelphia and Baltimore in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to salvation through Christ after her husband was killed on September 11. Keynote speaker Reverend Dr. Craig Atwood will guide the conference attendees to view Moravian church pioneer women and the importance of their role in the ministry of the denomination. And Mary Kategile will share her love for Moravian women in Tanzania and how we can be a part of their spiritual growth.

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New Position brings new possibilities for Board of World Mission efforts

012014bwmintroThe Board of World Mission (BWM) is making changes to strengthen its work directly with congregations—and congregations’ work directly with their mission efforts.

“The Board is announcing changes in its program of Moravian Volunteer and Disaster Response due to the recent resignation of Mark Ebert as our Director of Moravian Volunteer Resources (MVR),” says Judy Ganz, executive director of BWM.

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York, Pa. church demonstrates faith through fellowship by helping those in need

012014yorkintroMany of the most quoted New Testament stories involve the message that faith manifests itself not only in our personal one-on-one relationship with God, but when we look outside ourselves during fellowship and service. In his miracles and ministry, Christ teaches us that faith is not only represented in our quiet times of prayer and reflection, but in our moments of deep fellowship with others and heartfelt service to help those in great need.

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2014 Northern Province Synod: Bringing Moravians together to lead for the future

012014npsynodintroEvery four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine and chart the way forward for the next four years.

This coming June, more than 250 delegates from across the Northern Province will meet in Bethlehem, Pa. to “covenant with hand and heart” about church practice, Provincial structure and ministries, budgets, health care, new programs and more.

The 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, will be held June 19-23 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa.

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“Daily Prayers for Moravians” offer inspiration and prayer on the web

dailyprayersgieslerintroIt is one of the central affirmations of the Christian faith that God wants to be in relationship with each of us, children of the earthly kingdom. But as in all relationships, a two-way street is the only way that this can be nurtured. We need to regularly take time to speak to God, but just as importantly, we need to take time to listen to God.

 

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Cedric Sydney Rodney

Brother Cedric Sydney Rodney, 88, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away November 20, 2012. He was born October 10, 1924 in Georgetown, Guyana in South America.

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