Tag Archives: May

Veedum Moravian celebrates a century of service

On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Veedum Moravian Church, in rural Pittsville, Wis. celebrated a century as a congregation.

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Laurel Ridge focuses on love for 2017 season

The days are getting longer and warmer on the mountain! It’s almost time for camp! The theme for our 2017 Camps is LOVE, based on Colossians 3:14, “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”  Laurel Ridge is a mountain place set apart for forming disciples of Jesus Christ who live and learn […]

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Lehigh Valley Clergy host special service to “welcome the stranger”

On Sunday, February 26, the Moravian Clergy of the Lehigh Valley welcomed over 300 people to Johnston Hall at Moravian College, just steps from where the Comenius statue stands. We called the event “Join We ALL: Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants as Neighbors and Friends.” Our neighbors and friends came from all walks of life, some recent refugees from Syria and other war-torn places, helped by religious communities in the Valley; others from Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities throughout our area.

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Hope Quilters celebrate 25th anniversary with a big challenge

For a quarter century, a group of crafters has been piecing together cloth for a good cause. And in celebration of their 25th anniversary, this group is setting a challenge to create 100 quilts to help those in need!

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Sunnyside Ministry program helps student focus her future

Part of the program allows some students to participate in a work experience at Sunnyside Ministry. The program is open to students who live or attend high school in the Sunnyside Ministry service area. Elizabeth Thomas is one of the Class of 2017 scholarship recipients and a participant in the internship program. She shares her experience and thanks for the Sunnyside Ministry Scholarship program:

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Seminary honors outstanding graduates

Every spring, the Moravian Seminary community—alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends—comes together to catch up, learn what’s happening at the Moravian College and Seminary and honor alumni.

At this year’s Moravian Theological Seminary Alumni Luncheon in Bethlehem, Pa., held in March, those gathered honored two Seminary graduates who have taken the values and experiences of the Seminary out into the world to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Tar Hollow says, “Asante Mungu”

Every summer, near the end of July, Moravians from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois gather to share one week as one community in the deep hills of Tar Hollow, one of Ohio’s State Parks. Here, campers from grades 7 through age 21 spend a week in nature experiencing good old-fashioned camping, which includes program, activities, campfires, swimming and everything else you can imagine a week of camp consists of.

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“Close your eyes and think about your time at Camp Hope…”

There are very few places that can conjure up such emotion with a simple memory. You see, I am not only writing to you as the Chair of the Hope Conference Center Board of Management but also as a lifelong camper. Camp Hope made me the person I am today. As a kid, it was the only place where I could be myself. More importantly, it was a spiritual place that brought me closer to God. It’s this relationship that keeps bringing me back year after year. It’s what drew me to serve on the Board and, now, to serve as its Chair.

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Moravian Magazine, May 2017

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Experiencing a growing faith in Peru

The Iglesia Evangélica Morava de Peru is growing in faith, in numbers and in music! People are learning of the saving work of Jesus Christ and committing themselves to lives of discipleship through the sacrament of baptism. Young people are responding to God’s call to serve in the church. Music is vibrant and lives are […]

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North Dakota Moravians honor a returning soldier with a special service

They say that Christmas comes just once a year. On March 20, 2015, Christmas Eve came again to the Goshen Moravian Church in Durbin, N.D. One of our own church members, Sergeant Michael Jahnke, serving in the U.S. Army, recently returned home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Michael’s […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Series

Love, Unity and Diversity and Settling Differences In our January issue of The Moravian Magazine, we introduced a new regular feature, “Studying Moravian Doctrine.” Following the outline established by Jesus Still Lead On, An Introduction to Moravian Belief, we will cover different aspects of two central documents outlining Moravian doctrine and belief each month. In […]

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Prayers for Middle East Peace

Israel and Palestine—what comes to mind when you hear those words?  For many it is conflict, violence or injustice. Holy Land pilgrimages shape the response of others, who are deeply moved by visits to the holy sites. For many North American Moravians whose pilgrimages included a visit to the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center, responses might […]

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Bethlehem group helps shelter homeless during harsh winter months

During the cold harshness of this past winter, a group of Moravians in the Bethlehem area helped shelter the homeless at night. Through a growing partnership with area churches of other denominations, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc. (BES) provided more than just a warm place to sleep. The seeds for BES were sown in January of […]

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Sunday School Class shows it’s “all about deeds” with work at Overflow Shelter

James 2: 14–18: Faith and Deeds What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” […]

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Ponderings: Taking the longer way home

We have a running joke in my family about driving out of the way known as “taking Route 29.” The saying stems from my father-in-law’s dislike for driving on the Interstate. When traveling to visit his daughter and her family in Durham, he will avoid the much quicker I-95/I-85 route and take one that wends […]

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Western District 2015 Camps offer opportunities for youth of all ages

The Moravian Church has been offering youth camps for decades and I think that they have mastered it. This summer, the Western District Camping Ministry offers opportunities for youth of all ages to learn, have fun and experience faith surrounded by God’s creation. Each week’s camp is tailored to the ages of the youth participating, […]

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Thinking about summer at Laurel Ridge

It’s time to start thinking about Summer! Which camp will you choose? At Laurel Ridge, the camp for Southern Province Moravians, there are so many choices this year! Pre-Junior: July 31–August 2 (Completed Grades 1 or 2) Deans: Gail Theard and Margaret Norris. Pre-Junior Camp is the perfect introduction to Laurel Ridge for your little […]

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Camp Hope readies busy season of fun and faith

Hope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members. The summer season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, worshiping by the lake or on the hill and much more. Overlooking Little […]

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Camp Van-Es to light Hearts on Fire at 2015 camp

The snow is gone and the trees are starting to bud; Camp Van-Es is gearing up for another summer filled with fun, laughter, friendship and God’s Spirit moving. There is a special joy and energy about working with kids that brings out the best in us. We had to ask ourselves this year: what is […]

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Helping Camp Hope by selling and stitching

Camps need a lot of assistance and support, especially from volunteers. In the case of Hope Conference & Renewal Center, some volunteers serve as counselors or nurses. Some paint doors and repair roofs. Some make quilts and sell Avon. Selling Avon for Camp Louise Snyder, a member of East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., […]

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Mid-States Camping changes hearts

Many hearts and lives have been changed through the Moravian camping programs offered to our youth. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact that camp had until years down the road, but we are so fortunate to have these camps available to our youth. And the 2015 camping season will be here before we know it! […]

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Moravian Magazine May 2015

On the cover: Sunrise service at the Eastern Overlook, Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine May 2014

On the cover: Campers at Laurel Ridge navigate the pond. Photo courtesy Laurel Ridge.

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New Specialty Camp and events for Camp Hope

Musical Theater Camp! More Pre-Primary Camp! Camp Sampler Weekend! Camp Hope Alumni Retreat! All these events are new for 2014 at Hope Conference & Renewal Center, located just outside of Hope, New Jersey. The camp serves the Eastern District of the Moravian Church.

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Moravian Camping Ministry brings faith and fun to summer

Fun in the woods. Songs of faith around a campfire. Spiritual formation amongst nature. Friendships formed and nurtured. A love of Jesus grown. In a word: “camp!” For many Moravians in the U.S. and Canada, these thoughts represent treasured memories of summers spent in one of the church’s camping ministry programs. Whether in the mountains […]

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Mid-States Camping Ministry impacting young lives

The mid-states camping program is alive and well in 2014! The first camp in the mid-states is Epworth Forest for our junior high age youth. The Rev. Jason Andersen will lead this year’s program, titled “Whom Shall I Fear?” Tar Hollow Sr/Post High camp will be July 20-26. The 2014 Tar Hollow program, “Who’s Got […]

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Laurel Ridge, a mountain place set apart

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Laurel Ridge is where many come to be closer to God and renew their spirits…where the sound of camp songs and children playing helps us clear our minds of all the clutter from the busy world we live in. At night after campfire you can see […]

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Counselors and volunteers vital to Western District camping ministry

As summer approaches, the planning for summer youth activities begins. And of course, a popular opportunity for children and young adults is summer church camp. Most of the camps for Moravian Churches in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota are held at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference facility. The exception is Camp Mindyy (youth who’ve finished […]

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Camp Van Es 2014 season rooted in unity

It is weird to think that another summer is about to be upon us. In some ways it feels like we just said goodbye to last year’s campers and now the excitement and anticipation for this year’s summer season is already starting to grow. Even though Alberta is known for its enduring winter season of […]

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