Tag Archives: May

Moravian Magazine, May 2018

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Create in Me: Poetry as a source of liturgy

The idea behind “Create in Me” is to get us talking about worship. As you read this month’s reflection by Jeanne Ahlers on gardening, we offer a few questions for you to consider and explore with your worship community: In what ways do you look to worship to help you grow? What would change if […]

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Create in Me: Worship is like gardening

One of the things I enjoy most is gardening and growing food. I’m a volunteer Master Gardener with the North Dakota State University ExtensionService. I love growing plants. They amaze me. They start from seeds—sometimes tiny and small, sometimes big—but somehow, contained in that seed, are the blueprints and the nutrients needed to make life happen. But […]

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Moravian Camping in Mid-States

The goal of the Middle States Youth Ministry Council is to ensure that the youth and young adults of Moravian churches in Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are able to participate in interchurch activities and further their relationships with Christ. We strive to provide appropriate, safe, and challenging programs for participants of all ages. […]

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Summer at Camp Van-Es

Our goal at Camp Van-Es is to help children explore faith in Jesus Christ in a natural setting. We offer a safe environment to experience God, to grow spiritually and, of course, to have fun! Van-Es will host four weeks of summer camp for Moravain youth (and others!) on the shores of South Cooking Lake […]

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Crossroads: Traveling the Journey of Faith

Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Sometimes the guidance we receive about our own life’s discernments seems just as helpful. We’ve all known seasons when we have pondered life’s questions. Where is God? What is my purpose? Why am I here? What should I do?  Moravian […]

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Doing mission at “Camp Hope”

No one is too young to do mission, especially as part of a team. That is what campers will be learning and living at the Eastern District’s outdoor ministry site, Hope Conference & Renewal Center, this summer.  Campers will be helping to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and participate in other ministry projects while […]

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Laurel Ridge: A season of growing and learning

Summer at Laurel Ridge for 2018 will be a wonderful and action-packed season of growing and learning together!  In addition to the faith, fun and learning of the Moravian camp in the mountains, campers will focus on themes of unity. Based on Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the ​unity of the Spirit through the […]

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Southern Province elects new leadership

Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]

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Southern Province approves full communion with United Methodist Church

The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, April 20. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., in May 2016, recognizes each other’s ministries, and encourages witness and mission […]

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Southern Province elects two new bishops

On the same day in 1978, the Revs. Carol Foltz and Tom Shelton graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary. A short time later, they were ordained pastors of the Moravian Church—again, both on the same day. And on Saturday, April 21, 2018, they both took another huge step on their pastoral path–they were both elected bishops […]

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Southern Province Synod charts courageous path forward

In April, more than 230 delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod developed, discussed, debated and passed more than 20 resolutions that will guide the core of the Province over the next four years. Synod is the highest governing body within the polity of the Moravian Church Southern Province. These every-four-year gatherings bring together clergy […]

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Northern Province Synod prepares to gather, grow and go

Every 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. In April, Southern Province Moravians convened in Black Mountain, N.C. for their Synod (see stories beginning on page 7). Now it’s the […]

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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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