Tag Archives: May

Southern Province elects new Provincial Elders’ Conference, PEC president

At the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province held in early April in Black Mountain, N.C., delegates elected a new Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) and PEC president to lead the Province for the next four years. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in […]

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Canadian cartographer creates map of Moravians around the world

In 2002 a University student from Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada took on a large project of creating a map showing the influence of the Moravian Church around the world. The finished project hangs in our church and is often the focus of many visitors. It has also been a useful tool […]

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Letter To The Editor

In 2002 a University student from Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta, Canada took on a large project of creating a map showing the influence of the Moravian Church around the world. The finished project hangs in our church and is often the focus of many visitors. It has also been a useful tool […]

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Ponderings: Going to Camp? I’m jealous!

When our May issue rolls around every year, I get jealous. Not the mean, green kind of jealousy that can be harmful. More of a, “man, I wish I had that when I was a kid!” kind of envy of today’s Moravian youth. You see, across the Northern and Southern Provinces, kids have a unique […]

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Official Provincial Elders News, May 2014

Moravian Music Sunday, May 18, 2014 The fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged. […]

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Obituary: The Rev. John Case

Brother John H. Case died in Lakehurst, New Jersey, March 1, 2014, at age 83 years. Born November 9, 1930 in New York City, N.Y, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hadley Case. Brother Case graduated from Towson State University, Towson, Md. in 1972, received an M. Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary in […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Claude A. Knight

Brother Claude A. Knight died in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 4, 2014, at age 77. Born February 14, 1937 in St. Ann, Jamaica he was the son of Hosea and Dorothy (Hay) Knight. Brother Knight graduated from United Theological College of West Indies in 1966. He received an S.T.M. from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Robert J. Gohdes

Sister Cynthia A. (Geiman) Gohdes died in Minneapolis, Minn., February 19, 2014 at the age of 74. She was born August 1, 1939 at Bridgeport, Conn., a daughter of Hershel and Mary (Thorpe) Geiman. Sister Gohdes graduated from Moravian College in 1961. She was united in marriage to Brother Robert J. Gohdes on August 26, […]

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Moravian Northwest Fellowship: Connecting, worshiping and sharing God’s message

“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 This is the message the world hungers for and needs to hear, and the Moravian Northwest Fellowship in Seattle, Washington is spreading God’s Word to people all around […]

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Community outreach in Edmonton area offers a Common Ground

Exciting things are happening in the Edmonton area community of Sherwood Park, Alberta all thanks to the efforts of Rev. Dr. Eileen Lennon Edwards and Rev. Ian Edwards. Called to be pastors at Good News Moravian Church, they are also the driving forces of the Common Ground Community Cafe. Earlier this year, Sherwood Park saw […]

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The Moravian Magazine May 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian camps On the cover: A view from “on the mountain” at Laurel Ridge, N.C.

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Current Issue

  On the cover: Forsythia flowers herald the coming of Spring to Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian Magazine May 2013

  Open publication – Free publishing – More camp hope   On the cover: Laurel Ridge Senior High Campers make the most of a rainy day. Photo by Lynn Davis.

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Young adults study the importance of their faith at Wisconsin retreat

052013wdretreatintroI always get excited driving to Mt. Morris in Wautoma, Wis.; not just because of the beauty Mt. Morris has to offer but because of the people I am going to meet upon my arrival. The weekend of March 1-3, 2013 was no different.

I traveled west on Hwy 21 from Oshkosh, Wis. with a car full of four young adults. As we got further from the cities and closer to Mt. Morris I started to feel my excitement building. I thought about the laughter to be had, the songs to be sung and the inside jokes that only this special group will understand and fully appreciate.

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Palmyra Moravian celebrates sesquicentennial

052013palmyralogoThe brothers and sisters of the Palmyra Moravian Church rejoice as we celebrate our 150th Anniversary on May 17, 2013. Our mission statement: “Grow in Faith, Live in Love, Share the Hope, as we Journey with Jesus” will guide us as we continue to serve the Lord through the ministry of our congregation.

 

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A different way to spend Spring Break: college-age mission trips

052013simissionintroSome of my memorable ministry experiences working with youth and adults have come from short term mission trips. As I began my position as the Director of Youth, College and Young Adult Ministries in the Southern Province, I wanted to see if there was any interest among our college students for a Spring Break trip to Staten Island to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and to see New York City. Two trips were offered the first two weeks of March, and thirteen college age young adults answered the call to serve. Here are some of their experiences:

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Moravian Bishop Kay Ward pens Bible Study for Lutheran magazine Gather

052013kaywardintroMoravian Bishop Kay Ward will share her faith and wisdom with sisters from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as she hosts a nine-month Bible study event on the pages of Gather magazine.

Gather is the magazine of Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and the Rt. Rev. Ward is author of the Bible study, “In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women,” which will run in the magazine from September 2013 through May 2014.

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Camping brings California Moravians together

052013californiacampintroCalifornia Moravian Youth Camp has been a fun and meaningful part of every summer for decades. Young Moravians have been blessed by the relationships and profoundly spiritual experiences afforded by camp each year.

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Mid-States getting “Back to the Basics”

052013midstatesintroThe Mid-states camping program will return to Tar Hollow State Park near Chillicothe, Ohio on July 21-27 for Senior/Post High Camp for 2013. The mid-states camping program has been held at Tar Hollow since 1948.

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Camping in Canada at Camp Van-Es

052013vanesintroThe essence of faith is to be alive. We as followers understand that to be alive is to be renewed each day, to experience life in the light of a joy that surpasses all understanding, and live in and share the love of a Savior. At Camp Van-Es kids come to experience just that. 

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Camping in the Western District

052013wdcampingintroWhat do you get when you mix cardboard, tie-dyed stockings, guitars, running across a field trying not to be tagged, stars across the expanse of the sky, and an opportunity to grow in faith with children, youth and even adults over age 50? The answer is Western District camps. 

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Camp Hope readies for a busy season of Eastern District camping

052013camphopeintroHope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members to experience a memorable week of camp this summer. The season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, singing and learning in Hassler Hall, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, playing basketball and volleyball, worshipping by the lake or on the hill, and much more.

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Why did I put that guitar in the car?

052013guitarincarintroMy guitar and I stood in a quick-draw face-off with a car appearing to be moaning over the thought of pulling my camp bulk up and over the continental divide for a fifth time in two months. My eyes went back and forth from my over packed car to my seldom-played guitar, remembering that with limited skills, little practice, and with numbness in my hand associated with a bulging disk, I figured that I was being overly optimistic about camp songs reverberating over the hills as they had in summers past; plus, my role for the next six days was to lead nature hikes, so the guitar could, as it had all summer, stay at home. But suspecting that Laurel Ridge’s Junior 3 camp was going to have a small staff with few musicians, I shook my head and stuffed one more bulky item into the back seat. My thought: Why am I putting this guitar in my car? 

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Laurel Ridge: The Southern Province’s jewel in the mountains

052013laurelridgeintroThere are a lot of places you could go this summer. You could travel to New York, the city that never sleeps, or to a quaint New England town. You could hop a plane to L.A. and hob nob with celebrities; hitch a ride to Omaha, Nebraska for a taste of Americana; or take a bus to Washington, D.C. and try to change the world.

May I offer an alternative for your consideration? Come to the top of the mountain at Laurel Ridge.

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Building faith in the great outdoors

For generations of Moravians, the weeks spent at a Moravian summer camp represent pivotal events in their spiritual growth. While having fun, making friends and communing with nature, campers build a closer connection to their faith and to God.

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Moravian Unity Board meets in Herrnhut

unityboardintroThis fall, representatives from Moravian Provinces around the globe arrived in Herrnhut, Germany for the biennial meeting of the Unity Board of the worldwide Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller and The Rev. David Guthrie, presidents of the Northern and Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conferences, travelled the Herrnhut for the occasion.

 

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for May 2012

Northern Province

Moravian Music Sunday, May 6, 2012
The fifth Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2012, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged.

Southern Province

Christ Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Brother David Marcus has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.  He has served as associate pastor at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC for the past eleven years. Brother Marcus was installed at Christ on May 13, 2012.

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Book Review: “Less Clutter. Less Noise.” by Kem Meyer

People often ask who I turn to for ideas and inspiration for church communication. While I have a whole collection of writing, design, photography and communication books on my bookshelf, one I continually refer to — and heartily recommend — is Kem Meyer’s “Less Clutter. Less Noise. Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales.”

Written from the perspective of a church communicator — Meyer is the communications director for Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind. — “Less Clutter” focuses on helping church communities connect with both long-time congregants and potential new members. Using real-life stories to illustrate her points, Meyer presents an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand “short-course” in communication strategy and methodology.

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What does it mean to be Moravian? An invitation to share

0512whoarintroWe all have our own perspective and insight on what it means to be a member of The Moravian Church In America. The faith, the traditions, the music, the fellowship, the belief, the worship, the history, the people…they all play a role in defining who we are as the people of our community of faith.

As part of the Interprovincial Board of Communication’s ongoing efforts to help tell the story of today’s Moravian Church here in the U.S. and Canada, we’re looking for your thoughts, insights and viewpoints on just what it means to be Moravian today.

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Ponderings: Yes, I’ve been to Laurel Ridge

0512ponderings1Since coming to the Moravian Church two years ago this month, many a Southern Province Moravian (and quite a few from the North) have asked, “So, have you been to Laurel Ridge?” And for far too long, my answer has been, “Nope, not yet.”

That answer was almost always greeted with an incredulous look and an admonition to get there as soon as possible. To a person, they describe the beauty, serenity, peacefulness and spiritual feeling of being “on the mountain,” then wax rhapsodic about the fun and growth that camping brought to their Moravian lives.

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