Tag Archives: November

Moravian Magazine, November/December 2016

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First Moravian Church launches biography of distinguished pastor

Visitors to First Moravian Church in York, Pennsylvania, on a September Sunday afternoon, gathered to learn more about one of their illustrious pastors and to join in the launch of a new book, Re-Inventing the Wheel, The Incredible Story of S. Morgan Smith, Minister, Inventor, Industrialist. Three members of First Moravian collaborated to produce this […]

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Diverse team brings aid to Ahuas

As an elementary school teacher, I have many opportunities to help my students and fulfill their needs. Between tying shoes, giving permission to use the bathroom, offering small group instruction and learning about students’ home lives, I hope that I make some small difference in their lives. For Moravians, mission is the goal of fulfilling […]

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Ground of the Unity, Part VII

Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss Ecumenism, Opposition to Discrimination, The Church as a Community Service and […]

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A message to the Unity

In August of this year, delegates from around the world met for the Unity Synod in Jamaica. Unity Synod meets once every seven years as the governing body of the worldwide Moravian Church. Over the next several issues, we will be discussing a variety of the actions taken by Unity Synod. To begin the series, […]

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Sunnyside Ministry helps clients gain financial control

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not […]

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Explore Moravian music at the 2017 Moravian Music Festival

Every four years, the Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) sponsors a week-long music festival to celebrate Moravian music, explore the history of Moravian music, to teach and share, and to explore new avenues and directions in music. Next summer, July 23–29, 2017, the 25th Moravian Music Festival will attract hundreds of musicians to Winston-Salem, N.C., and be […]

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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 100 years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas Fratrum) […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Joseph A. LaFortune

Brother Joseph A. LaFortune died in Fargo, North Dakota, October 29, 2016, at age 87. Born April 21, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, he was the son of Amia J. and Mabel (Ledgerwood) LaFortune. Brother LaFortune attended the University of Wisconsin and received a Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College in 1956 and a Bachelor of […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. David A. Schattschneider

Brother David A. Schattschneider died in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 29, 2016 at age 77. Born March 30, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Allen W. and Naomi (Wartman) Schattschneider. Brother Schattschneider received a Bachelor of Arts from Moravian College in 1960, a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1964, and a […]

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Illustrating the Healthy Congregation ideal for the Northern Province

In the September issue of the Moravian Magazine, we highlighted the Northern Province’s Healthy Congregations Task Force. In this and coming issues, we will be sharing examples and ideas of how putting the “Seven Characteristics of Healthy Congregations” to work have enhanced the mission and ministry of local churches, while providing illustrations of each of […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, November 2015

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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Moravian Magazine, November 2015

On the cover: A stained-glass window crafted by Kathy Liebenow of Wisconsin graces the vespers area at Mt. Morris.

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Northern and Southern Province bishops meet for discussions on our church

The 16th Interprovincial Bishops’ Conference brought ten Moravian bishops from the Southern and Northern Provinces to Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center near Wautoma, Wis. for fellowship, worship, prayer and conversation on issues and concerns facing our two provinces. Attending were the Rt. Revs. Blair Couch, Kay Ward, Graham Rights, Chris Giesler, Lane Sapp, Doug […]

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Review: A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century

“It’s complicated.” That’s a phrase I utter routinely while teaching church history to seminarians. I offer that short sentence not to intimidate students or to dissuade them from the study of history, but rather to invite them to slow down and explore the past. Because the past is complicated, it deserves thoughtful and steady attention. […]

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Covenant for Christian Living, Part IX

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 2015, we are working through the Moravian […]

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You are God’s Masterpiece — a tale of two weekends

What do you get when you put 35 third- through eighth-grade girls and 15 women all in the Upper Lodge at Camp Hope in Hope, N.J. for a weekend? How about 20 third- through eighth-grade girls and ten women in the lodge at Camp Zimmerman outside of Gnadenhutten, Ohio for a weekend? I can tell […]

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Moravian Open Door continues assistance in NYC

What’s happening at Moravian Open Door (MOD)? The short answer is “lots!” Now in its 29th year, this ministry of the Northern Province helps the homeless of New York City help themselves by providing private and semi-private rooms for up to 41 men and women over the age of 50. Its full-time staff of three […]

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Calgary Moravians entertain with biblical musical

And now for something completely different… no, not a Monty Python Show but rather a biblical musical comedy performed at a Canadian Moravian Church! In June, Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Calagary hosted “And on the Sixth Day…” a fun biblical musical comedy by Jack Sharkey and Dave Reiser with a cast of 11 singers […]

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Orphan care in the city of Tabora

Drs. Bill and Peg Hoffman send periodic reports of the work going on in Tanzania through the Adopt-a-Village program. This month, they share work with orphans in the city of Tabora. In 2002 the Moravian Church of Western Tanzania’s orphan program started in the village of Sikonge. Mama Kimwaga and her three assistants began providing […]

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Moravian Magazine, November 2014

On the cover: The Quiz Bowl team from New Dawn Moravian celebrates their victory at the 2014 Youth Rally. Photo by Mike Riess

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Lecture addresses challenge of maintaining Unity in a diverse world

  While it may not appear so in the Northern and Southern Provinces of North America, the Moravian Church is growing by leaps and bounds around the world. During the past quarter-century, explosive growth of church membership in the developing countries of Africa have pushed the number of Moravians in the world to more than […]

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Blessings in Tanzania: Walking hand-in-hand in mission

“Katika mauti ya Yesu Kristo, nakubatiza wewe Into the death of Jesus I baptize you…” I had the privilege to repeat this phrase as I baptized more than 130 infants, youth and adults while visiting 10 congregations in the southern district of the Western Province of the Moravian Church in Tanzania (MCWT) this past September. […]

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Moravian Youth “Give their all and stand tall” at 2014 Youth Rally

In what has become an anticipated annual tradition, youth and youth leaders from more than a dozen Eastern District churches came together for a weekend of fun, music, worship and fellowship at the 2014 Youth Rally. This year’s Moravian Youth Council Youth Ministries Weekend, themed “Giving My All and Standing Tall,” included youth teams from […]

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Laurel Ridge offers a Moravian Mountain Christmas

Start a new family tradition this year at Moravian Mountain Christmas at Laurel Ridge! Join us December 5-7, 2014, for a wonderful time of holiday celebration. Stay the entire weekend or join us for a day. The weekend will be filled with activities like craft making for families, sounds of the season by various musical […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News November 2014

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 Intercessionî 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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Unity Lodge Grand Opening at Van-Es

Close to 200 people attended Van-Es Camp on Sunday, September 28 to celebrate the grand opening of the Unity Lodge. The Rev. Matt Gillard began worship in the Memorial Chapel and concluded at the new Lodge with a ribbon cutting joined by Van-Es Chair, Alice Sears, along with Dave Quest, member of the Legislation Assembly, […]

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Moravian-United Methodist Dialogue Team moving forward with full communion

The Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in America continue their ecumenical work, as a potential full communion relationship with the United Methodist Church is almost a reality. Over the past two years, a team of representatives of the Moravian and United Methodist Churches have been gathering for a dialogue about the possibility […]

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Get ready for the Moravian Young Adult Convo this summer

Every four years, Moravian young adults in North America have the opportunity to come together for a Moravian Young Adult Convocation. Nearly eight years ago the participants for the Moravian Young Adult Convo 2007 traveled to the Czech Republic and Germany to see many of the historic Moravian sites and to find inspiration and vision […]

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Pastors recommit through Cup of Covenant

In quiet observances throughout the Northern and Southern Provinces, Moravian pastors both current and retired gathered on September 16 to recommit themselves to their work, to each other and to the Moravian Church. The Moravian observance of the Cup of Covenant began in the early years of the renewal, and for more than 200 years, […]

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