Tag Archives: October

From leftovers, a new ministry is born

At the Moravian Church of Lebanon, we designated a Sunday in April as “Take a Friend to Church Sunday” where members could invite their friends who were not associated with a church to come and worship with them. As part of the day, the evangelism committee thought it would be a good idea to have […]

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Ground of the Unity, Part VI

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 Continual Search for Sound Doctrine and Divine Mysteries. Thanks to Dr. […]

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Moravian Education: A necessity

Just imagine the Carolina Colony in 1753. In England, Bishop Spangenberg, Count Zinzendorf and the Moravians had purchased around 100,000 acres of land in the backwoods of the colony from Lord Granville, one of the Eight Lords Proprietors of the English Colony. On this land settlements would be built. First, there was Bethabara, then Bethania, […]

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Sole Purpose: a ministry providing shoes to students in need

As a new school year approaches, so does the need to buy new clothes, supplies and shoes. However, many families are unable to afford new shoes for the start of classes each year. For more than 700 kindergartners through fifth-graders, new school shoes became a reality, thanks to a program developed at Dover First Moravian […]

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Compiling the Daily Texts for the first time

—Ed. Note: This month, I invited Sue Kiefner, the IBOC communication assistant who joined us in March, to share her thoughts on her first run through the process of developing the Moravian Daily Texts. Please join me in wishing Sue continued success in her work with the IBOC. God’s plan is bigger than what my […]

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The Moravian Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016

The Moravian Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016. In this issue: A festival for children; congregations and communities; Keeping Time; and more!

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Palmetto Moravian Fellowship: “The” Moravians in South Carolina

About six years ago I began searching for Moravians in and around Greenville, South Carolina. I was raised and confirmed in the Moravian faith in Wisconsin, attending the Freedom Moravian Church in Appleton with my parents, brother and two sisters. However, after graduating high school I left the area and lost touch with the Moravians. […]

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A Measure of Success: Moravian Children’s Festival and Lovefeast

If you lived in Winston-Salem this summer, you could hardly ignore the fact that Salem was celebrating its 250th Anniversary. With so much going on in “Old Salem,” the challenge for the Children and Family Ministry Team of the Board of Cooperative Ministries was to plan a unique provincial event for Moravian children—one that stayed […]

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12 Days of Service “Connects” New Philadelphia to community

When most folks were planning their summer vacations earlier this year, the Connections Ministry members at New Philadelphia Moravian Church were making plans of a different sort. The second year of 12 Days of Service, a December project that would touch hundreds of lives in the Winston Salem area, was being plotted even though the […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Children On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994. Prayer Day for World Mission, […]

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Keeping Time shares Rev. Brian Dixon’s creative beat

A review by Deborah Appler, Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and Director of MATS Program at Moravian Theological Seminary In Keeping Time, Dances to the Beat of a Different Drummer, Brian Dixon’s comfort with the spiritual dance floor is reflected in the deep wisdom and faithful love that pours out through the songs, poems, parables […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Charles Eichman

Sister Geraldine (Paules) Eichman died at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 20, 2016 at age 90. She was born March 12, 1926 at Vera Cruz, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Curtis and Miriam (Miller) Paules. Sister Eichman graduated from Emmaus High School, Emmaus, Pa., in 1944. She was united in marriage to Brother Charles W. Eichman on June […]

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Obituary: Rev. John David Christman

Brother John David Christman, died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at the Brian Center of Eden, in Eden, N.C.  He was 71 years old. John was born in Easton, Pa. on June 9, 1945, a son of John Lincoln and Dorothy Sandt Christman. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1967 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1970.  […]

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FIT First event helps youth discern—and act on—their call to mission

Instead of backyard barbecues and family picnics, 30 young Moravians spent their Labor Day weekend answering the question, “How and where do we FIT in God’s mission?” The Board of World Mission’s FIT (Focused Intensity over Time) First event brought young adults and church leaders together at Laurel Ridge in North Carolina to learn about […]

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Peace Moravian Church on the move

In late July, Peace Moravian Church in Charlotte, N.C. sold their facility and property to Hope Community Church. But the sale of a building isn’t the end of a congregation; instead, it is an opportunity to move in a new direction and drive toward a new future that God is preparing. Peace Moravian, by the […]

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John Hus Moravian takes heritage to the street

As part of our conscious effort to leave the confines of the four walls at 153 Ocean Avenue and connect with our community, we feel that a celebration of our diverse culture and heritage provides a fitting context for us not just to hand out gospel tracts and information about our church but also to […]

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Alaskans welcome the arrival of Bibles in the Yup’ik language

On August 13, 1727, the Holy Spirit of God fell on a group of people who were following the teaching of John Hus who believed that all people should be able to read the scriptures in their own language. On August 13, 2015, the word of God became available to Yup’ik speakers with the arrival […]

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Centenarian continues to educate about God and the Bible

Mrs. Mary Etta Gentry turns 100 years old on October 6, 2015. Remarkably, this centenarian is still a fixture in the Cornelia Pulliam Sunday School Class at King Moravian Church in King, N.C.! Each Sunday morning Mary Etta greets her class, a cheerful group of older adults, with a smile, catches up on the week’s […]

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Moravian Magazine, October 2015

On the cover: The maple’s yellows and oranges herald the coming of autumn. Photo by Mike Riess. Visit The Moravian Magazine’s back issue library.

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Beth Hayes named Educator of the Year 2016

Moravians have valued education from the very beginning of our denomination. Having resources and knowledge in the hands of every member and making faith come alive for each one of us has been a standard we live by. There are pastors and teachers that stand out in our hearts and minds as we consider how […]

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Healthy Congregations: A story from the field

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 a local church. This month, we hear from […]

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Jump into Bible stories with Godly Play

So what if you could hold your breath and jump, landing right in the middle of the Bible? Look to the left, there are Old Testament stories; to the right, New Testament. Also within view are the parables, Jesus’ stories within the Bible stories and the stories of the liturgical year—Advent transitioning into Christmas, Lent […]

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Moravian Children’s Festival and Lovefeast

On August 16, the Southern Province celebrated its second annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast at Bethania Moravian Church, a day of prayer and covenanting for children commemorating the children’s spiritual renewal in Herrnhut on August 17, 1727. The annual celebration has two key components: a festival filled with fellowship, fun and learning and a lovefeast […]

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Notes from Nepal: Preschool overcomes quake-related obstacles

The Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg spent part of 2014 and 2015 working with the preschool and church in Nepal. This month, they share how the major earthquake in April slowed—but not deterred—the continued work of helping to educate young Nepali children. This article was going to be written the beginning of May, shortly after […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, October 2015

Prayer Day for Children On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.   Prayer Day […]

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Becoming “New to the Pew”!

Being young and having to be a part of an adult world can be pretty intimidating, especially when transitioning from being in Children’s Church—where it is okay to wiggle, talk and even be silly—to sitting through a worship service where you have to be still, be quiet and probably have no idea what all is […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Part VIII

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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Moravian Magazine, October 2014

In this issue: $100 million for more ministry; selling a church to enhance a ministry; the making of the Daily Texts; Mt. Morris celebrates 50 years; congregational happenings; and more! On the cover: The belfry of Central Moravian Church as fall arrives in Bethlehem. Photo by Mike Riess.

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The unexpected gifts in life

As a pastor for thirty years I have encountered all kinds of people with different perspectives and approaches to life. Like any pastor worth their salt will confirm, bringing the love of Jesus Christ is an honor, a pledge and a call. At times, God’s unexpected love lands right in your lap. Here is one […]

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“Something Beautiful for God” The 2014 Plus 50 retreat

Each year people from around the Western District gather for a long summer weekend at Mt. Morris Camp in Wautoma, Wis. The annual Plus 50 event is an opportunity for the over-50 crowd to enjoy the experience of being campers. The group usually numbers 15–25; this year, our over-50 campers came from Minnesota, California, Indiana […]

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