Tag Archives: October

Cherokee Nation officials tour Southern Province Archives

On a wonderful, warm, Wednesday October afternoon at Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, N.C., a reading room full of invited guests assembled to welcome an official visit by two leaders from the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr., and the Honorable Jack D. Baker, a former at-large councilman for […]

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My crystal ball shows the beauty of the present

Last year, I bought a crystal ball—not to foretell the future or delve into mystical realms. No, this was a tool for creating unique photos. By holding a crystal ball in front of your camera lens and focusing on the image appearing inside it, you see an upside down, curved, wraparound view. Blur the background […]

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Board of World Mission takes on hurricane relief

Harvey, Irma and Maria. For several weeks it seemed like these were the only names you would hear on the news as one hurricane followed closely on the heels of another. The Board of World Mission (BWM), through Moravian Disaster Response has worked with numerous partners to try our best to put the generous gifts […]

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Laurel Ridge looks back on season of love

As the autumn winds begin to chill the mountains of western North Carolina, the staff at Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference and Retreat Center is looking back on a wonderful summer of sharing faith and love with young Moravians. “Our theme of ‘Love’ for 2017 came from Colossians 3:14: ‘Beyond all these things, put on love, […]

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On writing a “new” memorial hymn

In making plans for the memorial service for my uncle, the Rev. Christian D. “Chris” Weber (see obituary, page 29), I was looking for hymn texts related to the Holy Spirit. The person and work of the Holy Spirit was an important influence and interest in my uncle’s life and ministry, so I wanted some […]

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Obituary: The Rev. 
Christian D. Weber

The Rev. Christian D. Weber passed into the more immediate presence of the Savior, Sunday, October 29, at Salemtowne, the Moravian Retirement Community. He was 90 years old. Brother Weber was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on May 13, 1927, the son of the Rev. Christian Otto Weber and Dorothy Pfohl Weber. His father and two brothers […]

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Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Edwin Sawyer

Brother Edwin A. Sawyer died in Lititz, Pennsylvania, October 5, 2017. He was 103 years old. Born July 20, 1914 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Otto and Sarah (Ziegler) Sawyer. Brother Sawyer attended Moravian Preparatory School in Bethlehem, and graduated from Lehigh University in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science in Business […]

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Intercessions for Times of Crisis

For many, it feels like we’re living in a time of constant stress and human tragedy. With natural disasters, racial unrest, political upheaval, economic uncertainty, mass shootings and terror attacks, we may find it difficult to find solace and peace. In these times, the prayers offered in the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship can help […]

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Home Church youth learn community gardening with gourds

This summer, youth at Home Moravian Church tended a unique patch of ground in a community garden in Winston-Salem to help raise funds for mission activities. Their gourd trellis grew several different types of gourds in a compact space and helped teach gardening, community service and a love of creation. Reesa Devers, an eighth-grader from […]

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Confessing Our Unity in Christ:

Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 […]

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Blessed to Be a Blessing: Gifts of Change

This holiday season, would you consider taking part in the growing holiday tradition of giving gifts to those in need? 
 Download the 2017 Gifts of Change for more information. Gifts of Change is a representative giving program sponsored by the Moravian Board of World Mission (BWM )that allows us to walk with our global […]

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Justin Rabbach named BWM Executive Director

The Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church North America is pleased to announce that Justin Rabbach has been named the Board’s new executive director. He replaces the Rev. Judy Ganz, who is retiring at the end of 2017. Justin currently serves as the director of Mission Engagement, a position he has held since […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 8 2017

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Provincial Elders’ News

NORTHERN PROVINCE Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 
November 26, 2017 On Sunday, November 26, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students. Watertown, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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