Tag Archives: October

Rudolph Moravian congregation loses church to fire

After more than 80 years as the home of the Rudolph Moravian congregation, the church at 1490 Main St. in Rudolph, Wis., suffered a serious fire on August 26. While Rudolph is one of the smallest congregations in the Northern Province — less than 30 members — it has been a vital, faithful, spirit-filled group […]

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Ponderings: Gearing up for a busy Autumn

As the calendar rolls past Labor Day and the cool winds of September begin to blow (unless, of course, you’re in Canada, where the cold snows begin to fly), the activity level at many of our Moravian congregations begins to really ramp up. Not surprisingly, the same goes for the Interprovincial Board of Communication. While […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, October 2014

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 for […]

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Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center Celebrates 50 Years!

Sometimes ministry happens and creates a memorable place. Sometimes a special place helps ministry to come alive. Mt. Morris is both. It is a place like no other. On August 9th, 2014 the Mt. Morris Board and staff hosted a celebration of a place that is both special and memorable. We celebrated… …the people who […]

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Moravian Women’s Conference coming Summer 2015

The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference is quickly approaching and the conference committee is excited about seeing Moravian Women from around the world next June! The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25–28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to […]

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Behind the scenes: the making of the Moravian Daily Texts

  Every October, the Interprovincial Board of Communication receives hundreds of cases of the Moravian Daily Texts from its printer in Michigan. But shepherding each year’s Daily Texts from watchwords drawn more than two years before in Herrnhut to the printed—and now digital—publication used by many North American Moravians takes the IBOC team nearly a […]

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London Moravian Church to mark 125th anniversary

The London Moravian Church congregation will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The church, located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin between the communities of Cambridge and Lake Mills, was established on October 6, 1889. All former Moravian pastors and spouses who have provided ministry leadership at London have been invited to join the […]

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Lancaster Moravian— selling the church to enhance its ministry

In many cases, we don’t pull out of the driveway until we have seen the exact route on our GPS, know what turns to make when and know exactly what time we will arrive at our destination. The very thought of launching off into the largely unknown seems a little nutty these days; yet, believe […]

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Investing Where We Believe: $100 million for more ministry

The Moravian Ministries Foundation is a unique interprovincial ministry of the Church. We do not train or educate pastors. We do not serve the poor or the elderly. We do not write, compose or perform music. We do not minister to people in far away lands. We do not lead worship. We do not evangelize […]

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Guidebook charts steps of Lehigh Valley Moravians

The rich cultural history of Moravians in the Lehigh Valley has never appeared more fresh or more entertaining than in the new Moravian Walking Tour and Guidebook: The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, published by the Moravian Historical Society. This Guidebook will surprise every reader, even those who are students of Moravian history. It contains more than […]

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First annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: a day of covenanting and prayer for children

In many Moravian churches, one Sunday in October is chosen to recognize and pray for children. The Southern Province got a head start this year by celebrating the first annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: A Day of Covenanting and Prayer for Children on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bethabara Moravian Church. It was a wonderful […]

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A Conquering Lamb for little hands to hold

The Lamb is a favored symbol of the Moravian Church. He can be found on the wide variety of logos and images that depict the Unitas Fratrum in every corner of the globe. And he is central to our seal and motto — Our Lamb Has Conquered. Let Us Follow Him. Now, thanks to the […]

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Moravian Magazine October 2013

   

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Moravian Magazine, October 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More bethabara   On the cover: A chilly sunrise heralds the beginning of Fall. Photo by Mike Riess

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Youth mission project produces a-maze-ing labyrinth for Christ Moravian

102013labyrinthintroInstead of its usual summer mission trip doing work in the Laurel Ridge vicinity, the Christ Moravian (Winston-Salem, N.C.) Youth Group decided to do mission on a more local basis. Youth leaders Matt Pace, Kiley Smith and Sabrina Maksi, in collaboration with the youth group, came up with the idea of building a labyrinth for the church. It was to be a surprise for the church and its neighborhood.

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Travelers find warmth and hospitality among Alaskan Moravians

102013alaskanmoraviansintroWarmth and hospitality. These two words come to mind when I think of Alaska. Not the warmth that makes you take off a layer, but the warmth you see in a loving smile and feel deep within as you connect with people through a bond of love and being Moravian.

On August 6, 18 travelers from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania journeyed to Bethel, Alaska to visit with Moravian brothers and sisters there. Later, they would be joined by 16 others to journey into the heart of Alaska, and cruise down the coast. Each leg of the trip was different; each day, the travelers were being prayed for by someone at home.

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Salem Creek RCC reaches out to St. Philips’ neighborhood

102013stphilipsintroThis summer, the Salem Creek Regional Conference of Churches worked together actively on outreach to children in the neighborhood around Saint Philips Moravian Church in the northern part of Winston-Salem. The Salem Creek RCC (Home, Messiah, Trinity and St. Philips congregations) identified the needs of that neighborhood and, working together, developed a plan for a summer outreach that would invite neighborhood families and children to a fun, positive program at the historic congregation.

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Redeemer Ohio Community Garden plants seeds of outreach

102013redeemergardenintroIn the last few years America’s interest in organic, locally-grown food has increased substantially. Add an economic downturn and a fast-paced urban environment to this newfound interest and the result is a resurgence of home gardens, as people try to save money, provide their families with healthy produce and unwind by stepping off the concrete and sinking their hands into good ol’ fashioned dirt.

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Ponderings: Sparking a sense of community

102013ponderingsintroSitting in this editor’s chair (it’s not really a special seat, just a standard office chair from IKEA), I get to hear about—and read about —the great things our Moravian congregations are doing. Whether mission work around the world or at home, neighborhood outreach, help for the homeless, or just inviting folks in for a meal or worship time, it’s heartening to see Moravians making a difference.

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Ohio congregations join together for “Grace in the Valley”

102013graceinvalleyintroThe mellow reverberations of steel pans called to mind a wide swath of beach, a sapphire lagoon, maybe a palm tree swaying in the tropical breeze. But no, the sweet sounds spread from a concert stage in land-locked New Philadelphia, Ohio and delighted the packed house of the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Kent State University at Tuscarawas.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for October 2013

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.

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Obituary: The Rev. Melvin R. Klokow

Brother Melvin R. Klokow died in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on July 29, 2013, at the age of 91.

Born in Watertown, Wis., Mel later attended Moravian College and Seminary. Melvin and his wife, Helen, were life-long Moravians who joyfully served the Lord together. After their marriage at First Moravian Church (N.Y.) in 1949, they served Daggett Moravian Church in Michigan and welcomed the arrival of four children: Christine, Linda, David and Jonathan. In 1957, Mel accepted the call to start a new church, Grace Moravian, in Wayne (now Westland), Mich. After eight years there, Mel and Helen were called as missionaries to the Moravian Church in Bethel, Alaska. In 1968, the family moved to Gnadenhutten, Ohio where they served the John Heckewelder Moravian Church, and were involved in the historical outdoor production of “Trumpet in The Land.”

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Mission team learns and grows while helping Alaskan Seminary

102013alaskanseminaryintro“Recently, I was given the opportunity to work with a Moravian work team in Alaska. Just being given the chance to go to Alaska was awesome, but being given the chance to help other people was a chance I couldn’t pass up. I booked my flight, got my days off and left, having no idea what was in store.”

These are the words of David Kemmerer, a member of East Hills Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa., who arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on the evening of July 12, spent the night in the airport, and met the other team members of the Bethel work crew.

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Creating a Mission and Ministry Fund

102013missionministryintroSince 1997 the Moravian Ministries Foundation has been helping individuals who want to support their churches and favorite ministries through gifts from their wills and via other forms of “planned giving.” In recent years we have seen growing interest in creating what we call a Mission and Ministry Fund.

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Comenius Learning Series event explores Ancient Unity and Sermon on the Mount


102013comeniusintroIn early July, Aaron Linville, a recent Moravian Seminary graduate from Kernersville, N.C., joined nearly 60 others at the Board of Cooperative Ministries’ Comenius Learning Series session at Laurel Ridge. This session, “Comenius for a Complicated World,” included lectures and workshops led by Craig Atwood of the Center for Moravian Studies and scholar Diane Lipsett. Aaron shares his learning from this session…

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Choosing a cover for the Daily Texts

102013DTintroWhen I describe the work of the Interprovincial Board of Communication, I typically start with “publish The Moravian Magazine,” followed by “run the moravian.org website,” “produce books about the church and its faith,” and “provide communications counsel to ministries and congregations.” But our most visible work is the annual production of the North American editions of the
Daily Texts.

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Bethlehem Archives completes first phase of renovations

102013archivesintroOn August 20, more than 100 people gathered at the Moravian Archives to celebrate completion of the first phase of renovations to the Archives building.

The Archives’ “Summer Soiree,” which brought together donors, volunteers and friends of the Archives, featured celebratory food and music, including a welcoming trombone choir and chamber trio. Among the attendees were US Congressman Charlie Dent and Bethlehem Mayor John B. Callahan, who each shared their thoughts on the value of the Moravian Archives and congratulating the Archives’ staff on completing this first phase of the project.

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Scouting: The Order of David Zeisberger

The Moravian Church in North America honors outstanding service to Scouting with The Order of David Zeisberger. The award can be given to any adult of the Moravian Church who has distinguished himself or herself in service to Scouting. Congregations are encouraged to present this award to deserving adult(s) each year; a suggested time for presenting the award is Scout Sunday.

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Evangelism to the Sukuma

sukumabaptismThe Sukuma are the largest tribe in Tanzania and the second most prevalent group in the Sikonge district. The vast majority are animistic. Most are nomadic, traveling through the more remote areas of the country with their cattle. In the southern part of the district, however, there are, several Sukuma communities where tribal members have built homes.

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Scouting and the Moravian Church

ScoutsgirlsintroIt seems that every week the Boy Scouts of America or Girl Scouts of the USA are in the news. As registered adult leaders in these organizations for many years (Sue for 31 years and Jay for 20 years), active members when we were growing-up, and parents of an Eagle Scout and Gold Award recipient we wonder if it’s the baby or the bath water that is being scrutinized.

Fortunately for us, our home congregation can see beyond the controversies and appreciate the value of these programs and the synergies they provide to its own youth programming. Our church has chartered a Boy Scout troop for many years and is home to six Girl Scout troops. These troops bring 40 boys, 55 girls, and most of their parents into our building each week.

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