Tag Archives: October

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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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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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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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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