Tag Archives: October

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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October 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 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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Ponderings: An intern’s story

ponderingsMGR 1569Editor’s note: For this month’s Ponderings, I invited Renee Schoeller, a student from Hoftstra University who interned with the Interprovincial Board of Communication this summer, to offer her thoughts on working with the staff of the Moravian Church Center in Bethlehem. Renee jumped in and did some great work with us. She was a valuable member of our team during the launch of www.moravian.org and the final stages of the 2013 Daily Texts.

I had the great opportunity to work at the Moravian Church Center three days a week this summer as a publications intern with the Interprovincial Board of Communication.

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Historic Moravian palisade in North Carolina in need of protection

bethChurch and Fort GJ 2011introMost Moravians immediately recognize the names of the church’s historic congregation towns of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Salem, North Carolina. However, the history of the Moravians in the New World also includes some significant wilderness sites that are recognizable to only a few.

One of these is Historic Bethabara Park, the 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina. The outpost for the Wachovia Tract, which was the grandest project the Moravians had ever undertaken, Bethabara (Hebrew for house of passage) served as a foothold in the nearly 100,000-acres the Moravians acquired from John Carteret, Lord Granville, the last British proprietor of the North Carolina colony.

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In Appreciation for a Generation of Leadership

Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and with gratitude in your hearts sing praises, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. Colossians 3:16

Few passages of scripture offer a better picture of the collaborative ministry of Rick Sides, Brad Bennett, Lisa Mullen, Beth Hayes, Judy Knopf, and Heather Stevenson, who completed their shared service to the Southern Province in May. As staff members of the Board of Christian Education and its succeeding board, the Board of Cooperative Ministries, this ministerial team lifted the life of our two provinces and a grateful church for the better portion of two decades.

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Ephraim Moravian proves an “old dog can learn new tricks”

ephraimramp Apr 2012The Ephraim Moravian Church may have been built in 1859, but it’s just been brought into the 21st century.

Our church—and basically all of Door County, Wisconsin—has an aging population. All but a few of our Ephraim Moravian kids are in high school, college, or have gotten married and moved away. Those of us remaining can see a day where a cane, a walker, or even a wheelchair will be a welcome addition to our transportation, and many of our departed members had spent their last years aided that way.

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Covenant Moravian Church focuses on communicating

Backpack Blessing 2012The congregation at Covenant Moravian is focused on communicating—circulating a cohesive message for both our members and community to see the affect of the Moravian church in our daily lives and in the lives of those we touch.

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Connecting with Moravian Youth at Convo 2013

Convo 025Since 1957, Moravian Youth from across North America have been gathering for worship, learning, fellowship and building connections. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life changing and last forever.

A team of youth ministry representatives from both Provinces is gearing up for Convo 2013, set to take place June 30-July 6, 2013 at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. The theme of the week is “Let’s Connect at Convo 2013.” This Convo will be for youth who have completed grades 9 through 12.

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Remembering Andy Griffith

andy-statue-1introIn July, actor Andy Griffith, best known as Andy Taylor of the Andy Griffth Show and as attorney Ben Matlock, passed away at age 86. Many have speculated that Mayberry is, in actuality Mt. Airy, N.C., home of Grace Moravian Church. But the connection goes much deeper.

“On a beautiful Spring day in May 2009, we were welcomed with generosity and kindness into the Manteo home of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Griffith,” says the Rev. Anthony Hayworth, pastor at Grace Moravian. “Andy, a member of Grace Moravian during his teenage years, had expressed a desire to reconnect with the Moravian church. Through the liturgies for the Reaffirmation of Faith and Holy Communion, Cindi and Andy became members of the Grace Moravian Congregation.

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