Tag Archives: September

Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell

Brother Douglas W. Caldwell died July 17, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at age 71. Born May 7, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of David and Margaret (Ashburn) Caldwell. Brother Caldwell graduated from Moravian College in 1966 and received an M. Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969. In 1985 he received […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, September 2014

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 14, 2014 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Moravian Magazine September 2013

  On the cover: A handbell awaits its chance to ring during the 24th Moravian Music Festival. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Moravian Magazine, September 2012

  Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian     On the cover: Pastors lead the closing worship at the 2012 Eastern District Synod in Bethlehem, Pa.  Photo by Mike Riess.

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Moravian youth “get connected” at Convo 2013

092013convointroHigh school students from many corners of the North American Moravian world came together for a week of learning, prayer, fellowship, worship—and, of course, fun!—at Convo 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.

Since 1957, Convo has invited Moravian youth who have completed grades 9 through 12 to join together every four years. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life-changing and last forever.

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Prayer shawls for Northern Province Synod

092013prayershawlintroAnnounced last fall, the Prayer Shawl Minsitry of the United Brethren’s Church on Staten Island is hoping to provide one prayer shawl for each delegate to the Northern Province Synod in June 2014. That means 250 shawls! The group has commitments for close to 100, and is looking for more knitters to help!  

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Ponderings: One busy Summer

For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me, this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter!
July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there.

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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 8, 2013

The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.

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Obituary: The Rev. Otto Dreydoppel

Brother Otto Dreydoppel died at Lynnwood, Washington, July 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Born November 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Otto and Sophie (McCubbin) Dreydoppel. Brother Dreydoppel graduated from Moravian College in 1952 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1955. He received a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 1, 1955 and consecrated a Presbyter January 20, 1963.

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Matz

Sister Mary J. Matz died at Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2013, at the age of 81 years. Born August 10, 1931 in Havertown, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Olive (Wise) Dill. Sister Matz graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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Moravian Music Festival 2013

092013musicfestivalintroIn July, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania came alive with music as the 24th Moravian Music Festival came to town.

For seven days, singers, musicians and music lovers from around the country (and the globe!) braved the summer heat of Bethlehem for a week of workshops, rehearsals, concerts and more. In Central Moravian Church and on the south campus of Moravian College, participants played, sang and appreciated the broad scope of Moravian music.

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Mission trip results in ecumenical partnership and communion

092013missiontripintroDuring the week of July 14, 2013 eleven members of the Hope Moravian Church of Hope, Ind. traveled to Staten Island, New York on a Mission Trip. Lots of Moravian congregations have been doing that very thing this summer, as so many of us are moved to help out the many East Coast residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed, just nine months ago, by Superstorm Sandy.

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Historic lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners

092013lovefeastintroNearly one thousand Lutherans, Episcopalians and Moravians gathered in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for a unique celebration of the full communion relationship among the three denominations—the first-ever of its kind.

The celebration arose out of several years of conversation among the heads of the local territories of the three denominations: the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, the Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. David Bennett, president of the Eastern District, Northern Province, of the Moravian Church. Their discussions of ways to demonstrate full communion led to the question of what the three churches have in common. One clear answer: Music.

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Mission work on the home front: a remembrance of Francis Weber

092013weberintroThis year America commemorated the lives of two important African Americans who through their brave determination helped to end racial segregation and injustice in this country and the world. On February 4 the nation celebrated the one-hundredth birthday of Rosa Parks (1913-2005), who was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. June 12 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who, not long after President John F. Kennedy delivered his address to the nation on civil rights in 1963, was shot in the back at his home in Jackson, Mississippi, by a white supremacist.

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Filling in the GAPS

092013gapsintroEvery Monday night we here at the GAPS Community at Downey Moravian Church sit down together to share a meal. As you might imagine, most aspects of our life together in intentional community involve some level of intentionality and purpose. But the lens that provides us with much of our focus and direction is this weekly house meal when we gather to reflect on where we have been, to plot and plan for where we are going, and to freely imagine the new paths that we might forge together.

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Festival scholarship winners share thoughts, thanks for musical opportunity

092013scholarshipwinnersintroThanks to the generosity of several donors, five college-age students received scholarships allowing them to attend their first Moravian Music Festival. Each offered insights on their participation:

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The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference

In June 2011, more than 400 Moravian women from around the globe gathered in Concord, N.C. for the 11th Moravian Women’s Conference. Over the course of three days, the conference challenged attendees to step out of their comfort zones and be the hands and feet of Christ in our communities, churches, provinces and world. The theme, “Stepping Out of the Boat,” based on Matthew 14:29, provided inspiration for worship, music, prayer, fellowship and education.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for September 2012

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 9, 2012
The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.

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Obituaries for September

The Rev. William O. Gilbert III

The Rev. William O. Gilbert III of Fergus Falls, Minn. passed away on April 15, 2012 at the age of 69.

Brother Gilbert was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He graduated from Moravian College in 1964 and entered Moravian Theological Seminary. While attending seminary, he served Moravian churches in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Friedensfeld & Fredriksted Congregations; Memorial Congregation, St. Thomas and in Bethel, Alaska as a student intern. He graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969 and was ordained at Advent Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was consecrated a presbyter in 1975 at Hopewell Moravian Church.

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Fall events offer a wealth of Moravian culture and heritage

culteventsintroThis fall, Winston-Salem and Bethlehem will play host to two large gatherings, each designed to offer both Moravians and non-Moravians alike a taste of Moravian culture and heritage.

On September 8, New Philadelphia Moravian Church will host the second Moravian Festival, with traditions, food and fun. Last year’s event drew more than 5,000 people and representatives from many Southern Province congregations.

Then, October 11-14, a variety of sites in Bethlehem will host the third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music. The conference will explore Moravian history in worldwide contexts from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries.

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Moravian Theological Seminary awards Wayne Burkette the 2012 John Hus Award

johnhusburketteintroSince 1974, Moravian Theological Seminary has recognized a graduate, who, through outstanding service has brought distinction to the work of ministry, by presenting him or her with The John Hus Award.

During its annual Alumni Reunion Luncheon on March 8, 2012, the Seminary honored The Rt. Rev. Dr. D. Wayne Burkette as the 38th recipient of The John Hus Award. The award is named for John Hus, one of the great leaders of the Christian Church and is regarded a founding father of the Moravian Church.

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Moravians on a “Missionippi” trip

missintroIn mid-May of 2012, 11 intrepid Moravians from the Friedland and Friedberg congregations in Winston-Salem, N.C. traveled to Ocean Springs, Miss. for an assignment as a work-service team. For the leaders, Jerry and Sherry Edwards, it was their third trip to assist in aiding those damaged by Hurricane Katrina. We were a group of skilled and unskilled laborers called by faith and driven by desire to assist those in need. As most work-service teams have discovered, what we learned seemed far greater than the help we offered.

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The Moravians in Mississippi: Seven years of service to repair Katrina’s damage

misshistoryintroHow can we forget the wrenching media images of people on rooftops in their flooded neighborhoods in New Orleans waiting for rescue? The chaos and confusion in the emergency rescue efforts of local, state and federal officials? The waste and destruction in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Coast communities between the Texas coast and Pensacola, Fla.? Devastated homes and businesses rotting and molding in the hot sun?

That was Hurricane Katrina, the most devastating natural disaster ever to occur in the United States, reaching the U.S. on August 29, 2005. The storm attacked a geographic area the size of Great Britain, killed over 1,800 people, caused billions of dollars of damage and displaced millions of households.

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Erwin Boettcher: Celebrating 60 years of ordination

erwinintroThe Rev. Erwin E. Boettcher led the Holy Communion service at Lancaster Moravian Church in celebration of the John Hus Festival on Sunday, July 8th. The date was also a celebration of another sort, as it was exactly 60 years and two days after his ordination as a pastor!

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Renovations preserve link to missionary past

nainshoberintroOne of the treasures of the Moravian Museum in Bethlehem, Pa. is the Nain-Schober House. It is the only surviving structure from an important, but little known, chapter in American history. And this month, recent renovations to help restore its original appearance will be unveiled, helping the building continue to tell its story.

A link to the past
The Nain-Schober House in Bethlehem is a direct link to the heroic and tragic history of the Moravian mission to Native Americans and serves as a reminder of a fleeting glimpse of a different possible outcome for the relationship between Native Americans and European settlers in American history.

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A Century of Service: Trinity Moravian Church Turns 100

trinityintroIt’s not often that a Moravian church turns 100. But it happened on July 15, 2012 when hundreds of members and friends of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem gathered to celebrate the congregation’s centennial.

In a service that included the premiere of a newly-composed anthem, meditations by two bishops, and the entire congregation signing the Moravian Covenant for Christian Living, the Trinity Centennial Celebration was an event that will be remembered for years to come.

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Learning for a Lifetime: The Comenius Forum at Central Moravian Church

In addition to his role as one of the 17th century bishops of the Moravian Church, John Amos Comenius was also a ground-breaking scholar and advocate in educational reform. In his important work on education, “The Great Didactic,” Comenius wrote, “If, in each hour, a man could learn a single fragment of some branch of knowledge, a single rule of some mechanical art, a single pleasing story or proverb (the acquisition of which would require no effort), what a vast stock of learning he might lay by. Seneca is therefore right when he says: ‘Life is long, if we know how to use it.’ It is consequently of importance that we understand the art of making the very best use of our lives.”

After considering this call for life-long learning, lay leaders and members of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem worked with the church’s pastors to develop a way of helping others in this very Moravian quest for the expansion of the mind.

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Eastern District Synod stimulates and strengthens the work of the Lord

EDSynodintro“Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise.”
With Psalm 84:4 as its theme and inspiration, the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province came together in June for work and worship at the 2012 Eastern District Synod in Bethlehem, Pa.

The Eastern District Synod, which convenes every four years, brings together delegates from more than 50 Moravian congregations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Ontario, Canada. More than 230 delegates attended, including District clergy and lay members from each congregation. A number of ecumenical partners from the Episcopal Church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church USA and other denominations were also on hand as guests.

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