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Moravian Magazine March 2015

On the cover: Sunrise on the path to God’s Acre in Winston-Salem. Photo by Mike Riess

John Hus and the Moravian Church

PrintJuly 6 is a special day of remembrance in the Moravian Church. On this date in 1415, a Catholic Church council in the city of Constance executed one of the great Christian reformers. Millions of Christians worldwide, including Moravians, view John Hus as a martyr to the gospel and a saint, even though he was […]


Christ’s Community Church heeds God’s call to feed local children

032015kidpackpacking“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 “Faith without fear” is a truth that God has been teaching us in […]


Technology amplifies and shares the glory of the resurrection

032015easterampIn the darkness of the dawn on March 30, 1777, a small group of Moravians gathered to celebrate Easter’s message. In the darkness of dawn on April 5, 2015, 238 years later, a small group of Moravians will gather to help share that same message using today’s technology. This group will both amplify the Easter […]


Sunnyside Ministry thanks Tommy Cole for leadership and progress

032015tommycole1After more than seven years at the helm, Sunnyside Ministry’s executive director Tommy Cole will retire in June. During his tenure, Sunnyside Ministry which helps thousands of people in Winston-Salem each year, grew and expanded into a valued community organization and an important outreach of the Moravian Church. As an agency of the Southern Province […]


Studying Moravian Doctrine: Moravian Covenant for Christian Living

032015doctrinesealIn last month’s 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 […]


Moravian medical work in Nicaragua

032015nicaraguadocsThe Moravian medical work in Nicaragua is continuing to bear fruit for the health of the people of that Central American country. It began with a dream of Dr. David Thaeler to establish a Moravian hospital on the Rio Coco in northern Nicaragua and to train locals to assume responsibility for the health care in […]


The Easter Morning Liturgy

032015easterserviceEaster morning is an especially wondrous time at Moravian churches across the Northern and Southern Provinces. For many, Easter morning means greeting the rising sun in a God’s Acre or sanctuary with a service that speaks to the core of Moravian belief. “The Moravian Easter morning service is an old tradition, rich in spiritual significance,” […]


In Tanzania, a community completes their church and joins Adopt-a-Village

032015Completed Kavale Moravian ChruchKavale is a small village in rural Tanzania. Located ten miles south of Sikonge and over a mile from the nearest major road, it is relatively isolated from other segments of the Namwezi tribe to which these people belong. Nearly all of the 300 inhabitants are Moravians. The people of Kavale built their first church […]


Ponderings: Recording a milestone year with the Daily Texts

032015ponderingsimageBy the time you read this, I will have crossed the half-century line in 2015 as one of the first members of Generation X* to reach this milestone. And as that day approaches, the specter of “over 50” has triggered more reflection, soul-searching and hope for the future than usual. My birthday falls on Ash […]


Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work
March 1, 2015 The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering is designated for the South Africa province’s project for youth and Sunday School.   Watchwords At […]


Obituary: The Rev. Joseph Daniel Conrad

The Rev. Joseph Daniel Conrad died September 10, 2014 after an extended illness. He was 65. “Dan” was born July 24, 1949 to H. Joe and Mary Conrad, and was baptized at Bethania Moravian Church, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He attended Wake Forest University, served in the United States Navy, graduated from UNC-Greensboro and received his […]


Obituary: Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus

Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus, wife of the late Rev. John Befus entered the more immediate presence of the Lord on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Salemtowne Retirement Community, Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 93 years old. Violet was born May 14, 1921 in Lamont, Alberta, Canada. After becoming a registered nurse and marrying John Befus, […]


Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, August 18 — Psalm 101
Judges 1:17–2:23; Luke 18:18–30

Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord. Joshua 24:16

Keep your roots deep in Christ Jesus, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7 (GNT)

Father, as we learn more about your marvelous works in our daily lives, we grow in deeper relationship with you. We are grateful you give us many opportunities to grow closer to you every day. Amen.

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