Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Magazine May 2015

On the cover: Sunrise service at the Eastern Overlook, Laurel Ridge. Photo by Mike Riess

Experiencing a growing faith in Peru

052015peruintroThe Iglesia Evangélica Morava de Peru is growing in faith, in numbers and in music! People are learning of the saving work of Jesus Christ and committing themselves to lives of discipleship through the sacrament of baptism. Young people are responding to God’s call to serve in the church. Music is vibrant and lives are […]


Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Series

052015moraviandoctrineLove, Unity and Diversity and Settling Differences 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 […]


North Dakota Moravians honor a returning soldier with a special service

052015ndintroThey say that Christmas comes just once a year. On March 20, 2015, Christmas Eve came again to the Goshen Moravian Church in Durbin, N.D. One of our own church members, Sergeant Michael Jahnke, serving in the U.S. Army, recently returned home from a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Michael’s […]


Bethlehem group helps shelter homeless during harsh winter months

052015bethlehem1During the cold harshness of this past winter, a group of Moravians in the Bethlehem area helped shelter the homeless at night. Through a growing partnership with area churches of other denominations, Bethlehem Emergency Sheltering, Inc. (BES) provided more than just a warm place to sleep. The seeds for BES were sown in January of […]


Prayers for Middle East Peace

Bishop Sam Gray at Star Mountain in RamallahIsrael and Palestine—what comes to mind when you hear those words?  For many it is conflict, violence or injustice. Holy Land pilgrimages shape the response of others, who are deeply moved by visits to the holy sites. For many North American Moravians whose pilgrimages included a visit to the Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center, responses might […]


Sunday School Class shows it’s “all about deeds” with work at Overflow Shelter

052015overflow2James 2: 14–18: Faith and Deeds What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” […]


Ponderings: Taking the longer way home

052015ponderingsimageWe have a running joke in my family about driving out of the way known as “taking Route 29.” The saying stems from my father-in-law’s dislike for driving on the Interstate. When traveling to visit his daughter and her family in Durham, he will avoid the much quicker I-95/I-85 route and take one that wends […]


Western District 2015 Camps offer opportunities for youth of all ages

052015mtmorrisintroThe Moravian Church has been offering youth camps for decades and I think that they have mastered it. This summer, the Western District Camping Ministry offers opportunities for youth of all ages to learn, have fun and experience faith surrounded by God’s creation. Each week’s camp is tailored to the ages of the youth participating, […]


Thinking about summer at Laurel Ridge

052015laurelridge4It’s time to start thinking about Summer! Which camp will you choose? At Laurel Ridge, the camp for Southern Province Moravians, there are so many choices this year! Pre-Junior: July 31–August 2 (Completed Grades 1 or 2) Deans: Gail Theard and Margaret Norris. Pre-Junior Camp is the perfect introduction to Laurel Ridge for your little […]


Helping Camp Hope by selling and stitching

052015camphopequiltCamps need a lot of assistance and support, especially from volunteers. In the case of Hope Conference & Renewal Center, some volunteers serve as counselors or nurses. Some paint doors and repair roofs. Some make quilts and sell Avon. Selling Avon for Camp Louise Snyder, a member of East Hills Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa., […]


Camp Van-Es to light Hearts on Fire at 2015 camp

052015vanesintroThe snow is gone and the trees are starting to bud; Camp Van-Es is gearing up for another summer filled with fun, laughter, friendship and God’s Spirit moving. There is a special joy and energy about working with kids that brings out the best in us. We had to ask ourselves this year: what is […]


Camp Hope readies busy season of fun and faith

052015camphopeintroHope Conference & Renewal Center, an outdoor ministry of the Eastern District, is preparing for hundreds of campers and staff members. The summer season will be filled with swimming in the pool, boating on the lake, meeting new friends, laughing at campfires, worshiping by the lake or on the hill and much more. Overlooking Little […]


Mid-States Camping changes hearts

052015campmidstatesintroMany hearts and lives have been changed through the Moravian camping programs offered to our youth. Sometimes we don’t realize the impact that camp had until years down the road, but we are so fortunate to have these camps available to our youth. And the 2015 camping season will be here before we know it! […]


Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, September 21 — Psalm 108:6–13
1 Samuel 13; John 1:43–51

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Creator of the universe, what a privilege you have gifted to us! You have entrusted us to care for the beautiful world that you have created. May we be worthy of that trust. May we tend your garden well. Teach us to be wise stewards and to care gently for the earth and all her creatures. Amen.

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