Moravian Church in North America

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The Moravian Magazine April 2013


On the cover: Events around the North American Moravian Church; photos by Mike Riess

Official Provincial Elders News April 2013

Moravian Music Sunday 
April 28, 2013 The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged. […]


Ponderings: Ordination uplifts a Sunday afternoon


As I’m sure it is for many of you, finding inspiration and strengthening of faith comes in many forms and events. Sunday morning worship, reading the Daily Texts, working in our communities or on a mission trip, helping others, studying the Bible or simply contemplating the beauty and splendor of nature all help to refresh the spirit. On a Sunday afternoon in February, I experienced an event that I need to add to that list.


Obituary: The Rt. Rev. Milo A. Loppnow


Brother Milo A. Loppnow died at Watertown, Wisconsin, February 4, 2013, at the age of 99.


Organization honoring Moravian missionary plans bicycle trail and park system


Moravian missionary David Zeisberger forever changed the history of Ohio when he founded the state’s first town, Schoenbrunn, on May 2, 1772. In the village located near New Philadelphia, Ohio, Zeisberger and fellow missionaries built the first church and the first school where they ministered to Native Americans of the Delaware tribe.


Orphan Education in the Sikonge District


Orphans are a social and financial liability in the developing third world, both to their families and to their country. If ignored or abandoned, these children will become an increasing burden on their surrounding society. Because of their large numbers, they will make a significant impact on the future of Africa.


Charlotte-area Moravian women share “Springs of Life”


Saturday February 16th started out with a spring snow in North Carolina but it did not dampen the festive hearts of the women from area Moravian churches that gathered in Huntersville, N.C. to share a Woman’s Day. The first one had been held just a year ago and was so well received, it was almost certain that there would be another one this year.


Open House shares old Moravian traditions in a creative new way


Editor’s note: Yes, this is the kind of story I’d typically select for November or December. However, when I read Sue Koenig’s description of Graceham Moravian Church’s Christmas event this year—and the planning time it took to make it happen – I thought it would be a good add for now to get others thinking about it. Enjoy!—Mike

In July of last year, members of the Graceham Moravian Church met to begin planning A Moravian Christmas Homecoming. Mike and Myra Miller envisioned an “open house” to which members and their guests, and people from the community, would come for an afternoon of hands-on learning about Moravian Christmas traditions, and provide an opportunity to get acquainted with the Moravians.


Sing…Play…Listen…At the 24th Moravian Music Festival!


Only three months remain before the 24th Moravian Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 14-20! A lively volunteer committee chaired by Rebecca Kleintop Owens is working hard to ensure that the Festival experience for attendees will be even better than hoped for.


Lay Seminary seeks answer to “Moravian Theology – What is it today?”


For nearly 50 years, the Lay Seminary program has brought knowledge of church, theology, the Bible and more to interested Moravians in the Southern Province. The Fall Lay Seminary, “The Big Picture: A View of Modern Moravian Theology,” continued that tradition with an overview of modern Moravian theology from the Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette.


Moravian-Episcopal Coordinating Committee meets to strengthen full communion


The full communion between the Moravian Church (Northern and Southern Provinces) and the Episcopal Church in America has been strengthened with the establishment of the Moravian Episcopal Coordinating Committee (MECC), which first met in January.


A Moravian life begun at the kitchen sink


In the summer of 1956, a young mother whose newborn son was about to have minor surgery paced back and forth in the kitchen of the small apartment she shared with her husband and their two other children. The operating room was booked, the surgeon was scheduled, the pre-op procedures were completed, but nagging deep memory told her that she could not offer this precious gift to the surgeon’s knife without first offering him to the Lord through the grace of baptism.


A ministry of Stewardship and Education to those less active or inactive


In the back of each year’s November issue of The Moravian Magazine, the Interprovincial Board of Communication shares the annual listing of the “Statistics of the Moravian Church in the U.S. and Canada.” We are drawn to review the list in some detail each year, knowing the churches pretty well after 30 years of ministry in Districts and Provinces. Some of what we see in these numbers is, well, troubling, and thus this commentary.


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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