Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Contact Us

Ponderings: A new team for the IBOC

0813ponderingsRenee Schoeller and Arlene ClendenningIn my last Ponderings, I wrote of sad changes in my family’s life. This month, I get to write about happier change and introduce you to new people here at the Interprovincial Board of Communication (IBOC).

In the past two months, we welcomed Arlene Clendenning as our new customer service/business assistant, followed not long after by Renee Schoeller as our new communication assistant. While this much change in staffing can be daunting — two-thirds of the IBOC office team is now new — I’m seeing it as an opportunity to continue our work, while bringing in new skills and perspectives.

Arlene replaced Jodi Bortz in early June; Jodi recently moved to Maryland with her family. As customer relations/business assistant, Arlene will handle customer service and accounting for products and services offered by the IBOC. Arlene brings a solid accounting background and is a member of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem.

Renee replaces Siobhan Young, who recently accepted a new position with Rodale Press in Emmaus, Pa. after more than seven years with IBOC. As communication assistant, Renee will help with a wide variety of editorial and administrative tasks including the Daily Texts, IBOC publishing projects, print and electronic communication efforts, mailing and royalty databases and day-to-day operations of the IBOC office.

Renee is a recent graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in Publication Studies. You may remember Renee — she interned with the IBOC last summer and wrote Ponderings for our Oct. 2012 issue.

Please join me in wishing Arlene and Renee success in our communication ministry, while thanking Siobhan and Jodi for their significant contributions to our work.

And as always, enjoy this issue of The Moravian.




From the August 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High. Psalm 92:1

Sunday, June 17 — Ezekiel 17:22–24; Psalm 92:1–4,12–15
2 Corinthians 5:6–10,14–17; Mark 4:26–34

My spirit abides among you; do not fear. Haggai 2:5

Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. Romans 5:5

God of hope, we lift up our hearts to you with thankfulness. We praise you with song all day long! Thank you for loving us. Let nothing shake our confidence in you. In every change, you are faithful. Amen.

Buy the Book