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Moravian Magazine November 2012


On the cover: Tom Abbott of Friedberg Moravian plays during the opening of the Moravian Festival in Winston-Salem on Sept. 8.  Photo by Mike Riess.

Obituaries: Knight, Fry

Mrs. Edna Marie Knight

Sister Edna M. Knight died at West Palm Beach, Florida, September 5, 2012 at the age 73 years. She was born April 2, 1939 in Manchester, Jamaica, a daughter of Edwin and Louise (Hyman) Yates.

Sister Knight attended schools in Jamaica and graduated from the University College Hospital in the West Indies. She was united in marriage to Brother Claude A. Knight on August 27, 1966 at Kingston, Jamaica.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Watch
The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas Fratrum) has continued to bless us. The 1988 Unity Synod affirmed the importance of this experience for the worldwide Moravian Church.

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Episcopal Church welcomes Moravian pastor in historic example of Full Communion

On September 16, the Rev. Carl Southerland was installed as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, North Carolina, becoming the first Moravian pastor of an Episcopal parish since the two denominations inaugurated a full-communion relationship in 2011.

Southerland and Taylor1“It is an exciting day for the Moravian Church and the Episcopal Church,” said Southerland. “My appointment into the Episcopal Church has been a wonderful process. To come into the Episcopal Church, I’ve felt so welcome. It’s been a real blessing for me, and I’m very excited to be here.”


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Using the 2013 Moravian Daily Texts

2013dailytextsintroIn early October as we prepared this edition of The Moravian for publication, nearly 500 cases of 2013 Moravian Daily Texts arrived at our offices in Bethlehem, Pa. Cracking open that first box represented the culmination of an 18-month process that began in Germany in April of 2011 with the selection of the 2013 watchwords.

Over the course of five days, the IBOC shipped more than 11,000 copies to Moravians and non-Moravians all over the world and orders continue to arrive. While the “standard” paperback edition continues to be our most popular version, we shipped plenty of hardcover, large print and journal editions, too. And a digital edition of the 2013 Daily Texts for the Amazon Kindle will be available through

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Sharon Moravian’s Operation Supply Train makes its first delivery

A few days before the start of the 2012 school year, Director of Christian Education, Crystal Fox, and I made the first delivery of Operation Supply Train to the Indian Valley Middle School in Tuscarawas, Ohio. We delivered a total of 24 backpacks (eight for each of the three grade levels) filled with specific supplies needed for each grade plus six cartons full of general supplies which will be needed by students and teachers in all three grades.

Operation Supply Train grew out of the realization that state school funding has been cut every year for the past few years so that more and more expense was being transferred to the parents.

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The Moravian Church in Nepal: A people of hope and newness

nepalintroIt is always inspiring and sometimes awesome to see what can be accomplished by doing the Lord’s work. The mission in Nepal is one of those awesome cases and we pray they continue to grow in God’s hands.

Vani and Shanti Pradhan arrived in Bethlehem in the fall of 2006 to study at the Moravian Theological Seminary. Shanti had an intern assignment at College Hill Moravian Church and Vani at Central Moravian; the following year, they both served internships at Edgeboro Moravian Church. After graduation, Vani and Shanti were ordained as Deacons in the Moravian Church on May 17, 2009, and returned to their home in Kathmandu, Nepal two months later to begin their service.

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Salemtowne: Forty years strong…and stronger

salemtowneFront EntranceAs Salemtowne Retirement Community celebrates its first 40 years of service to older adults, we reflect on our heritage of compassion and care, and how two Single Sisters made a lasting difference.

Moravians have historically been progressive in caring for others. In fact, the origins of what is today’s Salemtowne community draw from that very strength of Moravian women. In 1887, two Moravian women realized the need for a home to welcome and care for society’s forgotten, then took action.

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Marquardt Village announces renovation and redevelopment plans

marquardtintroThe Marquardt Village Board of Directors approved plans for a $43 million renovation to its senior housing campus in Watertown, Wisconsin. The renovations will be designed to position Marquardt Village to meet changing lifestyle demands and trends in senior living.

Marquardt Village’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Mauthe said the renovations are key to keeping the retirement center on the leading edge of the ever-evolving health care system. “It’s very important because we have to continue to meet current residents’ needs now and look to their expanding needs in the future,” Mauthe said. “It is also important to the financial health of our organization. We need to continue to be at the forefront of providing care to attract new residents.”

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A Brief History of Moravian Open Door

modhistcuomo(Excerpts from “Moravians in the City Offering Hope for 25 Years” by the Rev. Dr. David A. Schattschneider, ©2012 Used with permission)

Moravian Open Door (MOD) dedicated its newly renovated facilities at 347 East 18th St. in Manhattan (New York City) on November 7, 1987. Among the political leaders present was David Dinkins, the Manhattan Borough President who would later serve as Mayor of New York (1990-93). Mario Cuomo, then Governor of the State of New York, had sent a citation commending the Moravian Church’s Eastern District for its commitment to provide “permanent housing for 42 elderly, homeless people” in the building “funded with a grant from the State Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and with contributions from member churches and individuals.”

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MOD celebrates 25 years of helping homeless help themselves

modintro1For a quarter century, a small building on East 18th St. in New York City has been a refuge for homeless seniors in transition. The work of that facility — Moravian Open Door — was highlighted at a special celebration on Sept 30.

The 25th anniversary event, led by MOD Board President Doris Schattschneider, began with a special service at First Moravian Church in New York. MOD traces its origins back to First Moravian’s urban ministry work in the late 1960s.

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Project delivers Moravian books to libraries around the globe

libraryintroimageThe Moravian Library Project, coordinated by the Center for Moravian Studies in Bethlehem, has sent packages of scholarly books to libraries of theological schools in many provinces of the Moravian Unity around the world.

The idea was born at an international Consultation on Moravian theological education, which took place in 2010 in Paramaribo, Suriname. Educational leaders and students from Moravian schools in eight different countries spent one week discussing the challenges and possibilities of preparing people for ministry in the Moravian Church today.

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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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