This fall, representatives from Moravian Provinces around the globe arrived in Herrnhut, Germany for the biennial meeting of the Unity Board of the worldwide Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum). The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller and The Rev. David Guthrie, presidents of the Northern and Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conferences, travelled the Herrnhut for the occasion.
Northern ProvinceMoravian Music Sunday, May 6, 2012
The fifth Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2012, 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.
Southern ProvinceChrist Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Brother David Marcus has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has served as associate pastor at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC for the past eleven years. Brother Marcus was installed at Christ on May 13, 2012.
Written from the perspective of a church communicator — Meyer is the communications director for Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind. — “Less Clutter” focuses on helping church communities connect with both long-time congregants and potential new members. Using real-life stories to illustrate her points, Meyer presents an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand “short-course” in communication strategy and methodology.
As part of the Interprovincial Board of Communication’s ongoing efforts to help tell the story of today’s Moravian Church here in the U.S. and Canada, we’re looking for your thoughts, insights and viewpoints on just what it means to be Moravian today.
That answer was almost always greeted with an incredulous look and an admonition to get there as soon as possible. To a person, they describe the beauty, serenity, peacefulness and spiritual feeling of being “on the mountain,” then wax rhapsodic about the fun and growth that camping brought to their Moravian lives.
In March, 96 Moravian brothers and sisters from 11 different congregations and fellowships across the Southern Province gathered at First Moravian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with the purpose of discussing, sharing and learning together about this exciting ministry.
The Southern Province Latino Ministries Conference is an outward expression of the awareness and concern of Moravians throughout our province, to reach out in Christ’s name to the growing Hispanic population in our communities.
Mohamed and Safie Braima left their African homeland for the abundant opportunities available in America. They settled in Charlotte, N.C., joined Little Church, and built a comfortable life of meaning and service in that mission rich community. For about 30 years they lived and enjoyed the American dream.
The Moravian Archives of the Northern Province, based in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Moravian Historical Society, based 10 miles north in Nazareth, Pa., have entered into a unique affiliation that will share expertise, collections and capabilities.
Also this year, we are excited to have Brother Brandon Salyzyn come back to be the coordinating director, serving in so many great ways which help to make Van Es a safer, better place.
The summer begins with College Camp (May 30-June 2). Linda Osborne, Erin Key, and the Reverends David Merritt and Matthew Allen will lead the program based on the book, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” This camp is a great opportunity to spend a few days at Laurel Ridge enjoying activities such as swimming, sports and campfires while also engaging in small group and total group gatherings with music, discussions and more.
Hope Conference & Renewal Center will be echoing with these phrases and many others in 2012, as it begins its 56th year of outdoor ministry in Hope, New Jersey. (If you wonder what any of the phrases mean, ask a recent camper in your family or congregation!) A full summer of events is scheduled, beginning with the Eastern District Confirmation Retreat in early May, through Memorial Day activities, five youth camps, and two specialty camps. The camping season ends in October with Quilt Camp, a fall women’s retreat.
Bishop Higgins’ words from 50 years ago still ring true today. The Moravian Church’s commitment to outdoor ministries offer an escape from the fast-paced world and unique opportunities for spiritual growth in both children and adults.