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Moravian Magazine, October 2014

In this issue: $100 million for more ministry; selling a church to enhance a ministry; the making of the Daily Texts; Mt. Morris celebrates 50 years; congregational happenings; and more!

On the cover: The belfry of Central Moravian Church as fall arrives in Bethlehem. Photo by Mike Riess.

The unexpected gifts in life

102014santaintroAs a pastor for thirty years I have encountered all kinds of people with different perspectives and approaches to life. Like any pastor worth their salt will confirm, bringing the love of Jesus Christ is an honor, a pledge and a call. At times, God’s unexpected love lands right in your lap. Here is one […]


“Something Beautiful for God” The 2014 Plus 50 retreat

102014plusfiftyintroEach year people from around the Western District gather for a long summer weekend at Mt. Morris Camp in Wautoma, Wis. The annual Plus 50 event is an opportunity for the over-50 crowd to enjoy the experience of being campers. The group usually numbers 15–25; this year, our over-50 campers came from Minnesota, California, Indiana […]


Rudolph Moravian congregation loses church to fire

102014rudolphintroAfter more than 80 years as the home of the Rudolph Moravian congregation, the church at 1490 Main St. in Rudolph, Wis., suffered a serious fire on August 26. While Rudolph is one of the smallest congregations in the Northern Province — less than 30 members — it has been a vital, faithful, spirit-filled group […]


Ponderings: Gearing up for a busy Autumn

102014ponderingsintroAs the calendar rolls past Labor Day and the cool winds of September begin to blow (unless, of course, you’re in Canada, where the cold snows begin to fly), the activity level at many of our Moravian congregations begins to really ramp up. Not surprisingly, the same goes for the Interprovincial Board of Communication. While […]


Official Provincial Elders’ News, October 2014

Prayer Day for Children On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994. Prayer Day for […]


Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center Celebrates 50 Years!

102014mtmorrisintroSometimes ministry happens and creates a memorable place. Sometimes a special place helps ministry to come alive. Mt. Morris is both. It is a place like no other. On August 9th, 2014 the Mt. Morris Board and staff hosted a celebration of a place that is both special and memorable. We celebrated… …the people who […]


Moravian Women’s Conference coming Summer 2015

102014womensconferenceintroThe 12th Moravian Women’s Conference is quickly approaching and the conference committee is excited about seeing Moravian Women from around the world next June! The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25–28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to […]


Behind the scenes: the making of the Moravian Daily Texts

102014dailytextsintro  Every October, the Interprovincial Board of Communication receives hundreds of cases of the Moravian Daily Texts from its printer in Michigan. But shepherding each year’s Daily Texts from watchwords drawn more than two years before in Herrnhut to the printed—and now digital—publication used by many North American Moravians takes the IBOC team nearly a […]


London Moravian Church to mark 125th anniversary

102014londonintroThe London Moravian Church congregation will celebrate its 125th Anniversary on Sunday, October 12, 2014. The church, located in Jefferson County, Wisconsin between the communities of Cambridge and Lake Mills, was established on October 6, 1889. All former Moravian pastors and spouses who have provided ministry leadership at London have been invited to join the […]


Lancaster Moravian— selling the church to enhance its ministry

102014lancasterintroIn many cases, we don’t pull out of the driveway until we have seen the exact route on our GPS, know what turns to make when and know exactly what time we will arrive at our destination. The very thought of launching off into the largely unknown seems a little nutty these days; yet, believe […]


Investing Where We Believe: $100 million for more ministry

102014investingintroThe Moravian Ministries Foundation is a unique interprovincial ministry of the Church. We do not train or educate pastors. We do not serve the poor or the elderly. We do not write, compose or perform music. We do not minister to people in far away lands. We do not lead worship. We do not evangelize […]


Guidebook charts steps of Lehigh Valley Moravians

102014guidebookintroThe rich cultural history of Moravians in the Lehigh Valley has never appeared more fresh or more entertaining than in the new Moravian Walking Tour and Guidebook: The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, published by the Moravian Historical Society. This Guidebook will surprise every reader, even those who are students of Moravian history. It contains more than […]


First annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: a day of covenanting and prayer for children

102014childrenintroIn many Moravian churches, one Sunday in October is chosen to recognize and pray for children. The Southern Province got a head start this year by celebrating the first annual Children’s Festival and Lovefeast: A Day of Covenanting and Prayer for Children on Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Bethabara Moravian Church. It was a wonderful […]


A Conquering Lamb for little hands to hold

102014conqueringlambintroThe Lamb is a favored symbol of the Moravian Church. He can be found on the wide variety of logos and images that depict the Unitas Fratrum in every corner of the globe. And he is central to our seal and motto — Our Lamb Has Conquered. Let Us Follow Him. Now, thanks to the […]


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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