Moravian Church in North America

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

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God Shines on the Moravians

1114copperroof1While sitting in a pew at the West Side Moravian Church in Green Bay, Wis., you can see the huge Jumbotron in the Green Bay Packersí stadium. And, from the Packersí stadium, you can see the shiny, spectacular, new, copper roof on West Side Moravian Church.

I was wondering how I was going to be able to see the entire roof that we so painstakingly, but enthusiastically, planned for and continue to raise funds for. To my surprise, while at a recent Green Bay Packer game, I felt a sense of pride as I gazed northwest while in the stadium. A fellow member reminded me that the bowl at Lambeau Field was being dug for the new stadium at the time our building was being constructed in an area that at the time was open fields.

So, pondering this coincidence, I recall how the Packers organization recently spent millions remodeling their stadium this past year while we were installing a brand new copper roof. Bricks and mortar wear out. Roofs need to be replaced. Facilities outgrow their capacity crowds. Newer designs, earth-friendly materials, added insulationÖso many reasons to make necessary changes.

However, the one difference is that the Green Bay Packers have stockholders and lots of fans! They are also publicly-owned. When the Packers want to make changes, they are wholeheartedly supported.

We also are loved and adored by our members and when we want to make repairs or upgrade services, we too are wholeheartedly supported. We just have to raise the funds to make these changes. Our roofing project was a huge undertaking for our small congregation. The new roof was recommended and needed, due to many years of rain damage in our sanctuary in several different areas that damaged ceilings, walls, stained glass windows and the roof. We had no choice but to replace the roof.

But, with the Packer season just getting started and our roof just getting completed, we are renewed with a sense of pride and ownership to get the roof paid for and for the Packers to win a Super Bowl!

Cheryl Weber, Fund Raising Committee, West Side Moravian Church, Green Bay, Wis. Photo above: West Side Moravian sports a gleaming new copper roof.


Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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