The Synods of both the Northern and Southern Provinces passed resolutions to establish a Moravian Day of Service to invite all congregations to celebrate our compassionate engagement in the communities in which we live and serve. September 15, 2019 has been established as the day of celebration to be held in your morning worship service and all congregations are invited to plan service activities on that weekend (or anytime that best fits your schedule). Just get out there at SERVE!
Here are some suggestions that any congregation can do no matter where they are located.
- Free Car Wash for your community
- Free Hot Dog Night (be sure to offer a veggie hot dog as well)
- Parent’s night out (offer free baby sitting and activities so that parents in your community can have a night to run errands, care for other loved ones, or enjoy a night out)
- Free Guide to Email and the Internet Night (allow those in your congregation with computer skills to teach community residents how to set up an email account and useful ways to use the internet. Then provide hours when folks can come and use a computer at the church if they do not have one.)
- Provide Free Backpacks and School supplies to community families at the beginning of the school year.
Here are just a few Moravian ministries from around the Northern and Southern Provinces that would welcome your congregation to come and serve as part of this day of service. Some locations are offering a specific date for service others are open to choosing a date and project that would best suit your group. We realize that there are many congregations that are not located near any of these sites, but we would invite you to find a social service ministry, park, or a way that you can offer something needful to your community.
Hope Conference and Renewal Center
Hope Conference and Renewal Center is the Christian outdoor ministry of the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, providing programs & facilities for adults, children & families for opportunities for community & spiritual growth.
Location: 15 Ridgeway Ave, Hope, NJ 07844
Camp Hope is open to have groups come and help complete a variety of projects such building maintenance and cleaning, trail clearing, and landscaping. If your group has a particular skill set, they can find a project for you.
Materials to bring will depend on the designated project. Clothing will also depend on what they do, but generally it should be “work clothes.”
Dates are negotiable to a time convenient for both the camp and the group.
Please contact Sue Dreydoppel at 908 459-4435 or email at [email protected]
Moravian Historical Society
Help preserve Moravian history by sharing your story! Join us for the Moravian Historical Society for a Day of Service as we listen, honor, and preserve your story.
Location: 214 E Center St, Nazareth, PA 18064
Since 1857, the Moravian Historical Society has collected and preserved our history. Now, we ask for your help to collect the stories and memories of current community members. Volunteers can participate in this Day of Service by interviewing a friend or family member at our site. The Moravian Historical Society will have recording areas set up and will provide a list of possible questions to help get the conversation started. Many of us regret not capturing our grandmother’s memories of her childhood. During this Day of Service, you can help gather our community members’ stories and create an invaluable archive for future generations.
This project will take place on September 14 and 15 from 1 – 4 p.m. in the historic 1740 Gray Cottage at the Moravian Historical Society located at 214 East Center Street, Nazareth, PA.
Contact: Contact Susan Ellis, [email protected] or 610-759-5070 to learn more and to RSVP.
Moravian Open Door
Moravian Open Door is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing transitional housing and supportive services to the homeless, distressed and underserved population of New York City. It is owned by the Moravian Church Northern Province.
Location: 347 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Moravian Open Door (MOD) Invites groups to contact the Ministry in New York City and schedule a day to come and help with either building maintenance or interactions with their residents such as supplying a meal.
Contact Susan Mendoza [email protected] or, Michael Ralling [email protected]. The contact phone number for both of them is 212-995-5810. Dates are flexible at the convenience of the group and scheduling at MOD.
The project chosen will determine what type of clothing volunteers should wear. At all times we encourage casual, comfortable clothing (jeans, tees, shorts, sneakers, tennis shoes etc.) that is weather appropriate. Those volunteering for projects like painting and cleaning should wear old clothing that can be thrown out if soiled or splattered with paint.
The Estamos Unidos community is called to serve the Hispanic immigrant community of Winston-Salem, NC through living testimony of our Christian faith by providing education to first-generation Hispanics and their descendants. This ministry started with a vision to reach out to the Hispanic community in Forsyth County area by the Moravian Church Southern Province in 2017 after a thoughtful and prayerful process. They hold their worship services, music lessons, and other classes at Sunnyside Ministry in Winston-Salem.
Location: 319 Haled Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
The Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can community café that offers healthy meals, food-service training, & spiritual nourishment in an underserved neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI. They are inviting individuals and groups to volunteer on Saturday, September 14, between 9am-3pm to help with food prep, serving, cafe clean-up, neighborhood clean-up, window-washing, & gardening.
Location: 4424 W. North Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53208
Please contact The Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons at [email protected] if you have any questions or if you want to sign up to serve.
Please dress appropriately for the tasks that you will be assisting with such as comfortable and clean clothes with closed toed shoes and a hat/bandana for food serving, and work clothes for doing the clean-up and gardening jobs.
The Mission of Sunnyside Ministry is to follow Christ by providing hope through service, education and empowerment to those in need within our community. Following Christ by Empowering Others.
They are inviting people to come to Sunnyside on Sunday, September 15 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to help with a distribution of school supplies and clothing.
Location: 319 Haled Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127
Please contact either Dave Holston or Mary Beth Scebold. At 336-724-7558 x 103 (Dave) and 105 (Mary Beth) to let them know that you are interested in serving here.
Mount Morris Camp and Conference Center
Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center hosts summer camps, church groups, retreats, meetings, conferences, and weddings. They are committed to providing a rich and beautiful setting that inspires and supports creativity and discovery. It is a ministry of the Western District of the Northern Province.
Location: W6016 Blackhawk Rd, Wautoma, WI 54982
Mt. Morris invites groups to contact them at anytime to schedule a day of service that is convenient for them and the Camp.
The task list is always changing, but it would almost certainly include things like clearing trails, raking/restoring flower beds, pulling weeds, raking, cutting wood and things like that.
The tool list can be discussed when they set up the date to come. For the most part they will have what each group would need.
Contact Crystal at Mt. Morris: [email protected]