Shining a light on LOVE! Thanks to our Moravian Stars!
Be the light. Be a Moravian Star. In a time when light can be hard to find, there are still plenty of our fellow humans out there shining light into dark places and fulfilling the scriptural command to love your neighbor as yourself. Let’s transform the world with love and be the light…
BCM is seeking nominations to honor those who are making a difference in their community through both small and big acts of kindness. Complete this brief form to nominate someone for this recognition. We will “star” the yards of those nominated to honor them for their generosity and love for their neighbor. Then, we will feature their good deeds on our social media channels and website. If you have any questions, please contact the BCM at [email protected].
Please complete this brief form below to nominate individuals and organizations for #BeMoravianStars! If you have images/videos you would like to include with your nominations, please upload them here.
Click the name below to learn more about each honoree.
- Maggie Davis | New Philadelphia Moravian Church
- Ginni Baker | Calvary Moravian Church
- Sunnyside Ministry
- Janice Ray | Hopewell Moravian Church
- Konnoak Hills Moravian Church
- Rev. Angelica Regalado Cieza | Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry
- Sam Dowdy | Grace Moravian Church
- Grace Moravian Church
- Adrienne Polychron | Calvary Moravian Church
- Scarlett Dowdy | Laurel Ridge Camp, Conference, & Retreat Center
- Home Moravian Church Christian Education Team
- Clyde Manning | New Philadelphia Moravian Church
Inspired by a youth mission trip to Alaska last year, Maggie started an organization called Friends of Tunt to support the people who live in Tuntutuliak. Maggie recognized that the people of Alaska have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused an already isolated community to become even more isolated and cut off from the world. The Friends of Tunt, under Maggie’s leadership and inspired by her passion to help others, are sending letters, friendship bracelets, craft supplies, clothing, and household items to let our brothers and sisters in Alaska know that they aren’t alone. To learn more about Friends of Tunt visit their website or Instagram account!
Ginni has handmade hundreds and hundreds of cloth face masks for people in our community and given them away for free to anyone who needs or wants one. In addition to the masks she has given to the community, she has sewn special pink face masks for patients getting mammograms at the cancer center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Ginni lost both her mother and her sister to breast cancer and has honored them in a special way during this pandemic. To get her whole family involved, she has been teaching her four young kids to help her with the project by ironing and sewing, too. To learn more about Ginni’s mask-making endeavors read this article or visit The Inspired Thread.
A global pandemic hasn’t stopped Sunnyside Ministry, it has just moved their operation outside! Since March 16th, the day they moved outside, Sunnyside has distributed 76% more food than during the same period a year ago. Over 245,325 pounds of food in a four-month period. That is more food than Sunnyside distributed during the entire year of 2008. At their current pace, they will distribute well over 500,000 pounds of food this year.
Sunnyside has provided less financial assistance than a year ago, mostly due to the fact that utilities cannot be disconnected and property managers could not evict tenants due to non-payment. Even still, they have provided households with $56,586.73 in financial assistance during this period. All of that with only three people doing financial interviews, when before Sunnyside would have had close to 25 people volunteering each week to help with interviews. Visit SunnysideMinistry.org for more information about Sunnyside and how you can help!
The COVID-19 pandemic has just put Janice in to hyper-drive! Janice, a member of Hopewell Moravian Church, has been a huge supporter of Forsyth Jail Ministry, collecting hundreds of books! She continues collecting donations for Sunnyside Ministry during this difficult time. Using her seamstress knowledge to sew over 150 masks that she has given away! To continue the fellowship at Hopewell by leading a Bible study with another member.
Konnoak Hills Moravian Church has collected over 8,000 pounds of food for Sunnyside Ministry since March 22nd. Each Sunday morning from 10:00 until noon, a drive-thru offering is received from members, neighbors, nearby congregations, and area Moravians. It’s been a wonderful way for the congregation to live into its mission statement: Called by Christ to be a neighbor. Food offerings can be made each Sunday in the foreseeable future. The church gathers at 3401 Konnoak Drive, Winston-Salem. To learn more about Konnoak Hill’s food drive visit Moravian.org.
Angelica has been steadfastly working to build a beloved community of Latinx sisters and brothers for several years. During this pandemic, her work and love for this community hasn’t stopped! She has been fielding many extra calls from the Hispanic community for food and help, providing over 30 gift cards to families. To equip the Hispanic community during this difficult time, she has hand-delivered over 700 masks to those in need, while educating families on this virus. Angelica has moved her worship and meetings to a virtual platform, continuing to serve the community she has built of over 30 families. To learn more about Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry, visit Moravian.org or their Facebook Page. To make a financial contribution, visit MMFA.info.
Sam is a humble servant of God and is committed to being the hands and feet of Christ, even during this pandemic. Sam is the Senior High Sunday School teacher, the Senior High Youth leader, a Stephen Minister, and assists with the delivery of community meals on a monthly basis. Sam is the primary caregiver of his aging mother but has not let that stop him from continuing his various ministries at Grace Moravian Church. During this uncertain time, Sam has had constant contact with his Stephen Ministry client and worked to keep the youth group connected! While the youth group did take a break for several weeks during the complete shutdown, Sam stayed in contact with the kids. Once restrictions lifted he began youth meetings on the lawn of the church. It is such a blessing on Sunday afternoons to see a group of young people sitting in chairs on the lawn talking and praying, all while social distancing. Using the paper from old Daily Texts books, he will craft Moravian stars to give to the youth on special occasions! On Sunday mornings, Sam is often sitting in the sanctuary while the staff is recording the service praying for the staff and members of the church. Sam is a wonderful asset to our church family!
For many years, Grace Moravian has provided a monthly community meal to the Mount Airy community. It is a free meal the congregation shares with the community or neighbors, friends – some of which who experience food insecurity. Since the beginning of June, a core team has partnered with local restaurants to provide meal delivery twice a month – serving 60+ meals. Three groups shuttle the food around the Mount Airy area. Grace Moravian has been able to partner with local restaurants, supporting small businesses while continuing its community meal. Visit GraceMoravian.org to learn more about the community meal program and how you can help!
City with Dwellings (CwD) is a non-profit organization in Winston-Salem that strives to end homelessness. Adrienne has been a volunteer there for the past five years. Not only does she assist with the CwD winter overflow shelters, but is at their Community First Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings. CwD arranged hotel rooms for high-risk homeless individuals during the pandemic. But out of necessity, the clients could not leave the rooms. To make their lock-down more bearable Adrienne, along with others, collected books, puzzles, snacks, games, and other activities to help them pass the time and keep busy. Visit CityWithDwellings.org to learn more about the organization and how you can help!
Scarlett has worked extremely hard to make sure Laurel Ridge campers have a positive virtual camp experience this summer. She has always done an amazing job at creating memorable camp experiences, but this year she really went above and beyond. Because of the pandemic, we were unable to have face to face camp so Scarlett didn’t hesitate to make a unique virtual camp experience with the Laurel Ridge Camp Crates. Kids seemed to enjoy it and came back day after day to learn and grow in their love for God. Visit LaurelRidge.org to learn more about Laurel Ridge and the programs available!
Margaret Norris, Gigi Goslen, Toni Kapp, Steve Strawsburg, and Erica Sorenson, and the Christian Education Committee planned for two wonderful virtual camps for local youth this summer. The Virtual Vacation Bible School connected children around town. The Virtual Summer of Service engaged middle and high school youth in service projects; creating and dispersing kindness rocks, harvesting a garden for the food bank, collecting non-perishables for Sunnyside Ministry, and creating goodie bags for shut-ins. This group’s creative thinking and planning allowed for local youth to serve our greater community. To learn more about Home Moravian Church click here!
Clyde Manning is one of the many stars at New Philadelphia that make up a constellation of “stars.” As a Pastoral Assistant, her position is varied and includes many aspects of church life, and this current period of crisis has challenged all of us as we strive to “be” the church. It’s been important to stay in touch with homebound church members in new ways since being together isn’t an option. Working with the Elders and others at New Philly, Clyde has been in communicating through notes, texts, telephone calls, and distant porch visits, finding cheerfulness and hopefulness with each interaction. Active church members continue to “be” the church through good work. In recent months, New Philly has responded generously to several “drives” including: diapers for struggling families; art supplies for those confined to nursing homes; and non-perishable food for our Blessing Box which was constructed and installed early this summer. Recently, New Philly provided scholarship funds for South Fork students, allowing them to receive academic support as their parents returned to work. Clyde’s tasks usually center on the coordination of these projects as we build bridges from church to community. Clyde and the members of New Philadelphia strive daily to answer the call of the one who said of Himself, “I am the light of the world.” Click here to learn more about what is happening at New Philadelphia Moravian Church.