Sunday, September 27, 2020 | 3:00- 5:00 PM | New Philadelphia Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
After 31 years of service to the Moravian Church SP, working for both the Board of World Mission and Mission Society, Sheila Beaman retired on September 1st. While the pandemic prevents us from gathering in-person, we would like to show our love and appreciation in a different way! On Sunday, September 27, between 3:00- 5:00 PM, we will host a drive-thru reception for Sheila at New Philadelphia Moravian Church. We invite you to drive by to thank her for her service and wish her well in this next chapter of her life.
Instructions for Drive-Thru
We wish we could be physically near each other to celebrate Sheila, but for safety reasons, please stay inside your cars during this drive-thru reception.
We invite you to decorate your cars with signs and banners, and if you have cards or notes to share with Sheila and her family, representatives from the Board of Cooperative Ministries will have baskets for receiving those as you drive under the portico.
Please do not arrive before 3:00PM or park in the parking lots.
Enter the parking lot from Kilpatrick Street, to the right of the Fellowship Hall, using the last entrance, closest to Old Vineyard Rd. Follow the signs, driving behind the church building, passing by the playground and pavilion. Drive under the covered portico (preschool entrance and entrance to church offices) where you can lower your windows and greet Sheila. Please do not stop and get out of your cars.
A Note from Sheila Beaman
An announcement appeared on our bulletin at Macedonia Moravian in 1989 advertising for an Administrative Assistant in the new Board of World Mission (BWM)/Mission Society (MS) Office just opened in Old Salem. Since I had been considering job opportunities different from my corporate employment, I decided to apply. My application was accepted and I began working in the Mission Office where The Rev. Sonna Schambach was the Director of Mission Education, Gail Walker was President of the MS, and Sallie Greenfield was Chair of the BWM. A commissioning service was planned for The Rev. Schambach along with the new Administrative Assistant. I was not prepared for the huge attendance at Fairview Moravian with representatives from the SP congregations and the Rev. Ted Wilde, Larry Palmer, and the Rev. Howard Housman, presiding, from the BWM.
Having been mostly involved in the activities at my home congregation, learning about the far-reaching work of Moravian Mission worldwide was an amazing experience. Just as a prayer movement was instrumental in the mission work in the Renewed Moravian Church, the first event organized by the Mission Office was a trip to Charlotte for a prayer seminar at the First Baptist. We were hosted by Helen Gulledge at Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte for dinner in the evening and night-time accommodations. Meeting many people active in Moravian missions, including long-term missionary Martha Werner, was a wonderful experience. Our office sponsored Provincial Friday Night Prayer Gatherings for the next several years in the SP.
It has been a privilege meeting so many amazing people during my time at the Mission Office. In 1994, an international Moravian World Mission Conference was held on the campus of Florida State University. Representatives from all the Provinces of the Unity were in attendance, along with well-known mission speakers. All of the sessions were inspirational and the Florida Moravians blessed us with hospitality during the day and part of the evening at FSU.
The Mission Society through its Young Partners in Mission and Adult Short-term Mission Scholarships has helped send several thousand people on mission experiences during the past 30 years. Mark Ebert, BWM Director of Volunteer Ministries from 2006 – 2014, trained many of the teams and served as team leader numerous times.
As any mission team participant will tell you, a mission team experience locally or internationally is life-changing. This was true for me when I traveled to Gulfport, MS with the Macedonia youth to help with Katrina Relief efforts. Helping to give hope to those whose homes had been destroyed or damaged by the storm was very fulfilling. My husband and I later traveled to Bethel, AK to help with repairs to the old Seminary Building with an interprovincial Moravian team. The Alaskan Moravians helped provide meals, fishing on the Kuskokwim, worship at the Bethel Church, and opportunities to learn about the life and culture of Yup’ik Moravians.
Although there have been many changes in the BWM Mission Office Directors, MS Presidents, BWM Chair, and MS and BWM Board Directors, God has always provided the right person to step into these roles to lead Moravian mission efforts. Gail Walker became the Director of the BWM Mission Education Office in 1995 and Sam Gray the BWM Director of Intercultural Ministries and Communication on June 6, 2004. Bishop Sam was the BWM Director of Mission Outreach when he became the pastor of New Philadelphia Moravian on July 1, 2020.
It has been a blessing to serve with so many people during these past years dedicated to furthering God’s mission in the world – that all should come to know him as Lord and Savior.