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22 Christ and him crucified remain our confession of faith

Special Feature: Moravian Camping Ministry

In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love

12 Hope Center: Memories are made here

11 Spiritual growth in the great outdoors 14

Laurel Ridge invites campers to spend time on the mountain


I got a song in my heart and I want to share it with you…


Mid-states ministry offers camping for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois


“Come, Follow Me” to Camp Van-Es


Western District Camping 2012


Mt. Morris ready to Raise the Roof!

Moravian History 6 Member, Associated Church Press

Working together to promote Moravian history

In Our Congregations 8

A Moravian and Muslim answer an Imam’s request

Latino Ministries 22 Visit our website at Letters to the editor, address corrections, and other correspondence may be e-mailed to the magazine at

May 2012

Latino Ministries Conference addresses expanding ministry

In Every Issue 4 Ponderings: Yes, I’ve been to Laurel Ridge 28

What does it mean to be Moravian? An invitation to share


Book Review: “Less Clutter. Less Noise.” by Kem Meyer


Official Provincial Elders’ News 3

Photos by Mike Riess


(ISSN 1041-0961 USPS 362600) May 2012, Vol. 43, No. 4 Publications Agreement No. 40036408 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Express Messenger International, PO Box 25058, London, Ontario N6C6A8, email: Official Journal, The Moravian Church in North America, Northern and Southern Provinces Published monthly, except bimonthly January-February and July-August issues, by the Interprovincial Board of Communication, 1021 Center St., Bethlehem, PA 18018. Subscription rates: $15.00 per year, U.S.A. & Canada; $18.00 per year, all other countries. Individual copies available for $3.00 each. The Moravian is sent to the families of the Moravian Church as a privilege of membership. Periodicals postage paid at Bethlehem, PA. Circulation: 17,800 Postmaster please send address changes to The Moravian, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245. Continuing The North American Moravian, The Moravian and The Wachovia Moravian.

Yes, I’ve been to Laurel Ridge Since coming to the Moravian Church two years ago this month, many a Southern Province Moravian (and quite a few from the North) have asked, “So, have you been to Laurel Ridge?” And for far too long, my answer has been, “Nope, not yet.” That answer was almost always greeted with an incredulous look and an admonition to get there as soon as possible. To a person, they describe the beauty, serenity, peacefulness and spiritual feeling of being “on the mountain,” then wax rhapsodic about the fun and growth that camping brought to their Moravian lives. So when the opportunity to visit arose in March for the 3rd Annual Environmental Stewardship Conference (more on that in our June issue), I jumped at the chance. Granted, it wasn’t going to be a true camping experience — we were staying in Higgins Lodge — but at least I was headed for the mountain. After leaving I-81 in Wytheville, Virginia, the road becomes narrow, twisty and hilly. For more than an hour, I drove through farms, forests, hills and valleys, all with the first hints of spring on the fields and 4

Michael Riess, Editor Siobhan Young, Communications Assistant Interprovincial Board of Communication Paul Knouse, Paul Peucker Chair Adam Pristas Jane Burcaw Richard Sides Jane Carmichael Valerie Wagner Lance Fox Jill Westbrook Gary Kniskern Design by Sandy Fay, Laughing Horse Graphics, Inc. Address all correspondence regarding articles, subscriptions, or advertising to The Moravian, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245 FAX: 610.866.9223 Phone: 610.867.0594 800.732.0591 e-mail: Contents © 2012, Interprovincial Board of Communications, Moravian Church in North America. All rights reserved

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trees. My little rental car seemed to love being on country roads after 400 miles of Interstate. Routes 21 and 18 took me through Independence, Sparta, Laurel Springs, under the Blue Ridge Parkway, then up the steep mountain road that leads to the top of Laurel Ridge. As I neared the top, I came close to running off the road trying to glimpse the view…mountains and valleys as far as the eye could see. Shortly after checking in at Higgins Lodge (a beautiful facility that I could write two whole “Ponderings” about), a storm rolled in, bringing rain, wind and fog. Within minutes, the spectacular view had disappeared. One Laurel Ridge regular told me that groups have spent foggy weekends on the ‘Ridge and never realized they were on a mountainside. While the weather didn’t cooperate much that weekend — severe thunderstorms with hail and more than an inch of rain — I still gained a real appreciation for the place. At first, the lack of cell phone signal was an annoyance; before long, I came to appreciate that I was away from it all…in a good way. Between storms and conference sessions, I visited the camp side of Laurel Ridge. I could imagine the laughter and singing of campers…the warm summer days and chilly summer nights communing with God’s creation…the camaraderie of friends and believers. I began to understand the special feeling of being there. Many of my fellow attendees at the Conference were old hands at Laurel Ridge. They shared stories, remembrances, and plans for their future trips to Laurel Ridge. The gleam in their eyes and excitement in their voices made it obvious: this place is special to everyone who visits. In our annual Camping Ministries issue of the Moravian, we hear from volunteers and campers alike, not only from Laurel Ridge, but all the beautiful, natural places Moravians in the U.S. and Canada camp each year. As devoted as the Southern Province folks are to Laurel Ridge, there’s equally fervent followings for Camp Hope in the east, Camp Van-Es in Canada, Mt. Morris in the west, and other places Moravians come together in nature. Even though this was my first trip to Laurel Ridge, I came away with a better understanding of the spirit and meaning of the place. It truly is a wonder of God’s creation, a place to revel in the world created for us. Next time I get the question, “Have you been to Laurel Ridge?” I can say yes. And hopefully soon I can say the same about Mt. Morris and Van-Es! Peace, Mike Riess, Editor


Working together to promote Moravian history Two organizations whose purpose is to collect, promote and share the history of the Moravian Church are now working more closely together to bring Moravian history to life. The Moravian Archives of the Northern Province, based in Bethlehem, Pa., and the Moravian Historical Society, based 10 miles north in Nazareth, Pa., have entered into a unique affiliation that will share expertise, collections and capabilities.

A shared resource The affiliation between the Archives and the Historical Society is designed to complement each agency’s strengths. The partnership will allow sharing of collections and research expertise; help create better and more complete exhibitions; and tell a more detailed story of Moravian history. “While our subject matter and overall aims are similar, Archives and the Historical Society are two distinct agencies,” explains Paul Peucker, director of the Archives. “We both collect, preserve and share the history of the church. However, the Archives’ role is research-focused, while the Historical Society has more of an education and museum focus.” With funding and resources for church and historical societies growing more difficult to raise, nonprofits are seeking out partnerships to be prepared for the future. “Both our organizations have similar audiences and funding sources,” says Paul. “Our boards decided to build this affiliation now while we are both on sound footing.” The most visible sign of the affiliation between the Archives and Historical Society is the new site director for the Historical Society’s Whitefield House Museum, Megan van Ravenswaay. In adThe Moravian

dition to her role overseeing the museum in Nazareth, Megan is a member of the Archives staff. “As a former volunteer with the Historical Society, I know the Moravian story and was familiar with the Moravian audience,” says Megan. “Working at both the Whitefield House and the Archives gives me access to the research archives and keeps the communication open between our staffs.” Two distinct agencies The Archives is the official repository for the records of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province. It collects, preserves and makes available historical records documenting the history of the province beginning in 1740 and includes records of many active Left: Paul Peucker and Megan van Ravenswaay review a volume in the Moravian Archives collection. Above: New signage greets Moravian Archives visitors. Below: Whitefield House.

congregations in the northern U.S. and Canada. It is an agency of the Moravian Church, Northern Province. One of the oldest historical societies in Pennsylvania, the Moravian Historical Society was established in 1857 to preserve the history of the Moravian Church. The Moravian Historical Society “presents the story of the Moravian Church and its contributions to American history and culture,” but it’s not part of the church. It was founded to preserve Moravian history, not to promote its theology. In fact, it is the only church-specific historical society in America not part of the church on which it focuses. “With this affiliation, both organizations remain independent, with their own boards, missions and finances,” says Paul. “In addition, our collections will remain separate, but we plan to share staff expertise. “We look forward to a closer relationship with the Historical Society and the opportunity to ‘let a little fresh air’ into our collections,” says Paul. “We think this affiliation will help create a more complete picture of Moravian history and tell that history in new and better ways.” ■

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A Moravian and Muslim answer to an Imam’s request An amazing story is unfolding in West Africa thanks the vision and commitment of Little Church on the Lane, Messiah Moravian Church and two remarkable Moravians. Mohamed and Safie Braima left their African homeland for the abundant opportunities available in America. They settled in Charlotte, N.C., joined Little Church, and built a com8

fortable life of meaning and service in that mission rich community. For about 30 years they lived and enjoyed the American dream. Several years ago they felt the Lord leading them back to West Africa and the village of their birth in rural Sierra Leone. With continuing assistance from Little Church and others they have built a mission house, a church The Moravian

and a school for the children of Ngiehun in the Luawa-Yiehun region of that country. Mohamed and Safie have, in a short time, accomplished more than even they thought possible. You see, all things are possible in the Kingdom of God. The few Southern Province Moravians who have visited the Sierra Leone Mission are amazed at the fortitude and grace of the people of Ngiehun. One of those visitors, Donna Hurt, the Director of Christian Education at Home Moravian Church, made a presentation at Messiah Moravian Church in WinstonSalem in April of 2011 about her visit there. She explained that even though the village is 90 percent Muslim, with a Muslim District Chief, the Moravian Mission is celebrated for what it has brought to the village. Cooperation between the returning Moravian missionaries and Muslim village leadership is a shining example of how mutual respect for other faith traditions can overcome religious differences for the sake of a community’s well-being. Donna reported that the school is a great success. With land donated by the village leaders and lots of volunteer labor, the first few classrooms were built and furnished. Teachers and other staff were in place and the first classes had begun. She suggested that

Roma Combs is a member of Messiah Moravian Church and Chairman of the Social Concerns Committee there. Photo above left: Roma Combs, Khalid Griggs and Truman Dunn display prayer rugs destined for Sierra Leone outside Community Mosque in Winston-Salem. At right: Mohamed and Safie Braima of the Sierra Leone mission in Luawa-Yiehun, Sierra Leone. May 2012

we join other Moravian Churches in collecting school supplies for the children of Ngiehun and those were shipped to Sierra Leone in 2011. Donna also reported that after a most satisfying few days filled with worship and fellowship, she was urged by Mohamed and Safie to pay a visit to the Imam at the Central Mosque. She did so cheerfully as always and after a short tour she asked the Imam if there was anything she could do for him in return for his hospitality. In reply the Imam said that the Mosque was in great need of prayer rugs and that they would be grateful if she could provide some for the village. This resonated strongly with a number of Messiah members present that evening who are deeply committed to interfaith understanding and cooperation. Late in 2011 Mohamed and Safie returned to Charlotte for some rest and relaxation. Af(continued on next page)

(continued from previous page) ter a short time they redoubled their efforts in mission work as they traveled back and forth across the Southern Province telling their story wherever they could. On one of their trips to Winston-Salem in January of 2012 they were hosted for lunch by the Rev. Dr. Truman Dunn, pastor of Messiah Moravian Church. Truman shared with them the prayer rug story and asked if it would be appropriate for Messiah to make that kind of gift to the village. They said that they would be honored and thrilled to accept prayer rugs for the village Mosque and that the rugs could be shipped to Sierra Leone in a container scheduled to leave Charlotte late in February. Now the question became, how does a Moravian minister get hold of prayer rugs for mosques in Africa? Fortunately Truman meets with an interfaith clergy group that includes Imam Khalid Griggs of The Community Mosque in Winston-Salem. Truman told the story to his friend Khalid and asked him how Messiah might purchase the needed items and if The Community Mosque might like to join in this effort.

After consultations with their respective congregational leaders this joint effort was agreed upon and each congregation purchased 20 prayer rugs. They were delivered to Charlotte in time to be put in the container along with letters to the village Imam from both Truman and Khalid. In cooperation with Little Church on the Lane many churches and individuals donated other items necessary for the work in Sierra Leone. The container left Charlotte containing a more appropriate vehicle for the mission, 4,000 lbs. of dried beans as nourishment for the children at the school, other nonperishable food items, a great many school supplies, medical supplies and many, many other items that will benefit the whole village. Mohamed says that these gifts to the people of Ngiehun are not only useful and beautiful but will be essential to the interfaith portion of the mission work he and Safie are prepared to do. Both Truman and Khalid are overjoyed that their friendship has made them part of an interfaith effort that stretches from Messiah Moravian Church and The Community Mosque in North Carolina half way around the world to a small village in rural Sierra Leone. There is still much work to do and some of it will be new and costly and may call for an enhanced interfaith cooperative effort. There are 190 boys and girls now enrolled in the school. Safie says all of them come to school hungry and leave school hungry. She said that her dream is for a sustainable school lunch program that will break forever the cycle of hunger faced by the children. Some folks are meeting now to see if their hearts are warm enough and their minds are open enough to meet this need as well. Certainly there are more than two remarkable Moravians! â– The Moravian


Spiritual growth in the great outdoors “Most of our learning today comes from books or such media as television. Most of us live in crowded cities. We ride on concrete streets and highways. We even worship at a fixed time on a fixed day. Because of this we have a special need to discover anew the wonder of God’s creation. We need time for reflection, for prayer, for worship. We need to open our lives to God’s call for commitment, for service. This we find in the environment of a church camp.” — Bishop George G. Higgins, June 1962

Bishop Higgins’ words from 50 years ago still ring true today. The Moravian Church’s commitment to outdoor ministries offer an escape from the fast-paced world and unique opportunities for spiritual growth in both children and adults. The Moravian Church in North America hosts four camp and conference centers in the U.S. and Canada, along with other camping programs that reach hundreds of children each year. Each of these facilities offers both summer camping experiences

and year-round opportunities to renew relationships with God and grow in faith. In 2012, Camp Hope, Laurel Ridge, Camp Van-Es and Mt. Morris, along with the Mid-states camping program, are still going strong, offering summertime fun and a unique connection to God’s creation. Camping experiences have been instrumental in the spiritual growth of generations of Moravians; read on to see how this year’s camping offerings will bring that growth to a new generation. ■


Hope Center: Memories are made here Clean

Sock Award…Capture the Counselor…Buddy Check…TP Shuffle…Heart Attack Hill. Hope Conference & Renewal Center will be echoing with these phrases and many others in 2012, as it begins its 56th year of outdoor ministry in Hope, New Jersey. (If you wonder what any of the phrases mean, ask a recent camper in your family or congregation!) A

full summer of events is scheduled, beginning with the Eastern District Confirmation Retreat in early May, through Memorial Day activities, five youth camps, and two specialty camps. The camping season ends in October with Quilt Camp, a fall women’s retreat. All of the campers’ favorite elements will be back: the four-season cabins with bathrooms attached (these are not the same cabins that campers’ parents or grandparents remember); the pool which refreshes on a hot summer day; the sand volleyball and basketball courts; Little Silver Lake with the canoes and paddleboats; jokes and skits around evening campfires; great summer staff (many returning from 2011), lots of new friends to make and new experiences to share. Campers will also see some new elements being added. Thanks to a generous donation, two cabins, Hassler Hall (Lower Lodge) and the Dining Hall will be made wheelchair-acThe Moravian

cessible over the summer. Getting into a boat at the lake will feel much more stable since the new dock was installed in last summer. And the new administrator has plans to add a new activity or two to Ryan’s Ropes (the low ropes course). Summer at Hope is not only for youth, and not only for Moravians. Camp is for people of all ages, especially for those who are young at heart. Hope Center needs pastors and lay persons to bring their talents as counselors, nurses, program leaders, and role models for the campers. Campers are also encouraged to bring a friend with them to camp, regardless of the friend’s religious affiliation. For those who need it, financial aid may be available to help defray the costs of camp; contact your pastor or Hope Center. Camp Administrator Stephen Sobczak now has one year of experience at Hope, and is enthusiastic about the future. “This is a great camp, with its own distinct heritage and traditions as well as some contemporary elements, like the paddleboats and ropes. All of the staff, year-round, summer-long, and volunteer, are working to make Hope even better than it already is.” At Eastern District pre-Synod Listening Circles held in the fall of 2011, Hope Center received many accolades in answer to the question, “What does the Eastern District do well?” Hope Center is grateful to the congregations of the Eastern District for their continued support as it serves the recreational and spiritual needs of youth, adults and families. (And in case you’re wondering, “TP Shuffle” is a group-building activity on the low ropes course. It involves something that looks like a “Telephone Pole.”) For more information, contact Hope Center at or 908.459.4435. ■ May 2012

HOPE CAMP AND RETREAT DATES FOR 2012 Confirmation Retreat — May 4 - 6 Marie Couts NEMDR Weekend — May 11 - 12 John Egerton and Mike Rampulla Memorial Day Camp — May 25 - 28 Rev. Katie Van Der Linden Pre-Primary Conference — June 24 - 26 Shannon Swingle Primary Conference — July 1 - 7 Rev. Gregg Schafer Middler Conference — July 8 - 14 Rt. Rev. Blair Couch Rev. Sayward Lippincott Jr. High Conference — July 15 - 21 Rev. Cynthia Geyer Swimming Camp — July 22 - 28 Ellen Saylor Rev. Tammie Rinker, Chaplain Hope Center Swimming Staff Fishing Camp — July 22 - 28 Bob Wingrove Peter Diehl, Lay Chaplain Sr/Post High Conference — July 29 - Aug. 4 Barbara Ottervik Mallory Stevens Quilt Camp — October 3 - 6 Rev. Lois Bly


Laurel Ridge invites campers to spend time on the mountain enjoying activities such as swimming, sports and campfires while also engaging in small group and total group gatherings with music, discussions and more.

Laurel Ridge invites you to spend time on the mountain this summer as we celebrate our 52nd season of youth summer camps and our 10th year of mission camps. The summer begins with College Camp (May 30-June 2). Linda Osborne, Erin Key, and the Reverends David Merritt and Matthew Allen will lead the program based on the book, “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” This camp is a great opportunity to spend a few days at Laurel Ridge

On Saturday, June 16, we invite everyone to our annual Homecoming Day. This year’s Homecoming is very special as we will dedicate the new Summer Camp Kitchen at 2 pm. Thanks to the generous donations of Moravians and other Laurel Ridge supporters, the Kitchen has been reconstructed and is now in compliance with mandatory state health regulations and codes. The day is free and lunch is only $5 a person; we encourage you to call the office and make a reservation. EcoCamp (June 17-23), our environmentally-focused junior camp, is back for its 4th (continued on page 31) Laura Watson, former asst. director at Laurel Ridge, recently joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation.


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I got a song in my heart and I want to share it with you… For more than 50 years, the Search Institute, an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization committed to helping create healthy communities for every young person, has been intentionally discovering just what children and youth need to succeed. Here are to two key points that they make to describe a truly engaging community that cares for its young: “Relationships are key. Rather than defining themselves primarily in terms of programs, asset-building communities view themselves more in terms of relationships. Initially, programs may be developed to help create connections in neighborhoods, schools, businesses, congregations, and other settings across all generations. But programs become less central as “natural” relationships, networks, and activities emerge to care for youth. “Everyone contributes to the vision. In an asset-building community, caring for young people is not the sole responsibility of families or schools or professional care providers. All residents—parents, neighbors, young people, educators, business people, senior citizens, congregation members, and others—see themselves as guardians of the community’s young people.” Sound familiar? If you have volunteered The Rev. Lisa Mullen is a member of Konnoak Hills Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.

(or a better word might be “discipled”), at Laurel Ridge summer camp you might think that they were talking about the Moravian church community as an asset-building community. Interestingly enough, like the Search Institute, we Moravians have been at it at Laurel Ridge for over fifty years as well. I was brand new to Laurel Ridge summer camp when a youth counselor volunteered to play with my five year old as I worked. At the end of that first day my son turned to me and said, “Mom, these people really do care about you don’t they.” He heard the tune, even before I did, because kids instinctually know when they are authentically being cared for. When I interviewed for this job, Rick Sides said to me, “of course a big part of this job is recruiting camp leadership: volunteers from the Moravian congregations of the Province.” “Your camp leadership is made up of volunteers? How do you do that?” I wondered out loud. “Volunteering for our youth in our community is central to our life together, and community is one of our core values,” he answered in a sincere voice. I have come to know just how sincerely the Moravian church holds onto this value of community. I got curious and posted the Facebook question, “So in a phrase

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(continued from previous page) or sentence, why do you give up your bed and bathroom for a cabin cot for a week or weekend, anyway?” These are some of the answers I received:

I volunteer because I like being part of a process where we all step aside and we, without Sunday clothes or other commitments, can focus on Bible stories and deepening our connection to the Holy. Also, Laurel Ridge was a place of spiritual nurture for me growing up, and I celebrate the chance to be a piece of passing that legacy on to others. — Margaret Norris

“The campers! I love being a part of their spiritual journey and watching as they grow in Christian maturity year after year. I also love the fellowship with the children during meals, group time, and at campfires. Love those campers!” — Cindy Franzen Good

“There is nothing like Laurel Ridge and a week of campers to restore the soul! The cabin and the cot are just a part of a great gift! — Heather Sides Mash “The urgency of parents/guardians must give extra special attention to the spiritual nurture of their children as they plan the days of their lives. A week apart in a community focused on living out the hours conscious of being God’s beloved children just might be best preparation for the years that lie ahead of our children and teens. — Edith Tesh Johnson

“Because the faith environment and nurture in camping ministry is one of the most significant avenues for growth in Christian Education in the Moravian church we have!” — Rick Sides

There is no better place to spend vacation than being at Laurel Ridge. Volunteering at Junior Camp feeds my heart and my soul. It is a time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. It is a time to get away from the daily routine and spend time in God’s world. It allows me time alone in the quiet stillness of the mountain to stop and reflect. To soak in the wonder of God’s creation and remind myself of the awesome gift that I have in Laurel Ridge and the people that have loved me and helped guide my spiritual journey over the years. — Beverly Vaughn

You may be exhausted physically, but no amount of sleep or hot showers will restore you spiritually like Laurel Ridge can! — Kristin Williams Pruett

Photo by Laura Watson.

“Actually, the cot is more comfortable! Seriously, to go to camp and feel the Spirit of God living and breathing among us in all that we do on that mountain. Priceless!” — Linda Osborne

“Laurel Ridge has been a huge part of my life since I was little and changed who I am as a person. Without the leadership and compassion shown to me by the mountain and my summer camp counselors I am sure that my experiences would have been a lot different. I really want to give back to the mountain and make all camper’s experiences as great as mine have been over the years. If I could influence one camper into caring for the mountain, that would be good enough for me.— Haley Geis

Even though I am there to shepherd the children, I usually feel I receive as many blessings as the kids I am working with from the camp experience. — Cindy King Lamb As Pastor Steve Craver put it when he summed up the two most important words in the Bible, he said, “the first word is relationship, and the second word is relationship.” I thank God for all the wonderful saints who have loved the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength and shown that fulsome love for our littlest ones too! I cannot give enough thanks to all those who have a song in their hearts that they want to share. ■


Mid-States ministry offers camping for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois The camping ministry in the Mid-states —for Moravian congregations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois — is unique from all the other Moravian camps in that each one is held at a different location. Mid-states camping does not have its own campground and facilities. Some might consider this a mixed blessing: while we also don’t have to worry about year-round upkeep, we do have to deal with a variety of sites and people. This can also be a plus in that it gives our youth a variety in not only the programming but also the location. We have two sites for our youngest campers, grade 2-5. Illiana is held at Bedford Christian Camp in Bedford, Ind., centrally located for the two churches that attend: Hope (Ind.) and West Salem (Ill.) The other young


camp is Camp Bethany, held at Camp Zimmerman in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, for campers from the Ohio and Michigan churches. Our junior high age camp is held at Epworth Forest Conference Center located in Albion, Ind. Again this site is as centrally located as possible. We draw youth from a large area that covers Southern Illinois, Central Indiana, Southern Michigan and Central Ohio. Our longest running camp is for our senior and post high youth held at Tar Hollow States Park near Chillicothe, OH. This camp is also (continued on page 31) Jo Ann Keller is a member of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Indiana.

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“Come, Follow Me” to Camp Van-Es

We at Van Es Camp and Conference Centre are excited to open up for our 71st summer of camping for the Canadian district. Our theme for this year is “Come, Follow Me” which we borrowed from the Board of World Mission. Also this year, we are excited to have Brother Brandon Salyzyn come back to be the coordinating director, serving in so many great ways which help to make Van Es a safer, better place. Our directors for this years camps are Rev. Wendy Beck and Gloria Toole for grades 1–2; Rev. Steve Gohdes and Catherine Clake for grades 3–4; Marilyn Gurnsey and Rev. Josh Matt Gillard is pastor of Heimtal Moravian Church in Edmonton, Alberta. CAMP VAN ES 2012 Grades 3 and 4 — July 1 – 6 Sr. High — July 8 – 14 Jr. High — July 15 – 21 Grades 5 and 6 — July 22 – 28 Grades 1 and 2 — July 29 – 31

Viste are working grades 5–6. Rev. Rick Beck is directing junior high with Revs. Eileen and Ian Edwards serving as program directors for that camp. Last but not least, senior high will be lead by Rev. Matt Gillard, and for the first time in a number of years, the senior high camp will be a full week long. Also this year, in an effort to increase our numbers at camp, Brandon Salyzyn and Matt Gillard will be coming to local congregations and offering a camp night: 2-3 hours of the camp experience, brought to your congregation. We hope that each congregation who hosts will invite the neighborhood to the evening, where youth from the community can come and experience a small bit of the fun of Van Es, in the hopes they might come in the summer. Van Es Camp has always been a place where Moravians and their friends come to experience the meaning of Our Lamb Has Conquered: Let Us Follow Him. We hope that many will respond to the invitation of Christ to “Come, Follow Me.” ■


Western District Camping 2012 Camping

in the Western District centers around Mt. Morris Camp & Conference Center in Mt. Morris, Wis. In 2012, all but one of the Western District camping opportunities will happen at Mt. Morris. Here is a brief overview of the camping opportunities for youth in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota:

CAMP MINDYY – July 29-Aug 2 Kids from North Dakota and Minnesota, who have completed grades 2-5, will gather at Camp Kingwood near Mound, Minn., for Camp MINDYY 2012. Camp Kingswood is owned by the United Methodist Church and is American Camp Association Accredited. Camp MINDYY is directed by Rev. Brian Dixon.

4M Camp – Aug 13-15 This camp is for children having completed grades 1 and 2, held at Mt. Morris. This year’s 4M camp is directed by Stacy Wickert. We staff the camp so that campers can receive a great deal of attention, but it is helpful if the children are ready for, or have been away from home and their parents for a few days.

Winmor – July 22-28 Winmor is a conference camping experience for young people having completed grades 6 – 8, held at Mt. Morris. This year’s Winmor director is Rev. Marion Boyle.

Junior Camp – June 25-29 Junior Camp will unfold this summer for children grades 3 through 5, in the beautiful woodland setting of Mt. Morris. Filled with energy and excitement for Christ, the staff cannot wait for your children to come, explore and grow in their faith. This year’s director is Beth Behrend.

Chetek - July 15-21 Chetek is the conference camping experience for those young persons having completed the 9th grade through age 21, held at Mt. Morris. This year’s Chetek camp will be directed by Rev. Kurt Liebenow. Ba6 (“Basics”) Camp – Aug 12-16 Come join the Ba6 camp team to explore and learn from God’s creation at Mt. Morris. We are inviting those who have completed 3rd through 5th grade to be a part of this new camping ministry from Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm through Thursday morning at 10:00 am. We will be sleeping close to nature in teepees, preparing our meals outdoors, and spending our days learning about the natural environment that God has entrusted to our stewardship. Directed by Lauren Kolodziej. For more information and to register for Western District camping this summer, visit ■ The Moravian


Mt. Morris ready to Raise the Roof! Mt.

Morris Camp & Conference Center is poised and excited to Raise the Roof on its 1930 vintage barn that has been a welcoming icon and landmark for thousands of campers and guests since the camp’s beginning in 1964. As with all buildings and infrastructure, maintenance is an on-going process and so it is with “The Barn.” The Mt. Morris Board of Directors approved in 2011 a major maintenance project for the Barn to remove the old shingles, apply plywood sheeting and new shingles; replace missing or deteriorating siding; and repaint the entire exterior of the Barn. The Mt. Morris board made the commitment to approve this project after considerable deliberation and prayer as to the Barn’s purpose and long-term use for the Camp. The Barn will be a much needed storage facility for the Camp’s various equipment and vehicles. May 2012

The total cost of the improvement project is $25,000 with funding sources including $5,000 from a gift from the Northern Province New Century Fund, Board of Directors pledge and gifts, and pledges from individuals, churches, and other organizations. A special event to raise awareness and help raise the funds to “Raise the Roof” is scheduled for August 25. Keynote speaker Jerry Apps, a Professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison and author of various books about farms and farming in Wisconsin including “Barns of Wisconsin” will discuss the historic and iconic value of barns throughout the Midwest. To learn more about the Raise the Roof effort, visit Mt. Morris’ website ■

Joel Jarvis is executive director of Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. 21


Latino Ministries Conference addresses expanding ministry In March, 96 Moravian brothers and sisters from 11 different congregations and fellowships across the Southern Province gathered at First Moravian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with the purpose of discussing, sharing and learning together about this exciting ministry. The Southern Province Latino Ministries Conference is an outward expression of the awareness and concern of Moravians throughout our province, to reach out in Christ’s name to the growing Hispanic population in our communities. It is also an environment in which Moravians with this common concern are able to discuss related topics, share their own experiences in their local congregations and learn from the experiences of brothers and sisters of other denominations that already have an established Latino Ministry in their communities and churches. It is wonderful to see how every year more

participants are added to this special gathering since it began in 2010 at Bethabara Moravian in North Carolina. This year’s attendance more than doubled the first year’s numbers. It is somehow like Luke’s explanation in the book of Acts chapter 2 verse 47, of his understanding on what the Holy Spirit was doing with the church in his days. We could also say: “And the Lord added to their number… those that would be willing to reach out in Christ’s name to the Latino communities around them.” Preparing for the Conference The Latino Ministries Committee, including pastors Tripp May and Hilda Regalado, traveled to Georgia last November, to meet with Sister Leibia Willis from First Moravian of Georgia, to discuss and detail the plans for the third conference. Leibia was the event coordinator. By February this year everything seemed to be ready for First Moravian in Georgia to host the conference. Teams of Moravians from Macedonia, Bethabara, Mayodan and King Moravian congregations in North Carolina and Rolling Hills and King of Kings in Florida, along with members of the Moravian fellowships in Tampa, Sarasota and West Palm Beach, Florida, all came to First Moravian of Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. On Saturday morning, following a breakfast of traditional American fare along with delicious Nicaraguan tamales, the event began with a fully bilingual Opening Worship. Brother Lester Ruiz and the Praise and WorThe Moravian

Moravian Pastors Tripp May and Willie Israel at the third Latino Ministry Conference in Stone Mountain, Ga.

ship Team from “The Bridge” Church at Lawrenceville, Georgia, led us with songs and hymns of Adoration. Brother Steve Weizs, Interim pastor of First Moravian, along with Sister Leibia Willis, led the Worship service, gave the words of welcome and introductions and read the call to worship. Bilingual songs and the liturgy of hope and communion prepared by brother Gregorio Moody, pastor of King of Kings Moravian, were read by brother Bill Hitz and sister Leibia Willis. Pastor Tripp May, Interim Chair of the Latino Ministries Committee, and sister Hilda Regalado, committee coordinator, gave the Opening Words for the event. It was very moving to hear them speak about the call we have for the Latino Ministry and for this conference; and that despite the many situations and changes we go through life, God still enables us to carry out what he has called us to do. May 2012

“Mightiest Warrior” “Mightiest Warrior,” was the theme shared by our keynote speaker, Brother Tito Ruiz, pastor of “The Bridge” Church. Tito, who was born in Nicaragua, has served in Latino Ministry for more than 15 years. The text was taken from 1 Chronicles 11:11-19. He centered his message on the story and characteristics of King David and his mightiest warriors’ experience in taking back the city of Jerusalem. The message was thrilling and passionate, focusing on being “Guerreros” or “Warriors” for Christ, be(continued on next page) Gregorio Moody is pastor of King of Kings Moravian Church in Miami, Fla. and member of the Latino Ministries Taskforce since 2011. Photos by Charles Beaman. 23

(continued from previous page) cause the task for which we have been called and the vision we have been given for the Latino Ministry, is not an easy one. Paul is the warrior of the New Testament, whose ministry Tito compared to ours. The church did not expect the community to come to them, but it went out to the community. It is the community that calls and invites us to share the message of Christ with them. He outlined to us the three spaces of ministry: ministry is about taking people in; ministry is faith being lived in community; and ministry is about the community taking you (us) in. After our “Latino-Anglo Style” service and an early lunch, everyone was back at the sanctuary to hear more from Pastor Tito Ruiz. The theme was “A Vision from God,” and Tito explained how he struggled with the Lord, with himself and with others in this endeavor. He shared his experience at “The Bridge” Church, beginning a combined Latino-Anglo ministry. The Bible texts chosen for his lecture were Isaiah 66:18-22 and Jeremiah 29:4-7 from the Old Testament, and Ephesians 2:10 and Hebrews 10:24-25 from the New Testament. Conference attendees sing during worship at First Moravian Church

“There are many Latinos coming to Atlanta (and to many cities all over the United States), who are not attending any church,” said Tito. “And as a result we find children without parents, couples and families being torn apart, marriages ending up in divorce, criminal activities going up, people without any legal documents walking and driving in fear of being arrested. There is a lot of uncertainty in our cities and our church needs to awaken to the call for ministry to these situations and to these people.” Pastor Ruiz condensed his teaching in four basic principles, which could be useful in beginning a Latino Ministry, and any other ministry God calls us for: 1. Dedicate ourselves (and especially together with the senior leaders of the congregation) in a lot of fasting and prayer, because it is not an easy task we are called for. 2. Being tough skinned: “If you have a thin skin don’t ever think of going into the ministry, especially Latino ministry,” he said. He recalled the occasion when the senior pastor in his congregation was accused of “encouraging illegal immigration,” and the time when even leaders of the church

were leaving because of the ministry they were fostering. “Some argued that the service was TOO LATINO for their taste,” he shared. 3. Being obedient to God’s call, even if we have no idea about why or what is it all about. 4. Being creative and working with what we have. Tito stressed that God is the most creative being in the whole universe and that just as he was so creative when he made us, he wants us to be creative also. He calls us to be creative for the ministry he has called us for. Pastor Ruiz recalled that at “The Bridge” Church, this even meant working for six years in a row with zero budget. This was not easy, but the Lord was there with them. He concluded with the apostle Paul’s description of the standard for those aspiring for leadership in the church or those entering into ministry in the church, saying that this is an “honorable” ambition. Not because of the position or title or the importance of the name or function we are performing, but because of Christ. He explained that “honorable” for the early Christians meant “being willing to die for Christ, to face rejection, to go to prison, it meant being tortured, and even decapitated or killed because of the message of Christ.” That is what made leadership in the church an “honorable ambition.” “Are we willing to do so today?” he asked rhetorically. “Multicultural ministry is what Moravians were doing in their prime times,” he said. “And they did it, not because they wanted to make a name for themselves, but they did it to exalt the name of the Lord.” And that is why they succeeded, many even gave their own lives because they knew how “honorable” a ministry was the one they were called for. “What happened today at First Moravian May 2012

Pastor Tito Ruiz shared his experiences at “The Bridge” Church in suburban Atlanta.

in Georgia, is God’s doing,” he said, “and we should go forward, being tough skinned, following in obedience, prayer and creativity. “God has put us in the community where we are, and made us responsible for that community,” Tito explained. “As a church we need to work for the goodness and prosperity of the city we live in.” And with the words of Jeremiah 29:4-7 he called all of us, the ministers to the Latino communities, and the Latino communities themselves, to work for peace and prosperity in the land or city where God has sent us, because our prosperity depends on the prosperity of the city we live in. Five ideas for Latino Ministry Our next afternoon speaker was the Rev. Lydia Villanueva, pastor of “La Sagrada Familia” or “The Sacred Family” Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also coordinator of the Latino Ministry for the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lydia is from Puerto Rico and served as a missionary in Ecuador for eight years before she was called to be a pastor in the Lutheran Church. For the past nine years she has been (continued on next page) 25

(continued from previous page) the coordinator for the Latino Ministry for the southeastern synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The main focus of her presentation could be summarized in five ideas: 1. Language is one thing that segregates the church. It shouldn’t be that way but it is and we need to do something about it. 2. When we worship, we worship with our soul and spirit, and when we do, we feel connected to God and to each other. But when we do not understand what is being done or said, that connection is lost, and the experience of worship is also lost. That is why we need to provide space and time for the Latino communities to worship in their language. 3. Training for worship is important, and we need to train those we reach out and provide the space for them to worship in meaningful ways. One of the outcomes from this effort in the Lutheran Church, is the “Escuela Luterana de Laicos” or the Lutheran School for Lay People which serve Latino leaders without legal documentation but are gifted for the ministries. 4. Setting goals are also important in the min26

istry. In the Lutheran Latino Ministry experience, this meant “To develop missions that will become Latino congregations, or to develop Spanish worship service as part of an established English congregation or church.” This step has not been easy since we face the dilemma between legality of individuals of the immigrant communities and ministry to and with them and the training of them for ministry to their fellow brothers and sisters. 5. We need to go one step further from being “multicultural” to becoming “crosscultural.” Which means welcoming other cultural groups with their cultural gifts. These and many other details of her ministry were shared, especially information on the immigrant Latino community in the U.S. Concerning this situation she quoted Leviticus 19:33-34 and pointed out that the church needs to raise a prophetic voice for the immigrants, so that those who make the decisions in our communities and in our country, who in many cases are also believers, could pass laws that are more just. Pastors Tripp May and Hilda Regalado led the plenary session following Lydia’s presentation. The participants’ comments, opinions and questions were very energizing, overwhelming The Moravian

and enriching, that instead of going later to the small group activity, the committee got together during the next break at 4:00 p.m. and decided to continue the large group plenary. Discussions continued until almost 6:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the conference we were served Nicaraguan “Carne Asada” (grilled meat) for supper, with beans and rice and fried plantains or “tajadas.” After supper, our brothers and sisters from Florida hit the road returning that same evening, while the rest of the crew from North Carolina stayed for more fellowship and worship together at First Moravian on Sunday morning. This is our Third Annual Latino Ministries Conference at the Moravian Church Southern Province, and I would say I can see how God is shaping us up and giving form to that ministry for which he is calling us, which at the beginning seemed formless. A call and an invitation to you While in a short break during our Latino Ministries Conference at First Moravian, I was introduced by sister Leibia, to the pastor of a nearby Lutheran Church. He said he had read the sign outside the church about the Latino Ministry Conference and stopped by to see

The Rev. Lydia Villanueva, pastor the La Sagrada Familia Lutheran Church in Atlanta spoke on worship and community outreach.

Hilda Regalado, committee coordinator, shares opening comments during the Latino Ministries Conference.

and learn on what it was all about. He said that his congregation was also beginning their own awakening to the Latino Ministry, and reading about this activity at a nearby Church, he couldn’t help but stop and inquire about it. He was impressed with the topics and discussions that were shared and was thankful for us letting him be part of it. Just as this unknown pastor and brother jumped in and became part of this activity, we also invite you; if you have not been part of this call and would like to understand and reach out to the Latino people in your community, just jump in and let us follow together this journey our Conquering Lamb has called us for. ■


What does it mean to be Moravian? An invitation to share We all have our own perspective and insight on what it means to be a member of The Moravian Church In America. The faith, the traditions, the music, the fellowship, the belief, the worship, the history, the people...they all play a role in defining who we are as the people of our community of faith. As part of the Interprovincial Board of Communication’s ongoing efforts to help tell the story of today’s Moravian Church here in the U.S. and Canada, we’re looking for your thoughts, insights and viewpoints on just what it means to be Moravian today. Your responses will be used to develop online communications, collateral material about the Church and other venues where we can tell the story of today’s Moravians. We will also be devoting part of an issue of The Moravian Magazine to the topic this fall. Interested? Then here’s what we need you to do: Give some thought to what it means to be part of the Moravian Church. Some questions to trigger your thoughts: “Why are you 28

a member of the Moravian Church?” “How did you come to join the church?” “What is unique or special about what we believe/how we worship/how we follow Jesus?” “What does it mean to you to be part of the Moravian faith?” Write between 100 and 400 words on “What it means to be Moravian.” E-mail your response to with the subject heading “What it Means to be Moravian” by July 31, 2012. If you prefer, you can also mail your response to Moravian Magazine, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Please be sure to include your name, where you are from, what church you are a member of or attend and the best way to contact you. Are you more artistically inclined? You can also submit photos, short videos, artwork, original songs or poems that tell your story. We are seeking many voices and many viewpoints for this project. Please consider sharing your thoughts on being Moravian, and help us tell a powerful story! ■ The Moravian


Less Clutter. Less Noise. by Kem Meyer Thirty:one Press, 2009. 200 pp. paperback

People often ask who I turn to for ideas and inspiration for church communication. While I have a whole collection of writing, design, photography and communication books on my bookshelf, one I continually refer to — and heartily recommend — is Kem Meyer’s “Less Clutter. Less Noise. Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales.” Written from the perspective of a church communicator — Meyer is the communications director for Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind. — “Less Clutter” focuses on helping church communities connect with both long-time congregants and potential new members. Using real-life stories to illustrate her points, Meyer presents an easyto-read, easy-to-understand “short-course” in communication strategy and methodology. Meyer presents her ideas in three sections. In the first, “Are People Letting You In or Shutting You Out,” the author breaks down five myths of church communications and offers insights into how people receive and perceive messages from their churches. The second section, “Best Practices Make a Difference,” Meyer shares a broad variety of tools and ideas for helping churches reach different audiences. Through more examples and illustrations, the author uses this section to provide building blocks that can improve any communication effort. ■ May 2012

The third part of the book, “The Responsibility of Getting Buy-In,” outlines methods for developing expertise and resources to get communication work done. While this section is geared more toward communication professionals, it provides concepts and strategies anyone can use. All together, “Less Clutter. Less Noise.” offers a practical, eye-opening view of church communication strategy and practice. In it’s 200 pages, it packs insights and real-world ideas and tactics that can make anyone’s communication efforts stronger. ■ Mike Riess is executive director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication of the Moravian Church in North America. 29



Moravian Music Sunday, May 6, 2012 The fifth Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2012, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged.

Christ Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Brother David Marcus has accepted the call to serve as pastor at Christ Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has served as associate pastor at New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC for the past eleven years. Brother Marcus was installed at Christ on May 13, 2012.


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Brother Jim Newsom, Jr. requested and was given permission to retire from active ministry of the Moravian Church effective March 11, 2012. Brother Newsom graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his M.Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on June 29, 1975 at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church. He was consecrated a presbyter September 28, 1980. For the first five years of his ministry Brother Newsom served the Bethesda Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and for the following 30 years he served as pastor of the King Moravian Church in King, N.C. He participated in the founding of King Outreach Ministry, King Moravian Preschool, and Share the Blessing, the ecumenical Stokes County mission effort to improve housing for underprivileged families. We express deep appreciation to Jim for his faithful and dedicated service to the Moravian Church and wish him many blessings in retirement. The Moravian


Laurel Ridge (continued from page 14) summer and offers more hands-on experiences than ever before. Campers will learn about native wildlife, water, organic gardening, and sheep while discovering how to be stewards of God’s creation. As 1st Corinthians says, “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”; our EcoCampers learn and live this passage while at Laurel Ridge as they focus on using their senses to explore the mountain. This year’s pre-junior campers (finished 1st & 2nd grades) will learn about prayer while junior campers (finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades) will participate in the program “God Calls Us to Peace.” Middle High campers will concentrate on “It’s All for Hymn” which will explore the history of music in the Moravian church and what camp songs mean. Senior High campers will learn about the church year and the significance of vari-

Mid-States ministry (continued from page 18) for youth from the four mid-states states. Three of our four camps are held in wooded campgrounds that are well off the beaten

2012 DATES FOR MID-STATES CAMPS Epworth Forest (junior high) — June 10-16, 2012 Illiana (grades 2-5) — July 16-20, 2012 Tar Hollow (senior/post high)— July 22-28, 2012 Bethany (grades 2-5) — August 6-10, 2012

Pre-Junior Camps —July 6-8 and August 3-5 EcoCamp — June 17-23 Junior Camps —July 8-14 and August 12-18 Middle High Camps —June 24-30 and August 5-11 Senior High Camp — July 15-21 College Camp — May 30-June 2 ous traditions and religious practices. Laurel Ridge is a place where campers and adults of all ages have come to feed their bodies, spirits, and souls for over 52 years and we look forward to the many meaningful experiences which will take place in 2012. We invite to you join us on the mountain this summer! Please visit to learn more about all activities as well as to download registration forms. ■

path while the junior high camp is a unique setting located in the middle of town. The camping program in the Mid-states is alive and well. We are blessed to have many dedicated lay people as well as clergy who serve as mentors for our young people by serving on staff in a variety of ways. Some are directors, some are cooks, some counselors, nurses, program leaders…the list goes on and on. Some of our leaders wear many different hats throughout the week of camp but they all have one goal: to make camping a spirit filled, fun and educational experience for our young people. Many lives have been changed and lifelong friendships have been formed through the camping programs. ■ 31

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Moravian Magazine - May 2012  
Moravian Magazine - May 2012  

In this issue: Moravian Camping Minstry; Latino Ministries Conference addresses expanding ministry; A Moravian and Muslim answer to an Imam'...