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Moravian Theological Seminary Commencement Southern Province Intersynodal Gathering
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Christ and him crucified remain our confession of faith In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love
Moravian Education 5 Moravian Theological Seminary concludes 205th academic year Southern Province 9 Intersynodal Gathering: Moving Forward Together 10 Open the eyes of our heart, Lord: impressions of the Intersynodal Gathering 11 We Gathered Together: impressions of the Intersynodal Gathering Canadian District 14 Canadian District finds God speaking in newness, faithfulness and oneness 18 Synod elects Board of Elders for Canadian District
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Congregations in Mission 19 Clean Water Project brings new wells to Nicaragua 21 A new airplane hangar for Alas de Socorro Moravian Music 23 First Moravian celebrates music directorâ€™s 50 years 25 Bethlehem to host 24th Moravian Music Festival in July 2013
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IBOC 27 IBOC introduces enhanced Moravian Church in North America web site In every issue 4 Ponderings: Welcoming Jodi Bortz 29 Official Provincial Eldersâ€™ News 30 Obituary: Mrs. Clement E. Semper
Welcoming Jodi Bortz
As the executive director of the Interpro-
vincial Board of Communication, I rely on a solid team to make our office run smoothly and efficiently. This month, I am pleased to welcome a new member of that team who will be helping to keep the “business side” of the IBOC moving forward. Jodi Bortz of Bethlehem, Pa., joined as our new customer relations/ business assistant. Jodi replaces Deb Swanson, who left in April to pursue a new career opportunity. Jodi brings extensive customer service and business experience to the role. For the past 10-plus years, she worked in areas of increasing responsibility in accounts receivable, collections, workflow management and client relationships. She also brings creative and technical skills that will prove beneficial to our online marketing and sales efforts. Jodi is a member at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem, where she is community outreach coordinator and Sunday School Superintendent. She is an accomplished flutist and continues to teach aspiring musicians. She is also the mother of two adorable little girls. As the part-time customer relations/business assistant, Jodi will handle many aspects of product sales, customer service, shipping, invoicing and payments for products offered by the IBOC. She will be our main contact with customers and congregations; track and process customer sales, invoicing, accounts receivable and inventory; coordinate product shipping; manage our online store; and assist with communication activities and events. Jodi joins us just as the 2013 Daily Texts preorder process — one of our busiest times of the year — gets underway. We also launched our new website, with a more customer-friendly online store that Jodi will be helping to manage. While she’s only been here a short time, she has done a great job learning the role. Please join me in welcoming Jodi to our team and thanking Deb for her years of great work with the IBOC. Peace, 4
(ISSN 1041-0961 USPS 362600) July/August 2012, Vol. 43, No. 6 Publications Agreement No. 40036408 Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to: Express Messenger International, PO Box 25058, London, Ontario N6C6A8, email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Michael Riess, Editor Siobhan Young, Communications Assistant Jodi Bortz, Customer Relations/Business Assistant Interprovincial Board of Communication Paul Knouse, Paul Peucker Chair Adam Pristas Jane Burcaw Richard Sides Jane Carmichael Valerie Wagner Jill Westbrook Lance Fox 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: email@example.com www.moravian.org Contents © 2012, Interprovincial Board of Communications, Moravian Church in North America. All rights reserved
Moravian Theological Seminary concludes 205th Academic Year Commencement
ceremonies marking the conclusion of the 205th academic year of Moravian Theological Seminary were held on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Nineteen students received degrees and certificates in front of several hundred of their friends and family at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Remembering Moravian bishop and educator Jon Amos Comenius’ philosophy of educating, “not the children of the rich or of the powerful only, but of all alike, boys and girls, both noble and ignoble, rich and poor, in all cities and towns, villages and hamlets,” the seminary awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Father John P. Foley, Chair Emeritus of Cristo Rey Schools. Fr. Foley’s work and leadership in developing educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students exemplifies the principles of Moravian education. A native of
Chicago, Fr. Foley was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1967. After 34 years working in and leading Jesuit schools in Peru, Fr. Foley returned to Chicago to open and serve as president of a new Jesuit high school, Cristo Rey. Serving only economically disadvantaged students, Cristo Rey schools welcome youth of various faiths and cultures and offer a curriculum designed for high level engagement in learning. A hallmark of the educational program centers on each student working five days each month in businesses and non-profit agencies helping students acquire marketable skills, develop a network of contacts and gain expo(continued on next page) Colleen Marsh is assistant to the Director of Administration for Moravian Theological Seminary. Photos by Colleen. 5
(continued from previous page) sure to career opportunities. Today, Fr. Foley serves as Chair Emeritus of the Cristo Rey Network of 24 schools in 17 states, providing education to 6,500 young people living in urban communities. In 2008, President Bush awarded Fr. Foley the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second highest honor for a civilian, for his commitment to helping his fellow citizens lead lives of integrity and achievement. In 2012, he was honored as part of President Obama’s program recognizing Champions of Change for their service to their communities and to the nation. Eclipsing his awards is the witness of the lives of thousands of young people who have been empowered by their Cristo Rey experience to assume leadership roles in the civic, religious, business and cultural life of their communities and nation. After receiving his award, Fr. Foley delivered a moving Commencement Address, which was met with a standing ovation. He encouraged the graduates to be creative with Zach Dease
their gifts and look for new ways to attend to those who are most in need. He challenged that, “unless we learn to be creative, to take a risk, we tie the Holy Spirit’s hands. The Spirit cannot work wonders among us if we are only about business as usual. We are all called to establish the Kingdom, nothing less. I exhort you today to accept the call of the King. No one else is going to miraculously appear to make the Kingdom come.” The full text of his address can be found at www. moravianseminary.edu/news/spring12/ Foley_Address.html Six Moravians were among this year’s graduates. From the Southern Province: Zach Dease, a member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, received the Cora Doster Moses Memorial Homiletics Prize for the best work done in preaching and practical pulpit work by a graduating senior. He will serve in leadership with the mission camp program at Laurel Ridge this summer as he awaits a call to serve the Moravian church. After earning his MDiv degree from Wake The Moravian
Forest, Andrew Heil received a Certificate in Moravian Studies from MTS. A member of Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, Andrew received the Rev. Elmer D. Bender Memorial Award given to an individual preparing for the Moravian ministry who displays outstanding pastoral qualities. Andrewâ€™s wife, Sarah Hubbard, also graduated from MTS this year, earning her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree with cum laude honors. A member of Konnoak Hills Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, Virginia Tobias-
sen earned her Certificate in Moravian Studies after completing her MDiv from Wake Forest last year. Ginny has returned to her home in Winston-Salem and looks forward to ordained service with the Moravian Church. Graduates from the Northern Province included: Ashley Alexander , a member of Faith Moravian Church of the Nationâ€™s Capital,
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(continued from previous page) graduated from the dual degree program. She received her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree from Moravian and a MSW degree from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Ashley has returned to the Baltimore area to pursue a social work position. Originally from the Jamaican Province, Lloyd Gooden, a member of John Hus Moravian Church in Brooklyn, earned his MDiv degree. Lloyd was awarded the Herman T. Frueauff Memorial Prize in Moravian History for his outstanding class work and research in the field of Moravian history. Lloyd has since received a call to Lebanon Moravian Church in Lebanon, Pa. and will be ordained July 22, 2012. Rhonda Robinson, originally from Bilwi, Nicaragua, now a resident of Bethlehem, earned her MDiv degree and was elected by her peers as the senior speaker. Rhonda is currently working with her husband, Tracy, a 2006 graduate of the Seminary, with Esperanza for Bethlehem, a new ministry in the southern part of the city, as she looks forward to service in the Moravian church. Continuing its rich heritage of ecumen 8
ism, students from denominations and faith traditions other than the Moravian church also earn degrees from Moravian Theological Seminary. Earning the Master of Divinity degree were Chris Druckenmiller (Lutheran), Sarah Fernsler (United Methodist), Comfort Fordjour with a concentration in Formative Spirituality (nondenominational), Monica Guepet (United Methodist), and Jaye Newbold (Lutheran). Receiving the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree were Jeannine Fogler (Lutheran), Frances Folsom (nondenominational), Comfort Fordjour, Patricia Hoyt (UCC), and Alfred Jones III (Christian Methodist Episcopal). The Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree was awarded to Bruce Marold (Lutheran), Janet Mishkin (Presbyterian), and Lori Van Keuren (Christian Methodist Episcopal). We joyfully recognize each graduateâ€™s dedication, hard work, and achievement as they move out of our doors and into the world to serve. Please join Moravian Theological Seminary in congratulating the Class of 2012! â– Rhonda Robinson
SOUTHERN PROVINCE intersy nodal gathering
Moving Forward Together In late April, more than 200 church lead-
ers from across the Southern Province gathered at Friedland Moravian Church in North Carolina for the 2012 Intersynodal Gathering. Participants included Regional Conference of Churches representatives from eight of our ten Moravian fellowships and 50 of our 56 congregations. Members of the Board of Cooperative Ministries, the Provincial Elders’ Conference, bishops, and representatives from the Provincial Support Services Board, the Archives Commission, the Implementation Steering Committee and provincial staff rounded out the group. We were blessed by the presence and worship leadership from our seminarians and recent graduates, and by the wonderful hospitality of the Friedland congregation.
“When and in what ways has God been active in our midst?” The purpose of the gathering was to get “the whole system”—those most directly involved with the new Southern Province provincial organization—in the room for conversations. Friday night discussion groups centered on: “What do we have to celebrate?” “When and in what ways has July/August 2012
God been active in our midst?” “What ‘signs and wonders’ have you seen?” and “What is encouraging, energizing, motivating?” The 16 groups were each asked to create a 140-character message that captured the discussion. Here are three examples (abbreviations included!): • New spirit cooperation and possibilities between churches discovering resourc(continued on page 13) David Guthrie is president of the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference. All photos by Charles Beaman.
Open the eyes of our heart, Lord: impressions of the Intersynodal Gathering Peace is what I felt as I walked under the welcoming trees and heard the birds sing out praises on the church grounds of Friedland Moravian Church. The roots of these giant old trees run deep, like our Moravian Faith. I and others walked quietly among the flat stones of those who are asleep in Jesus. How many of these souls gone before had attended Synod and had the spiritual responsibility entrusted to us gathering today? I prayed that we would honor our Father with our thoughts and actions and that a spirit of peace and joy would prevail! That He would help us deepen our personal relationship Jo Beth Holland Boyles shares her team’s Twitter message with Don Britt during the Intersynodal Gathering
with Christ as a result of 200 or so coming together. That we would understand the power of the almighty God — that even in small numbers of two or three gathered, much can and will be accomplished in the kingdom of Christ; and that we would be helped to “Move Forward” together and follow the Lamb — going where He Leads us. We as Christ’s children should not fear the unknown since God does know. We were reminded that Abraham and Sarah lived in tents and tents are moveable and flexible. Abraham and Sarah went by faith and we go on faith. “Open your eyes and follow,” was a comment made in our small group. This touched me deeply and it reminded of the song “Open the Eyes of Our Heart Lord.” We celebrated our open doors, our Moravian doctrine and new friendships being made. Our group had small, large and medium churches represented and we talked about (continued on page 13) Jo Beth Holland Boyles is a leader in the Pilot Mountain RCC and a member of Bethabara Moravian Church in Winston-Salem.
We Gathered Together: impressions of the Intersynodal Gathering As information began to come in about the
Southern Province Intersynodal Gathering for this April, I struggled with why we were referring to this particular halfway point between Synods as a “Gathering” instead of a “conference” as we typically did. I even found myself having to correct myself mid-sentence to stop from referring to it as a conference. Earlier in the year, churches received a bulletin insert to help with education about the Gathering and about the changes the Southern Province was experiencing. The bulletin insert was titled “We Gather together to ask the Lord’s Blessing.” This changed my perception of what exactly was going to happen during this proposed Gathering. I no longer envisioned a keynote speaker addressing the gathered body but rather each participant speaking and listening to one another and all of us gathering together to worship. Since the implementation of the new structure for the Southern Province I have been a part of two different RCCs (Regional Conference of Churches) and each of them have functioned very differently. At first I served
Kelly Moore is pastor at Fries Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. July/August 2012
The Rev. Judith Justice and Hazel Hooker from New Hope Moravian in Miami.
a church in which the RCC couldn’t quite get it together because of the vast distance between us. This was recognized and the implementation committee and the Board of Cooperative Ministries gracefully found ways for all of those churches to be part of different RCCs. Currently I serve a church that is a (continued on next page) 11
(continued from previous page) part of a very active RCC and one that meets together monthly. At the Gathering I found it informative to listen to how the other churches, representatives and RCCs were working together and what they were doing in combined ministry. These conversations happened formally and informally. After reflecting on my conversations with Gathering attendees during our time together I’ve come to see once again that change, even if the end result is positive, is hard! So there was a mix of emotions that filled our time; from fear and apprehension to excitement and joy. There’s no doubt that the The Rev. Gregorio Moody from King of Kings Moravian Church, with Dorothy Pettus of St. Phillips.
church, as it changes, is grieving the loss of what once was, even as we look forward to what will be. Through all of this, I must confess that at times, I too have wondered what we are doing and why we are doing it this way. The Gathering reminded me once again that the Moravian Church is truly blessed by many people, both clergy and lay, who have dedicated their lives to service of our Lord and Savior through the Moravian Church Southern Province. Many people have given many hours and shed many tears in discernment of the new structure and how to move forward as a Church called by Christ. I’m truly blessed to be able to serve among so many gifted folks who give graciously of their time, talent and treasure. So I say thank you to those who have worked tirelessly on putting the details into practice; I say thank you to those who have constantly prayed for direction and guidance and for the church as a whole; and I say thank you to those who have faithfully served our province in ministries of the past and those who continue to serve as we go forth. As time passes since our Gathering at Friedland, I feel confident in saying “We have gathered together to ask the Lord’s Blessing” and it is with that blessing that we are called to move on to the great things our Lord has in store for us! ■ The Moravian
es beyond our door creating closeness and new life together better than alone. • Out of change, disorder; out of disorder, freedom; out of freedom, energy; out of energy, movement; out of movement, miracles; and in all things FUN. • Creative, energetic conversation that joins congregations together that brings our faith to life in our community. Saturday morning we reflected and shared about the following: “Suppose the Southern Province could choose three things to do more of, or do differently, in order to grow in faith, love and hope and to enhance our shared mission and ministry. What would they be?” As might be expected, responses to these questions were varied and engaging. Numerous ideas were grouped under the eight characteristics of healthy congregations: focus on relationship with Christ personally and corporately, mission, growth, leadership, worship, cooperation, stewardship and ministry. Together these ideas and suggestions from meetings of the Regional Conferences of Churches which occurred Saturday evening during the Gathering will provide guidance for the next two years as we continue our journey, moving forward together. ■
the challenges and joys of serving. Most felt the new structure was allowing us to reach out together. One example was Friedberg and Little Church on the Lane going on Sierra Leone missions. In the Pilot Mountain RCC (of which my home church, Bethabara, is a part) I shared the joint clothes closet that we have with sister church Fairview. Each person in our group had a true love for Jesus and a willingness to serve.
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We celebrated our open doors, our Moravian doctrine and new friendships being made. Jesus calls us friends and friendship is a blessing that allows us to journey together and bear fruit. Lasting fruit grows and nourishes those who partake. The fruit of friendship is rooted and grounded in prayer just as our RCC should be. I was blessed by this meeting and have a true feeling of peace. I love the Lord Jesus and it is a blessing to serve! I will close with the words of hymn 620, “We Are All One in Mission” from the Moravian Book of Worship: “We are called in service to witness in God’s name. Our ministries are different, our purpose is the same.” ■ 13
Canadian District finds God speaking in newness, faithfulness and oneness Alberta, Canada has a long and storied Mora-
vian tradition. But it was a focus on the future that drove the 2012 Canadian District Synod, held in Calgary, Alberta May 4 through 6. Meeting at Good Shepherd Moravian Church, nearly 80 delegates helped shape the next four years — and beyond — for the Canadian District. The District includes eight congregations and a new church plant in the Calgary and Edmonton areas of Alberta. Canadian District congregations sent between five and seven lay delegates and their
pastors to the District Synod. In addition, to encourage participation from District youth, each congregation was invited to send two youth delegates. The Canadian District theme was based on Isaiah 43:19: “God Speaks In Newness, Faithfulness, Oneness.” To make it even more appropriate, they added, “God speaks and we respond in newness, faithfulness, oneness.” Focus on ministry Through two-and-a-half days of committee work and legislation, delegates presented both legislation and recommendations for moving the work of the church forward. Delegates collaborated in teams called “Ministry Focus Groups,” each charged with an area of interest to the District at large: leadership, mission, programs, Van-Es Camp & Conference Center, youth and finance. The Leadership Ministry Focus Group discussed issues and ideas relating to both clergy and lay leadership within congregations and the community. Their legislation called for identifying and encouraging leadership The Moravian
training opportunities for clergy and lay leaders, implementing creative outreach to build relationships, and sharing of lessons learned with “The Connection,” a new church plant and community outreach effort of Good News Moravian Church in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The Mission Ministry Focus Group identified ways to enhance the District’s work with both local and international missions. Their legislation set new standards for Canadian funding of the Board of World Mission, affirmed the work of the Canadian Moravian Mission Society and developed and presented recommendations to “equip, enable and empower people in the Canadian District to act on their passion for missions.” A major result of the work of the Ministry Focus Group on Van-Es was the Synod’s approval of a concept for construction of a new lodge facility at Camp Van-Es in Sherwood Park, Alberta, along with authorization of a $700,000 capital campaign to fund it. The Van-Es group also offered recommendations for the District and Van-Es Board to follow and implement to help sustain and improve the camping ministry in Canada. The Youth Ministry Focus Group proposed the establishment of a Regional Youth Council to discuss and develop programs and themes for camp and district youth events, to appoint an advisor to the Council and encourage a Board of Elders of the Canadian District (BECD) member to serve as youth liaison. Based on legislation brought by the Mission Ministry Focus Group on Program, the BECD was also directed to establish a new District Program Task Force. This new Task Force, with representation from each Canadian congregation, will develop and implement programs that promote communication, re(continued on next page) July/August 2012
(continued from previous page) lationships and impact the wider community. And through the work of the Finance Mission Ministry Focus Group, the BECD was directed to consider establishment of a Canadian District Financial Task Force with at least one member from each congregation to investigate new approaches for the Common Ministry Funding. Legislation to consider standard accounting practices/programs to be followed by all congregations and the adoption of the 2013 Canadian District budget were also brought by the Finance group. Provincial conversations As with the other Northern Province district Synods, the Canadian delegates also participated in two group discussions in preparation for the 2014 Northern Province Synod. The first gave delegates the opportunity to continue the holy conversations with the Human Sexuality Task Force that have been occurring throughout the Province during the past year. Delegates also received an update from the Northern Province Restructuring Task Force in a presentation led by Task Force Chair Alice Sears. They then had an opportunity to provide feedback on various aspects of the effort. New leadership The 2012 Canadian District Synod marked the end of the Rev. Steve Gohdesâ€™ eight-year role as Board of Elders of the Canadian District (BECD) president. Steve honored outgoing BECD members Kerry Bloomer, Ryerson Christie and Pat Wollf, thanking them for their work in guiding the District during the previous four years. Bryan Peacock, a lay member from Rio Terrace Moravian Church in Edmonton, was elected as the new BECD president. Unlike 16
other districts in the Northern Province, the BECD president can be either clergy or a lay member of the church. Additional new members were also elected to the BECD (see more on page 18). Synod delegates also elected members of the various boards and commissions of the Canadian District, including the representative to the Moravian Board of World Mission and Camp Van-Es board. Worship and fellowship In addition to the work of Synod, delegates participated in worship and fellowship each day. Services led by the Revs. Rick and Wendy Beck, Josh Viste, Judy Ganz, Carol Vogler and Eileen Edwards brought additional meaning and spirituality to the weekend. Services blended both contemporary and traditional music. Members of Good Shepherd joined Synod delegates for an inspiring communion service on Sunday. The Synod made full use of Good Shepherd’s facilities, with plenary sessions and group worship conducted in the church’s sanctuary, meals prepared and served in their Fellowship Hall and meetings held in their classrooms and conference rooms. The sanctuary also served as a concert hall for a spirited performance by Marty Antonini and Paradise Road. As with other Synods in the Northern Province this year, Provincial Chancellor Rick Santee served as chairman of the Canadian District Synod. Graham Kerslake of Radium, B.C. served as vice chair, while the Rt. Rev. Chris Giesler served as chaplain. Lynne Hennig and Ann Tyrell of Calgary led the Synod planning committee. In a rousingly light-hearted ceremony, the Synod’s Canadian hosts indoctrinated three visitors as honorary Calgarians. Synod Parlimentarian Bob Hawkesworth, a forJuly/August 2012
mer Calgary city alderman and member of the Alberta legislature, presented Rick Santee, Chris Giesler and Betsy Miller, Northern Province PEC president with traditional white cowboy hats, a symbol of Calgary. To the future The Canadian District Synod helped lay the groundwork for the continuing mission and ministry of the congregations in Alberta. Their efforts will guide the District until the next Synod in 2016. Having heard “God speak in newness, faithfulness and oneness,” delegates left Good Shepherd Church that Sunday morning with renewed hope and energy for their work and a spirit of faith and love in Christ. ■
Synod elects Board of Elders for Canadian District The
Moravian Church Canadian District Synod of 2012 elected the District’s Board of Elders (BECD) to serve four-year terms. The Board of Elders serves as the administrative leadership of the District. Bryan Peacock, a member of Rio Terrace Moravian Church in Edmonton, was elected president of the BECD. Unlike the other districts of the Moravian Church Northern Province, the president of the BECD can be either a pastor or lay member of the Church. Outgoing BECD president The Rev. Stephen Gohdes, pastor of Christ Moravian Church in Calgary, Alberta, served for the past eight years. Other members elected to the seven-member BECD include: The Rev. Dr. Eileen Edwards, pastor of Good News Moravian Church and The Connection in Edmonton; The Rev. Josh Viste, pastor of Millwoods Moravian Church in Edmonton; Brandon Salyzyn,
member of Good News Moravian Church in Edmonton; Marion Perrin, member of Rio Terrace Moravian Church in Edmonton; Lynne Hennig of Good Shepherd Church in Calgary; and Doug Thompson of Edmonton Moravian Church. In addition, the Synod delegates elected chairpersons for the Camp Van-Es Board and the District Mission/Board of World Mission Representative. Election of these board members required a majority vote. Marion Perrin of Rio Terrace Moravian Church in Edmonton was elected District Mission Chair, which also includes responsibility as the Canadian District representative to the Board of World Mission of the Moravian Church in America. Alice Sears, also of Rio Terrace, was elected as chair for the Van-Es board, overseeing Camp Van-Es. They will serve in these roles until the 2016 Synod. ■
The newly elected Board of Elders of the Canadian District (BECD) include Marion Perrin, Doug Thompson, the Rev. Dr. Eileen Edwards, Lynne Hennig, Brandon Salyzyn, the Rev. Joshua Viste and Bryan Peacock.
CONGREGATIONS IN MISSION
Clean Water Project brings new wells to Nicaragua Chuck Nienow and Esther Tesh, Coordina-
tors for the Clean Water Project, traveled to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua in January of this year and again in March. The project to bring clean water to remote areas of Nicaragua continues: a well-drilling machine will be replaced with a new one; plans are in place to drill new wells in more remote areas and into villages along the Rio Coco and soon rope pumps will be used on wells in the rural areas. Prior to our travel to Nicaragua in January, Sister Amalia Bell, director of the Institute for Social Development of the Moravian Church in Nicaragua (ADSIM), had informed us that the team was having problems with the welldrilling machine. We found that it did not run properly and as the mechanic worked, it be-
Esther Tesch and Chuck Nienow are members of Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. July/August 2012
came obvious that some parts on the machine were badly worn and could not be repaired. The worn parts were removed and we carried those parts with us as we returned to the U.S. We wanted to be sure to purchase correct replacement parts. In March we returned to Nicaragua with (continued on next page)
A rope pump allows water to be raised without electricity.
(continued from previous page) the new parts. After the machine was repaired, Jessy Downs, supervisor of welldrilling, and the team used the newly repaired machine to drill a well at the Herrnhut Moravian Church, in the Loma Verde neighborhood of Puerto Cabezas. Recently the team drilled a well in Krukira, located a short distance from Puerto Cabezas. Although the team is using the repaired machine to drill wells, we are concerned about the obvious wear on this machine. It has had a lot of use! Therefore, a new well-drilling machine has been purchased for the Clean Water Project. The new machine, made by the Deep Rock Company, is similar to the old one. Sister Amalia Bell provided us with estimates for nine wells that ADSIM would like to drill in Northeast Nicaragua. The proposed wells include: • A well at Herrnhut Moravian Church, in the Loma Verde neighborhood of Puerto Cabezas • four wells to be located in the communities of Krukira, Betania, Panua and Iltara • two wells in Waspam, one at Moravian High School, one at the Moravian Church • two wells in communities on the Rio Coco River — San Carlos and Santa Isabel. As we reviewed the list of proposed wells, we were excited to learn that ADSIM planned to drill wells in communities on the Rio Coco, a river which serves as the border between Nicaragua and Honduras. Chuck had always dreamed that the Clean Water Project would be able to drill wells in more remote communities needing clean water. The project’s current machine and the newly purchased one both fit easily into a long motorized canoe for river travel. 20
Drilling wells in San Carlos and Santa Isabel will require the team to be away from Puerto Cabezas for several days. To reach the Rio Coco, the team must travel three to four hours overland from Puerto Cabezas to Waspam. From Waspam they will travel by canoe on the Rio Coco for about five hours before reaching San Carlos and drilling a well there. An additional three hours of river travel will be needed for the team to reach Santa Isabel where they will drill the next well. It is gratifying to see ADSIM moving forward to make clean water available in communities along the Rio Coco. ADSIM wants to use a rope pump on wells drilled in rural villages. Rope pumps are becoming widely used in Nicaragua. One manufacturer of these pumps is the Bombas de Mecate Company, located just outside of Managua. In March we visited their factory to verify whether these pumps could be used on wells drilled by ADSIM and cased with fourinch pipes. Imagine our excitement when the first well that we saw during the visit was a four inch well with a rope pump. The rope pump technology is simple and works well in places where electric pumps are not practical. The pump consists of a continuous loop of rope with molded plastic or ceramic pistons (cups) attached to it. This rope passes over a large flywheel, and as the flywheel is turned the rope passes down into the water, then up through a vertical pipe which is submerged several feet below water level. The vertical pipe allows only a small clearance, as the rope and pistons pass up, thus permitting the pistons to push the water up and out the top of the pipe above the ground surface. (continued on page 31) The Moravian
CONGREGATIONS IN MISSION
A new airplane hangar for Alas de Socorro
Members of the team who helped bring a new hangar to Ahuas, Honduras.
The “Wings of Mercy” are prepared to serve
Honduras even better, thanks to a new hangar in Ahuas. Brother George Goff maintains an active aviation ministry in Ahuas, Honduras. More than 20 years ago he was recruited to this ministry by Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). This organization sent him to the U.S. to learn airplane mechanics and to become a pilot. Although MAF’s work in Ahuas ended in the 1990’s, MAF gave George the plane that he had been flying. George continued his aviation ministry as Alas de Socorro or as it is frequently called, ‘Wings of Mercy.’ (continued on next page) Esther Tesch is a member of Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Photos by Esther and Jay Moser. July/August 2012
(continued from previous page) Six years ago Alas de Socorro was given a second plane through the efforts of various individuals and U.S. Moravian Churches. This was to insure that when maintenance work is being performed on one plane, a second plane is always available for flying. Over the years George has flown many ill patients from remote villages to the Moravian Clinic and Hospital in Ahuas, provided flights for doctors, nurses and dentists traveling to outlying areas and supplied short-term missionaries with air transport to various locations in eastern Honduras. During a discussion with Brother Goff in early 2011 regarding the Alas de Socorro ministry, he shared two major needs. One was a much-needed overhaul on the airplanes. The other was to replace a hangar originally built by MAF, but damaged over the years by the tropical weather and termites. George said that he needed “a new hanger before that one falls in on the plane.” Many people worked to help make the new hangar a reality. The Board of World Mission provided funds to purchase hangar materials. New Philadelphia and Friedberg Moravian Churches worked together to raise additional funds to send a team to Honduras to erect the new hangar as well and for work that needed to be done prior to the team’s arrival. The team, assisted by many helpers, held two very elegant dinners, one at New Philadelphia and one at Friedberg. Each dinner was followed by a Gray Family concert. In addition, many individuals and groups made significant monetary contributions to the Hangar Fund. Brother Mark Ebert assisted local men in Honduras to take down the old hangar, improve the hangar’s concrete floor and make 22
concrete blocks which they used to build a foundation for the new hangar. All funds not used for hangar construction were given to Brother Goff for Alas de Socorro. In January a team led by Brother Karl Stimpson traveled to Ahuas to erect the new hangar. Other team members included Gladys Stimpson, Jerry Taylor, Mike Sloan, Sandra Gray, Rick Green, Chuck Nienow and Esther Tesh. It was quite a challenge to erect the hangar without the help of a lift or crane that one might use in the U.S. We were greatly assisted by two local men, Dion and Wayley, who took positions atop the scaffold to fit the ribs together. When our time in Ahuas ended, three ribs and the back pieces still needed to be added to complete the building. Brother Goff and local workers finished adding the ribs. In February a team led by Tommy Wagner added the hangar’s back panels before installing electricity in the structure. Brother Goff had asked for a hangar that was termite proof and hurricane proof. This new metal building should serve those purposes for many years. Overhauling planes Although George regularly services the planes and keeps both in excellent condition, when a plane has flown enough hours, it should come back to the U.S. for a major overhaul that is beyond what George can do in Honduras. In addition, this plane needs instruments which permit it to fly during inclement weather. And while Alas de Socorro has a newly constructed hangar, there is still work to be done to raise the $25,000 needed to bring a plane from Honduras to Missionary Maintenance Services in Ohio for a much-needed overhaul. Efforts continue to make this a possibility. ■ The Moravian
First Moravian celebrates music director’s 50 years At the age of 80, George Kiorpes plays water volleyball three times a week, tends over 50 rose bushes and a large fruit and vegetable garden and teaches piano students in his home. He also plays the organ and directs the choir every week at First Moravian Church in Greensboro, N.C. — and has for over 50 years. That is almost half of the church’s 103 year history! Above: Pastor John Rainey, right, recognizes Dr. George Kiorpes and his wife Sue. Right: George at the organ at First Moravian Church.
On June 3, his 50th anniversary as Director of Music, Dr. Kiorpes was honored during a worship service that featured several of his musical compositions and arrangements. He sat in the audience, for once, as others took his place playing the organ and directing the choir and the handbells. A pianist played two of his compositions, and the congregation sang one hymn composed by him and another with a verse added, by Morgan Owen, that paid tribute to him. Taking as his text Ephesians 5:19-20, Rev. John Rainey, the eleventh pastor to serve with George at First Moravian, urged us to worship and praise God by “singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.” Not(continued on next page) Karen Meyers serves on the Board of Elders and the Worship and Music Committee at First Moravian Church in Greensboro, N.C. Photos by Karen and James Piedad.
(continued from previous page) ing that not just the musically talented but all of us are directed to sing, he thanked George for “allowing people of varying musical ability to use their talents in giving praise and glory to God.” To commemorate the occasion, the congregation presented George with a specially engraved set of wind chimes to hang in his garden. The celebration continued after the service at a covered dish luncheon, one of George’s favorite First Moravian traditions. George Kiorpes and his wife Sue joined First Moravian in 1960, after visiting the church the previous year, when he was asked to substitute occasionally for the regular organist. He was hired as Director of Music in 1962, and the church was fortunate enough to get a second fine musician as well. Sue Kiorpes started and continues to direct the church’s band, while also singing in the choir, playing handbells, accompanying the Morning Star Singers on the piano and organizing all the music for the annual Candle Tea. The Kiorpeses are active in all phases of the church’s ministry. Sue, a former member of the Board of Elders and Chair of the Board of Trustees, is in charge of contacting visitors to the church. George’s expertise in the kitchen is almost as legendary as his skill at the keyboard. His spaghetti sauce always draws a crowd to Wednesday night suppers, and he once cooked a seven-course Greek dinner for 100 people at the church. Had he simply been a musician employed by the church, George says, he would not have kept playing for 50 years. But this is his church, and he is staying. Trained as a classical pianist, George holds undergraduate and master’s degrees, plus an artist’s diploma, from Peabody Conservatory 24
and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He first came to North Carolina to teach at Greensboro College, and then taught piano-related courses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for 45 years before retiring in 2010. During that time he served for 20 years as chair of the piano division and was an active performer, known especially for his performances of Chopin. He also published piano compositions with three different publishers. Fifty years ago, George, whose background was in the Greek Orthodox church, had little knowledge of Moravian music. But he soon came to respect the hymns, chorales and anthems that make up our rich musical heritage. “For me,” he says, “it was really a treat to find such good American church music.” He enjoys having the choir at First Moravian sing such classics as “It is a Precious Thing” or “Hearken, Stay Close to Jesus Christ,” but he also admires some of the more recent additions to the Moravian canon. And in fact, he has added to that canon with his own compositions, most notably the “Anniversary Anthem” that he wrote for the 100th anniversary of First Moravian Church in October 2008. George has taken pride in having the choir at First Moravian sing challenging music over the years. One especially memorable challenge occurred in 1983, when they were giving a special performance of the historic “Psalm of Joy,” which was compiled by Johann Friedrich Peter for the country’s first 4th of July celebration in Salem in 1783. In the midst of the choir’s performance at First Moravian, the power went out. But the choir kept singing, the strings kept playing, soon the power was restored, and George Kiorpes kept on playing the organ — right up to the present day. ■ The Moravian
Bethlehem to host 24th Moravian Music Festival in July 2013 The 24th Moravian Music Festival is now only a year away…and it will be here before we know it! The Festival, to be held July 14-20, 2013 on the campus of Central Moravian Church and Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is sponsored by the Moravian Music Foundation. The Festivals, which are held every four years, are opportunities for music lovers to gather and enjoy learning music new to them, hearing and presenting concerts and worshipping together in an atmosphere of warm fellowship surrounded by music. Participants in the Festival have opportunities to sing in the Festival Chorus or play in the Festival Band. Under the leadership of conductor John V. Sinclair and accompanied by Susan Keck Foster and the Festival orchestra, the Chorus will present a concert including several Moravian anthems newlyedited from the archival collections, plus the complete Easter Cantata by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf. Under the leadership of Allen Frank, the Festival Band will present a concert including a variety of concert band music and church music, appropriate for a wide range of ages and experience. In addition, Festival-goers may also choose to participate in one of four activities, including the Festival Handbell Choir; the Festival Trombone Choir; Instrumental Chamber Music; or Choral Music Reading Sessions. July/August 2012
The Festival now features children’s activities for those entering grades 1-5. Our children will enjoy a Bible school program including a new musical (to be presented on Friday afternoon), and a variety of outings and activities. Not to be left out are our Youth (grades 6 and higher), who are welcome to sing in the Festival Chorus or play in the Festival Band, and there will be activities especially for this age group, too. Festival Seminars and Workshops are designed to broaden the knowledge and appreciation of Moravian music. A variety of topics provide historical background as well as useful “how to” techniques to improve one’s musical abilities. In 2013, Festival participants have the opportunity to improve their singing and choral conducting, hone worship planning and leadership skills, learn more about Finale and Sibelius music software, and hear from archivists C. Daniel Crews and Paul Peucker. Dormitory housing will be at The HILL, located on the south campus of Moravian College and within a block of Central Moravian Church. The HILL is organized into several floors of suites where each person will have a private sleeping room with shared shower/ (continued on next page) The Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse is director of the Moravian Music Founation. 25
restrooms. (We heard good reports from the Eastern District Conference housed at The Hill last year!) A local arrangements committee, ably chaired by Rebecca Kleintop Owens, is working diligently to make sure that every aspect of your Festival experience is exceptional! Your congregation may be able to provide some continuing-education support for pas-
tors and church musicians to attend next year’s Festival. Further information and registration forms will be available by early fall, and be sure to check our website frequently for updates — www.MoravianMusicFestival. org! As we now are saying frequently and joyfully — Next Year, in Bethlehem! So put July 14-20, 2013 on your calendar, and start making your plans to join us for a lively week of music, worship and fellowship! ■
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Susan Keck Foster
Leaders for the 24th Moravian Music Festival include … Dr. John Sinclair, Continuing Conductor, who conducted the Moravian Music Festivals of 1999, 2003, 2006, and 2009. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida, and Director of Music for Rollins College, and a renowned master teacher . Once you’ve sung under John’ s direction, you’ll want to come back, again and again! Allen Frank, Band Director, assistant conductor of the Festival Band in 2009, and American conductor of the Unity Brass Festival in South Africa in 2007. Allen has performed as a tuba soloist with the Allentown Band and is currently a member of the Mainstreet Brass Quintet, and he is Director of Bands at Wilson Area High School in Easton, Pa. Susan Keck Foster , rehearsal accompanist and organist, is a former faculty member of Shenandoah Conservatory and is currently Organist for Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. and accompanist for the Danville Area Choral Arts Society. She has performed extensively in the Eastern United States, as well as in Europe and in Mexico. Jan Harke, handbell choir director, Minister of Music at Palmer T ownship Moravian Church, has been a church musician at a number of Moravian and Lutheran congregations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsyl vania, and North Carolina. She is also the administrator of the Provincial W omen’s Board of the Northern Province of the Moravian Church. Don Kemmerer, Trombone Choir Director, has been Director of the Bethlehem Area Moravians Trombone Choir and director of the Bethlehem Municipal Band for many years, and conducted the Moravian Music Festival Band in 2006. Don is Director of T echnology of the Swain School, a private independent school in Allentown, Pa.
IBOC introduces enhanced Moravian Church in North America web site The Interprovincial Board of Communication has a new way to reach Moravians and non-Moravians alike — the newly redesigned www.moravian.org web site! “We’re excited to introduce this enhanced resource for the Moravian Church in North America and all who are interested in learning more about our faith,” says Mike Riess, executive director, Interprovincial Board of Communication (IBOC). “We’ve been working to create a more useful and engaging web presence for the church, and we think this new site is a strong start.” A new view At the redesigned moravian.org site, visitors can: July/August 2012
• gain a greater understanding of what makes the Moravian Church a welcoming, friendly, spiritual and loving Christian faith tradition; • see the powerful work going on in our congregations and ministries; • learn about our foundations of faith, our traditions and customs and the rites and sacraments that form our worship; • read what’s happening throughout the North American Church and find out more about upcoming events; and • discover resources that can help nurture personal relationships with God. (continued on next page) 27
(continued from previous page) Each page of the new moravian.org site shares the Moravian Daily Texts, the oldest continuously published daily devotional that is “new every morning.” The new site also features the weekly bulletin message that’s shared by Moravians across the U.S., Canada and Caribbean, and “Daily Prayers for Moravians,” a special devotional written every week by Moravian Bishop Chris Giesler for use in everyday reflection. The new moravian.org brings The Moravian Magazine into the digital realm, in both text and interactive formats. As the official journal of the Moravian Church in North America, The Moravian shares the news, faith and life of the Moravian Church in North America and around the globe. Visitors looking for a Moravian congregation in their area can now use our new Congregation Finder, which allows visitors to search by ZIP Code or state to locate Moravian churches in the U.S. and Canada. The new site also includes links to church agencies, ministries and the Unitas Fratrum to help visitors get a better sense of the worldwide Moravian Church. And the new site offers an enhanced, easier
to use online store, where visitors can find and purchase a broad range of books about the Moravian Church, its history, its theology and its worship. “The new store site allows us to share more about our offerings, including multiple product images and eventually, sample pages of our books,” says Mike. “It also streamlines our ordering systems, making processing orders from the web more efficient.” In collaboration The new web site was developed in collaboration with Mosaic Interactive, a web development company in Bethlehem, Pa. “Mosaic’s designers and technicians created the platform and provided us with the tools to build the content,” says Mike. “With this new framework, we have complete control over the content of the site, including when things appear, what topics we want to cover and how often we want to update material. This level of control will greatly improve our ability to share news and information about the Moravian Church in North America in a timely and engaging way.” The new moravian.org web site is the first step in a larger plan to improve the online presence of the church. “In the future, we plan to offer more online resources for pastors, lay leaders and congregations,” says Mike. “We’re also looking at new information-sharing capabilities and social media connections that will help expand and grow the site’s usefulness over the coming year.” The Moravian Church in North America web site can be found at www.moravian.org. “We invite you to explore the new moravian.org today,” continues Mike, “and we want to know what you think. Please send your thoughts, ideas, comments and suggestions about the new site to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ The Moravian
OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL EL DERS’ NEWS
Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament August 5, 2012 In accordance with legislation enacted at the 1982 Synod of the Northern Province and affirmed by the 1990 Synod, the first Sunday in August has been designated as a day of prayer for world peace and nuclear disarmament.
Prayer Day for Public Education August 26, 2012 Congregations of the Northern Province are asked to observe Public Education Awareness Day on the last Sunday in August. Prepared liturgies, intercessory prayers for students and all who teach in and administer public schools and sermons at worship may call attention to our responsibility for public education and seek the blessing of God upon these endeavors. New Philadelphia, Ohio Sister Christine S. Johnson has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor of Fry’s Valley Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Sister Johnson began her new work June 4, 2012. Elizabeth D. Miller Provincial Elders’ Conference Northern Province July/August 2012
Brother Carl Southerland has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian Church effective June 30, 2012. Brother Southerland earned his M.Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary and his D.Min at Drew University. During seminary he took a year to serve 22 congregations in Alaska in education and youth work. After he completed his seminary studies he took another year to serve as an intern in the Board of Christian Education office. He was ordained a deacon at Home Moravian Church on May 9, 1976 and consecrated a presbyter on June 14, 1981 at First Moravian Church in Greensboro, N.C. His first call to service was as Director of Youth/Education for the Board of Christian Education. He then served as pastor at First Moravian, Greensboro, N.C.; Fries Memorial, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Unity Moravian, Lewisville, N.C.; and as Associate Pastor at Home Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C. We express deep appreciation to Carl and Pam for their faithful and dedicated service to the Moravian Church over the past 41 years and wish them many blessings as they begin new service where Carl will serve as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, N.C.
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(continued from previous page) Sister Judith Justice has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian Church effective June 30, 2012. After a career as a social worker and administrator in human service organizations Sister Justice responded to the call to ministry. She earned an M.Div at Moravian Theological Seminary and graduated in 1995. She was ordained a deacon at Home Moravian Church on June 18, 1995 and began her first pastorate at New Hope Moravian Church, Newton, N.C. She was consecrated a presbyter on September 9, 2001 at New Hope Moravian, Newton, N.C. She served there until the end of 2002. After a sabbatical, Sister Justice accepted a call to become pastor at New Hope Moravian in Miami, Fla., where she has served for the past six years. The Provincial Elders’ Conference expresses gratitude to Judith for her committed and faithful service to the Moravian Church and wishes for her many blessings in retirement. David Guthrie Provincial Elders’ Conference Southern Province
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Mrs. Clement E. Semper Sister Dorothy E. Semper died in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, May 12, 2012 at age 96. She was born August 4, 1917 in Altura, Minn., a daughter of Paul G. and Stella (Scherffius) Simon. Sister Semper graduated from Catholic High School, Rollingstone, Minn. and Teachers College, Winona, Minn. She was united in marriage to Brother Clement E. Semper on June 11, 1941 at Hebron Moravian Church, Altura, Minn. She served alongside her husband in pastorates in Minnesota (Altura-Hebron), Michigan (Unionville), Wisconsin (Green Bay-East Side), New York (Staten Island-Castleton Hill), Maryland (Trinity), and Pennsylvania (Emmaus). Son, Robert, and two grandchildren survive Sister Semper. She was predeceased by son, David, in 2009 and her husband, Clement, on February 5, 1996. A memorial service was held May 19, 2012 at Kortz Hall, Moravian Hall Square, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions were designated for Moravian Hall Square Good Samaritan Fund or the Board of World Mission. ■
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ADSIM is the social development arm of the Nicaraguan Moravian Church. As Director, Sister Bell oversees projects which seek to better the lives of Nicaraguan People. She is committed to the Clean Water Project and to drilling wells for communities in need. Sponsored by the Mission Society of the Moravian Church, South, this project is supported by the donations of many individuals and churches through contributions to the Mission Society (designated for Clean Water Project). Project funds will support several of the proposed wells (two have been drilled already). Other wells will be drilled as additional funds become available. ■
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Second, Fourth & Fifth Sundays, 11 a.m. Mountain Laurel Moravian Fellowship meets at Transou United Methodist Church Highway 88, Laurel Springs, N.C. Just 6.4 miles from Laurel Ridge 88 Jefferson (13 mi.)
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For information, contact: Julia Simmons (336)657-3032 George Bloodworth (336)846-7038
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