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A scene from the Christmas Putz at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem. The image is featured on the 2012 Christmas City Seal for Bethlehem. Photo by Mike Riess
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6 From our Staten Island churches 7 Annual clothing drive helps Staten Island residents feel blessed 11 Prayer shawl ministry spreads to ever-widening circle 14 Paraments for churches: Looking for God in other places Moravian History & Music 16 Conference attracts Moravian scholars from around the globe
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Weathering the Storm On October 29, a most unwelcome guest visited the northeastern
U.S. â€” a hurricane/superstorm named Sandy. As that blustery Monday wore on, we knew we were in for an event many would remember for a long time. The wind and rain rose throughout the day and into the overnight, taking down trees and limbs all over Bethlehem. Most of the city lost power. Schools and some businesses closed for days. Thankfully, the storm took no fatalities in our area. The storm did knock out power to the Moravian Church Center for a day and our phone, e-mail and Internet connections for four. On top of that, our internal network file server failed at the same time. At first, I lamented the lost productivity this storm unleashed. The storm interrupted, halted or made inaccessible a major part of the work I do everyday. The timing was terrible, with a board meeting, travel Winston-Salem, the Moravian magazine and a major project for the Northern Province all coming due. I found myself getting agitated that this storm disrupted my life. But as I heard what was happening in New York and New Jersey I changed my tune. The images on the news painted a more dire picture. While our churches in these areas came through relatively unscathed, their communities were seeing homes flooded, neighborhoods destroyed, lives forever changed. We had lost power and connections; people 75 miles to our east had lost everything. Not being able to shop at my local market, access my computer files or receive e-mail were small inconveniences compared to the tragedy elsewhere. Unlike those in the heaviest impact areas, I had a home to go to, an intact neighborhood and safe friends and family. Life for me would soon return to normal. For many, that prospect is months away. In the coming weeks and months, our churches in Staten Island, New Jersey and New York will continue to be part of the effort to help those impacted by Sandy. More information about how you can help can be found on page 6, or by visiting www.simoravians.org. 4
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.moravian.org Contents ÂŠ 2012, Interprovincial Board of Communications, Moravian Church in North America. All rights reserved
Central Putz featured on 2012 Christmas City Seal Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania’s oldest community putz—a unique Moravian display of miniature scenes and figurines in a home or church, which tells the biblical story surrounding the birth of Jesus—is honored on the 2012 Christmas City Seal. The seal features an image from Central Moravian Church’s Christmas Putz, which celebrates is seventy-fifth anniversary this year. The holy family miniature scene (photographed by Moravian Magazine editor Mike Riess) was chosen to appear on the annual non-postage commemorative stamp. Central Moravian’s putz is staged on a 12by-24 foot wooden platform covered with a moss-laden landscape. Central’s putz joins several other elaborate putzes in the Bethlehem area that feature lights, music, narration and more. Many are open to the public.
The commemorative seal The Citizens Christmas City Committee, a part of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, publishes the commemorative seals to decorate holiday season mail and promote Bethlehem as the Christmas City USA which was named by the chamber in 1937, the same year Bethlehem’s first community putz was started. In addition to the Christmas City seals which are available in sheets of 24 stamps, the committee also prepares a collectible cacheted (continued on page 27) Tim Gilman is a member of Edgeboro Moravian Church. He works with the Citizens Christmas City Committee on the annual seal and assisted Mike in the editing of the photo for reproduction. 5
IN OUR CONGREGATIONS
From our Staten Island churches In this issue of The Moravian, we feature
two stories from pastors on Staten Island. These stories were penned long before Hurricane Sandy came ashore on October 29 and 30. That storm devastated large sections of Staten Island, along with many areas in the New York metro area and Long Island. Both churches featured—Great Kills and Castleton Hill—are working together with their sister congregations New Dorp and Vanderbilt Avenue to assist efforts to help those affected by this storm. In midNovember, the four Staten Island churches shared the following: We give thanks for all our Moravian brothers and sisters who have expressed concern for our four Moravian churches on Staten Island and who want to help us and our neighbors as we recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We are blessed that our church buildings and parsonages were all spared and experienced no significant damage. We are currently organizing to help the families in our congregations, preschool, and extended circle of family members, friends, and neighbors who were affected. Beyond that we seek to be of assistance to the larger community. We will be hosting mission teams who want to help with the clean up and rebuilding effort and those who want to help sort the back log of donated clothing which has flooded the island. We expect that the financial needs will be great both to care for the mission teams who come to us and assist those whose homes
were damaged or lost. Even people with the luxury of flood insurance often have very large deductibles that first must be met. They will have difficulty replacing stoves, washers, and dryers. We will be giving out grants to help people through the financial challenges of putting their lives and homes back together. Here’s how you can help: • Make a contribution to our Moravian work on Staten Island. Checks should be made out and sent to the United Brethren’s Church, 2205 Richmond Road, Staten Island, NY 10306. The memo line should read: Central Elders Sandy Relief. • Pray for us and for all that travel here to help. Pray that we will have the compassion, strength, wisdom and courage we need to help each other through this difficult time. • Consider coming up to help as part of a mission team either to help clean and rebuild or to help sort and distribute clothing. • Check our simoravians.org website regularly for updates. We will soon have a system for scheduling teams working with Mark Ebert of the Board of World Mission and with Mike Rampulla of the NEMDR in the Eastern District. We give thanks for your care and concern for us and for our common ministry together. Please check www.moravian.org and www.simoravians.org for more information. We will also print additional ways you can help and stories of the work going on in future issues of The Moravian magazine. ■ The Moravian
IN OUR CONGREGATIONS
Annual clothing drive helps Staten Island residents feel blessed “God bless you!” We often hear these words
from the people who come to get clothing at the Staten Island Moravian Clothing Distribution. When they first come in to wait their turn or when they say goodbye with their bags full of clothing, they shower us with this simple, personal benediction. And indeed God has blessed us. For the past nine years, the four Staten Island Moravian churches have worked together to offer clean, gently used clothing to children and adults in our community. Our efforts have grown from 2004 when we served 83 children and a few mothers to 2012 when we served 1086 children and adults. We collect clothing all through the Spring from the Castleton Hill Moravian Preschool, our churches and our friends in the community. In May, we spend several intense days sorting the donations by size and gender and then folding and boxing them neatly in prepaDecember 2012
ration for our August distribution. In August, we take a whole day to set up our “store” and then we are open for a two day public distribution. During the distribution, our volunteers greet and check in clients, prepare snacks, serve as personal shoppers, give out school supplies and back packs, offer Moravian Daily Texts books, and help clients bag up their clothing at checkout. Our goal is to make the experience of getting “new” used clothing as respectful and as much like shopping in a store as possible. Each size has clearly labeled table and rack space and the piles of folded clothing on the tables are labeled by type. More importantly, (continued on next page) Lynnette Delbridge is co-pastor of Castleton Hill Moravian Church in Staten Island. Photos courtesy of Castleton Hill. 7
(continued from previous page) we want to honor our Moravian ethos of valuing community and building relationships. All of our volunteers greet and warmly work with our clients but our personal shoppers get the best chance to offer one on one care and assistance for each client. They carry baskets, start conversations, and help clients find what they need for their family members. After working together, it’s not at all unusual for clients to leave their personal shopper with a hug and the words, “God bless you.” Again, God has blessed us — not only by our Moravian resources but by the local ecumenical and interfaith partnerships that make it possible for us to answer Christ’s call to care for our neighbors in need. A local business supplies a moving truck and Boy Scout Troop 26 offers the muscle and energy needed to move our tables, clothing racks, supplies, and about 400 boxes of clothing to the distribution site. The distribution takes place at Brighton Heights Reformed Church, a congregation ideally located close to a family shelter, several agencies, and major transportation lines. For three days, they let us use their fellowship hall where clients comfortably wait, their kitchen
Volunteers helped more than 1,000 Staten Islanders “shop” for clothes during their annual Moravian Clothing Distribution.
where we prepare food for our volunteers and clients, and a huge gym that’s perfect for setting up our own “department store.” And then there are the volunteers who fill out the ranks of the Moravian faithful: members of a Baptist youth group and Jewish, Reformed, Catholic, Episcopalian, and non-religious volunteers. Our friendship with them over the years have grown strong and deep. But God hasn’t stopped blessing us. In 2008 when it became clear that the project had grown beyond what our local Moravian and ecumenical partners could handle, we started inviting Moravian mission teams to come and join us both for the sort and for the distribution. They have come from Minnesota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Their presence has blessed the Moravian community here on Staten Island with a larger sense of our own denomination. It’s uncanny the way we feel we’ve always known each other and that working together comes so easily and naturally. This year, God blessed us yet again by spreading the circle even larger and send(continued on next page)
(continued from previous page) ing us a mission team from St. Peter’s Episcopal Church from Port Royal, Va. Working together at the distribution made it possible for our local Moravians, our Moravian mission team from Christ Community Church in Maple Grove, MN and the Episcopal team to live more fully into the full communion agreement between our two denominations. We were not only blessed to serve together but also to get to know something of each other’s traditions. In the morning at breakfast we read the Moravian Daily Texts. In the
evening, we shared in the Episcopal evening prayer service called Compline. At meals, we took turns singing either the Moravian blessing or an Episcopal camp blessing. During Sunday worship, we shared testimonies about the ways we found God during the distribution. Finally, when we met for our last breakfast and prayer together, we sang Moravian hymn #447 blessing and sending each other forth. How was it to come together from different places and denominations? Chris Fisher from St. Peter’s summed our feelings up well during worship, “I have to say that now I am proud not just to be an Episcopalian but to be a Christian.” Through it all, God blesses us with a sense of wonder that we are not alone in our longing to answer Christ’s call to feed the hungry and to clothe the naked. We have each other and the hope and strength we gain as we join together doing God’s work in the world. ■
Castleton Hill pastor honored as “Woman of Achievement” This fall, the Staten Island Advance newspaper named the Rev. Dr. Lynnette Delbridge, pastor at Castleton Hill Moravian Church, as one of its “Women of Achievement” for 2012. The 51st Women of Achievement award salutes six role models of community service who comfort, create, donate and serve. Under the headline, “This Pastor Practices What She Preaches,” SI Advance reporter Diane C. Lore highlighted Lynnette’s work “clothing and feeding needy Islanders from one end of the borough to the other. She’s gone above and beyond, taking her ministry out of the pulpit and into the community, preaching by example.” The honor came as a surprise to Lynnette who serves with her husband, the Rev. Andrew Meckstroth. A full page, color article in the Oct. 7 SI Sunday Advance along with online coverage highlighted the award. In the article, which discusses many of the ministries of Castleton Hill and other Staten Island churches, Lynnette said she feels “truly blessed” to be able to share her energy and talents with the community. Reporter Lore went on to write about Lynnette that “she’s quick to add that ‘none of this could happen without the support of Andy and my girls; we really are a team. And whatever we do wouldn’t happen without the support of our church, the Moravian churches on Staten Island and all of our volunteers.’” You can see the SI Advance article online at www.silive.com (search for “Delbridge.”) ■
IN OUR CONGREGATIONS
Prayer shawl ministry spreads to ever-widening circle “As God created the heavens, the earth, and
life itself, may God give birth to new life in us. May God’s love be known to us today through Jesus Christ. And as tiny pebbles thrown into a pond cause ripples to move outward in everwidening circles, may our love move from this place outward—expanding to embrace our neighbors, our community, our human family, and our world.” (MBW, p. 47) One day, a few women were chatting about the various ministries of the Staten Island (SI) Moravians in Mission (Great Kills, Cas-
Maggie Wellert is pastor at Great Kills Moravian Church in Staten Island. In photos, volunteers present prayer shawls during a Mississippi mission trip. December 2012
tleton Hill, New Dorp, and Vanderbilt Avenue Moravian Churches). One of those women shared a devotion she had read. The writer spoke about the prayer shawl ministry of her denomination and the amazing undertaking that was part of their ministry. For a national church gathering, those who knit and crochet prepared enough prayer shawls for each delegate to receive one. As it happens, a prayer shawl ministry is one of the ministries of SI Moravians in Mission! The women began to muse aloud: what if we did that for the 2014 Synod of the Moravian Church — Northern Province? That musing proved to be a tiny pebble (continued on next page) 11
(continued from previous page) thrown into a pond that caused ripples to move outward in ever-widening circles! First, we asked how many prayer shawls that might take. Well, came the response, maybe as many as 350! Really? Then we asked: how will we possibly fund this? Who will buy the yarn? Who will contact the people? Who will coordinate? How will we get them to Synod? How will we distribute them? Who will coordinate with the Planning Committee so that they could be distributed, say, during the opening worship of Synod?
That musing proved to be a tiny pebble thrown into a pond that caused ripples to move outward in ever-widening circles! Once we had all those fearsome questions out of our mouths…we began to smile. Hmmm…could we possibly? Lots of doubt… worries…yet… We sent out a “what if” e-mail through the Congregation List of the Northern Province, asking if there were local prayer shawl ministries in our sister congregations across the province who might be interested. We knew quite well that most of those e-mails went right to the pastors! Fat chance they’d get any further…then we could just give up. We got at least ten responses: we will help! Darn. So, we decided we had best ask the Provincial Elders’ Conference if such an undertaking would be welcome. If they said, “no,” well, we could just give up. They said, “Yes…and we think 250 is a good number.” Darn.
We carried this idea back to the Board of Elders of the United Brethren’s Church on Staten Island, comprised of representatives from all the SI congregations, as well as the pastors. They said, “Let’s do it.” WOW!! Ripples moving outward in everwidening circles… We are going to make prayer shawls for the entire delegation of the 2014 Synod of the Northern Province . And “we” are very hopeful that “we” will include you! This website will tell you everything you need to know in order to make a prayer shawl. Please check it out. http://www. shawlministry.com/instructions.html. Prayer shawl patterns are typically done in patterns of “3”—very Trinitarian—which gives you a basis for praying for the recipient in the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit many times! If you plan to assist in this ministry, please share with us how many shawls you or your group plan to make. Please write to: Great Kills Moravian Church; 62 Hillside Terrace, Staten Island NY 10308. Or send an e-mail to email@example.com. It is our hope and prayer that with these shawls, those who are serving as delegates to the 2014 Synod will feel the warmth and love of our Holy God, and feel the support and love of each member of each congregation scattered across the Province. Thank you for being one more ripple in our ever-widening circle of God’s love. ■ Ad Policy for The Moravian — The Moravian accepts paid advertising that is consistent with the magazine’s objectives and editorial convictions as they are stated in the purpose and mission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication. Advertisements for activities, services and products of specific interest to members of the Moravian Church have priority. The Moravian does not accept purely editorial advertisements that advocate specific ideas or issues. Articles, columns and letters to the editor are the appropriate vehicles for the presentation of ideas and issues. The Interprovincial Board of Communication is responsible for the content and design of the magazine, including advertisements. Ad rates and specifications are available www.moravian.org.
IN OUR CONGREGATIONS
Paraments for churches: Looking for God in other places Where can we find God in our lives and how
can we serve him? In the spring of 2009 when our church closed the sanctuary for renovations, we needed to consider other places for worship. Our Fellowship Hall was remodeled for Sunday services. We now felt comfortable and assured that God was in our presence as we gathered together on Sunday mornings. But these changes caused us to ask, â€œWhere else do we experience God and live out our faith?â€? Members began to talk about other ways that we not only experience God but also can serve God. Many ideas were discussed and groups began to form activities that would serve God and our community. God was being found in other places and one of those places involved the work of Shirley Marriott. Shirley had been commissioned to design and embroider sets of paraments for the Moravian Theological Seminary. When others
saw her work they encouraged her to consider establishing a group to make paraments for Home Moravian Church. Because the work is so labor intensive she was convinced that no one would be interested and was quite surprised when twelve women came forward to sew and embroider paraments for the church. Soon the group met and as they assessed their varied talents they also discussed their goals. It was quickly decided that they would make a set of paraments for each liturgical season as a gift to Home Moravian Church. These sets would be of different designs and each set would be the designated color for that particular season. But they wanted to do more. How could they service the community? Everyone agreed that they would like to support Sunnyside Ministries, a ministry in Winston-Salem that offers financial help, food and clothes for those in need. To do this the paraments would be made available for sale
The Sunnyside Stitchers created these finely-embroidered paraments for churches.
to other churches. The fine fabric and thread were ordered, the designs were drawn and the stitchers were ready. Their first goal was to make a white parament and a set of Bible markers as a gift to Home Church for the rededication of the sanctuary in October 2009. This tedious handiwork takes many hours and a lot of patience but as the women worked together they began to form a close relationship with each other. And this special bond within the group continues to give
them a deep sense of satisfaction and service. From the very beginning they have felt God in their presence and His guidance in their work. Their individual talents have melded into just the right combination needed for (continued on page 25) Roberta Petitt is a member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Photos by Ross Gobble.
Conference attracts M from around Moravians and those interested in Moravian history and music converged on Bethlehem in October for the third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music. Attendees came from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Scholars, researchers, archivists and musicians discussed a broad range of topics including Moravian identity, archaeology, women, education, Moravian music, the work and life of John Amos Comenius and more. The conference also featured performances of Moravian music. The Rev. Dr. Peter Vogt, director of Theological Education for the Moravian Church – European Continental Province presented this years Walter Vivian Moses Lecture in Moravian Studies. Dr. Vogt’s presentation, “How Moravian are the Moravians? The Paradox of Moravian Identity,” discussed the Moravian
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Moravian scholars d the globe Church’s ethnic origins, the continuity between the ancient Unitas Fratrum and today’s Moravian Church and core believes and traditions. His lecture is available online at http://www. moravianseminary.edu/moravian-studies/moseslectures-in-moravian-theology.html As part of the conference, the Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider was honored with the inaugural Award of Merit “for promoting the study of Moravian history, theology, and mission” presented by the Center for Moravian Studies. Schattschneider founded the Center for Moravian Studies in 1992 to assist scholarly research on the Moravians as well as to provide information for the general public. The award cited his work as “a man whose entire career has been dedicated to teaching Moravian history and facilitating research on the Moravians around the world.” ■
BOARD OF WORLD MISSION
The Fog is Lifting in Labrador
As we stood on the gravel tarmac next to the
small building that housed a check-in counter and scale for the luggage and freight, we noticed the fog coming in closer over the village of Makkovik along the Labrador Coast. We were fearful that again the plane would turn back to Goose Bay as it had earlier that day, which might mean another four days in Makkovik until the fog was predicted to lift. And then we heard the plane and eventual-
ly saw it circle the building and land. After a quick refuel, we were on our way back to Goose Bay-Happy Valley where we would catch our flights home. Such issues with travel up and down the coast are common for our brothers and sisters in Labrador, who serve in the three communities of Nain, Hopedale and Makkovik, and then the inland church of Happy Valley. As Loren Jendro and I from the Board of
World Mission met in Makkovik for the synod of the Labrador Mission Province, we were impressed not only by the isolation of these communities, but also by their steadfast faith and desire to deal with the issues that continually confront their church. Sister Sarah Jensen was reelected as chair of the Labrador Provincial Board, which has a representative on it from each of the four church communities. The Labrador Mission Province has two ordained pastors who serve the churches of Hopedale and Happy Valley, while the other two congregations have gone many years without continuous pastoral leadership. They do have lay pastors as well as chapel servants who keep the work of the church going forward, but recognize the need for more intentional efforts at leadership development. We had some good discussions about how Labrador might benefit from on-line training options, as well as more flexible models of pastoral training that are being explored by Queen’s College in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The provincial board will be considering the possibility of having its two pastors make a monthly visit to either Nain or Makkovik in order to provide for sacraments, visitation and
more ongoing mentoring of its lay leadership. The Board of World Mission is also exploring opportunities for sending Antioch servants to help with music and camp ministries, as well as with youth leadership development. Many of the churches, as our churches in the U.S., lack for the involvement of youth, although the Makkovik church had a wonderful children’s choir that participated during our time of worship. Despite the isolation of the coast, the effect of weather on the lives there, and the many struggles of the Labrador Moravian Church, Loren and I also saw a faith community that was trying to work together to share the gospel and that had an openness to try new models for reaching the youth. There is evidence of the Spirit moving in this Church. The people reflected some of the true beauty of the country that cannot be concealed by the occasional fog that sets in. It was a privilege to be among them and to learn from them. ■ Judy Ganz is executive director of the Board of World Mission. Photos from Makkovik, Labrador.
Oak Grove celebrates 125 years A large and joyful congregation gathered on
Sunday, September 23, 2012 to celebrate Oak Grove Moravian Church’s 125th anniversary. The service included a lovefeast, special music by the choir and band, and an anniversary sermon preached by Bishop Graham Rights. After singing “Sing Hallelujah Praise the Lord” accompanied by organ and trumpets, the congregation processed outside for the dedication of our new Prayer Garden. As part of our anniversary year celebration, a beautiful prayer garden with flowers, shrubs, 2 benches, a mosaic Moravian seal, and a brick walk with honorary/memorial bricks was added to the front landscaping of our church. The day concluded with a bountiful covered dish lunch. Oak Grove has been celebrating its anniversary all year with special events, including a Heritage Night, dedication of a new arch and fence around God’s Acre, July 4th Picnic, Old Fashioned Lawn and Birthday Party, and sharing of Oak Grove History Moments during worship the first Sunday of each month.
Begun in 1887 The story of Oak Grove Moravian Church began in the spring of the year 1887. Many Moravians had settled in what is now northeastern Winston-Salem and several families had affiliated themselves with Providence Moravian Church. But because the distance was so great for horse and buggy in those days, it was impossible for the pioneers of our church to attend services regularly. In the spring of 1887, Richard Westmoreland invited James Leinbach, Sunday School Superintendent of the Southern Province, to assist in organizing a Sunday School in this community. During the summer, many families met for worship and study in an old log cabin belonging to Douglas Day. As that summer drew to a close there was a revival and at a brush arbor meeting, many souls were born into the kingdom. Plans were quickly made to organize a Moravian Church. On Sunday, September 25, 1887, Rev. Christian L. Rights went to Oak Grove and organized a Moravian congregation with The Moravian
16 charter members joining that day. Immediately, a movement began to build a church. Joshua Sell and George Hammock gave land for a building. Rev. Christian Rights, Rev. John McCuiston, Rev. John Clewell, and Mr. James Leinbach came to Oak Grove for the cornerstone laying. The church was completed and consecrated May 8, 1888. The 1888 church stood until 1951, being remodeled and added on to twice. In 1951 a new building was constructed with a Fellowship Hall and Christian Education wing. In 1957 the current sanctuary was finished and occupied June 2. In 2010 the sanctuary was completely remodeled. Today our congregation averages 110 for Sunday worship and we have a good mix of all ages, from older adults to babies. We have an excellent band and choir, active Women’s Fellowship, Men’s Fellowship, Youth Fellowship, Sunday School for all ages, midweek Bible study, and Quilters. We are actively involved in missions and outreach in our community and beyond. We are currently in a capital campaign “Continuing the Vision…Building Our Future” to raise funds for a new kitchen, restrooms, covered drop-off, and expanded fellowship hall. We thank God for these 125 years and how He has blessed us in our service and witness. We celebrate what God is doing among us in the present. We look forward to the future with hope and anticipation as we remain faithful to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. ■ Matthew W. Allen is pastor at Oak Grove Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Photos courtesy of Matthew. December 2012
Schoeneck celebrates 250 years of worship and mission Sunday, October 14 was a day planned and anticipated for almost a year, as the Schoeneck Moravian Church, just north of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, celebrated its 250th anniversary with a lovefeast, special anthems and a guest bishop. Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon, pastor of Schoeneck from 1994 to 1999, served as the anniversary preacher. He reminisced about being a Caribbean pastor of the Schoeneck congregation (carving a pumpkin, planting a garden and riding a lawn tractor were all new experiences to which he was introduced by Schoeneck members), and then focused on “Preparing for the Next 250 Years,” one of the themes of the day. The Moravian Daily Texts for significant days in the history of the congregation formed a second theme of the service, which opened with Pastor Terry Folk reading the Daily Text for October 3, 1762, the date on which the congregation was founded. During the lovefeast, the choir sang a setting of the text and hymn, “Lord Jesus Christ, be Present Now,” composed for the occasion by Jill Bruckart, Schoeneck’s former organist and choir director. Director of Music Ryan Morrow commissioned composer Brian Henkelmann to write an anthem for the occasion, and the senior 22
choir also sang “Then Shall Your Light Appear as the Morning,” a setting of the Daily Text for the day of the dedication of the present sanctuary in 1889. Henkelmann also provided new words and a setting of the hymn, “Highly Favored Congregation,” which used handbells, brass, choir and congregation. The service closed with the reading of the Daily Text for October 14, 2012. As an anniversary gift to the wider Moravian Church, the congregation also commissioned composer Margaret Sandresky to write organ arrangements of three Moravian chorales, which will be performed for the first time at Schoeneck on Christmas Eve, Good Friday, and Easter. Plans are to make them available to other Moravian congregations in the near future. Organized in 1762 The Schoeneck congregation was officially organized on October 3, 1762, after several families living north of the exclusively Moravian community of Nazareth requested someone to come preach to them. After several years of worshiping in a home, a log building was constructed on land owned by the Nazareth Moravians. The log building, which initially served as church, school and parsonage, was eventually replaced by a The Moravian
stone church in 1793 and a stone parsonage in 1826. The stone church, in turn, was replaced by the current brick structure in 1889. The 1826 parsonage still stands next door to the church. The congregation has been celebrating the anniversary throughout 2012. Ten anniversary events, one per month, were planned in addition to the final service. Eight services featured former pastors, student pastors, an interim pastor, and the current pastor speaking in worship. Members of confirmation classes of the past were located and invited to a “homecoming” recognizing their class. Each of the events honored confirmation classes ending in a number; on the anniversary Sunday itself, members of classes from 1939, 1949 and 1959 through 2009 were honored. An anniversary banquet was held on September 29, with over 200 people in attendance. Working with Esperanza The congregation chose Esperanza for Bethlehem, the Moravian work on the South Side of Bethlehem, as its anniversary mission project. On several occasions, members were asked to bring diapers to church, to be given to the young families of Esperanza with small children. Schoeneck’s confirmands and their mentors worshiped at Esperanza one Sunday evening (and delivered diapers). The children involved with Schoeneck’s Summerfest program collected $1800 to give to EsperDecember 2012
anza’s “Move That Church” initiative, which provides assistance in helping people get to worship, particularly transportation concerns, and provided 29 backpacks filled with school supplies. Esperanza was also the beneficiary of several special offerings. As part of the anniversary year, the congregation produced and sold T-shirts, golf shirts, aprons, coasters, and garden flags with the anniversary logo. A new cookbook, Sing for Your Supper, was created to raise funds to refurbish the congregation’s handbells. A new history of the congregation, Faithful Spirits: The First 250 Years of the Schoeneck Moravian Church, was published for the anniversary. For more information about purchasing any of these items, contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610.759.0376. The Watchword of the Schoeneck congregation for the anniversary year is 1 Colossians 16:35: “Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us, that we may give thanks to your holy name.” The congregation has been doing so for the past 250 years, and looks forward to its next 250 years of worship and mission. ■
Susan M. Dreydoppel is a member of Schoeneck Moravian Church, a member of the Eastern District Executive Board, and the author of Faithful Spirits, the anniversary history. 23
Northern Province Eastern District seeks director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries As a result of a Synod resolution passed at
the 2012 Eastern District Synod in June, the Eastern District of the Moravian Church, Northern Province, is seeking a new director of Youth and Young Adult ministries. The resolution cited a recognized need to foster spiritual growth for young adults within our congregations. It directs the Eastern District Executive Board, in cooperation with the Eastern District Christian Education Commission (EDCEC), to work together to staff this position, with the goal of it being full time. The resolution also calls on the EDCEC to establish a Youth and Young Adult ministry support team to include representation from each geographical area of the District. The group working on finding the new director established a number of qualities and characteristics it is seeking. They seek a growing person who sees this work as a ministry and is committed to growing in his/her personal relationship with Christ through this opportunity to serve; a self-starter who has an understanding of Moravian theology; a facilitator who can work with the pastor, young people, leaders and congregation to develop
ministry ideas and programs which reflect a creative approach to ministry in specific congregational settings; a teacher/educator who can lead training events for congregational youth and young adult leaders; and a person who can build relationships and foster connections between young people, adult leaders, congregations, and the Moravian Church’s vision for the future. The director will have oversight, coordination and involvement with confirmation retreats, leadership training and the Camping and Convo ministry. He or she will also maintain a congregational presence; serve as an “eye on the future of the Moravian Church;” use communication and technology to foster growth; and serve as a liaison to the Board of World Mission and Antioch for mission ministry. Those interested in applying for this role should contact the Eastern District Executive Board office at 610-865-0302; resumes can be sent to Eastern District Executive Board, PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016-1245. A copy of the full description is available on www.moravian.org. ■
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(continued from page 15) their task. The women learned the variety of stitches needed to embroider the intricate details and rich texture of each original design. Professional workshops, study and practice enhanced their skills. Each parament and Bible marker is finished with fringes of hand strung 24K lined gold glass beads sewn onto the fabric. In the spring of 2010 they realized they needed a way to finance more of their materials. They put their heads together and put their hands to work to produce an amazing gourmet bake sale called “Artful Edibles,” a magnificent array of homemade recipes decorated as only these artists could do. This endeavor was so successful that they were not only able to buy their materials but also to make a sizeable contribution to Sunnyside Ministries. The group of women stitched on and in 2011 they decided they needed to have another bake sale. This time they added lovefeast napkins to the sale. Once again the sale was a big success and they were able to make another contribution to Sunnyside Ministries. December 2012
During this time they struggled to find a name for themselves and finally became known as “The Sunnyside Stitchers.” As the liturgical seasons rolled into 2012 more paraments needed to be completed. Now there was no time for bake sales. “What should we do?” People had been making donations to the project but that was not enough. Just as this problem was being pondered a church called to ask the group to make a presentation about the paraments and Bible markers to their church. Before long one church requested Bible markers and another church two paraments with the Bible markers. Stoles for two pastors were ordered. And there has also been interest in a communion cloth. Sunnyside Stitchers found themselves expanding their designs to accommodate different uses of their work for churches and supporting Sunnyside Ministries. God has indeed been found in another place and in another mission. And the Sunnyside Stitchers always welcome new members who would like to participate in this mission. Those interested may contact Shirley at email@example.com or 336.794.3447. ■
The Rev. Ronnie Keith White Brother Ronnie Keith White passed away on
October 25, 2012 in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was born on August 1, 1953 in Ahoskie, N.C. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Seminary with an M.Div. in 1979. Brother White was ordained a Baptist pastor in 1979 and served congregations in that denomination for the next 19 years. He began serving in the Moravian Church in active ministry in 1998 and was consecrated a presbyter in 2004. Brother White served at Bethesda Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Enterprise Moravian in Lexington, N.C.; and Advent Moravian where he was currently serving. He is survived by his wife, Sue Southern White. A Celebration of Brother White’s life was held on October 28, 2012 at Advent Moravian Church with the Rev. Bob Peak, Dr. Cecil Cave and Mr. David Berrier officiating. Burial followed in Advent’s God’s Acre. ■
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The Rev. Kenneth William Robinson Brother
Kenneth William Robinson, 84, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away May 14, 2012. He was born February 9, 1928 in Reading, Pa. He graduated from the Moravian College and Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa. in 1951. He earned his Doctorate degree at the South Eastern Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. in 1982. Brother Robinson was ordained a deacon at First Moravian Church, Reading, Pa., on August 5, 1951 and consecrated a presbyter at First Moravian Church, Greensboro, N.C. on February 2, 1958. He began his pastoral career at Fry’s Valley Moravian Church and Port Washington Moravian Church, both located in Ohio. After moving to North Carolina, he was associate pastor at Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. He served as pastor at First Moravian Church, Greensboro, N.C.; Ardmore Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Bethania Moravian Church, Bethania, N.C. and returned to Home Moravian Church as associate pastor. He retired in October, 1991 after 40 years of active service. Brother Robinson loved athletics, especially tennis and golf. He played the oboe in the Moravian Band and cherished the good times at his lake home. He is survived by his wife, Grace Snavely Robinson; a daughter, son, and a grandson. A celebration of Brother Robinson’s life was held May 17, 2012 at Home Moravian Church with The Rev. Doug Kearney and The Rt. Rev. Wayne Burkette officiating. Burial followed in God’s Acre in Salem. ■ The Moravian
OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS SOUTHERN PROVINCE New Hope Moravian Church Sister Betty Helms has accepted the call to serve as pastor of New Hope Moravian Church, Newton, N.C. She is a member of Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. She received an M.Div. and an Th.M. from Carolina Evangelical Divinity School and completed studies at Moravian Theological Seminary in 2010. Sister Helms was ordained by Bishop Lane Sapp on October 28 at Friedberg Moravian Church. She was installed at New Hope on November 4, 2012. She is married to James Allen Helms and they are parents to three grown sons. Board of Cooperative Ministries Brother Doug Rights has accepted a call to serve as Director of Youth, College and Young Adult Ministries with the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) in Winston-Salem, N.C. He concluded his service of 16 years as pastor of Olivet Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. on November 18. Brother Rights began his ministry with the BCM on December 3. Kernersville Moravian Church Brother Ray Mims (PCUSA) was appointed Intentional Interim Pastor at Kernersville Moravian Church in Kernersville, N.C. and began service on November 12. He received an M.Div. from Duke University in 1999 and lives in Julian, N.C. with wife, Sharon. They are parents to four children and have been blessed with four grandchildren. David Guthrie, president Southern Province PEC December 2012
(continued from page 5) cover, a philatelic envelope which features the seal with a postmarked USPS holiday stamp. A special Christmas City cancellation features the belfry of Central Moravian Church and is dated for the Christmas City Tree Lighting ceremony where the collectible cover makes its debut. The day after Thanksgiving event marks the official start of the holiday season in Bethlehem. The seals and cacheted covers are available from the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce at 561 Main Street, Suite 200, Bethlehem PA 18018. There is no charge for a single sheet of seals which comes with a packet of information. The seal is the non-profit Citizens Christmas City Committee major fundraiser with contributions going toward the Christmas City’s holiday lighting and decorations. The cacheted covers are $4 with a .50 P&H charge per envelope. For more info, call: 610.739.1510, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bethlehempa.org/visit_christmas. html ■ 27
2012 INDEX OF THE MORAVIAN Board of Cooperative Ministries Building, Connecting, Mobilizing, Oct, 21 In Appreciation for a Generation of Leadership, Oct, 22 Southern Province seeks staff for Board of Cooperative Ministries, March, 27 Board of World Mission Compassionate Mission: Do We Give a Fish, or Provide a Net?, Jan/Feb, 25 Mwana Kondoo Ameshinda, Tumfuate, Jan/ Feb, 22 The fog is lifting in Labrador, Dec, 18
Using the 2013 Moravian Daily Texts, Nov, 20 Eastern District Synod Eastern District elects executive board for next four years, Sept, 9 Eastern District Synod stimulates and strengthens the work of the Lord, Sept, 5 Ecumenical Partnerships Episcopal Church welcomes Moravian pastor in historic example of communion, Nov, 17
Book Review Less Clutter. Less Noise. by Kem Meyer, May, 29
Environmental Stewardship Environmental Stewardship Conference shares need to care for nature, June, 20
Canadian District Canadian District finds God speaking in newness, faithfulness, and oneness, July/Aug, 14 Synod Elects Board of Elders for Canadian District, July/Aug, 18
Faith and Order Faith & Order Commission presents Guiding Principles of Biblical Interpretation, June, 16 What does it mean to be Moravian? An invitation to share, May, 28
Christmas Traditions Central Putz featured on 2012 Christmas City Seal, Dec, 5
IBOC IBOC introduces enhanced Moravian Church in North America website, July/ Aug, 27
Commentary Continuing to serve in old and new places, Jan/Feb, 17 Congregations in Mission A new airplane hangar for Alas de Socorro, July/Aug, 21 Clean Water Project brings new wells to Nicaragua, July/Aug, 19 Congregational Milestones Oak Grove celebrates 125 years, Dec, 20 Schoeneck Moravian: 250 years of worship and mission, Dec, 22 A Century of Service: Trinity Moravian Church Turns 100, Sept, 13 Daily Texts/Moravian Daily Texts Bringing the 2013 Moravian Daily Texts into the digital realm, June, 27 28
In Our Communities Faith, purpose drive Moravian runner in New York City marathon, Jan/Feb, 11 Moravian Open Door launches breakfast program, June, 6 In Our Congregations A Moravian and Muslim answer to an Imam’s request, May, 8 A school helps a church “be the church” Monday through Friday, Sept, 10 Annual clothing drive helps Staten Island residents feel blessed, Dec, 7 BYOB Sunday - that’s Bring Your Own Bible!, March, 14 Covenant Moravian Church focuses on communicating, Oct, 12 Ephraim Moravian proves an “old dog can learn new tricks”, Oct, 10 The Moravian
From our Staten Island churches, Dec, 6 Learning for a Lifetime - The Comenius Forum, Sept, 12 Operation Supply Train makes its first delivery, Nov, 16 Paraments for churches: Looking for God in other places, Dec, 14 Prayer shawl ministry spreads to everwidening circle, Dec, 11 Latino Ministries Latino Ministries Conference addresses expanding ministry, May, 22 Milestones Erwin Boettcher: Celebrating 60 years of ordination, Sept, 24 Moravian Theological Seminary awards Wayne Burkette 2012 John Hus Award, Sept, 28 Ministry of Camping/Moravian Camping Ministry Camp Van Es Turns 70, Jan/Feb, 14 “Come, Follow Me” to Camp Van-Es, May, 19 Hope Center: Memories are made here, May, 12 I got a song in my heart and I want to share it with you…, May, 15 Laurel Ridge invites campers to spend time on the mountain, May, 14 Mid-States ministry offers camping for Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois, May, 18 Mt. Morris ready to Raise the Roof!, May, 21 Spiritual growth in the great outdoors, May, 11 Western District Camping 2012, May, 20 Ministry to Older Adults Marquardt Village announces renovation and redevelopment plans, Nov, 25 Marquardt Village: Preserving the past, embracing the future, Jan/Feb, 8 Salemtowne: Forty years strong…and stronger, Nov, 23 Moravian Basics The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living, April, 20
Moravian Education Moravian Theological Seminary concludes 205th academic year, July/Aug, 5 Project delivers Moravian books to libraries around the globe, Nov, 5 Moravian Heritage Renovations preserve link to missionary past, Sept, 21 Moravian History Conference attracts Moravian scholars from around the globe, Dec, 16 Conference on Moravian History and Music coming to Bethlehem in October, March, 26 Historic Moravian palisade in North Carolina in need of protection, Oct, 5 Welcoming back a restored Moravian art treasure, Jan/Feb, 19 Working together to promote Moravian history, May, 6 Moravian Lent & Easter Painting the Lenten Scriptures, April, 13 The Easter Morning Sunrise Service, April, 6 Moravian Music Dr. Nola Reed Knouse: Helping to keep Moravian music alive and well, Sept, 17 First Moravian celebrates music director’s 50 years, July/Aug, 23 New music submissions accepted through July 31, 2012, April, 28 Bethlehem to host 24th Moravian Music Festival, July/Aug, 25 Moravian Scouting Scouting and the Moravian Church, Oct, 18 Moravian Traditions Celebrating the Moravian Spirit at the second Moravian Festival, Nov, 18 Remembering the Moravian roots of a television legend - Andy Griffith, Oct, 13 Moravian Travels A Feast of Song: Central Moravian Church Choir tours Jamaica, March, 11
Moravian College & Theological Seminary Moravian College Seeks New President, Oct, 30 December 2012
Moravian Youth Connecting with Moravian Youth at Convo 2013, Oct, 24 Moravian Youth “Stand Up for Jesus”, Jan/ Feb, 6 Moravians Around the World Evangelism to the Sukuma, Oct, 25 Moravians In Mission Moravians on a Missionippi Trip, Sept, 27 Ocean Springs team continues its work rebuilding lives, April, 8 Sukuma Join the Moravian Church in Tanzania, April, 18 The Moravian Church in Nepal: A people of hope and newness, Nov, 12 The Moravians in Mississippi: Seven years of service, Sept, 25 The Tanzanian Orphan Program enters its twelfth year, April, 16 Unity and Southern Province delegation travels to Cuba, April, 10 Moravians In the News Lifelong Moravian Wilma Lewis appointed federal judge in Virgin Islands, March, 22 Moravian pastor honored with WinstonSalem’s MLK Young Dreamer Award, March, 5 Moravian Church celebrates 555 years, April, 27 Obituary Iobst, Rt. Rev. Robert Allen, March, 29 Cole, Rev. Dr. Harold David, March, 30 Chadwick, Jo Anne Atkins, April, 30 Sautebin, Rt. Rev. Warren A., June, 30 Semper, Mrs. Clement E., July/Aug, 30 Gilbert, Rev. William O., Sept, 34 Michel, Rev. Richard E., Sept, 34 Morman, Rev. John F., Sept, 35 Knight, Mrs. Edna Marie, Nov, 28 Fry, Mrs. Edith Grey West, Nov, 28 Robinson, Rev. Kenneth William, Dec, 26 White, Rev. Ronnie Keith, Dec, 26 Ponderings An intern’s story: How I spent my summer vacation, Oct, 4 Hitting the calendar’s reset button, Jan/ Feb, 4 30
Lenten Services offer prayer, learning…and soup!, April, 4 Nature’s sounds fuel creativity and focus, March, 4 Reenergized by salt water and Synods, Sept, 4 That song stuck in my head, Nov, 4 Travel offers wonders and blessings, June, 4 Weathering the storm offers valuable perspectives, Dec, 4 Welcome Jodi Bortz, July/Aug, 4 Yes, I’ve been to Laurel Ridge, May, 4 Provincial Women Spiritual Life Retreat brings peace, fellowship for Southern Provincial women, June, 25 Southern Province Intersynodal Gathering Moving Forward Together, July/Aug, 9 Open the eyes of our heart, Lord, July/Aug, 10 We Gathered Together, July/Aug, 11 Spring Synod/Gathering Preview Spring 2012 Moravian Church Synod Preview, March, 7 Star Mountain A mission, a hospital, a symbol of peaceful cooperation, March, 20 Annie B. Mission: Raising funds for a speech therapist at Star Mountain, March, 16 We want to hear the children speak…, March, 17 Statistics/Indices Statistics of the Moravian Church in US and Canada, Nov, 30 2012 Index of The Moravian, Dec, 28 Urban Ministry MOD celebrates 25 years of helping homeless help themselves, Nov, 7 Western District Synod 2012 Guided by Ephesians, building up the body of Christ, June, 8 Western District Synod elects new executive board, June, 15
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Published on Dec 3, 2012
In this issue we feature a clothing drive helping hundreds in Staten Island, groups crafting for ministry, congregational milestones and mor...