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In Our Communities 5 Winston-Salem Moravian Festival shares faith, culture and fun Center for Moravian Studies 10 The Hinge offers doorway into Moravian issues Moravian Music 14 Berea Moravian thanks its organist… for 70 years! 18 2011 Midwest Music Fest — A remembrance Board of World Mission 15 Bringing the Moravian Church to Peru

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26 Discipleship Conference helps assess “personal walk with God” Moravian Traditions 21 “Does Jesus work here?” Home Moravian’s Candle Tea 24 Visiting the true meaning of Christmas at Mizpah’s Live Nativity Statistics

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30 Statistics of the Moravian Church in U.S. and Canada In Every Issue 4 Ponderings: Seeing and sharing what’s happening 28 Official Provincial Elders’ News 3


Seeing and sharing what’s happening One of the joys of my role as editor The Moravian is seeing — and

sharing — what’s happening throughout our denomination. From where I sit, the past few months have been busy ones for the Moravian Church here in North America. In August, a team from the Board of World Mission helped establish a Moravian mission in Northwest Peru. Thanks to the efforts of Bishop Sam Gray and Hilda and Segundo Regalado, seven different Peruvian ministries became the “Unity of Brothers and Sisters in Peru — A Mission of the Worldwide Moravian Church” (read about it on page 15). In September, I was fortunate to join more than 5,000 people from the Winston-Salem area as they converged on the campus of New Philadelphia Moravian Church for the first-ever Moravian Festival. The Festival welcomed Moravians and non-Moravians alike to see, hear, taste and share the joys of Moravian faith and culture (read about it on page 5). Over the past few months, Moravian music filled the air in Lake Mills, Wis.; Berea Moravian in Minnesota recognized their organist for 70 years at the keyboard; and Moravians from both provinces met to learn about discipleship, gaining an understanding of not just about what we do out in the world, but what God is doing in our hearts (read about it on page 18,14 and 26). At the Moravian Theological Seminary, a team of scholars and writers have been busy at work at the next issue of The Hinge, a journal of Christian thought that addresses ideas and viewpoints in the Moravian Church (read about in on page 10). And as the Christmas season approaches, two churches are preparing to share two Moravian traditions — a live Nativity at Mizpah Moravian and the traditional Candle Tea at Home Moravian Church (read about them on pages 24 and 21). I hope you enjoy this month’s Moravian. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions about what’s happening in your corner of the Moravian world.


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Winston-Salem Moravian Festival shares faith, culture and fun On September 10, more than 5,000 people converged on the campus of New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to experience faith, food, fun and culture — Moravian-style — at the region’s first Moravian Festival. Designed to “share with our communities who we are and Whom we serve,” the Festival exceeded its planners’ expectations. To help capture the spirit of the day, Frank Beck of New Philadelphia and Mallie Graham of Home Moravian Church offer their observations. Inviting friends and neighbors to the fellowship of our churches

The crisp air of the September morning was pierced at 8 a.m. sharp by the starting horn, and more than 300 runners and walkers crossed the starting line to kick-off the inaugural Moravian Festival. Was this crowd of early-morning athletes that was half again greater than originally anticipated a harbinger of the day to come? The answer was a resounding “yes!” Within the next two hours, crowds began to fill the campus of festival host, New Philadelphia, in Winston-Salem. Under a beautiful, clear, Carolina blue sky, the sights, sounds Above: Runners and walkers in the Moravian Festival 5K race from the starting line on September 10. Photo by Mike Riess At right, a costumed volunteer helps lead children’s activities at the Moravian Festival. Photo by Bill Ray

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and scents of the festival filled the air. Bishop Lane Sapp from Calvary Moravian Church prayed for God’s blessings for the day. Dr. Nola Knouse led the mass band in pitch-perfect precision, welcoming our festival-going (continued on next page)

Moravian Festival volunteers present a check for $8,982.05 to Tommy Cole, director of Sunnyside Ministries. Photo by Bill Ray

(continued from previous page) guests with our traditional music as Moravians have done for centuries. In neat rows across the lawn under spreading oaks, our brothers and sisters from more than 40 congregations manned tents and tables, welcoming members of our community, telling them about their specific programs and missions and selling everything from handcrafted quilts to homemade apple butter. Nearly 100 churches and vendors greeted festival attendees. Photo by Bill Ray

Aromas of baking chicken pies and BBQ melded with ginger cookies and beeswax candles being poured. Guests sampled spiced buns and sweet, creamy coffee as they learned the real meaning of Lovefeast. Joyous laughter of children radiated from the front lawn as they delighted in games of hoop roll and rope pull and to the excitement of the petting zoo and pony carousel. For those of us who worked for the past 15 months planning The Moravian Festival, it was like walking through a dream! It was just as we had imagined‌ no, it was better than we had ever imagined! God had truly smiled on us. As the day progressed, it looked like were well on the way to realizing our stated purpose: To share with our communities who we are and Whom we serve as we invite our family, friends and neighbors into the fellowship of our churches. First, our Southern Province churches responded overwhelmingly with their presence and participation. Second, there was obvious wide acceptance by the community of our invitation to join us in celebration of our faith, history and tradiThe Moravian

tions as many non-Moravians turned out for the event. These had been identified by our steering committee as the two key quantitative criteria for achieving what we would consider a successful and profitable event. In addition to all the visible activity, there was something more that we sensed but could not readily specify. There was an air of contentment to the crowd, of no particular hurry, of biding time even in long food lines, of enjoying everything going on around, of relaxed conversations among strangers. So, in our impatient world that sparks road rage and demands instant messaging, what was going on? I’ll posit a theory based on my observations. Starting with set-up operations that began the day before and resumed early on the morning of the festival, our Moravian brothers and sisters experienced something akin to a homecoming. Handshakes and hugs, renewed acquaintances and new ones made — Moravians being, well, Moravians. And it was this sense of Moravian fellowship, originating from the love of our Chief Elder who commanded that we also love one another, that spilled out over the festival site and affected all who came into contact with it. My theory is further supported by many comments we have received from people from outside the Moravian church who attended the festival. Comments of how warmly they were received as they visited our church booths, of how their needs were so cheerfully accommodated by our scores of volunteers, of our attention to entertaining children, of the apparent bond among Moravians and of the openness and sincerity of our invitations to come worship with us on any Sunday or for Christmas Eve Lovefeast. As I write this a little more than a week after the festival, I’m in a different place than I had imagined. I thought that I would be eagerly November 2011

waiting for the attendance count, the financial report and all the other quantitative measurements needed to evaluate and determine the “success” of our inaugural Moravian Festival. To the contrary, I find that I am well satisfied by our “qualitative” results. (Ed. Note: According to Dave Marcus, associate pastor at New Philadelphia, the 5K event raised almost $9,000 for Sunnyside Ministries and the Festival itself raised about $14,000 for the Board of Cooperative Ministries. An estimated 5,000 people participated in the event.) As we look ahead to future festivals, there will certainly be improvements on which we will focus, like shortening food lines and securing additional parking, as well as elements that we want to stay the same. So, the big question is “how do you replicate that ubiquitous sense of fellowship in the future?” Well, the answer is simple: “It’s always with Moravians because we carry it in our hearts.” Frank Beck is a member of New Philadelphia Moravian Church in WinstonSalem, N.C. He served as marketing chair for the 2011 Moravian Festival. (continued on next page) A trombone player joins more than 50 other musicians during opening ceremonies for the Festival. Photo by Mike Riess

Runners and walkers were offered tenderloin biscuits, chicken pies, fruit and juice at the conclusion of the 5K race. Photo by Mike Riess

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The Moravian Festival — Prayer and purpose made it happen!

As the sun was coming up around 6:45 a.m.,

I pulled into the parking area of New Philadelphia Moravian Church. There was excitement in the air for beautiful weather and for the first Moravian Festival! Volunteers from New Philadelphia and other churches were on hand to help as we prepared our tables. They greeted, they carried, they tended to all our needs.

Volunteers from Fairview Moravian in Winston-Salem discuss their church’s programs. Photo by Mike Riess

The Festival began with the 5K Race to benefit Sunnyside Outreach Ministry. Those participating in the 5K were greeted with offerings of tenderloin biscuits, chicken pies and juice upon their return. Prizes were awarded, people began to mingle and the gates to the Festival opened. For the Festival itself, the lawn of the church had been organized into 10-foot by 10-foot spaces (Home Moravian Church’s neighbors were Mayberry Ice Cream and Fairview Moravian Preschool.) Additional display tables were set up in the Fellowship Hall and other interior locations of New Philadelphia. In all there were 99 churches, ministries, agencies and vendors represented. Visitors could see candle making, crafts, tin crafting, festival merchandise and stars; they could hear music performed in the sanctuary, outside, and in the Family Life Center; they could talk with historical characters in costume. It was a time of sharing ministries and activities of individual churches. It was a time to sell cookbooks, candles, stars, Moravian jewelry, food. You could learn about Moravians around the world. Moravian Jeopardy was offered for some wanting a challenge to test their knowledge. But most of all there was fellowship. It was time to meet new people The Moravian

and spot non-Moravians. Not a cross word or activity did I see as people stood in line for Chicken Pie, BBQ or Meatloaf or forded the ways to exhibits. The events of September 11, 2001 were in our hearts and minds on this tenth anniversary to the most horrific tragedy our country has faced on our soil. During a special memorial service, visitors remembered and prayed as a choir sang Moravian anthems and Bishop Gray challenged our thinking. What made all this happen? Along with a lot of hard work, it all happened because from the beginning the organizers openly stated the goal was to share Jesus Christ, our Chief Elder and our Moravian Faith with all who came. Then, the organizers set about praying that this would happen. It did! The rest of us are extremely thankful for the Festival and hope that it will happen again. n

Nola Reed Knouse leads musicians during the Moravian Festival. Photo by Mike Riess

Mallie Graham is a member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem and a Moravian Festival volunteer.

New Philadelphia pastor Worth Green (facing camera) shares a laugh as volunteers and participants gather in the early morning of the Moravian Festival. Photo by Mike Riess

Festival-goers had many opportunities to see — and purchase — Moravian crafts. Photo by Bill Ray

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The Hinge offers doorway into Moravian issues The Moravian church celebrates its unity in diversity and encourages continuous dialogue over questions of doctrine and practice. The Covenant for Christian Living notes that our differences can enrich the church. The Ground of the Unity states that we “take part in the continual search for sound doctrine.” Our conversations about our church and our faith both challenge and strengthen our unity. Fostering such conversations is the goal of The Hinge, a publication of the Center for Moravian Studies. A forum for discussion The Hinge has been published since 1990. The first editor was Truman Dunn, currently the pastor of Messiah Moravian Church, who embraced the idea of a serious forum to discuss issues of contemporary importance within the American Moravian Church. The Hinge co-editor Ginny Tobiassen (center) discusses a recent issue with Dr. Craig Atwood and Jane Burcaw at Moravian Theological Seminary.


The name of the journal, proposed by David Schattschneider, comes from a note in the Bethlehem Diary, September 1742, regarding a new position in the church: “The office of the Hinge requires that the brother who holds it look after everything and bring troublesome factors within the congregation into mutual accord without their first having to be taken up publicly in the congregation council. He is the mainspring of the life of the congregation.” Like the church office for which it is named, The Hinge is intended to bring Moravians into accord. Unlike the church office, however, it does not seek to bring that accord in private, but to create a public forum where Moravians can discuss their differences in a thoughtful manner so that genuine and faithful dialogue can occur. The format has been consistent for years: a lead article, addressing a topic that affects the life of the church, is followed by several responses from a variety of perspectives in the Moravian community. The author of the lead article has the opportunity, in the same issue, to respond to the respondents if he or she so chooses. (Issues may also include letters to the editor responding to previous issues.) By publishing lead articles together with responses, The Hinge allows many voices to join in discussion. Over the years, more than 200 people have written lead articles and responses. For a church the size of the Moravians, that represents a significant number of different perspectives. Included among The Moravian

the authors and respondents are lay persons, professors, pastors, specialized ministers, church administrators and outside experts. Moravian authors and respondents come from all over the Unity, bringing a wide range of national and international experience into the conversation. Changing over time The Hinge has been guided through more than twenty years by several editors. In 1996, David Fischler succeeded Truman Dunn, and in 2000 Craig Atwood took the reins. In 2008 the editorial board agreed to a co-editorship shared among three Moravians: Ginny Hege Tobiassen, an approved candidate for ordination in the Southern Province; Janel Rice, pastor of Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem; and Christian Rice, Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement and Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Ursinus College. Not only editors, but also subtitles have changed over the years. In 1996 the original subtitle, A Quarterly Moravian Journal of Christian Thought, was changed to A (continued on next page) Ginny Hege Tobiassen is a 2010 graduate of the School of Divinity at Wake Forest University, and is currently enrolled at MTS to complete her requirements for Moravian ordination. The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood is Charles D. Couch Associate Professor of Moravian Theology and Ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary, and is director of the Center for Moravian Studies. Parts of this article were previously published in The Hinge. November 2011

(continued from previous page) Journal of Christian Thought for the Moravian Church, placing more emphasis on The Hinge as a forum for critical reflection within a Christian context. That is, while The Hinge is primarily by and for Moravians, many of the questions raised are common to all Christian traditions. In 2008, a second subtitle change reflected an important step for the Unity as The Hinge merged with ITD: International Theological Dialog for the Moravian Church. Born through the efforts of Arthur Freeman in America and Hartmut Beck in Germany, this journal was published simultaneously in Bethlehem (in English) and in Bad Boll (in German). The goal of ITD was to foster theological discussion among clergy and laity on both sides of the Atlantic as a way to strengthen Moravian identity and the bonds of the Unity. Merging the two journals seemed a natural step, given the similarity of their missions and the potential for broadening the scope both sought. The merged journal in America is now published as The Hinge: Christian and Janel Rice, co-editors of The Hinge, review copy for an upcoming issue.


International Theological Dialog for the Moravian Church. The European edition of ITD is still published, but there is no English version; instead, The Hinge and the European ITD freely share content. Originally The Hinge was published independently of the church, funded only by subscriptions and without any kind of church subsidy or help with production or mailing. In 2002, the Center for Moravian Studies (at Moravian Theological Seminary) took on the responsibilities of publishing The Hinge. The editors deliver the content, and the center produces the magazine and mails it free of charge to all ordained clergy in the Southern and Northern provinces. Subscriptions are available to laity at a nominal charge. The Hinge has an independent editorial board, and Moravian Theological Seminary does not exercise control over content, though it does have a seat on the board. A useful historical record Not only has The Hinge provided a necessary forum for Moravian theological and pastoral discussion; it has provided a useful historical record of the life and concerns of the Moravian Church over two decades (spanning the end of one century and the beginning of another). Lead articles have examined racism, sexuality, euthanasia, evangelicalism, pacifism, spirituality, and social violence, to name just a few of the topics over the years. Other articles have celebrated Moravian identity, history, and customs. Book reviews and the occasional sermon contribute to the mix, opening a window on what Moravians are reading, listening to, and praying about in these times. Many of the issues discussed in The Hinge remain controversial and unresolved in the church. Where that is the case, The Hinge The Moravian

serves as a model for Moravian dialogue. Although political forces in our culture encourage polarization into rival camps, The Hinge shows that there is a range of understanding on even the most divisive issues. By encouraging dialogue instead of a “winner take all” debate, we see that brothers and sisters in Christ approach certain things from differing and yet faithful perspectives. The Hinge has shown that we can grow in understanding together. The Hinge has also demonstrated that labels such as “conservative” and “liberal” are useless in describing the complexity of ideas and attitudes in the church. Writers and readers alike have been challenged to go beyond labeling to discover the underlying theological issues in the hope of reaching clarity. As David Fischler observed in one issue, “It is usually the case that even when we totally disagree with a brother or sister in Christ, they are starting from some sound theological principle and the desire to serve God and his church the best they can with the light they have.” In The Hinge A look at the three issues of Volume 17 (the journal is now published three times a year, rather than quarterly) gives an idea of the variety of topics The Hinge explores. Moravian archivist Paul Peucker’s “Beyond Beeswax Candles and Lovefeast Buns: The Role of History in Finding a Moravian Identity” launched a conversation of how we are defined by our history, and how that definition can both help and hinder our mission in the world. Steve Krawiec, a lay member of Central Moravian in Bethlehem, led the next issue with “The Character of Science: What Does It Tell Us about Faith?” For that issue the editors particularly sought respondents (both clergy and November 2011

Colleen Marsh handles layout and production of The Hinge.

lay) with a background in science, and the result was a lively discussion of how science and faith do — and do not — inform and enrich one another. In keeping with The Hinge’s longstanding commitment to publishing the Moses Lectures offered annually at Moravian Seminary, the third number of Volume 17 contained the 2010 lectures by Craig Atwood under the title “Heretics, Pacifists, and Teachers: What We Can Learn from the Original Moravian Church.” Upcoming in The Hinge: the Reverend Margaret Leinbach looks at how the history of the early church, as told in the Acts of the Apostles, provides “A Model for Church Discernment when New Experiences Clash with Scripture and Tradition.” This issue is projected for publication in November. The editors and the Center for Moravian Studies invite all Moravians to enjoy The Hinge. The current issue and almost all back issues are available online through the center at For those who would prefer hard copy, the center offers subscriptions for a one-time cost of $30.00. Contact Jane Burcaw at jburcaw@moravian. edu or 610.861.1634. n 13


Berea Moravian thanks its organist… of 70 years! For

three generations, Berea Moravian Church in St. Charles, Minn., has had one organist. On October 2, Berea thanked that organist, Donald Benedett, for his 70 years of musical service! “We are so grateful to Donald for his love of our Lord and the gift of music that he used for the 70 Christmas and Easter seasons he has given us, the choirs he has rehearsed, the ‘Morning Star’ singers he has tutored,” said the Rev. Valerie Lehman, pastor of Berea. “But it is the weekly musical gifts that Donald gives us that deepen and bless our worship.” The innumerable weddings, funerals and other special services made Donald a com-

Gwyn Michel of the Moravian Music Foundation recognizes Donald Benedett for his 70 years of music.

munity organist. His faithful preparation every Saturday afternoon has kept the quality of his music excellent, and the classical pieces he chooses are a high quality of music to enjoy. Playing since 1941 Prior to becoming organist in 1941, Donald’s musical service was as pianist for the Sunday school and the young people’s meetings. His mother, Irene, started him on the keyboard. He later studied piano with Marion Heim, a neighbor, and then with Horace Seaton in Winona. In the fall of 1941, at age 16, Donald followed his mother at the organ and has played ever since. This anniversary Donald received special recognition for all of the years of service. The Moravian Music Foundation awarded him the “James V. Salzwedel Award for Excellence in Church Music.” Gwyneth Michel, Assistant Director of the Music Foundation, presented the award during morning worship. As a keepsake of the day, the congrega(continued on page 29) The Rev. Valerie Lehman is pastor of Berea Moravian Church in St. Charles, Minn. Photos by Barry Lehman. Photo above Donald Benedett plays at a recent service.


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Bringing the Moravian Church to Peru God is doing some amazing new things through Moravian men and women‌ and it’s especially exciting to see that sometimes those women and men are married to each other! You may know about Vani and Shanti Pradhan and the work they are doing in Nepal. Maybe you have heard of Mohamed and Safiatu Braima and their ministry in Sierra Leone. Now God has called my husband, Segundo, and me to be part of a new Mission Area of the Moravian Church! We give thanks to God for this opportunity to serve Him in our native country, Peru. Bishop Sam Gray, Segundo and I were praying for this mission for a long time and our prayers were answered in God’s time. Segundo had served in Peru for more than 20 years and knows the area and the people quite well. He traveled to Lima on August 6, to establish contacts with the ministers and leaders who would take part in the meetings that were to be held in Chiclayo and Lambayeque, Northern Peru. Pastor Sam and I arrived in Peru on August 13 (a good Moravian date!) Hilda Regalado directs the Latino Ministries of the Southern Province. She is a member of Bethabara Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. Photos courtesy of Hilda, her husband Segundo and Sam Gray. November 2011

and were welcomed by many friends and relatives. In our first conversations around the dinner table we began to see the great need for a church that might minister to people who find themselves in a place between the extremes of nominal Roman Catholicism and the new Independent Pentecostalism. Might the Moravian Church offer a way of bringing them together so that they, in turn, might minister to the unreached people in their area? On Sunday, August 14, we visited two churches and one group that is working with children in Chiclayo and Lambayeque. The first congregation we visited is mostly young (continued on next page)

(continued from previous page) adults led by Youth Pastor Alex. In the afternoon we visited a group of young leaders who are working with about 100 children. Then, in the evening, we worshiped with a large congregation pastored by Brother Martin Luna. It was a time of fervent, yet orderly, congregational prayer, songs of praise and worship led by young musicians, studying the Word of God and being in joyful fellowship together. Meetings with more than 20 leaders, ministers, young people and other interested folks were held on Monday and Tuesday. Following a Bible Study and Devotional led by Segundo, Sam offered a presentation about the Worldwide Moravian Unity and a brief history of the Moravians (with dates and information obtained from Archivist Daniel Crews). Later, we discussed essentials and non-essentials, finding areas of agreement and working through some of our differences. We used an exercise in Asset Mapping learned at an Intersynodal Conference in the Sam Gray and Hilda Regalado join Peruvian brothers and sisters for a meal.

Southern Province to help everyone share about their resources, gifts and ministries. We talked about how they could come together in important areas of ministry and then how the Moravian Church in North America (through the Board of World Mission) might be able to partner with them and accompany them in their mutual ministry. On Wednesday, August 17, after a period of prayer and Bible Study, representatives from seven different ministries signed a “Foundational Charter,” agreeing to call themselves the “Unity of Brothers and Sisters in Peru — a Mission of the Worldwide Moravian Church.” The founding members of the Mission Area include a Youth Ministry Endeavor, an established congregation, a Women’s Ministry in San Juan de Lurigancho, a missionary with a burden for reaching people in remote areas of Peru, an evangelist and a leader of a cell group in Lima. They also elected a governing Board that includes a Coordinator, a Secretary, a Treasurer, an Advisor from the Latino Ministries of the Southern Province (that is

Sam, Hilda and Segundo (center) with partners in Peru.

my role) and a representative from the Board of World Mission (Sam Gray). That board will meet to set priorities in mission and ministry for 2012 as we go forward together. After Sam returned to the U.S., Segundo and I continued the important follow-up work of visiting the various ministries, conducting Bible studies and Evangelism Workshops, getting to know the outreach efforts of the brothers and sisters, continuing discussions concerning Moravian polity and practice and answering questions that they had concerning the process. We visited a group of children in Lambayeque and shared with them some bracelets, letters and Moravian pins presented by children from the Vacation Bible School at Bethabara and Fairview Moravian Churches in Winston-Salem — an example of many “connections” that are helping to make this ministry possible. It’s wonderful to see how God can bring us together in loving service! Besides the VBS children, other groups and individuals such as the Bethabara congregation, Brother Abraham Bruno, Sunnyside Ministries, the Latino Ministries Committee, the Board of World November 2011

Mission and many others have already become part of this new thing that God is doing! As my husband, Segundo, says, “this is a newborn baby that needs our love and care; we must all gather around her in prayerful support as God gives her the strength to grow and begin to walk on her own.” What a joy to share this ministry with my husband and with my brothers and sisters throughout the worldwide Moravian Church! n

Segundo leads prayer in a Peruvian home.



2011 Midwest Music Fest — A remembrance

While the theme for this summer’s Moravian

Music festival at Lake Mills Moravian Church in Wisconsin had been chosen long before registrations arrived, “What Brought Us Together?” seemed strikingly appropriate. The love of Moravian music and the joy of Christian fellowship were at the heart of this festival, held July 20-24. What started as a local festival soon became an event that appealed to a much wider group of musicians from across the United States. Participants attending hailed from Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Festival clinicians journeyed from various parts of the country to take leadership roles in the festival. Our guest conductor was Dr. John Sinclair, Rollins College and the Continuing Conductor of Moravian Music Festivals. Festival organist Jayson Snipes and guest speaker Dr. Nola 18

Reed Knouse, director of the Moravian Music Foundation, both came from Winston-Salem. We were also joined by Dr. Julia Foster from Rollins College and Paul Rowe from University of Wisconsin-Madison as festival soloists and voice instructors. All these professional musicians were a vital part of the program; their professionalism enhanced our performance and upheld the standard of music. While the summer heat was near unbearable, we found our rehearsal time in the air Kathy Wendt was the 2011 Music Fest Chair. She also serves on the Moravian Music Foundation Board of Trustees and is Handbell Director and Board of Trustees of Lake Mills Moravian in Wisconsin. Photo above: A handbell choir greets participants to a Moravian music festival in Lake Mills, Wis. The Moravian

conditioned music room to be enlightening and inspiring. Dr. Sinclair kept our rehearsals light hearted, while demonstrating good performance techniques. In five, two-hour rehearsals, they helped elevate our singing level to that of a concert performing choir. Many attendees who had not met Dr. Sinclair or Jayson praised their leadership styles and their talent. We were joined by orchestral musicians from the surrounding area, including members of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and some of our own Moravian strings players. The combination of musical talent was exuberant and exhilarating. For many attending a Moravian festival for the first time, they heard Moravian music at its best accompanied by an orchestra. The beauty of the music left an indelible mark on participants and concert attendees alike. During our rehearsals, Dr. Knouse shared information about the music and the text. As a valuable source of knowledge and enthusiasm, she led seminars on the history of Moravian music and on the composers and anthems of the concerts.

As with any gathering, our time together was ‘typically’ Moravian. Our festival opened with a welcome dinner where the congregation joined our festival attendees. Following dinner we shared worship and a Lovefeast to open the festival activities. Throughout the festival, musicians and non-musicians each felt truly blessed by the others. Participants deeply appreciated the care given by the church members, and those attending the festival concert received a musical blessing beyond words. The concert Saturday evening was preceded by handbell and brass choirs playing chorales outside the church, each group at opposite ends of the church. The handbell choir was led by guest director Randy Gibbs from Dover, Ohio, and the brass group was led by Jon Gehler of Ebenezer Moravian in Watertown Wis. The chorales were a perfect precursor of things to come! The concert itself was deeply moving and exciting, with Jayson opening and closing the concert with organ prelude and postlude. The solos, duets and anthems (continued on next page)

Moravian Music Foundation Director Nola Knouse presents conductor John Sinclair with a framed anthem sponsored in his honor.

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Conductor John Sinclair leads choir rehearsals for the Lake Mills festival.

(continued from previous page) included Moravian music from past and present-day composers. They were contemplative and stirred one’s emotions. Nola presented Dr. Sinclair a plaque of an anthem sponsored in his honor for all the things he does to support Moravian music. The concert ended with a blessing of The Lord Be Mindful of You. Our festival ended with worship on Sunday where Lake Mills Pastor Bruce Nelson summarized our four-day journey together and challenged us to share this experience with those who could not attend; invite others to share in the wonderful experience of Moravian music; and encourage others to attend the major festivals sponsored by the Moravian Music Foundation. The festival enabled the Lake Mills congregation to look beyond the immediate boundaries of a church building, encouraged us to reach out not only to other Moravians, but to all those who love music, sponsor grants, and use Moravian music in other venues or festivals. Our journey does not end here; God has much more in store for us. To say that the festival ended in euphoria is an understatement, and many of those attend 20

ing are anxious to experience another mini festival. A sneaky suspicion tells me there could be another mini festival in Ohio sometime in the future! Our festival committee comprised of Milton Strauss, Nancy Baldwin, Teresa Holzhueter, Cindy Miller, Laura Libal and Kathy Wendt would like to express our sincere appreciation to Jayson, John, Julia, Nola and Paul for their special gifts and talents during the festival; to the members of the Lake Mills church for being loving and faithful stewards and to those who attended the festival who made the concert such an overwhelming success! We hope you all were truly blessed. n

The exceedingly hot weather did not dampen our excitement and our joy for sharing God’s word through song. What’s stopping you? If we can’t actually get out into the mission fields, why not think of Moravian music as a mission field waiting to be fertilized or its harvest ready to be reaped? Together with the Moravian Music Foundation, we can find ways to take Moravian music beyond our denomination and share it with others. Why not contact the Moravian Music Foundation—— to find out how you can help?


“Does Jesus work here?” Home Moravian’s Candle Tea On a December evening last year, two small

children and their mother attended the Candle Tea of Home Moravian Church. As the mother paid the admission, the younger of the two girls gazed at the brilliant, 110-point Moravian star on display. Without shifting her gaze, the four-year old whispered to the Chair of the Tea, “Does Jesus work here?” “Yes, dear, He does,” the chair whispered back. The mother silently mouthed, “Thank you.” In that moment this young child articulated the essence of the gift to the community of Candle Tea: to reflect the life and work of Christ so others know anew the message of love, hope and redemption cradled in the Christmas message. Throughout its 81-year history, thousands of area residents each year have welcomed the Christmas season by attending Candle Tea presented by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. The Women’s Fellowship embraces the legacy of Candle Tea and prepares annually to provide a sacred and warm experience for (continued on next page) Peggy Dodson is a member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. The 2011 Candle Tea will be open to the public December 1, 2, 8, 9 (1:00 – 8:30 p.m.) and December 3 and 10 (11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.). School and Scout Teas are held mornings, with reservations, on Nov. 30-Dec. 3 and Dec. 5-10. Photos by John Dyer, member of Home Moravian.

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(continued from previous page) approximately 10,000 visitors. Today’s Candle Tea is grounded in a rich history of visionary women. In 1929, hoping to preserve the tradition of the family putz, members of the Ladies Auxiliary of Home Church invited the public to view a Christmas Putz that they had constructed. Moravians brought this meaningful tradition of erecting a Christmas display from Europe to America in the eighteenth century. In 1937 a circle of young women accepted the sponsorship of a “Candle Tea” in the Single Brothers’ House. At this event, visitors could observe candles being made. In 1941 the two traditions were combined, and in 1946, the rapidly growing event became the responsibility of the entire Ladies Auxiliary, now the Women’s Fellowship.

were left on a silver tray. At the 1937 Candle Tea, an extensive food-sale table was featured and the Candle Tea was born. Candle Tea continues to be held in the restored 1769 Single Brothers’ House on Salem Square. Hosts in early Moravian dress greet guests and escort them through the Tea. General public guests are guided through the Anteroom for a welcome, the Saal (chapel) to sing Christmas carols accompanied by the Tannenberg organ, the dining room to observe beeswax candles being made and trimmed, the kitchen to enjoy a much anticipated Moravian snack, and the two rooms in the sub-basement which house a Putz. The name Putz comes from the German word “putzen” which means “to decorate.” The first Putz is a miniature snow scene of Salem as it appeared in the early 1900’s and the second is a Nativity scene. General public admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. In the kitchen of the Single Brothers’ House, each guest enjoys a mug of Moravian Lovefeast cof-

A “Candle Tea?” A frequent question is, “Why is Candle Tea called a Tea when coffee is served?” Mary Creech, former provincial archivist, shared that groups held “silver teas” during the era when Candle Tea was conceived. At these occasions contributions for a worthy cause 22

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fee and a slice of Moravian sugar cake baked by Winkler Bakery in Old Salem. In addition to being open to the public, Candle Tea welcomes school and scout groups for an abbreviated tour at reserved times in the mornings; nearly 3,000 children attend each year. Admission is $1 for each child and each adult. The children and their chaperones receive a guided tour, a Moravian sugar cookie and a lovefeast candle to take home. A child who cannot afford admission is a guest of the Tea. All proceeds are disbursed to non-profit agencies including Moravian causes, both locally and internationally. The Women’s Fellowship annually disburses approximately $18,500. Candle Tea is a blessing to both volunteers and guests. Over 800 volunteer positions are needed to present Candle Tea on ten days for school children and scouts and on six days for the general public. Guests anticipate the embrace of Candle Tea as Advent approaches, and volunteers fill the volunteer positions with the anticipation of joy and service. Yes, we pray, Jesus does work here. n November 2011

This 18-month calendar (June 2011 – December 2012) features beautiful photos from around the world, including several by Likewise AIDS Ministries members. Proceeds from this calendar help fund items crucial to the work of Likewise AIDS Ministries. $10 ea.

TUMFUATE! Songs of the Moravian Women of Tanzania Recorded in July 2008 at the first Moravian Women’s Conference in Tanzania, this CD captures the songs of our Tanzanian Sisters – songs of joy and celebration, songs of prayers and tears. In the midst of their joyous song you will hear birds singing and babies crying. These are the songs of life – Tanzanian life. Proceeds from the sale of this CD benefit Moravian Women’s Work in Tanzania. $12 ea. These gifts are available at the Board of World Mission and Moravian Music Foundation offices in WinstonSalem and Bethlehem, or checks may be sent to: Moravian Music Foundation, Attn: Margaret Brady 457 South Church St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 Mail orders, please add the following for shipping and handling: Orders up to $25, add $5; Orders totaling $25.01-$40, add $7.50; Orders totaling $40.01$60, add $10; Orders totaling $60.01-$100, add $15; Orders totaling more than $100.00 will be charged shipping and handling accordingly. [NOTE: North Carolina residents, add 6.75% NC Sales Tax] B O A R D



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Visiting the true meaning of Christmas at Mizpah’s Live Nativity

It’s that time of year when many people are

busy preparing to celebrate Christmas. In all of the confusion, hustle and bustle, the true meaning of Christmas often gets lost. That is why the congregation of Mizpah Moravian Church in Rural Hall, North Carolina is once again preparing to perform its Live Nativity on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11.


The Live Nativity is a drive-through and includes live characters, live music, live animals and beautiful scenery. The members of Mizpah Moravian volunteer to organize and present this gift to the community as a labor of love. In fact, people in the community have reached out and offered the use of their livestock and their services to help with the performance. Hundreds of vehicles drive through and many comment on how articulately it depicts the actual birth of Jesus Christ. The stage is set along the semi-circle driveway of the church transforming it into the Bethlehem of long ago. A rustic stable adds to the realistic setting. The cast includes many adults and children. Live animals, such as sheep, goats, chickens and a donkey make the scenes even more interesting. Look hard and you might even see a camel or two! The Live Nativity is accompanied with holiday music played by the Mizpah Moravian Church band.

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Mizpah’s Live Nativity started off as an idea by church member Todd Smith at a board meeting several years ago. The idea sat on the back burner for two years, then Katrina Sapp told Todd that she thought it was time to put his idea into action. The first year started out simple with three scenes. By the second year, the scenes were embellished with the detailed hand-painted, 200-plus-foot replica of ancient Bethlehem. Each year since 2008, the volunteers of Mizpah Moravian have put on this labor of love, sometimes even in the rain and snow. There are many aspects that require a lot of time and planning and there is a job for everyone of all ages. Some of the older members of the church serve an evening meal for the cast and band members. Others set up the scenery, prepare costumes and direct traffic. Visitors that have driven through on Saturday night have enjoyed it so much that they return on Sunday bringing friends and family. People with small children have been known to drive through several times in one night. 2011 marks the fourth year of the Live Nativity. Scene One is staged with the shepherds guarding their flock when the angel of the Lord appears and brings them good tidings

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of great joy. The second scene depicts the camp of the Magi seeking the Christ child as they marvel at His star in the East. Scene three contains the townspeople of the bustling Bethlehem as they go about their trades of daily life. This is where one will enjoy the sounds of Christmas by the Mizpah Brass Band. The final scene is of the Christ Child laying in a manger surrounded by Joseph, Mary, angels and livestock. Mizpah Moravian Church warmly invites you to come be a part of this wonderful reenactment as they celebrate the birth of their Savior, Jesus Christ. Mizpah will present their Live Nativity Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Mizpah Moravian Church is located at 3165 Mizpah Church Road, Rural Hall, N.C. 27045. Call 336.924.1661 or visit them on the web at: to find out more information. n Lori Shore-Smith is a member of Mizpah Moravian Church in Rural Hall, N.C. Below: Scenes from the live nativity at Mizpah Moravian. Photos provided by Becky Weaver and Lori.



Discipleship Conference helps assess “personal walk with God” Could the theme of “discipleship” be used as

a topic for a family conference? That question and two years of discussion led to the “Cross Training” Discipleship Conference. Bishop Sam Gray, staff of the Board of World Mission (BWM) and the MWCEC (Moravian Western Christian Education Commission) of the Western District partnered together to present this family event at Mt. Morris throughout the weekend of September 23 – 25. Our brothers and sisters from the BWM made it clear that discipleship, like mission, is not just about what we are doing “out there” but rather what God is doing “in here” — in our lives and in our hearts. Before we can go out and give “it,” we must make sure that we have “it” and that we love “it” and live “it.” Amy Andersen, who attended the conference, said that those words summed up for her what she experienced over the weekend: have it, love it, live it, give it! All in attendance were challenged to look at their lives and assess their personal walk with God. We were accompanied on several steps in that walk by staff members from the BWM, who led five Stations of the Cross. Mark Ebert and Sheila Beaman reminded us that God longs to be in a loving, personal relationship with us through Jesus Christ. Bible Study, personal devotion and spiritual growth are an essential way in which that relationship can be nurtured. Sam Gray led a station that looked at praise and worship (in many and


varied forms) as ways in which we can express our love for God together with other disciples. Jill Kolodziej and Justin Rabbach facilitated a station that dealt with service and servanthood as ways in which we start to share that relationship with others. Lisa Mixon asked us to think about ways in which we can be witnesses to the world (missionaries!) wherever we are and without “preaching at” people. Finally, in Station 5, Judy Ganz reminded us that it’s not just “for us, for us.” God has created us to be in communion and fellowship with Christ and also with other followers of Christ. When we follow Christ as disciples, we are supported and nurtured by others who have gone before us or who surround us, and then we, in turn, support, nurture and bring along with us on the journey others who are seeking to follow Christ (the logo at the bottom of this page visually represents this idea). The weekend provided everyone the opportunity to worship, learn, share delicious meals and have fun and fellowship together. Hopefully folks left with a deeper understanding of discipleship and how it can impact their personal “Walk with God” and the “Walk with God” of fellow Christians. Praise Be To God! n




Ed Dehnert is a member of Watertown Moravian Church in Watertown, Wis. Photos supplied by Sheila Beaman. The Moravian

“This weekend shifted my view of discipleship. I thought my role as a young member of the church was solely to prepare myself and learn what it means to become a disciple of Jesus. It’s very important that I continue to reach for Jesus, but this weekend has revealed to me that now as I enter a new stage of my life, it’s extremely important for me to reach back to my peers. It’s time for me to become a mentor and open the door for others to become disciples of Christ.” — Dan Miller, Discipleship Conference attendee

OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the 500th Anniversary of the Unitas Fratrum) has continued to bless us. The 1988 Unity Synod affirmed the importance of this experience for the worldwide Moravian Church. Under the schedule adopted by the 2009 Unity Synod, December 1-31 is assigned to the Northern Province and January 1-18 to the Southern Province. Each Provincial Board will supply assignment of specific dates to individual congregations, with suggestions for prayer topics. Prayer Day for the Bible Society, November 20, 2011 On Sunday, Nov. 20, we will join with churches of many other denominations in emphasizing the importance of the Bible. Our church is part of the American and Canadian Bible Societies, which do much to publish and distribute the Word of God. World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011 The Synods of 2006 resolved to recognize World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 and proclaim it as a day of commemoration and prayer by our Moravian churches. Congregations are encouraged to schedule an AIDS Awareness Day and to find a way to support an AIDS ministry focusing on areas of education, prevention and ministering to caregivers, orphans and those living with HIV. 28

NORTHERN PROVINCE Moravian Women’s Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 The first Sunday in November has been designated to especially recognize the work of Moravian Women in local congregations throughout the Northern Province. Some congregations may choose a different Sunday for this observance if there are conflicts in scheduling. Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary November 20, 2011 On Sunday, November 20, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students. New Philadelphia, Ohio Sister Tracy Pryor, who has been serving as pastor of Covenant Moravian Church, Wilmington, N.C., has accepted a call to serve as pastor of Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Sister Pryor will be installed October 23, 2011. Elizabeth D. Miller Provincial Elders’ Conference 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 are available by contacting Deb Swanson at

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tion presented Donald with a “musical” quilt signed by the members of the congregation. Janice Loppnow, Judy Young, and Leah (Nienow) Holst pieced and quilted the gift on behalf of the congregation. Worship on Oct. 2 began with Holy Communion and then a time for “Remembering Donald,” followed by a celebratory lunch. Donald then gave a concert with a hymn-sing, a trumpet-organ duet with Barry Lehman and a piano solo by his granddaughter, Laura. One of Donald’s favorite challenges is to sight-read hymns as we choose them. What a beautiful day! We’re looking forward to next Sunday and more years of Donald as our organist! n

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Statistics of the Moravian Church in U.S. and Canada

CF = Confirmed Communicants T = Total

AVG = Average Worship Attendance * = No membership statistics received for 2010

The Northern Province • Statistics as of December 31, 2010 Eastern District CONGREGATION




DIST. OF COLUMBIA Washington, Faith




MARYLAND New Carrollton, Trinity Thurmont, Graceham Upper Marlboro, St. Paul’s

113 324 159

162 395 198

77 132 86

Tammie L. Rinker Sue Koenig William T. Andrews

NEW JERSEY Cinnaminson, Palmyra Egg Harbor City Riverside, First Union, Battle Hill

114 278 195 37

146 371 245 52

51 83 71 30

Andrew Kilps Bruce Weaknecht Richard L. Bruckart Rosieta Burton

NEW YORK Bronx, Tremont Terrace Brooklyn, Fellowship Brooklyn, John Hus New York City, First New York City, United Queens, Grace Staten Island, Castleton Hill*

141 56 307 89 412 151 186

244 100 374 94 644 258 253

78 38 260 52 168 116 70

Staten Island, Great Kills Staten Island, New Dorp Staten Island, Vanderbilt Ave.

136 225 75

167 272 100

44 99 56

OHIO Dover, First Dublin, Redeemer Gnadenhutten, Heckewelder* Lewis Center, The Promise New Phila., Fry’s Valley New Phila., Schoenbrunn Tuscarawas, Sharon Uhrichsville, First

460 69 243 42 71 96 311 114

555 80 280 48 82 126 366 135

227 48 118 42 32 61 107 57

John B. Wallace F. Jeffrey Van Orden Darrell F. Johnson Darryl C. Bell Vacant Vacant Dennis G. Rohn William E. Surber

ONTARIO Toronto, New Dawn




Rowan Simmons

PENNSYLVANIA Allentown, Calvary Bethlehem, Advent Bethlehem, Central

188 306 832

220 362 1,000

75 117 418

Bethlehem, College Hill




Bethlehem, East Hills




M. Blair Couch Katie Van Der Linden Carol A. Reifinger Janel R. Rice Cynthia R. Geyer David C. Geyer Derek A. French



David L. Wickmann Wellesley Ferguson Michael E. Johnson Charles C. Harewood Nigel Powell Earl Goulbourne Andrew Meckstroth M. Lynnette Delbridge Margaret Wellert Duane E. Ullrich Wellesley Ferguson

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Bethlehem, Edgeboro Bethlehem, West Side Canadensis* Coopersburg, MorningStar Easton, First Easton, Palmer Township

299 149 36 149 141 574

373 173 37 178 209 688

147 58 26 58 73 204

Emmaus Hellertown, Mountainview Lancaster Lebanon Lititz

425 140 134 108 719

624 156 148 156 839

130 50 64 51 268

Nazareth Nazareth, Schoeneck Newfoundland* Philadelphia, Redeemer Reading York, Covenant York, First

358 397 86 79 80 123 114

462 475 119 88 116 131 130

156 165 62 44 46 69 56

10,892 13,764



J. Christian Giesler Margaret Hassler Gregg C. Schafer Lance E. Fox Patricia D. Honszer Douglas H. Kleintop Melissa L. Johnson Kevin J. Henning Jodie Lean-Harney Dean Easton Reed Acheson Dean R. Jurgen Mark V. Breland Jeffrey D. Gehris, Sr. Terry L. Folk Gregg C. Schafer George Richmond Ronald Rice Vacant Sayward E. Lippincott

NA = Not Available or Not Applicable Western District CALIFORNIA Banning, Morongo* Downey

87 159

125 216

42 52

Sandra Crase Christie Melby-Gibbons





Terry M. Weavil





MICHIGAN Daggett Unionville Westland, Grace*

38 245 66

38 292 93

29 91 44

Gary Straughan Trina C. Holmberg Vicki Jens Page

MINNESOTA Altura, Our Savior’s* Chaska Maple Grove, Christ’s Com. Northfield St. Charles, Berea Victoria, Lake Auburn Waconia*

134 122 92 88 100 91 284

171 133 116 121 136 100 342

82 81 61 39 46 50 71

David W. Sobek Michael Eder Jennifer Moran Vacant Valerie A. Lehman Brian R. Dixon Amy Gohdes-Luhman

NORTH DAKOTA Davenport, Canaan Durbin, Goshen Fargo, Shepherd of the Prairie Leonard, Bethel

147 115 67 78

192 139 80 91

44 44 39 32

Vacant Reid Lauderman Eric D. Renner Reid Lauderman

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WISCONSIN Appleton, Freedom Cambridge, London DeForest, Christian Faith Ephraim Green Bay, West Side Lake Mills

184 86 117 123 251 575

221 107 150 124 319 653

71 32 62 78 73 169

Madison, Glenwood Madison, Lakeview Pittsville, Veedum Rudolph Sister Bay Sturgeon Bay Watertown, Ebenezer Watertown Wisconsin Rapids, Kellner Wisconsin Rapids, Saratoga* Wisconsin Rapids

78 150 49 25 131 519 160 243 37 91 250

95 166 60 28 147 601 184 326 39 127 293

38 48 40 17 81 190 84 76 22 NA 101





Jason O. Andersen Jane Follmer Zekoff Kurt S. Liebenow Dawn E. Volpe Marian Boyle Beth Rohn-Habhegger Bruce J. Nelson Mary Lou Plummer Staci Marrese-Wheeler Wanda Veldman Christine Stack Kerry D. Krauss Matthew R. Knapp Jane R. Wegner Barbara A. Berg Christine Stack Vacant Vacant

Canadian District ALBERTA Bruderheim Calgary, Christ Calgary, Good Shepherd

142 110 127

168 194 161

74 76 70

Edmonton Edmonton, Millwoods Edmonton, Rio Terrace* Sherwood Park, Good News

123 111 117 51

140 131 155 66

66 79 62 33







S. Edmonton, Heimtal* TOTALS

Jay Petrella Stephen A. Gohdes Richard Beck Wendy Beck Vacant Joshua R. Viste Carol Vogler Ian D. Edwards Eileen Edwards Matthew J. Gillard

Northern Province Recapitulation Eastern District Western District Canadian District

CF 10,892 5,565 841

T 13,764 6,786 1,083

AVG 5,017 2,292 494

Total Province 2010 Total Province 2009

17,298 17,353

21,633 21,822

7,803 7,917




Increase/Decrease *Not Available for 2010


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The Southern Province • Statistics December 31, 2010 CONGREGATION FLORIDA Longwood, Rolling Hills Miami, King of Kings* New Hope* Prince of Peace West Palm Beach, Palm Beach*








56 75 418

97 83 614

55 54 299




Envoy Hodgson, Acolyte




Joseph L. Moore Kelly H. Moore

211 287

249 311

125 108

R. Jeff Carter Vacant




Peace Clemmons Durham, Christ the King

135 509 136

162 580 219

86 238 166

Eden, Leaksville Greensboro, First Church Huntersville, New Beginnings Kernersville, Good Shepherd Kernersville King* Lewisville, Unity Lexington, Enterprise Mayodan Mount Airy, Grace Newton, New Hope Oak Ridge, Moravia Raleigh

99 197

107 250

54 84

R. Stephen Wilson J. Billy Flippin, Jr. James L. Doss Q. Ray Burke Francis P. Venable Leslie D. Venable Robert E. Peterson John R. Rainey




Christopher C. Thore

60 442 297 194 67 143 351 115 92 418

69 598 388 215 79 179 403 134 117 507

43 249 170 105 51 65 165 72 57 189

Judy M. Knopf R. Donald Winters Cornelius B. Routh Stuart N. Zimmerman R. Keith White Timothy L. Byerly Anthony E. Hayworth Adam C. Spaugh Russell Williams Craig S. Troutman Suzanne P. Miller

155 229 141 100

176 270 162 122

72 130 86 39

Timothy G. Sapp Steve E. Craver Daniel K. Nelson Tracy A. Pryor

283 175 96 34

323 202 118 35

149 96 62 23

Robert Peek Jonathan E. Boling C.L. Tripp May III Richard G. Spaugh

GEORGIA Stone Mountain, First Church NORTH CAROLINA Advance, Macedonia Bethania* Charlotte, Little Church on the Lane

Rural Hall Mizpah Rural Hall Walnut Cove, Fulp Wilmington, Covenant* Winston-Salem, Advent Ardmore Bethabara Bethesda November 2011

Wilma E. Israel Gregorio Moody Judith D. Justice Joseph E. Nicholas


Calvary Christ Fairview Friedberg

333 215 295 829

431 249 320 958

175 104 140 376

Friedland Fries Memorial Home

427 139 1,301

489 168 1,585

189 75 274

Hope Hopewell Immanuel-New Eden Konnoak Hills Messiah New Philadelphia

129 174 85 221 156 1,085

153 226 95 240 167 1,264

76 72 55 109 82 475

171 450 89 75 42 234 321

213 516 96 92 55 248 398

113 238 49 42 40 127 148




Chuck Harmon, Acolyte

47 60

66 69

65 51

Gary Easter, Acolyte Charles W. Fishel

Oak Grove Olivet* Pine Chapel Providence St. Philips Trinity Union Cross VIRGINIA Ararat, Willow Hill* Cana, Crooked Oak Mt. Bethel

Lane A. Sapp Vacant C. Scott Venable III G. Thomas Shelton James C. Newsome Carol A. Foltz Vacant Carl S. Southerland Christine E. Clore Doug Kearney David H. Merritt Walter Bishop Cheryl Cottingham John D. Rights Truman L. Dunn Worth N. Green David A. Marcus, Jr. John G. Rights Matthew W. Allen Douglas C. Rights James Demby Arkon G. Stewart Alphonso Gaydon John P. Jackman Donald W. Griffin

Southern Province Recapitulation Total Dec. 31, 2010 Dec. 31, 2009 Increase/Decrease *Not Available for 2010

CF 13,096 13,359

T 15,737 16,019

AVG 6,615 6,738




Statistical Summary of the Sunday Church Schools December 31, 2010 Northern Province: Eastern District* Western District* Canadian District* Totals: Northern Province: Southern Province: Grand Total




2,166 1,159 223

439 235 45

2,605 1,394 268

3,548 4,123 7,671

719 795 1,514

4,267 4,918 9,185

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Moravian Magazine November 2011  

In this month's issue, read about the Moravian Festival in Winston-Salem, mission efforts in Peru, Moravian music and traditions, The Hinge...

Moravian Magazine November 2011  

In this month's issue, read about the Moravian Festival in Winston-Salem, mission efforts in Peru, Moravian music and traditions, The Hinge...