Newsletter Notes From around the Southern Province
Onto Easter Sunrise Services a little rain must fall. And did it ever this year, drenching the big one in Salem which traditionally draws thousands. Count the attendance in the hundreds this time. Reporting from sickbed, a tuning in to the trusty WSJS broadcast brought — absolute silence for more than two minutes (what’s that dripping sound?). Then someone gave the Home Church bell rope a vigorous yank, and the service began: “The Lord is risen. . . .” Minister, congregation, singing, and especially band all came through loud and clear over the new speaker system, and so did the rain with its dripping sound in the background. Raleigh Moravian reminds us to come its way over the summer months to see the pottery exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History. Entitled “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware” and organized by Old Salem Museums & Gardens, the exhibit showcases nearly 200 objects made by Piedmont potters including some by our 18 thand 19th-century Moravian potters of Salem and Bethabara. The exhibit runs through September 1. Check it out on the Museum of History’s web site at http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/art_in_clay/index.html. A little note from Moravian Ministries Foundation: The “Feed My Sheep” campaign for Laurel Ridge has raised almost $800,000, which not only paid for the new Summer Camp Kitchen but helped pay down the debt on the 2007 expansion of Higgins Lodge. And since 2004 more than $2.9 million has been raised for capital projects at Laurel Ridge. Now that’s support we love to see. Trinity’s Br. John Jackman will soon be off moviemaking again. Previously he has written and directed the film biographies Zinzendorf and Wesley. This time But Now I See will be on the life of John Newton, who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace.” Filming will be in Nova Scotia in late May and on the North Carolina coast in June with the film’s release in early 2014. So keep the klieg lights handy for the grand debut. And up Mizpah way, filming was done for “The Ultimate Life,” a Hallmark movie directed by Michael Landon, Jr. Theater release is scheduled for September 6. Catering to its aging (how about “maturing”?) membership, Leaksville is planning a handy drop-off area and handicap parking. The cost: $17,000. That’s over and above the regular budget. So pass the hat. Maybe twice. And tell the younger members you’re just thinking ahead for them. In preparing for its summer concert season on Salem Square, the Salem Band is hoping to have a donation of an electronic keyboard. Richard W. Starbuck Moravian Archives
Ladies Night Out was fun! If you were not there, consider attending the next one! The food was good. The speaker and music were sweet. The men were such attentive servers and the tables were a splash of beauty and color and personality. Thanks to Beverly Disher and everyone who made it a lovely evening of fellowship!
If you know someone who is graduating, please contact the church office with the information ASAP so that we may recognize their achievement on Graduation Sunday.
Published on May 7, 2013