Thy Will be done

We pray with assurance that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. But making sure your own wishes are honored requires planning and documentation. Your Foundation can help. Do you have a Last Will & Testament? Is it up to date? Does it remember your family, church, and the Moravian ministries…

Moravian Donor Advised Fund

Ending the year well with a Moravian DAF

As we enter the last quarter of 2018, it’s a good time to think about how you will end the year financially. It’s a timely endeavor for individual investors, congregations, and ministries alike. Moravian Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) through the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) can be helpful in several ways: Any individual, group…

Sing On Through The Storm!

In her article How Hurricanes Damage the Economy, Kimberly Amadeo outlines specifically how hurricanes negatively affect the economy. They can increase unemployment, lower U.S. production, raise prices, and depress the stock market. And, since one-third of the U.S. gross domestic product comes from states along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, America is very vulnerable to…

The Rt. Rev. Carol Foltz

Through the glass ceiling, there is Sky. The Rt. Rev. Carol Foltz is known for many things. Those who know her best, know that she has always loved animals. Often at her side, you will find a faithful furry friend and partner. Two-year-old Sky (pictured above) is her current sidekick. Secondly, Bishop Foltz has successfully…

The Rev. Patricia Finks Garner

She’s humble, reserved, and soft-spoken. You might never guess she is the leader of a global ministry with operations in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and America. In fact, the Unity Women’s Desk is the only undertaking of the worldwide Moravian Unity based in the United States. And The Rev. Patricia Finks Garner wrote the proposal…

The Rt. Rev. M. Blair Couch

She body surfs and rappels tall buildings with a single bound. Is it superwoman? No. It’s The Rt. Rev. M. Blair Couch from Allentown, PA. And she did indeed rappel a 12-story building in May as a fundraiser. Blair Couch is the 7th Moravian Bishop in her family line. She is, in fact, a double…

Ruth Cole Burcaw

Ruth Cole Burcaw’s journey to become Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) in Winston-Salem may have involved both nurture and nature. Her inclination toward leadership within a Moravian context began early. She served as president of Regional Youth Council as well as both m-staff and counselor at Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp. She…

The Rev. Phyllis Smit-Seymour

“When I got the call to ministry, I could not sleep until I said ‘yes’ to God,” said The Rev. Phyllis Smit-Seymour, speaking at Fries Memorial Moravian Church in Winston-Salem this spring. The Rev. Smit-Seymour is the first woman to become Provincial Elders’ Conference (PEC) president for the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman…

The Rev. Dr. Mary Matz

In 1975, she became the first woman ordained as a deacon (pastor) in the Moravian Church in America. Born in 1931 in Havertown, Pa. Mary Jane Dill was raised Lutheran. She attained a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College in 1953. Dill then moved to Athens, Ohio, where she served as Director of Christian Education…