Who’s getting the first fruits?

They got paid on Monday. And now that it’s Sunday, there’s not much left to put in the offering plate at church. More of your flock thinks this way (and lives this way) than we want to think. According to Dave Ramsey, 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. So who’s getting the first fruits?…

5 Ways to Best Use Your New Online Giving Tools

On August 1 the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) launched the new Moravian Giving Portal. And, for the first time, many Moravian congregations (those who have any kind of relationship with MMFA) suddenly found themselves with the infrastructure to receive credit card donations online. Some immediately recognized the opportunity and put it to good…

Giving from your heart is simple & smart

Feel called to do something to alleviate hunger in your community? But you don’t have the time to research and monitor the agencies that deliver these services. Our new Field of Interest Fund might be perfect for you! Your gift from the heart, along with gifts from others who share your passion, accumulate in a…

Extraordinary Legacy

  By Lydian Bernhardt Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere thou cam’st, how dark Earth’s night! The opening lines of favorite Moravian hymn “Morning Star” thrill congregations every Christmas with their beauty and poignancy. But for Mary Jane Dewees of Winston-Salem, those familiar words may also provoke a thrill of familial pride. She is not…

Extraordinary Opportunity

By Lydian Bernhardt It seems unlikely for a minister to be anything less than outgoing, but Adam Goodrich, pastor of Friedland Moravian Church, was a shy kid. “I was pretty quiet until high school,” he says. “I kept to myself and didn’t really talk a lot.” But he liked to participate in the youth group…

Extraordinary Tribute

By Lydian Bernhardt If you ask Herbert Spaugh, Jr. to tell you about his father, the Rt. Rev. Herbert Spaugh, he’ll tell you about an extraordinary man. A minister, who founded Little Church on the Lane Moravian Church in Charlotte, served as chaplain to the Charlotte police department, wrote the thought-provoking, syndicated column “Everyday Counselor”…

Extraordinary Builders

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Gifts By Lydian Bernhardt The McElveens are builders. Builders of houses, like the dilapidated cabin The Rev. Bill McElveen and his wife Carol bought in 1959. They spent the next 52 years working hard to turn it into a showplace as a hobby. Builders of congregations, like Messiah Moravian Church in Winston-Salem…