The Rev. Matthew Allen: Extraordinary Calling

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By Lydian Bernhardt

From his youngest childhood, Rev. Matthew Allen knew he had a calling.

When other kids would come home from church on Sunday to go outside or watch television, Allen would come home from Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to play preacher.

“I would stand on the hearth and pretend to give a sermon,” he says. “I was about four ...

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Welcome Libby Davis!

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North Carolina native Libby Pike Davis has joined the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America as Administrative Accountant. She’s a lifelong, ninth-generation Moravian from the oldest congregation in the Southern Province, Bethabara Moravian Church. She has been Treasurer for Bethabara since June 2010. When she is not working for the Foundation or her congregation, Libby is also Senior Tax Analyst at H & R Block in Clemmons, NC.

Libby studied accounting at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem. She has a ...

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Grants help churches provide housing and clothing

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Your gifts to the Moravian Field of Interest Funds are making a difference in the lives of people in the communities where Moravian congregations have a presence! Your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, custodian of the Moravian Giving Portal and the Moravian Field of Interest Funds, is proud to announce $3,400 in grants to three Moravian congregations. These funds ...

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Mélida Hodgson – Extraordinary Faith

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By Lydian Bernhardt

As a young child in Bluefields, Nicaragua, Mélida Hodgson learned to love the simple tenets and spiritual freedom of the Moravian church.

When she moved to New York City at age 10 with her family, her fellowship with the church continued at John Hus Moravian Church in Brooklyn, where her father was a charter member.

“I was born and bred into the church, ...

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Three acts of love for Moravian dads

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Fatherhood has been my favorite blessing and role in life. I have loved watching my two sons grow up in the church and become fine men. For me, Father’s Day is not about the gifts I will receive. It is more blessed to give than to receive. And I want to give my family everything I can. I ...

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In remembrance

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Since the end of the Civil War, Americans have paused at the end of May to remember and honor their loved ones who fought for our freedom. I am old enough to remember this occasion as “Decoration Day.” In the Eastern Kentucky town where I grew up, people still gather socially with flowers and lawn chairs in the cemetery. Scouts adorn the graves of veterans, including my father’s, with individual American flags. It is important to remember. And memorials ...

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In all things, love

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Like you, the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is adapting and changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing circumstances that no one could have imagined. We continue to learn and to adjust. We’re sure that you do too. You have important priorities for service to God as well as your family and loved ones.

Faith and cooperation are alternatives to hardship. It is easy to discount this simple truism, and sometimes difficult to live it in practice. Yet during ...

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You’re essential!

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Lately we’ve been hearing the word “essential” a lot. It’s being used to describe work that must continue, even during a pandemic. Doctors, nurses, grocery clerks, custodians, and truck drivers are essential – and we appreciate what they do. Moravians have long used the same word in our motto to distinguish the things in which we must have unity from the things in which ...

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Extraordinary Remembrance

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By Lydian Bernhardt

For years, Nancy Harney was a dedicated and joyful church worker at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. Church treasurer, co-Sunday School superintendent, board and committee member — she jumped in and did it all.

Her husband Rich, however, took a longer path to church involvement.

“Nancy got involved at the church at the time that our oldest son was baptized, and was extremely active in every aspect of church life,” says Rich Harney. “I grew up attending ...

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Funding God’s work: A call for grant applications

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Thanks to the generosity of donors to the new Moravian Field of Interest Funds, your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) is now in a position to make grants for ministries that provide:

  • Clothing
  • Housing & shelter
  • Healing & health
  • Prison ministry

On Valentine’s Day, MMFA awarded 13 grants totaling $6,500 to ministries associated with feeding the hungry. This new grant cycle ...

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