The ‘inreach’ of Candle Tea

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It’s easy to see Candle Tea as community outreach. Congregations that host Candle Tea can quantify the number visitors, number of artisans and vendors, dollars earned for ministry, and more. It most certainly is an opportunity to share our Moravian history and traditions with our neighbors. And it’s easy to view it as strictly external in focus.

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For All the Saints

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At this time of year, many Moravian congregations proclaim our liturgy for All Saints during worship.

“Behold, a great multitude, which no one can number, out of every nation and of all tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, with palm branches in their hands . . .” it begins.

Moravians use the word “saint” in a more general, inclusive way than Roman Catholics. We have no formal process to declare or bestow sainthood. ...

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Your Firm Foundation

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The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is YOUR foundation — governed by a Board of Trustees who are Moravians, just like you. They’re proven leaders from across our American Moravian communities and congregations. Meet and welcome our rising chair, vice chair, and new members:

Charles Selden (Sandy) Baldwin, III is Board Chair 2019. He is a life-long member of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, NC, where he has served as Trustee and currently serves on the Finance Committee. Sandy ...

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Mark your calendars for these events sponsored by Moravian congregations!

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October 20

Ardmore Moravian Church Fall Festival

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

2013 W. Academy St., Winston-Salem

 

October 28

Hope Moravian Church Halloween Carnival

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

2759 Hope Church Rd., Winston-Salem

 

November 3

Union Cross Moravian Church Holiday Treasures Sale

8 a.m. to 12 noon

New Philadelphia Moravian Church Holiday Treasures Sale

8 a.m. to 12 noon

Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem

Hope Moravian Church Bake ...

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Buried Alive!

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Sandra Schmidt was efficiently cleaning out the desk of her predecessor, Kathy Klein, who had served as church secretary and treasurer for 43 years. It would be hard to fill the shoes of one trusted by so many for so many years. As she emptied drawers, she cut her finger on the corner of a paper protruding from beneath the file folder. Blood dripped.

To Sandra’s amazement, the exposed corner turned out to be attached to an original stock certificate for ...

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Beware of Wolves

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The howling of wolves broke the silence of the night. Los Angeles Attorney Don Wilson abruptly woke from his deep sleep, sweating with fright.

“If only she had taken my advice and established a trust, as I had advised her to do for years,” sobbed Wilson, who had represented Aretha Franklin for 28 years. “Matters could have remained private and out of probate.”

It was true. The late, great Aretha Franklin did not THINK to leave a will. Therefore, it would be ...

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Our work here is not done

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On Monday, October 8 we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. It’s appropriate to reflect on the historical connection between Moravians and the Indigenous People of North America. In 1740, Moravians established missions among the Mahicans at the Hudson Valley village of Shemomeko in New York. The English Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts provided financial support for the effort. Unlike other missionaries at the time, the Moravians lived and dressed like the indigenous people. European visitors often ...

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Food for thought: Planned Giving works at any scale

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The wonderful thing about Planned Giving is that it works at any scale. For example, imagine that it’s your turn to stock the Blessing Box at Ardmore Moravian Church in Winston-Salem. You could just go to your cupboard and reach for those two cans of jellied cranberry sauce left over from Thanksgiving. Or, with a little planning, your generosity could have ...

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Ending the year well with a Moravian DAF

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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 or entity can create one
  • Many kinds of assets can fund one, including stock, real estate, or mutual funds
  • You can allow others to make contributions
  • You retain the privilege ...
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Sing On Through The Storm!

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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 impact of hurricane damage. And of course, hurricanes have high costs in terms of lost human life and property damage.

Here in the Southern ...

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