Who’s getting your first fruits?

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You 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 us think this way (and live this way) than will admit it. According to Dave Ramsey, 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. So who’s getting your first fruits?

If the banks that own your ...

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Who’s getting the first fruits?

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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?

If the banks that ...

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5 Ways to Best Use Your New Online Giving Tools

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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 use. Bethania Moravian Church in Winston-Salem was among the first to embrace this opportunity and receive substantial, four-digit gifts online through the Portal. Ebenezer Moravian ...

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Giving from your heart is simple & smart

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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 Moravian Field of Interest Fund. The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) immediately provides you with your tax receipt and handles any acknowledgement communication on your ...

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Introducing the new Moravian Giving Portal!

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“We will support, according to our ability, the financial needs of the local congregation, the District, the Province, and the Unity. We will consider the support of the benevolent causes of the Moravian Church, both at home and abroad, as a privilege, an opportunity, and a responsibility.”

– Moravian Covenant for Christian Living

Your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is working to promote charitable giving and make it easier to give above and beyond support for your local ...

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Extraordinary Legacy

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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 only a member of Home Moravian Church who loves music, but is also the great-granddaughter of the hymn’s composer, Rev. Francis Florentine Hagen.

“When I hear that ...

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Extraordinary Opportunity

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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 at Olivet Moravian, and he enjoyed playing handbells and guitar. And that caught the notice of his pastor, Rev. Doug Rights.

“He started having me play in ...

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Extraordinary Tribute

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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” for The Charlotte News and became a bishop of the Moravian unity.

A musician, who served as organist at four churches and organized bands at three, including ...

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Lots of luck?

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As March approaches, my thoughts turn toward pots of gold at the end of rainbows and the luck of the Irish. But, is the secular concept of luck at all biblical? I am specifically speaking of the dictionary definition of luck: “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one’s own actions.”

God is in control

My own discernment is that this ...

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