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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How can our faith make us more resilient in times of grief?

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By Jennifer Daniels

Regardless of how positive you are, the loss of a loved one can turn your world upside-down, making it difficult to feel the love and support of family members and fellow worshippers from church. The Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory, which lists down different life events, shows that losing a spouse is the most stressful of all – both personally and ...

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Discover Financial Peace in 2019

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Your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is pleased to announce a new partnership with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This partnership allows U.S. Moravian congregations to acquire all the program materials needed to lead this time-tested and highly-regarded program at a fraction of the usual cost.

We have sent information about this offer to all U.S. Moravian pastors and asked them to pass it along to ...

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We speakers of English are at a disadvantage when it comes to discussing love. We use the same word “love” to describe very different concepts for which the Greeks had different words. Even when we use the more specific word “agape,” words seem inadequate to discuss the divine force that is Christian love. But, here goes one feeble attempt. My journey is teaching me these three concepts that start with the last letter of our word “love.” Love is essential, ...

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Extraordinary Builders

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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 and Unity Moravian Church in Lewisville, a congregation they and a number of fine lay people started. Bill now pastors 197-year-old St. Philips Moravian Church, which is ...

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Thy Will be done

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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 you love? If you could not answer ...

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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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