Giving Portal transaction fees are on us

The Moravian Ministries Foundation in America will begin paying the processing fees for online gifts made through the Moravian Giving Portal, beginning July 1. The Foundation itself has never charged any kind of fee. But, the backend processor, Blackbaud Merchant Services, charges a financial, processing fee similar to others who perform this service. This fee…

Christian Educators Unite!

In March I had the pleasure of participating in the Board of Cooperative Ministries’ virtual Leadership Focus conference. One of the sessions I attended was “Collaboratively Creating Virtual Faith Formation,” which shared how a group of Christian Education leaders worked together to create virtual Vacation Bible School and Sunday School content during the pandemic (and…

A call for 2021 grant applications

Thanks to the generosity of donors, your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) is proud to offer grants from the following Moravian Field of Interest Funds and Designated Funds: Clothing Housing & Shelter Healing & Health Hunger & Thirst Prison Ministry Environmental Stewardship Application & Timing “We encourage US Moravian congregations, agencies, fellowships, and ministries…

Steward Sparks

Join MMFA’s Laura Watson and a different Moravian pastor at 11:00 a.m. EDT on the fourth Tuesday of each month to explore what scripture tells us about both our identity and how we live as God’s stewards. Through a mixture of Lectio Divina and conversation, we’ll learn together and hopefully spark new ways of living…

Salemtowne contributes to MMFA

By Scott Carpenter As part of its mission, Salemtowne—a nonprofit, continuing care retirement community in Winston-Salem, North Carolina—contributes to a variety of nonprofit events each year. Some of the events that Salemtowne traditionally sponsors did not take place during the past year because of limitations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving Salemtowne with a rare…

Should we pass on the plate?

In his book A Better Offering, Rev. Donald Smith invites us to consider our long-held practice of passing an offering plate during worship. He writes: “In today’s modern world, I believe that passing an offering receptacle during worship is a practice that no longer represents the depth and breadth of the offering. It no longer…

Honor thy mother

On May 9 we celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s a secular holiday, but the idea of honoring mothers (and fathers) did also make God’s top 10 list. So, it is appropriate to consider these three ways you can honor or remember your mother. Make a gift in her honor or memory. One of my favorite features…

Caring for all of creation

When I worked at Laurel Ridge, one January day it snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed. I had never seen anything like it. After the storm passed, the sky was a brilliant Carolina blue and the sun was shining, so my husband and I decided to go for a walk. I will never forget…

Hindsight on 2020: MMFA’s Impact Statement

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” to borrow an opening phrase from Charles Dickens. Moravians met a challenging year with grace, creativity, generosity, and love. And the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America was honored to be part of it. Amid a pandemic, more of us invested together, established new…