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…

Extraordinary Remembrance

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…

Extraordinary Legacy

  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…

Extraordinary Opportunity

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…

Extraordinary Tribute

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”…

Extraordinary Builders

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…