In all things, love

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Like you, the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America is adapting and changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing circumstances that no one could have imagined. We continue to learn and to adjust. We’re sure that you do too. You have important priorities for service to God as well as your family and loved ones.

Faith and cooperation are alternatives to hardship. It is easy to discount this simple truism, and sometimes difficult to live it in practice. Yet during these times it is more important than ever to remember that God commanded us to love one another.

Each of us has experienced the joy felt when we see the results of our charitable contributions. It’s counterintuitive, but one of the results of helping others is that we help ourselves. Focusing on the needs of others helps regain perspective on our own circumstances and gives us a sense of purpose. Helping others can diminish our own anxiety and lead others to Christ, while strengthening the community around us. It’s a tangible way to make a difference that is so important to our society now.

Your Moravian congregation is grateful for your support over the years. As we all adapt to our new reality, we invite you to explore different ways to support your congregation. Over the past several weeks, many of the things we value at our churches, such as worship, Christian Education, and fellowship, have changed in dramatic ways. But the Good News of God found in Jesus Christ has not, nor has our commitment to our communities of faith, their missions, and one another. As a reminder, because of our provincial structure, a gift to your local congregation supports shared ministries like camps, missions, communications, etc.

In addition to supporting your local congregation in this present moment through the Moravian Giving Portal, consider ways to help over the longer term too.

One especially flexible way you might consider supporting your congregation is to include a charitable contribution in your estate plans, a gift that you will leave as you enter into the more immediate presence of our Lord. This can be as simple as adding a beneficiary designation to a bank or other financial account, or may involve adding bequest language your will. One distinct advantage of this kind of gift is that you can easily make changes any time your circumstances require.

We can discuss with you an estate gift and other tax-smart ways to adapt your charitable giving and accommodate your changing financial circumstances, including gifts that can provide income to you or others. When you are ready, we will be here to help you shape a charitable gift plan that suits your needs and the needs of your local congregation.

On behalf of the many people who will benefit from your gifts, we thank you for your generous support and steadfast obedience to God’s call. We hope we can continue to be your partner as we move ministries forward, together. Please call Chris Spaugh at 336-725-2589 or email him at cspaugh@nullmmfa.info.

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Vince Holbrook

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Vince Holbrook began as Director of Communication and Marketing in November 2017. He's a career communications professional who teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication at Forsyth Technical Community College and Guilford Technical Community College. He also spent significant time with Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Texas Instruments and Trone Advertising. A graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY, Vince holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Communication from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of First Moravian Church in Greensboro, NC and also attends Come & Worship emerging ministry at the Liberty Arts Coffee Shop in Winston-Salem.
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