As a Province, we continue to trust the God of our ancestors who is also our God and who is in control of times and seasons. He who has led us thus far will surely continue with us.
P.E.C. Names Advisory Committee on Mission
The last Advisory Committee on Mission was based in the USVI Conference.
Unity Offering on March 5 for Estonia
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Moravian Church in Estonia was officially recognized again. In 1948, its work had been forbidden, its houses and property were confiscated, and since that year, the Moravian Church in Estonia could only survive in the underground. After the recognition by the new Estonia government, the Moravian Church in this baltic country sees its tasks in particular to reach those people with the Gospel who have lost their faith during the time of atheism. For this purpose, it has taken up the old forms which already had existed in the time before World War II. At various places regular prayer meetings and Bible study groups are organized, and the youth convenes their own meetings."
More information will come in next month's issue of this newsletter.
Provincial Family Service
May God bless all of you and let us keep the Provincial family together.
Sister Tina Giesler of the USA shares her experience of our Synod
Being a behind-the scenes person (organist and choir director) often makes it difficult having a meaningful worship experience. Little did I know what the Lord had in store for me!
Every day was basically the same; a full worship service at 8am followed by plenary sessions, reviewing reports, questions, discussions, lunch, more review and discussion, supper and closing vespers. It was on Friday August 13th - the celebration of the renewal of the Moravian Church that is very much alive in the Moravian Churches in the West Indies - that I realized my spiritual life was as dormant, if not near death, as the grass in Bethlehem. This celebration was a Witness March - about 300-400 people started from about a mile from Spring Gardens marched in parade format while three bands were interspersed. Other Moravians from Antigua were lined up along the street and joined us as we marched to the Church. By the parade's end, nearly 800 people were walking as witnesses for Christ. (On a god day in my hometown, I'm not so sure I would have publicly marched for Christ. Imagine in Antigua, Chris and I were very obviously the only white people).
It ended with lovefeast for 1200 people. Serving the lovefeast took over 25 minutes. Music was everywhere some of it familiar, some of it not, all of it inspirational, uplifting and motivating! The partaking of lovefeast was very foreign to me - but again much more meaningful than any lovefeast I've ever attended. The sharing style (after everyone is served, you get out of your pew and walk around the sanctuary offering bits of your bun to others as they offer their bun to you) is truly a wonderful demonstration of what it means to be like Christ.
It was this past Antigua 13th that I felt the rain of our Lord Jesus Christ, just as the grass in Bethlehem felt the rain of mother nature. If you look closely at the left-for-dead grass in your yard, you will see new green blades returning. I thank god today that I too have been grated a rebirth in my spiritual life and pray that He will use my gifts and talents in ways not just behind the scenes, but in visible ways, in ways that other people maybe even you will be able to stand for Jesus, unlock your faith, and publicly commit yourself to living like Jesus.
The Moravian Churches in the West Indies seem not to have lost that sense of missions that came out of the renewal of the Moravian Church while we in the American provinces like to believe we have past this mission status. Instead of looking outward for mission possibilities, I hope our church can look inward for growth and rebirth of seed planted many years ago.
Sis. Giesler shared this with her home Church of West Side Moravian in Bethlehem, Pennsyvaina, soon after her return from Synod.
Sis. Christina Giesler and Bro. Christian Giesler were among our fraternal delegates at Synod.
Reprinted from ONWard Newsletter Volume XVIII - Nov. 99 issue.
"Investing in History ...."
In 1890 the Unity Archives moved into its present facility especially constructed to house the archival collections. After more than a hundred years the collections have grown so much that the building no longer proves sufficient for contemporary use. The internationally significant collections in the Unity Archives are endangered because of the insufficient conditions under which they are kept.
A building addition is imperative in order to preserve the valuable records for future generations.
The capacity of the new repository should suffice for the next 75 years.
This project will cost approximately 1.5 million Euros (US$1.5 million). the Board of the European-Continental Province of the Moravian Church has already designated 250,000 Euros for this endeavour, another 250,000 Euros have been applied for from the Moravian Church Foundation and another 750,000 Euros from the German Federal Government. Our goal is to raise the remaining 250,000 Euros through a combination of donations by private individuals, companies and foundations.
This Archives also houses material from our Province.
Indeed, just as the name suggests, it is an archive of the Moravian Unity and is monitored by the Unity as a whole.
If you would like to assist, kindly contact our Provincial Headquarters in Antigua or contact:
Zittauer Strasse 24
Tel.: (++49 35 873) 487 31
Fax.: (++ 49 35 873) 487 66
Those interested in making contributions should make checks payable to:
Evangelische Bruder Unitaet
for: Unity Archives building Fund
and send checks to:
Rev. Dr. Albert Frank, Moravian Archives
41 W. Locust Street
Pastor Florence Isaac . . . Off the Mark
We use this opportunity to remind all Ministers that we are waiting to hear from you in order to go into phase 2 of the Appeal.
In the meantime, members are also invited to indicate to their Ministers or to the Provincial Headquarters their desire to be a part of this Special Appeal - "Give and it shall be given to you". Luke 6:38"
UTC Foundation Seeks Support
If you desire further information, please contact the Provincial Headquarters or contact UTC directly at:
P.O. Box 136, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica.
Revd Denise Lewis for Unity Seminar
This Seminar will bring together representatives from the various Provinces of the Unity for work and study in exploring important issues to our church relating to the impact of gospel and culture on mission.
Sis. Smith is now the Pastor of the Bethesda/Keys pastorate in St. Kitts. She is married to the Revd Algernon Lewis.
The P.E.C. has also named the Revd Glenvil Gregory of the New Herrnhut congregation in St. Thomas as the alternate.
In the midst of the joy of Christmas season, I received a very thoughtful letter from the Revd William Watty, Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Dominica.
"I have to report to you the death of Llewellyn Christian, a member of the Moravian Church in Antigua who had been residing in Dominica for many years.
In the absence of a Moravian community he associated with the Bethesda Methodist Church in Roseau. He never became a member but remained a Moravian to the end."
Revd Watty continued:
"Between the bouts of pain which twisted his whole frame out of shape he could laugh ad poke fun and then squirm again from the pain.
Enclosed herewith is the Remembrance (Eulogy) which will be read by Mr. Carl Roberts General manager of Cable & Wireless and another ardent Moravian who worships with us regularly."
This bears strong witness to how ministry is being provided to some of our members while allowing them to remain Moravians. Our sincere thanks to the Methodist in Dominica and Revd Watty in particular.
Brother Llewlyn Christian was the older Brother of Bro. Donald D.C. Christian (former M.P.) and a faithful member of the Greenbay Moravian Church in Antigua.
The Revd William Watty is the immediate past President of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and was President of the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) while I was a student there.
Naturally, it was a challenging experience for the family but it was a real blessing to have them all here.
The Service of Thanksgiving took place at the Greenbay Moravian Church on December 15, 1999.
Sis. Lilian George Resigns
The Province records its thanks and appreciation to Sis. George for her service for over three years and wishes her well in her future endeavours.
A part of Article 5 of the Articles of Association for the Foundation says:
The Board of Directors of the Foundation shall consist of not less than three and not more than twelve members of whom up to nine members shall be elected by the Unity synod, three of the members to be elected by the Unity Synod shall be from the Surinam Province and two from the Province in which the Foundation has its seat, if this is another than the Surinam Province. Three additional members nominated by the Board of Directors of the Foundation shall be elected by the Unity Board. In case of vacancies occurring in the membership of the Board of Directors in an inter-synodal period the remaining members of the Board of Directors shall make two nominations to the Unity Board for each vacancy and the Unity Board shall carry out the election. The members of the Board of Directors may be dismissed at all times by the Unity Synod as well as by the Unity Board, in so far as the latter has appointed the member in question.
Greetings from Star Mountain
They also want us to know ..
Waiting for many paying guests in the millennium year 2000, we have renovated our two small guest houses, each for 2 persons. the buildings are located very nicely, and we can offer you a personal and friendly service. For us it is important to have an additional income by renting these rooms to guests. We would be glad to welcome you all for a visit at Star Mountain. Please inform also other interested people about our offer!
Already in our last letter we informed you about our new Tel./Fax number: 00972-(0)2-281 07 51.
In the meantime, our e-mail has been re-installed; the new address is as follows:
Before finishing our letter, we like to express to all our friends, partners and colleagues our great grateful for your support. Our service to people with special needs is possible only with the accompaniment of all of you. Our warm thanks for all the support, and to all of you God's Blessings!
Hajj Said and Hajj Ghazaleh, two of the inhabitants of the former Star Mountain hospital for Lepers' patients, express their greetings to everybody!
The staff of Star Mountain is wishing you a Blessed Advent, cheerful Christmas, a Blessed Ramadan and "Id al-Fitr, and a good 2000!
Birthdays this Month
Happy birthday to:
Bro. Ludolph Brown 5
Revd Glenvil Gregory 8
Sis. Sonia Spencer 11
Bro. George Ramsay 27
Bro. Ray Joseph 27
Anniversaries this Month
Revd & Mrs. Glenvil Gregory 1
My wife bought a new line of expensive cosmetics guaranteed to make her look years younger. After a lengthy sitting before the mirror applying the "miracle" products she asked, "Darling, honestly what age would you say I am?"
Looking her over carefully, I replied, "Judging from your skin, twenty, your hair, eighteen; and your figure, twenty five."
"Oh, you flatterer!" she gushed.
"Hey, wait a minute!" I interrupted. "I haven't added them up yet."
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Another man seated down front got up and shouted back, "I can! Come up here and I'll gladly change places with you!"