Moravian Disaster Response
Volunteers needed for rebuilding teams to help build classrooms at the Moravian Memorial School on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The estimated cost of the trip is $400 and includes airfare, meals while on site, and accommodations. The BWM is helping to heavily subsidize the trip, lowering the cost to participants to $400. Sleeping arrangements will be cots set up in the Memorial Moravian Church compound.
Dates of service:
Team 1: July 18 – 25
Team 2: July 25 – Aug 01
Team 3: August 01-08
Team 4: Aug 08 – 15
Team 5: Aug 15 – 22
Work to be done requires skills in demolition (week 1 and possibly week 2) & also reconstruction. This will be heavy-duty work. Ultimately, there will be painting of the classrooms. The Moravians of St. Thomas have a goal of having the school open to receive students on August 27.
The nature of the work for each of the weeks will be dependent upon the work that is accomplished in the prior week. The needs will be communicated prior to departure. A list of items for serving in this capacity will be provided. Volunteers will be asked to provide their own work gloves, masks, goggles, etc. Tools will be available on site.
Teams are limited to 6 people. Due to the urgency and timing of this service please contact us to your interest as soon as you are able.
Please contact Jill Kolodziej, Director of Antioch of the BWM, at [email protected] mission.org or call at 920.256.9472
Plus 50 Retreat
Thursday, August 16th – Sunday, August 19th. The theme is “Living Branches: Moravians Growing in Faith, Hope, and Love.” Plus 50 is a camp for the over 50 crowd. Fellowship, faith, food, and fun as we enjoy God’s creation. Registration begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday the 16th followed by dinner at 5:30 pm. We end with worship and brunch on Sunday the 19th. Cost per person is $190 which includes all meals and 3 nights lodging in Black Oak Lodge.
Registration forms have been sent to your local church office.
Feel free to contact our registrar, Myrna Peil, at 920-333-0447. Our program director is Rev. Wanda Veldman at [email protected] or 715-213-7447. Musician Jason Pues will again be with us.
District Lay Ministry Conference
Your District Board has heard you and has heard your desire for lay leadership training. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a Lay Ministry Conference at Mt. Morris on November 2nd – 4th. The conference will provide fellowship and networking, specific “how-to’s,” and encouragement. Lay leaders will have the opportunity to be in conversation with other Moravian leaders from across the District regarding what their congregation does well as well as where they need training.
Justice Ministry Conference
The Two Feet of Justice: Friday, September 21st – Sunday, September 23rd is an opportunity to take another step for justice! One foot is direct service ministries in providing food, shelter, and other basic needs. The second foot, which is our focus for this weekend, moves us beyond charity to justice through advocacy and prophetic ministries that call for equitable and liberating change.
This conference will provide tools for congregations and individuals to step into justice ministry. Issue focuses will include: Criminal Justice Reform, Civil Rights of Immigrants, Racial Equity, Housing, Gun Violence, and Health Care. Featured Speakers include recently retired CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin, Director of the Social Justice Minor Program at UW Oshkosh, Courtney Bauder, and JOSHUA of Brown County Community Organizer Rachel Westenberg.
The Conference will be held at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. The cost is $110 for cabins and $135 for Black Oak Lodge. Registrations after Monday, August 20th are $120 for cabins and $145 for Black Oak Lodge.
Southern Wisconsin Moravians for Mission (SWMM) Annual Lovefeast
Southern Wisconsin Moravians for Mission, or SWMM, is excited to welcome John and JoAnn Munsell to speak at the SWMM Annual Lovefeast at the Lake Mills Moravian Church located at 301 College Street on Sunday, September 16th at 2:00 pm.
John flies for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Haiti. Mission Aviation Fellowship, MAF, mission statement communicates their world-wide work: “Sharing the love of Jesus Christ through aviation and technology so that isolated people may be physically and spiritually transformed.” John and JoAnn are blessed to be a blessing to others and they share the MAF vision: “That every person on earth will experience the love of Jesus Christ and respond to the Gospel.”
All are welcome and invited to bring a friend to hear about the important work John and JoAnn are doing. There will be food and refreshments served.
Moravians at Six Flags Great America
The RYC (Regional Youth Conference) is coordinating a youth event at Great America in Gurnee Illinois (between Milwaukee and Chicago) for youth who have completed 7th grade through age 21 (friends are welcome too!).
Date: Thurs., August 16th from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Please note this is time at the park, not travel.
Cost: $25 for admission ticket and parking. Get contact info and money to Watertown Moravian Church by August 9th. (510 Cole St., Watertown, WI 53094). You can also sign up on campdoc.com
A completed permission slip will be needed for everyone under the age of 18. This will be emailed to you when you register and can be found on campdoc.com.
Transportation: We will be coordinating a carpool (drivers needed) from Watertown MC so please let us know if you’d like to participate in it. Parking fee is covered if carpooling from WMC leaves at 8:30 AM.
Transportation to Watertown MC or directly to Great America are your responsibility.
Are you over the age of 21 and want to come too? Please do! We will need people to help keep the day running well.
Please bring: a bag lunch or money to buy food/beverage, spending money for extra food and “stuff” and sunscreen
The Watertown Moravian Church will host evening activities and an overnight on Wednesday, August 15th starting at 7:00 PM for those who are going to Great America. Just bring sleeping bags, tolietries and such. Bring a snack if you like. Breakfast provided. No extra cost.
Rev. Kurt Liebenow: [email protected] or (920) 261-7494
Moravian Young Adult Convo 2019
June 25th-July 3rd 2019
Exploring Moravian Mission Roots. U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas.
Walk in the footsteps of the first Moravian Missionaries and explore our “roots,” spend time in hands-on mission work and enjoy island hospitality! Experience this opportunity with other young adults from across the Northern and Southern Provinces ages 16-26 years.
More information to come.