Both our donors and the beneficiaries of their generosity have stories to share.
Read their stories below:
From his youngest childhood, Rev. Matthew Allen knew he had a calling. When other kids would come home from church on Sunday to go outside or watch television, Allen would come home from Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem to play preacher.
As a young child in Bluefields, Nicaragua, Mélida Hodgson learned to love the simple tenets and spiritual freedom of the Moravian church.
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.
When people ask me how many children I have, the quick answer is always four but a more accurate answer is four on earth and one in heaven.
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.
The opening lines of favorite Moravian hymn “Morning Star” thrill congregations every Christmas with their beauty and poignancy.
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.”
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.
Fred Masten was a modest man who spent years working for Western Electric, was involved at his church, and loved his wife, Betty, who he had lost some years before we met.
In 1947 the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra hired Thor Johnson, son of a Moravian minister, as its first American-born conductor.
Maxine Gail Garrett was a Moravian woman who lived grace, gratitude and generosity. Her story was one of the focal points of the workshop Laura and I presented at the 2015 Moravian Women’s Conference. Many of the women who came to our sessions knew Maxine and some even added stories of their own
Mrs. Jessie Stone was a life-long Moravian who treasured her church, its pastor, and the many valuable ministries of the Moravian Church in America.
On February 4, 2013, the Moravian Church lost a great father and dear friend: the Rt. Rev. Milo Loppnow
Lutheran Pastor Gene Handwerk and his wife, Lenore, feel very blessed in their retirement.