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The Moravian Church
The Moravian Church is an early Protestant Church. In fact our church began one hundred years before the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther. Our history begins in the Province of Moravia in modern day Czechoslovakia in the early 14th Century. A Catholic priest named John Hus (Jan Hus) was advocating reform in the church, particularly his desire to see the people have the Bible translated into their own language. His views were deemed heretical by the Roman Church and in 1415 he was martyred for refusing to recant his beliefs.
Hus’s death led to an outbreak of war between the Roman Church and followers of Hus. Through the many years of war and conflict a small group of Hus’ followers formed the first official Protestant denomination in 1457 calling themselves the Unitas Fratrum (Unity of the Brethren) or Moravian Church.
In 1722 a group of Moravians seeking refuge were invited to live on the estate of the German Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf in Saxony. On Zinzendorf’s estate the Church experienced a great spiritual renewal. From this spiritual awakening, a new missionary movement emerged. From small beginnings, the Moravians were determined to share the Gospel of Christ with the world, going first to the West Indies in 1732.
As part of their zealous missionary effort the Moravians purchased land in Colonial America on which to build settlements from which they could support missionary efforts in the Americas, especially reaching out to Native Americans . One of the first settlements was in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1741. Soon after a temporary settlement was established in Bethabara, North Carolina 1753. This settlement first established in the wilderness of North Carolina would be the precursor of a more permanent settlement which was formed as Salem in 1766.
Those residing outside of Winston-Salem are often unfamiliar with the Moravian Church.. This is due in part to our emphasis on missionary work. The early Moravians were not in the habit of establishing Christian Churches if one already existed in an area where they lived and served. As a result the Moravian Church in North America is smaller than areas such as Africa which is now the largest province of the Moravian Church in the world. The Moravian focus on mission work in other parts of the world has often resulted in larger groups of Moravians in other places around the world than in North America. However, the Moravian Church is also making strides toward growth in both American provinces which now have congregations in 26 states. Calvary is part of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America which is comprised of 59 congregations and fellowships.
Today, Moravians continue to share the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord, in various settings, holding as our motto: In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, love.
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News & Events
- NEW! Calvary Weekly News: April 20-30, 2017
- April 2017 "Calvary Mid-Month Update" monthly newsletter. Other Calvary publications are shown in "Downloads and Links."
- CALVARY LIVESTREAMING Internet Address (available 15 minutes prior to service): http://custlogin.audiovideoweb.com/lnks/play/8c3flslive2171
- April 24, 2017, Joint Board, 6:30 pm. followed by Elders and Trustees meetings
- April 25, 2017, Memorial Service for Harry Spencer "Sonny" Davis, Jr., 7:00 pm; visitation 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm (Fellowship Hall)
- April 26, 2017, May 2017 "Calvary Connection" newsletter Assembly Team (2nd floor foyer)
- April 26, 2017, Chancel Choir, 7:00 pm
- April 30, 2017, Third Sunday of Easter, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worship, 11:00 am
- May 1, 2017, Music and Worship Committee, 6:30 pm (Burke)
- May 3, 2017, Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm
- May 7, 2017, Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worship, 11:00 am
- May 8, 2017, Missions Committee, 6:00 pm (Burke)
- May 9, 2017, Circle #3, 7:00 pm (residence of Jan Bullins)
- May 10, 2017, Calvary Moravian Friends Planning, 10:15 am (Burke)
- May 10, 2017, Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm
- May 11, 2017, Christian Education Committee, 6:30 pm (Burke)
- May 14, 2017, Fifth Sunday of Easter, Mother's Day, Moravian Music Sunday and observance of Calvary's 124th Anniversary, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Holy Communion, 11:00 am
- May 16, 2017, Petersbrook RCC, 7:00 pm (location TBD)
- May 17, 2017, June 2017 "Calvary Connection" newsletter closing date/time, 4:30 pm
- May 17, 2017, Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm
- May 21, 2017, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worship, 11:00 am
- May 23, 2017, Stephen Ministers, 6:00 pm (Burke)
- May 24, 2017, Chancel Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 pm
- May 26-29, 2017, Memorial Day Weekend (church office closed May 29)
- May 28, 2017, Ascension Sunday, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worship, 11:00 am
- May 29, 2017, Memorial Day/Provincial Holiday (church office closed all day)
- June 4, 2017, Day of Pentecost and Graduate Recognition Sunday, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Holy Communion, 11:00 am
- June 11, 2017, Trinity Sunday, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worship, 11:00 am
- June 18, 2017, Second Sunday after Pentecost and Father's Day, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worhip, 11:00 am
- June 25, 2017, Third Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday School, 9:45 am, Worhip, 11:00 am
- Calvary Congregation Watchword for 2017 (drawn on January 1): [Jesus Christ spoke to his disciples:] "I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
- Information on Planned Giving to Calvary: Kingdom Building Gifts
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