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Chris Giesler

Moravian Mission Summit: A Great Day for Mission!

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Moravian Mission Summit: “A GREAT Day for Mission”
Sunday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
at the First Moravian Church of Dover, Ohio

Please check out the information below, if you can join us, WONDERFUL! But we know that many of you might be living too far away from Ohio to attend this event so hope that you will be inspired to do something similar in your congregation or region. If you have an interest in helping to put something like this together, please contact Chris Giesler at 610-868-1732.

Join Bishop Sam Gray at his workshop at the Moravian Mission Summit!

Event Purpose: A day of learning and understanding our role as mission-minded Moravians for Jesus Christ.

Are you looking for a way to engage in mission? Do you just want to know more about the past, present and future of mission in a Moravian context? Well, then we have a perfect event for you! All are welcome!

On Sunday, October 21st the First Moravian Church of Dover, Ohio will host a Moravian Mission Summit with the theme of it being “A GREAT Day for Mission”, and the Board of World Mission is happy to fully endorse this event as it does, in fact promise to be a great day for mission!

Here is a preview of the workshop to be led by Bishop Sam:

Mission is more than just a trip! Sure, sometimes joining in God’s mission involves taking a trip so that we can be where God needs us to be for this mission to happen. In this workshop we will explore some ways in which we can “do mission” in a way that best reflects the One who sends us out in mission, no matter where that might be.

A message from Pastor John Wallace: I am elated to share with you information about the Mission Summit event to be held this fall, a first in the history of the congregation! I have been planning, emailing, texting, making phone calls, writing letters, and organizing this program since March. We have been so fortunate to assemble a wonderful day of mission and ministry. This program is financed by us, but fully endorsed and embraced by the Moravian Board of World Mission. On that day, we will have three Moravian Bishops with us, a special mission Lovefeast, special musical moments, speakers from both American Provinces, a mission-minded luncheon with a Honduran Moravian menu, and ten 45-minute workshops on various subjects. We will close the day with a prayer service. This will be a day of days! The event is designed for all ages! You are invited to bring the kids and guests to this total mission immersion event. I believe the speakers and the “God Stories” shared will inspire us and embolden our mission-minded spirit. Our poster on Page 2 is saturated with vital and practical information for you. October 21, 2018, is a GREAT Day for Mission.

Our Leadership for the Summit includes:

· Bishop Doug Kleintop – Worship Leader

· Bishop Chris Giesler – Director of Mission Engagement

· Bishop Sam Gray – Director of Intercultural Ministries

· Sister Gwyneth Michel – The Moravian Music Foundation

· Brother G. Randall Gibbs – Director of Music, First Moravian Church of Dover

· Brother Chris Mulpas – Special Music and Pastor

· Scott & Lorrigan Booth – World Class Mission Chefs

· The various individuals conducting our Mission Outpost Workshops (see below)


Time: 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. ~ Opening Mission Lovefeast

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. ~ Mission Outpost I (Workshop 1)

People can choose one of the Mission Program speakers from the following list:

1. Why am I Here? Why are We Here? – Chris Giesler

2. Favorite Practices BWM Workshop – Sam Gray

3. Gospel Hymn sing with Chris Mulpas

4. Sole Purpose – “Putting Shoes on Kids’ Feet” – Youth from Dover First

5. Harbor House Ministry – Evy Steele

Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. ~ Children’s Mission Program:
Honduran Sunday School Experience – Kimberly Yackey

Time: 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. ~ Special Mission Meal
A typical Moravian Meal from Honduras including beans, rice, dessert, and beverages

Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ~ Mission Outpost II (Workshop 2)
People can choose one of the Mission Program speakers from the following list:

1. Touching Base with Ray of Hope Orphanage in Africa

2. Writing Letters of Hope and Encouragement to our missionaries in the field – Edith Santee

3. Music from way down south – cross-cultural sounds of the Unity – Gwyneth Michel & Sam Gray

4. Why am I Here? Why are We Here? – Chris Giesler

5. Go and Make Disciples – Off the Wall Discipleship – Jonny Boyd & Correy Scally

Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Children’s Mission Program:
“Gym time” @ Memorial Hall including:

1. Pictures of Love and Writing Letters of Hope to our missionaries in the field

2. Dodge Ball, Hoops, and more.

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ~ Closing Missionary Prayer Service

Time: 3:00 p.m. ~ Depart for Home