(Click play to view a slideshow with pictures from the event.)
“The Moravian Cherokee Connection” was a very successful event for the Yadkin View RCC on April 9, 2016. Over 150 people attended and seemed to enjoy the speakers. Reverend Dr. Daniel Crews was informative and very entertaining by employing his dry sense of humor who spoke on the topic of Moravians and Cherokees, and their their mutual respect for each other. Dr. John Hutton spoke about a book he wrote which told the tale of a Cherokee girl at Salem College. Celeste Handy also spoke about the culture of Native Americans today.
This event was so successful because of the support and hard work of so many groups and individuals at Clemmons Moravian Church. The event was also able to raise over $800 through generous donations for the Oaks Indian Mission. The Oaks is a residential child care facility for Native American children located in Oaks, Oklahoma.
Thanks to the efforts of Clemmons Moravian Music Ministry and the Music Director Jerry Jones, The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department just received some new friends to help them out in the community. On Wednesday January 20th, Sergeant Sayers and his friends picked up 471 stuffed animals. These plush friends are used by the Sheriff’s Department to help bring comfort and joy to children in various ways. Many of them will go into trunks of the patrol cars to be handed out to children involved in traumatic situations. Others will travel to Brenner’s Children’s Hospital where children are being treated for various things including cancer and trauma. Some are also given out during the First Wednesday event at the Dixie Classic Fair. On that day, children with special needs are invited to the fair, and the Sheriff’s Department is there to greet them with a stuffed friend. Regardless of where these lucky plushy animals end up, they all will bring comfort and joy to the hearts of children.
Since 2010, Jerry has led Clemmons Moravian Church’s Teddy Bears for Tots drive, and has collected over 2,500 bears and other animals.The impressive total was not accomplished without tremendous support of members and friends. David Knesel and his wife decided another drop off location would help get more plushy animals into the hands of children. They expanded the cause, and have been collecting stuffed animals at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston-Salem over the past few years. The Music Ministry is committed to continue to help provide these cuddly companions for the community this year, also.
If you would like to donate to the Teddy Bears for Tots program call
Clemmons Moravian Church at 336-766-6273.
This article was printed in the Winston-Salem Journal on Friday Sept. 11th. It features a special story about a class being offered here at Clemmons Moravian Church. You can read it below or check out this link for the article online:
By Jenny Drabble SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT (Winston-Salem Journal)
Posted: Friday, September 11, 2015 9:00 pm
They say old dogs can’t be taught new tricks, but at age 77, Paul Justus is still chomping at the bit to learn. The Clemmons Moravian Church’s “Meet the Moravians” class, which gives an overview of the church, was right up his alley. “It’s a great class because the information is presented in a meaningful and understanding way, so it doesn’t go over your head,” said Justus, who has taken the class twice. “I learned so much about the history of the church both times around.” Justus, who lives in Advance, is one of about 100 people to participate in the church’s class over the years.
The class, which is offered biannually, is not limited to Moravians and is open to anyone interested in learning about the church. There is no obligation to join the church after taking the class. The next session will begin Sunday and will be held at the church Sundays at 9:30 a.m. through Oct. 11, with the exception of Sept. 20. “It’s not just a class for prospective members but also for people who like to learn and current members who need a refresher,” said Pastor Ray Burke, who teaches the class. “We cover a bit of everything, so there’s something for everyone.” This class features four sessions that focus on the history, beliefs, customs, organization and government of the Moravian Church, which was founded more than 600 years ago. Each hourlong class includes lectures and discussions, Burke said. “Many people don’t know one of the largest groups of the Moravian Church is in Africa,” said Burke, who has been teaching classes on the Moravian Church for about 40 years. “Why do our gravestones all look the same? Because of our belief that rich or poor, king or pauper, in death we’re all equal.” While some of the concepts give a broader look at the Moravian faith, others focus on the Moravian Church’s presence locally, such as the history of the Clemmons church, which celebrated its 115th anniversary in August.
The church, at 3560 Spangenberg Ave., was founded in memory of Edwin Clemmons — the grandson of Peter Clemmons, after whom the town was named. Edwin Clemmons left money in his will to build a Moravian church and school, although the school was later integrated into the emerging Forsyth County public school system, Burke said. North Carolina also has strong roots in the Moravian Church after settlers traveled from Pennsylvania in the 1700s to settle a 100,000acre tract of land in the state, known as the Wachovia land tract. The tract, with Salem as its focal point, became the center of growth for the region and the Moravian Church. The largest concentration of Moravians in the country is in the greater WinstonSalem area, Burke said, which is another reason why it’s important for people to learn about the Moravian Church. Barb Martin of Advance said she took the class shortly after joining the church to learn more. “I would encourage everyone to take the class because it’s so informative and interesting, whether you’re in the church or not,” Martin said. “There were so many things I didn’t know. The class is wonderful.”