James Rada, Jr.
(9/20) The Moravian Church dates back to
1457, but the first Moravians didn’t come to
America until 1722. And then more than 20
years later, they came to Frederick County.
“This will be the celebration of 250 years
since the Moravians started the community of
Graceham,” said Pastor Jeff Gehris of the
Graceham Moravian Church.
To mark the occasion, the Graceham Moravian
Church is beginning a year-long celebration.
The first event will be an Anniversary
Lovefeast Concert featuring Brian Henkelman at
the organ. The concert is Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at
the Graceham Moravian Church at 8231 Rocky
Ridge Road in Thurmont.
Henkelman was born in St. Thomas, Virgin
Islands, where his parents were serving
Memorial Moravian Church. He attended Moravian
College, where he earned a B.A. with a
concentration in music. He later attended
Moravian Theological Seminary, earning a
Master of Theological Studies Degree. In 1990,
he earned his Master of Church music degree
from Concordia University. Through the year he
has served churches in a variety of
denominations as organist and director of
music. He is currently organist/accompanist at
Fist United Methodist Church in Gransbury,
Texas. Composition has always been of great
interest to Henkelman. He has published works
for organ, keyboard and instruments, and choir
During a particular time in the lovefeast,
a group of individuals known as Dieners will
serve a piece of Moravian sugar cake and a
beverage to all in attendance. After everyone
is served, special music will be played and
everyone will eat the lovefeast together. The
concert will then continue.
“We’ve got 10 concerts scheduled over the
next year with the last one in October 2008,”
For more information visit the Internet at
www.gracehammoravian.org or call (301)