The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas Fratrum) has continued to bless us. The 1988 Unity Synod affirmed the importance of this experience for the worldwide Moravian Church.
Under the schedule adopted by the 2016 Unity Synod, December 1-22 is assigned to the Northern Province and January 1-18 to the Southern Province. Each Provincial Board will supply assignment of specific dates to individual congregations, with suggestions for prayer topics.
Prayer Day for the Bible Societies, November 19, 2017
On Sunday, November 19, we will join with churches of many other denominations in emphasizing the importance of the Bible. Our church is part of the American and Canadian Bible Societies, which do much to publish and distribute the Word of God.
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017
The Synods of 2006 resolved to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1 and proclaim it as a day of commemoration and prayer by our Moravian churches. Congregations are encouraged to schedule an AIDS Awareness Day and to find a way to support an AIDS ministry focusing on areas of education, prevention and ministering to caregivers, orphans and those living with HIV.
Prayer Day for Children
On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.
Sister Mandy M. Mastros, a May 2017 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, will be ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on October 22, 2017. Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon will officiate at the service, which will be held at Lititz Moravian Church, Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Sister Mandy M. Mastros has accepted the call to serve as pastor for Lancaster Moravian Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sister Mastros will be installed November 5, 2017.
Due to declining membership and in accordance with ¶1019 of The Book of Order, Canadensis Moravian Church, Canadensis, Pennsylvania closed with a final service of worship and thanksgiving on October 1, 2017.
Durbin and Leonard, North Dakota
Brother Joel Russell has accepted an appointment to serve as pastor for Goshen Moravian Church, Durbin, North Dakota and Bethel Moravian Church, Leonard, North Dakota. Brother Russell began his work September 17, 2017.
Sister Christine S. Johnson, presently serving as part-time pastor for Fry’s Valley Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio, has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for First Moravian Church, Uhrichsville, Ohio. Sister Johnson was installed to this additional work October 15, 2017.
Staten Island, New York
Sister Kathlyn Ferguson-Nealand concluded her work as Intentional Interim Pastor for Castleton Hill Moravian Church, Staten Island, New York, on September 17, 2017.
Sister Judy Ganz requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective December 31, 2017.
Sister Ganz was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church August 24, 2008 and has served the church in pastorates in Wisconsin (Christian Faith) and Alberta (Edmonton) and as Executive Director of the Interprovincial Board of World Mission.
The church is grateful for her nine years of faithful service.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference