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Provincial Elders’ News


Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary 
November 26, 2017

On Sunday, November 26, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty, and the students.

Watertown, Wisconsin

Sister Katie Van Der Linden, who has been serving as pastor at Glenwood Moravian Church, Madison, Wisconsin, has accepted the call to serve as pastor for Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin. Sister Van Der Linden will be installed into her new work January 7, 2018.

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Brother Ronald Rice has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for the Lebanon Moravian Church, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Brother Rice began his work October 23, 2017.

Newfoundland, Pennsylvania

Brother Mark Newman has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for the Newfoundland Moravian Church, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania. Brother Newman began his work October 30, 2017.


Sister Desna Henry Goulbourne, who has been serving as part-time pastor for Tremont Terrace Moravian Church, Bronx, New York, resigned her appointment effective October 29, 2017.

Western District

Sister Jennifer Moran, who has been serving as pastor at Christ’s Community Moravian Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota, has accepted a call to temporary service with the Western District. The call was effective October 9, 2017.

Presbyterial Consecration

Brother Lloyd Gooden, presently serving as pastor of Sharon Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio, will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on 
November 12, 2017. Bishop Douglas H. Kleintop will officiate at the service, which will be held at Sharon Moravian Church.


Brother Jeffrey Gehris requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective December 11, 2017.

Brother Gehris was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church June 24, 1984 and has served the church in pastorates in Pennsylvania (Emmaus, Lancaster, and Nazareth), New Jersey (Battle Hill), and Maryland (Graceham).

The church is grateful for his 33 years of faithful service.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference



Peace Moravian, Charlotte, N.C.

Rusty Rushing, an approved candidate for ordination, has accepted a call to be pastor of the Peace congregation, Charlotte, N.C.  He will be ordained by Bishop Graham Rights, Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:00 p.m. at Little Church on the Lane, Charlotte (his home congregation); and installed during morning worship at Peace on Nov. 26. Rusty has served as student pastor/intern for the congregation, which currently meets at Hawk Ridge Elementary School. Please be in prayer for Rusty, his family and the congregation.


The Rev. Robert Wolfe, the chaplain with Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministry since 1995, has requested and been granted permission to retire from active service under call September 1, 2018.  Robert was associate pastor of the Friedberg congregation before becoming a chaplain.  He has ministered faithfully to those incarcerated at the Forsyth Correctional Center (Cherry Street) and the Forsyth County Detention Center (Church Street), to their families, and to the staff of those facilities and their families.  Remember Robert and his wife, Sandy, as he continues and concludes this work.

David Guthrie
Provincial Elders’ Conference

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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