Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2017

The Moravian Church is privileged to join with Christians throughout the world in prayers for the unity of the Church during the week of January 18-25. The theme for this year is “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us”, based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20.

Ecumenical Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Provincial Elders’ Conferences request that congregations observe our ecumenical witness in the worship services on Sunday, January 29, 2017. In addition to prayers and themes for preaching, our ecumenical witness is expressed in our participation in local and regional ecumenical service ministries and in councils of churches. Our church supports financially this ecumenical witness with congregational pledges for local and state councils of churches and with support for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the World Council of Churches.

Prayer Day for Retired Ministers, January 29, 2017

The last Sunday in January has been designated as a day of prayer for retired ministers. This is an opportunity to recognize with gratitude the service our retired ministers and their spouses have rendered to the Church over the years.

Northern Province

Cinnaminson, New Jersey

Brother F. Jeffrey Van Orden has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Brother Van Orden will begin this new work March 1, 2017.

West Salem, Illinois

Brother Reid Lauderman, who has been serving as pastor for Bethel Moravian Church, Leonard, North Dakota, and Goshen Moravian Church, Durbin, North Dakota, has accepted the call to serve as pastor for West Salem Moravian Church, West Salem, Illinois. Brother Lauderman will be installed March 5, 2017.

Downey, California

Due to declining membership and in accordance with ¶1019 of The Book of Order, Downey Moravian Church, Downey, California will close with a final service of worship and thanksgiving on June 4, 2017.

Elizabeth D. Miller, PEC, Northern Province


The Rev. Ray Burke will retire February 28, 2017, after more than 40 years of ministry. Ray served the New Philadelphia, Konnoak Hills, and Clemmons congregation and as an Army Chaplain. Please keep Ray, his wife, Kay, and their family, and also the Clemmons congregation and boards in prayer.

Home Moravian Church

The Rev. Virginia Tobiassen has accepted a call to become pastor of Home Moravian Church after serving as associate pastor since 2013.  A service of installation is planned for January 29. Remember Ginny, her husband, Bill, and the members and leadership at Home Church during this time of transition.

Ministry Transition

The Rev. Robert Peterson has requested and been granted permission to retire from active service under call, effective June 30.  Bob will have served more than 40 years, including ministry in the Northern Province (First, Riverside, NJ; Lancaster, PA; East Hills, Bethlehem, PA), and Southern Province (First, Greensboro, Leaksville, and interim pastorates at Grace, Mt. Airy, and Little Church on the Lane, Charlotte.)  Please be in prayer for Bob and his wife, Sara, and the Leaksville congregation during the coming months.

2017 Watchwords For The Southern Province

The Watchwords for our Province this year are taken from the Daily Texts for August 6:

“Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.”  Psalm 105:3

“On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them.”  Acts 20:7

The Rev. David Guthrie President, Southern Province PEC


From the January/February 2017  Moravian Magazine


Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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