Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work March 1, 2015
The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering is designated for the South Africa province’s project for youth and Sunday School.
At the close of 2014, members of the Provincial Board of the European Continental Province met in Herrnhut, the birthplace of our renewed Moravian Church, and drew watchwords for the Unity Board, Unity Provinces, Mission Provinces and Unity Undertakings.
The common watchword for the year 2015 is taken from Romans 15:7: “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
The Southern Province watchword, from May 9, is “Whom did you dread and fear so that you lied, and did not remember me?” Isaiah 57:11
The 2015 watchword drawn for the Northern Province is from February 6, “I know, my God, that you search the heart, and take pleasure in uprightness.” I Chronicles 29:17
Brother Jeffrey Coppage, presently serving as pastor for Covenant Moravian Church, York, Pa., was consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on January 25, 2015. Bishop Douglas H. Kleintop officiated at the service, which was held at Covenant Moravian Church.
• Sister M. Blair Couch requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective July 1, 2015.
Sister Couch was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church May 21, 1978. She has served the church in pastorates in Alberta (Rio Terrace, Edmonton) and Pennsylvania (Calvary). She also served on the Canadian District Executive Board (1982–1986). She will continue to serve the church as a bishop of the Moravian Unity, having been consecrated to that office November 3, 2002.
The church is grateful for her 37 years of faithful service.
• Sister Wendy J. Beck requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective August 1, 2015.
Sister Beck was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church November 29, 1986 and has served the church in pastorates in Alberta (Bruderheim, Good Shepherd), Wisconsin (Green Bay West) and Pennsylvania (Schoeneck). She has also served as staff resource to the Board of Elders of the Canadian District since 2006.
The church is grateful for her nearly 29 years of faithful service.
Leave of Absence
Brother Lance E. Fox, who has been serving as pastor for MorningStar Moravian Church, Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, requested and was granted a leave of absence from the active call of the Moravian Church effective January 31, 2015.
The Provincial Elders’ Conference acted to remove Brother William Hosking, Jr. from the Roster of the Moravian Church effective January 7, 2015.
Elizabeth D. Miller Provincial Elders’ Conference
From the March 2015 Moravian Magazine