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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.

 

Watchwords

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

 

NORTHERN PROVINCE

 

Presbyterial Consecration

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.

 

Retirements

• 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.

 

Removal

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

Moravian Daily Texts

09/24/2018

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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