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Official Provincial Elders’ News for July/August 2012


Prayer Day for World Peace 
and Nuclear Disarmament
 August 5, 2012

In accordance with legislation enacted at the 1982 Synod of the Northern Province and affirmed by the 1990 Synod, the first Sunday in August has been designated as a day of prayer for world peace and nuclear disarmament.

Prayer Day for Public Education
 August 26, 2012

Congregations of the Northern Province are asked to observe Public Education Awareness Day on the last Sunday in August. Prepared liturgies, intercessory prayers for students and all who teach in and administer public schools and sermons at worship may call attention to our responsibility for public education and seek the blessing of God upon these endeavors.

New Philadelphia, Ohio

Sister Christine S. Johnson has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor of Fry’s Valley Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Sister Johnson began her new work June 4, 2012.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference
Northern Province



Brother Carl Southerland has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian Church effective June 30, 2012. Brother Southerland earned his M.Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary and his D.Min at Drew University. During seminary he took a year to serve 22 congregations in Alaska in education and youth work. After he completed his seminary studies he took another year to serve as an intern in the Board of Christian Education office. He was ordained a deacon at Home Moravian Church on May 9, 1976 and consecrated a presbyter on June 14, 1981 at First Moravian Church in Greensboro, N.C. His first call to service was as Director of Youth/Education for the Board of Christian Education. He then served as pastor at First Moravian, Greensboro, N.C.; Fries Memorial, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Unity Moravian, Lewisville, N.C.; and as Associate Pastor at Home Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C. We express deep appreciation to Carl and Pam for their faithful and dedicated service to the Moravian Church over the past 41 years and wish them many blessings as they begin new service where Carl will serve as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin, N.C.

Sister Judith Justice
has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian Church effective June 30, 2012. After a career as a social worker and administrator in human service organizations Sister Justice responded to the call to ministry. She earned an M.Div at Moravian Theological Seminary and graduated in 1995. She was ordained a deacon at Home Moravian Church on June 18, 1995 and began her first pastorate at New Hope Moravian Church, Newton, N.C. She was consecrated a presbyter on September 9, 2001 at New Hope Moravian, Newton, N.C. She served there until the end of 2002. After a sabbatical, Sister Justice accepted a call to become pastor at New Hope Moravian in Miami, Fla., where she has served for the past six years.  The Provincial Elders’ Conference expresses gratitude to Judith for her committed and faithful service to the Moravian Church and wishes for her many blessings in retirement.

David Guthrie 
Provincial Elders’ Conference 
Southern Province


From the July/August 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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