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Official Provincial Elders News April 2013

Moravian Music Sunday 
April 28, 2013
The fifth Sunday of Easter, April 28, 2013, has been designated as Moravian Music Sunday. The purpose of this observance is to help all congregations become more familiar with our rich heritage of Moravian music. Music is an expression of faith, and thus continuing creativity is to be encouraged.

Presbyterial Consecration
Brother Kurt Liebenow, presently serving as pastor for Christian Faith Moravian Church, DeForest, Wisconsin will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on June 23, 2013. Bishop Paul A. Graf will officiate at the service, which will be held at Christian Faith Moravian Church.

Brother William Surber requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective October 1, 2013.

Brother Surber was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church December 18, 1977 and has served the church in pastorates in New York (Tremont Terrace) and Ohio (Fry’s Valley, Uhrichsville).
The church is grateful for his thirty-seven years of faithful service.

Zachary Dease, a candidate for ordination who completed his M. Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary in May 2012, has accepted the call to become pastor of Mayodan Moravian Church, Mayodan, N.C. He was ordained by bishop Sam Gray, Sunday, March 17, at New Philadelphia Moravian Church (his home congregation), and installed as pastor at Mayodan on Sunday, March 24.

Brother Tom Shelton has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian church effective June 30, 2013. After graduating from the Moravian Theological Seminary, Tom was ordained a deacon June 11, 1978 at Clemmons Moravian in Clemmons, N.C. where he served as Associate Pastor for 2 years. Brother Shelton served as pastor at Rolling Hills in Longwood, Fla. for four years. He was consecrated a presbyter on October 14, 1984 at Friedberg Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C. where he has served faithfully for 23 years. Tom was a member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference from 1998-2006. The Provincial Elders’ Conference expresses gratitude to Tom and Lillian for their dedicated service to the Moravian Church over the past 35 years and wishes them many blessings in retirement.


From the April 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, March 21 — Psalm 37:34–40
Exodus 27:1–28:14; Matthew 25:14–30

God said, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

As all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:22

God of compassion, you have told us that you care for the poor and abandoned. We confess how little our hearts share this concern. We see very little beyond our own needs. Today, help us change. May we see you in the least and the last. Amen.

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