Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work March 3, 2012
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 directed to the Congo for construction of a new classroom for the theological college.
At the close of 2012, 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 2013 Watchword drawn for the Northern Province is from December 16, “You bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover them with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12
The Southern Province Watchword, from August 29, is “The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings.” Deuteronomy 28:12
Sister Rhonda Robinson was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on February 10, 2013 at St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Bishop J. Christian Giesler officiated at the ordination service.
Brother Tracy Robinson, presently serving as pastor in team ministry for Esperanza for Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on February 24, 2013. Bishop M. Blair Couch officiated at the service, which was held at St. John’s Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Sister Rhonda Robinson, a May 2012 graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, has accepted the call to serve as part-time pastor in team ministry for Esperanza for Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Sister Robinson began her work February 1, 2013.
Brother Dennis Rohn requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective May 1, 2013.
Brother Rohn was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church June 28, 1970 and has served the church in pastorates in North Dakota (Canaan-Casselton), Wisconsin (Kellner-Saratoga), Pennsylvania (Lititz, West Side, Nazareth), Ohio (Gnadenhutten, Sharon), and New York (Castleton Hill).
He also served as a member of the Eastern District Executive Board from June 2004 to June 2012.
The church is grateful for his forty-three years of faithful service.
Jeff Jones, a 2011 graduate of the Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon on December 30, 2012 at Rural Hall Moravian Church with Bishop Wayne Burkette officiating. Brother Jones was installed as pastor of Bethabara Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. on January 6.
Andrew Heil, a 2010 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, who completed additional studies at Moravian Theological Seminary in 2012, has accepted the call to be pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Brother Heil was ordained on February 3 at Trinity Moravian Church with Bishop Graham Rights officiating. A service of installation was held February 10 at Hope Moravian Church.
Virginia Tobiassen, a 2010 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity, who completed additional studies at Moravian Theological Seminary in 2012, has accepted a call to become associate pastor of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sister Tobiassen was ordained at Konnoak Hills Moravian Church on Sunday, January 20, with Bishop Sam Gray officiating. A service of installation at Home Church was held Sunday, February 10.
From the April 2013 Moravian Magazine