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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News


Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament August 4, 2013
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 EducationAugust 25, 2013
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.


Ordination/Specialized Ministry
Sister Janice Coffing was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on June 22, 2013 at Schoeneck Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon officiated at the ordination service. Sister Janice has accepted a call to specialized ministry as Chaplain at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Sister Jennika Borger has accepted a call to serve as part-time Chaplain for Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Sister Borger will begin her new work August 1, 2013.

Brother Gary L. Harke requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective March 1, 2014.

Brother Harke was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church August 12, 1973 and has served the church in pastorates in Nicaragua, under the care of the Board of World Mission, and Pennsylvania (Easton First). He also served as Director of Educational Ministries for the Western District, as Staff Associate to the Provincial Elders’ Conference, and under call to Specialized Ministry as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Council 
of Churches.

The church is grateful for his 41 years of faithful service.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference


Advent, Winston-Salem
The Rev. Dr. Tim Sapp, pastor of Mizpah Moravian Church in Rural Hall, N.C. since 2009, has accepted a call to become pastor of Advent Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. and will be installed Sunday, July 21.  Tim was ordained February 6, 2006 at Fulp Moravian and served as pastor at Pine Chapel before joining the Mizpah congregation.

Friedberg, Winston-Salem
A service of installation for The Rev. James Newsome, Jr. as pastor of Friedberg Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. was held on Sunday, July 28, during the morning worship service. Jim has served as Associate Pastor at Friedberg Moravian since 2005 and will replace the Rev. Tom Shelton who retired June 30, 2013.

New Philadelphia, Winston-Salem
The Rev. Christy Clore was installed as the new Director of Christian Education for New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem on May 26.

The Rev. Leslie Venable, co-pastor at Christ the King Moravian Church in Durham, N.C., has requested and been granted permission by the PEC to retire from active ministry as of July 1, 2013.  Leslie was ordained at Raleigh Moravian Church in 1987, and served as Associate Pastor of the Konnoak Hills congregation.  She and her husband, Frank, have been co-pastors of Christ the King since its beginning in 1989.

The Rev. David Guthrie, 
President, Southern Province PEC


From the August 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


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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