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Official Provincial Elders’ News for December 2013



Sister Rebecca (Schoeneberger) Sisley was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church December 1, 2013 at Nazareth Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pa. Bishop M. Blair Couch officiated at the ordination service.
Presbyterial Consecration

Brother Eric Renner, presently serving as pastor for Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church, Fargo, N.D., will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on January 18, 2014. Bishop Paul A. Graf will officiate at the service, which will be held at Shepherd of the Prairie.

New Philadelphia, Ohio

Sister Rebecca (Schoeneberger) Sisley, a May graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of Sharon Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio. Sister Sisley will be installed December 15, 2013.

Released for Other Service

Brother Keith Harke has accepted a call to be released for other service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving as Intentional Interim Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church on Staten Island, N.Y. Brother Harke began his new work October 15, 2013.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference



Clergy Emergency Assistance Fund

As per the 2010 Provincial Synod resolution, the ‘Clergy Emergency Assistance Fund’ (CEAF) was established for “clergy who find themselves in emergency situations and who need assistance providing for their food, shelter and/or safety.” (From Resolved 6, Third Partial report, Mission to & with our Shepherds, 2010 Northern Province Synod legislation.

An advisory board was appointed by the Provincial Elders’ Conference to administer, and to create guidelines and application procedures for the fund, all of which have now been approved by the PEC. The policy and application process of the CEAF can be obtained from the Rev. Keith K. Harke, CEAF Chair, 74 Hillside Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10308,keithharke@gmail.comThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Be assured that all confidentiality regulations for both the United States and Canada will be observed.

Contributions to the fund are encouraged, and may be sent to Tina Giesler, Provincial Controller, 1021 Center St., PO Box 1245, Bethlehem, PA 18016. Checks should be made out to the ‘Moravian Church Northern Province’, with ‘Clergy Emergency Assistance Fund’ on the memo line.

Your continued prayers are requested as the advisory board moves forward in the administration of the CEAF in ministry to our shepherds who find themselves in need.


From the December 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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