Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2015
The Moravian Church is privileged to join with Christians throughout the world in prayers for the unity of the Church during the week of January 18-25. The theme for this year: Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” is based on John 4:7.
Ecumenical Sunday, January 25, 2015
The Provincial Elders’ Conferences request that congregations observe our ecumenical witness in the worship services on Sunday, January 25, 2015. In addition to prayers and themes for preaching, our ecumenical witness is expressed in our participation in local and regional ecumenical service ministries and in councils of churches. Our church supports financially this ecumenical witness with congregational pledges for local and state councils of churches and with support for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and the World Council of Churches.
Prayer Day for Retired Ministers,
January 25, 2015
The last Sunday in January has been designated as a day of prayer for retired ministers. This is an opportunity to recognize with gratitude the service our retired ministers and their spouses have rendered to the Church over the years.
Sister Nasel Ephraim has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for Redeemer Moravian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sister Ephraim was installed December 14, 2014.
Brother Gary T. Marsh requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective February 23, 2015.
Brother Marsh was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church January 2, 1983 and has served the church in pastorates in the Northern and Southern Provinces. He served congregations in Minnesota (Waconia), Wisconsin (Green Bay, West Side), North Carolina (Winston-Salem, Calvary) and Pennsylvania (East Hills) and also served as Director of Stewardship for the Northern Province.
The church is grateful for his 32 years of faithful service to our provinces.
Sister Margaret A. Wellert requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective January 15, 2015.
Sister Wellert was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church April 21, 2001 and has served the church in pastorates in Minnesota (Our Savior’s and Berea), Wisconsin (Sister Bay) and New York (Great Kills).
The church is grateful for her 14 years of faithful service.
Lewis Center, Ohio
Due to declining membership and in accordance with ¶1019 of The Book of Order, The Promise Moravian Church, Lewis Center, Ohio closed on July 27, 2014 with a final service of worship and celebration.
Elizabeth D. Miller, Provincial Elders’ Conference
The Rev. Matthew Allen has accepted a call to become pastor of the Olivet congregation after serving at Oak Grove Moravian Church since 2002. Matthew concluded his ministry at Oak Grove in January and was installed at Olivet on Sunday, January 18. Both congregations are in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Rev. Douglas Gebhard, of the Presbyterian Church (USA), has accepted appointment as the intentional interim pastor of the Friedland congregation. Doug was installed Sunday, November 23.
Your prayers are invited for Matthew and Doug, and for the Olivet, Oak Grove and Friedland congregations.
Tommy Cole, Director of Sunnyside Ministry since August 2007, has requested and been given permission to retire from this appointment, effective June 30, 2014. During Tommy’s time as Director, Sunnyside Ministry has grown. Over 200 volunteers from 60 area churches provide nearly $2 million in crisis assistance, primarily for those on the south side of Winston-Salem. In 2010 and 2011, the facilities were completely renovated to more effectively serve neighbors in need.
The Sunnyside Program Board and the Board of Cooperative Ministries will conduct a selection process for a new Director in the coming months. We give thanks to God for Tommy’s ministry, and invite your prayers for him, for his family, and for the staff, volunteers and people served by Sunnyside.
David Guthrie , Provincial Elders’ Conference
From the January/February 2015 Moravian Magazine