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Official Provincial Elders’ News, June 2014


Outdoor Ministries Sunday,
June 22, 2014
The 1994 Synod of the Moravian Church–Northern Province passed legislation regarding the observance of an Outdoor Ministries Sunday. The date for this observance has been established by the Provincial Elders’ Conference as the Sunday after Trinity Sunday, which falls on June 2 this year. Pastors are encouraged to use either of the liturgies prepared in 1996-1997. The liturgies are available in the “Public Documents” section of the Northern Province Portal or by contacting the Provincial Office.

Hope, Indiana
Brother Andrew Kilps, who has been serving as pastor of the Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, N.J., has accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Hope Moravian Church, Hope, Ind. Brother Kilps will begin his new work August 11, 2014.

Presbyterial Consecration
Sister Trina Holmberg, currently serving as pastor for Unionville Moravian Church, Unionville, Mich., will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on June 1, 2014. Bishop Douglas H. Kleintop will officiate at the service, which will be held at the Unionville Moravian Church.

Brother F. Jeffrey Van Orden requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective July 1, 2014.

Brother Van Orden was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church June 24, 1973 and has served the church in pastorates in Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Third), New Jersey (Riverside), Ohio (Church of the Redeemer), and Indiana (Hope) as well as serving under call to specialized ministry at The Lighthouse (a United Fund agency in Philadelphia).

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

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference



Laurel Ridge
The Laurel Ridge Board of Directors has announced James E. Fordham III (Tres) has accepted the position of Director, Laurel Ridge Moravian Camp, Conference and Retreat Center. Tres is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Recreation Management and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a MS in Leisure Studies (Parks, Recreation and Tourism). Tres brings a great mix of skills to the camp through his background and education.
Tres grew up at Calvary Moravian Church where he is still an Associate Member. He is married to Dawn Bodford Fordham and they have two children, Jay and Mollie. Tres will assume this role May 1, 2014.

Carolyn Griffin
Carolyn Griffin, wife of Don Griffin, pastor at Union Cross Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, entered the more immediate presence of her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2014.  A committal service was held in God’s Acre in Salem, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 25, with the Rev. Scott Venable officiating.   A memorial service was conducted by the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Fairview Moravian Church, Winston-Salem.

David Guthrie,
Provincial Elders’ Conference


From the June 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Thursday, September 20 — Psalm 108:1–5
1 Samuel 11,12; John 1:29–42

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself. Psalm 49:15 (NIV)

Christ Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10

Christ the everlasting light, with great love and sacrifice you have freed us from the bonds of death. How can we ever thank you enough? Help us to live up to your sacrifice—to seek you in all that we do— to be your hands and feet in the world. Our Lamb has conquered! Let us follow Him. Amen.

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