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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


Saturday, March 24 — Psalm 38:17–22
Exodus 29:31–30:16; Matthew 26:14–30

The eyes of the Lord range throughout the entire earth, to strengthen those whose heart is true to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

And a woman, having learned that Jesus was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Luke 7:37–38

Friend of sinners, thank you for the gift of grace. Cause us to see more clearly the design you have for us to share this grace with all people—including are neighbors and friends. Grant new opportunities today to share and listen for your love. Amen.

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