Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work, March 2, 2014
The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering is directed to the Congo for construction of a new classroom for the theological college.
At the close of 2013, members of the Provincial Board of the European Continental Province met in Herrnhut, the birthplace of our renewed Moravian Church, and drew watchwords for the Unity Board, Unity Provinces, Mission Provinces and Unity Undertakings. The common watchword for the year 2014 is taken from Psalm 73:28: “For me it is good to be near God!”
The 2014 watchword drawn for the Northern Province is from November 19, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered.” Isaiah 65:17
The Southern Province watchword, from May 12, is “Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.” Psalm 21:13
Brother Keith K. Harke, who has been released for other service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of West Side Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Brother Harke will be installed in his new work March 16, 2014.
Brother Darryl C. Bell requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective August 1, 2014.
Brother Bell was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church April 21, 1974 and has served the church in pastorates in Minnesota (Lake Auburn) and Ohio (Church of the Redeemer), as well as serving as founding pastor for the work in Canton, Michigan and the congregations of Christ’s Community (Maple Grove, Minn.) and The Promise (Lewis Center, OH). He has also served as Interim Church Planters’ Resource Advisor for the Northern Province.
The church is grateful for his forty years of faithful service.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference
From the March 2014 Moravian Magazine