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Official Provincial Elders’ News for November 2013

Prayer Watch

The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas Fratrum) has continued to bless us. The 1988 Unity Synod affirmed the importance of this experience for the worldwide Moravian Church.

Under the schedule adopted by the 2009 Unity Synod, December 1-31 is assigned to the Northern Province and January 1-18 to the Southern Province. Each Provincial Board will supply assignment of specific dates to individual congregations, with suggestions for prayer topics.

Prayer Day for the Bible Society, November 24, 2013

On Sunday, November 24, we will join with churches of many other denominations in emphasizing the importance of the Bible. Our church is part of the American and Canadian Bible Societies, which do much to publish and distribute the Word of God.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2013

The Synods of 2006 resolved to recognize World AIDS Day on December 1 and proclaim it as a day of commemoration and prayer by our Moravian churches. Congregations are encouraged to schedule an AIDS Awareness Day and to find a way to support an AIDS ministry focusing on areas of education, prevention and ministering to caregivers, orphans and those living with HIV.

NORTHERN PROVINCE

Moravian Women’s Sunday,
November 3, 2013

The first Sunday in November has been designated to especially recognize the work of the Moravian Women in local congregations throughout the Northern Province. Some congregations may choose a different Sunday for this observance if there are conflicts in scheduling.

Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary
November 24, 2013

On Sunday, November 24, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty and the students.

Uhrichsville, Ohio

Brother William Rinderknecht has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for First Moravian Church, Uhrichsville, Ohio. Brother Rinderknecht will be installed November 3, 2013.

Specialized Ministry

Sister Mary Bielke has accepted a call to specialized ministry as chaplain for Cedar Crest, Inc. in Janesville, Wis. She began her new work October 1, 2013.

Retirement

Brother Douglas H. Kleintop requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective May 1, 2014.

Brother Kleintop was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church May 25, 1975 and served the church in pastorates in Ohio (Schoenbrunn), Alberta (Edmonton), and Pennsylvania (College Hill and Palmer Township). He also served as President of the Canadian District Executive Board from April 1982 to December 1983. He will continue to serve the church as a bishop of the Moravian Unity, having been consecrated to that office October 13, 2002.

The church is grateful for his thirty-nine years of faithful service.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference

SOUTHERN PROVINCE

Retirements

The Rev. Dr. Truman Dunn, pastor at Messiah Moravian, has requested and been granted permission by the PEC to retire from active ministry as of October 20, 2013.  Truman was ordained in 1974 into the United Methodist Church and later received into the ordained ministry of the Moravian Church in 1986. In the past 27 years, Truman has faithfully served as pastor of the Kernersville, Rural Hall and Messiah congregations.

The Rev. Steve Wilson, pastor at Little Church on the Lane, has requested and been granted permission by the PEC to retire from active ministry as of November 3, 2013.  Steve was ordained at First Moravian Church, North Carolina in 1976 and has provided more than 37 years of pastoral leadership at the Clemmons, Boca Raton and Little Church on the Lane congregations.
The Rev. Dr. Steve Craver, pastor at Rural Hall, has requested and been granted permission by the PEC to retire from active ministry as of December 31, 2013.  Steve was ordained at Friedberg Moravian Church in 1977 and has provided more than 36 years of pastoral leadership at the Trinity, Mayodan, Friedland and Rural Hall congregations.

David Guthrie
Provincial Elders’ Conference

 

From the November 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

11/22/2017

Wednesday, November 22 — Psalm 131
Daniel 9:1–10:7; Jude 1:11–25

O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them forever. Psalm 28:9

Jesus says, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.” John 10:16

Good Shepherd, so often as a church we look to those outside our own community as “other.” May we let go of our pride and work together with all people so we will be one flock under your leadership. Amen.

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