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Official Provincial Elders’ News for September 2012

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 9, 2012
The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.


Prayer Day for Church Development, September 16, 2012
The third Sunday in September is the prayer day for church development in the Northern Province. Pray for the new congregations established in our province in recent years as they develop their unity and mission. Support the ongoing development of these new congregations. Pray also for those congregations in the redevelopment process.

Prayer Day for the Church’s Ministry to Older Adults, September 23, 2012
The 2002 Synod reaffirmed the fourth Sunday in September as a time to recognize older generations and to pray for our mutual ministry. Each congregation can make ministry to and with older generations in their midst a special cause for prayer.

Brother Lloyd Gooden was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on July 22, 2012 at John Hus Moravian Church, Brooklyn, New York. Bishop C. Hopeton Clennon officiated at the ordination service.

Presbyterial Consecration
Brother F. Jeffrey Van Orden, presently serving as pastor of the Hope Moravian Church, Hope, Indiana, will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on November 4, 2012. Bishop Kay Ward will officiate at 
the service, which will be held at Hope Moravian Church.

Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Brother Lloyd Gooden, a May graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of the Lebanon Moravian Church, Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Brother Gooden was installed August 5, 2012.

Western District
Sister Sandra Crase concluded her work at Morongo Moravian Church, Banning, California, on June 30, 2012 and accepted a call to temporary service within the Western District effective July 1, 2012.

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth D. Miller, 
Provincial Elders’ Conference


Friedland Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Brother David Merritt has accepted the call to become pastor of Friedland Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He has served as pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the past 10 years.  Brother Merritt was installed on August 12, 2012.

Brother Don Winters has been given permission to officially retire from the active Moravian ministry.  He concluded his service at Kernersville Moravian on August 31, 2012. Before entering the ministry Brother Winters served in the US Army in Vietnam/Southeast Asia and also worked as a supervisor of retail advertising for the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel Newspapers. In 1985 he earned his M.Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on June 23, 1985 at Calvary Moravian Church and consecrated a presbyter on August 12, 1990 at Olivet Moravian Church.  Brother Winters served pastorates at Olivet Moravian and Fairview Moravian Churches in Winston-Salem, N.C. and concluded his ministry service at Kernersville Moravian in Kernersville, N.C. We express deep appreciation to Don and Mary for their faithful and dedicated service to the Moravian Church over the past 27 years and wish them many blessings for the future.

Board of Cooperative Ministries
The Board of Cooperative Ministries is pleased to announce that Ruth Cole Burcaw will begin work as Executive Director of that board on July 2, 2012. Ruth is a management professional with over 25 years of experience in administration, communications and project management in the public, non-profit and private sectors. Ruth, a native of Winston-Salem, grew up attending many Moravian churches, including Konnoak Hills, Grace, Advent and Kernersville, while her parents, Hal and Joy Cole, served in parish ministry. After graduating in 1987 from Moravian College, Ruth served as Assistant to Mayor Martha S. Wood in Winston-Salem. She earned her Master’s in Public Affairs from UNC- Greensboro before starting Quantum Events, an event and association management firm, in 1998. She has spent the past 14 years helping clients build more effective relationships with their employees and customers. Ruth and her husband, Chris, live in Lewisville, N.C., where they and their children, Jessy (19) and Jake (15), are active members of Unity Moravian Church. Ruth will provide leadership as the Board of Cooperative Ministries works to support the life and ministry of congregations and Regional Conferences of Churches throughout the Province.

Specialized Ministry
Sister Heather Vacek has accepted the call to Specialized Ministry to serve as Assistant Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Sister Vacek is a member of Raleigh Moravian Church in Raleigh, N.C. She holds an M.Div. from Duke Divinity and a graduate business degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In 2012 she was awarded her Th.D. from Duke Divinity where her work was both theological and historical. Sister Vacek was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on July 15, 2012 at Raleigh Moravian Church. Bishop Wayne Burkette presided. Sister Vacek is married to Gary Vacek and they are the parents of Luke.

The Rev. David Guthrie
, President, Provincial Elders’ Conference


From the September 2012 Moravian Magazine


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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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