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Official Provincial Elders’ News, September 2014

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 14, 2014
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.

NORTHERN PROVINCE

Prayer Day for Church Development, September 21, 2014
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 28, 2014
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.

Ordinations
Brother John Fritts, a May graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on August 10, 2014. Bishop Douglas H. Kleintop officiated at the service, which was held at Palmer Township Community Moravian Church, Easton, Pennsylvania.

Brother James Lavoy, a May graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church on August 24, 2014. Bishop M. Blair Couch officiated at the service, which was held at Newfoundland Moravian Church, Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.

Presbyterial Consecrations
Brother Michael Eder, presently serving as pastor for Chaska Moravian Church, Chaska, Minnesota, will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on September 20, 2014. Bishop Kay Ward will officiate at the service, which will be held at Chaska Moravian Church.

Sister Jennifer Moran, presently serving as pastor for Christ’s Community Moravian Church, Maple Grove, Minnesota, will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on September 21, 2014. Bishop Kay Ward will officiate at the service, which will be held at Christ’s Community Moravian Church.

Brother Matthew Gillard, presently serving as pastor for Heimtal Moravian Church, Leduc County, Alberta, will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on October 19, 2014. Bishop Kay Ward will officiate at the service, which will be held at Heimtal Moravian Church.

Specialized Ministry
Brother John Fritts has accepted a call to Specialized Ministry serving as Chaplain at Marquardt Village, Watertown, Wisconsin. Brother Fritts will begin his new work September 22, 2014.

Edmonton, Alberta
Brother James Lavoy has accepted a call to serve as pastor for Rio Terrace Moravian Church, Edmonton, Alberta. Brother Lavoy will begin his new work in September.

Bronx, New York
Sister Desna Henry Goulbourne has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for Tremont Terrace Moravian Church, Bronx, New York. Sister Goulbourne was installed into her new work July 27, 2014.

Cinnaminson, New Jersey
Brother Adam Spaugh has accepted the call to serve as pastor for Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, New Jersey. Brother Spaugh began his new work in August 2014.

Leave of Absence
Sister Trina Holmberg, who has been serving as pastor for Unionville Moravian Church, Unionville, Michigan, requested and was granted a leave of absence from active ministry effective August 1, 2014.

Appleton, Wisconsin
The Provincial Elders’ Conference acted to end the pastoral ministry of Sister Sandra Crase at the Freedom Moravian Church in Appleton, Wisconsin on May 21, 2014.

Elizabeth D. Miller, president
Provincial Elders’ Conference

SOUTHERN PROVINCE

Retirements
The Rev. Don Griffin, pastor at Union Cross Moravian Church, has requested and been granted permission to retire from active service under call effective February 28, 2015.  Don will have served more than 31 years in pastoral ministry at the Bethabara and Union Cross congregations.

The Rev. Dr. Jim Doss, pastor at Peace Moravian Church since January 2003, has requested and has been granted permission to retire from active service under call effective January 15, 2015. Jim has been in ministry for 39 years as a pastor and Navy Chaplain (active and reserve). This has included 18 years of service in the Moravian Church as pastor of the Union Cross and Peace congregations

Mizpah Moravian
The Rev. John Rainey, pastor at First Moravian Church, Greensboro, N.C., has accepted a call to become pastor of the Mizpah congregation.  John will conclude his ministry at First church August 31.  A service of installation at Mizpah is planned for Sunday, September 21.

David Guthrie, president
Provincial Elders’ Conference

 

From the September 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

09/20/2017

Wednesday, September 20 — Psalm 107:33–43
Jeremiah 50:41–51:23; Hebrews 5

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Joel 2:28 (NIV)

Peter said, “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear.” Acts 2:33

Lord, be with us when we are afraid, when we are struggling with new situations, when we feel alone and angry. Set our spirits free. Amen.

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