Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Church in North America
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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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October Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Children
On a Sunday in October, congregations of the Northern and Southern Provinces are invited to join with thousands of other congregations across the nation in the thirteenth annual national observance of Children’s Sabbath. Endorsement of the Children’s Sabbath was made by the Provincial Elders’ Conferences in January 1994.

Prayer Day for World Mission, October 14, 2012
The second Sunday in October has been designated as a special Day of Prayer for World Mission. Pray for the ministries in our Partner Provinces—Alaska, Guyana, Eastern West Indies, Honduras, Labrador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Western Tanzania. Especially pray for continued resolution of conflict within the church in Honduras and other areas of our worldwide church. Pray for wisdom and guidance for the Unity Board meeting the end of this month. Pray for our new work in Peru, Sierra Leone and Cuba, and for the upcoming Cuban Women’s Conference. Remember our Board of World Mission ministries, including Antioch and short-term missions, Likewise Ministries, Moravian Volunteer Resources and the response to needs in Haiti, as well as our many partnerships with congregations that support work in Tanzania, Palestine, Kenya, Nepal and other areas of mission outreach. Pray for our retired missionaries as they continue serving in ministry. And pray that God will persist in revealing to us where the church in North America is called to mission, both locally and globally, that God’s love may be known throughout the world.

For specific information for your prayers about these and other new and continuing ministries, please see the BWM website,


Prayer Day for Peace with Justice and Freedom, October 21, 2012
The third Sunday in October is designated as a Day of Prayer for Peace with Justice and Freedom.

Presbyterial Consecration
Brother Andrew Kilps, presently serving as pastor of the Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, N.J., will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on October 28, 2012. Bishop Kay Ward will officiate at the service, which will be held at Palmyra Moravian Church.

Madison, Wisconsin
Sister Katie Van Der Linden, who has been serving as pastor of Advent Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of Glenwood Moravian Church, Madison, Wisconsin. Sr. Van Der Linden will be installed into her new work October 28, 2012.

Released for Other Service
Brother Keith K. Harke, who had been serving as Intentional Interim pastor for Faith Moravian Church, Washington, D. C., has accepted a call to be released for other service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Brother Harke began his new work as Intentional Interim Pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 1, 2012.

Sister Rosieta Burton requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective September 15, 2012.

Sister Burton was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church November 6, 2005 and has served the church as a pastor at Battle Hill Moravian Church, Union, New Jersey.

The church is grateful for her faithful service.

Elizabeth D. Miller 
Provincial Elders’ Conference

Southern Province

Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Brother Rick Sides has accepted the call to become pastor of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. He served as Executive Director of the Board of Christian Education and Interim Executive Directive of the newly-formed Board of Cooperative Ministries for the last 18 years. Brother Sides was installed on September 9, 2012.

Brother Phil Bauguess has been given permission to officially retire from the Moravian ministry. In 1974 he earned his M.Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in the Moravian Church on April 6, 1975 at Calvary Moravian Church and consecrated a presbyter on March 1, 1981 at Olivet Moravian Church. He served pastorates at Trinity Moravian (associate) and Olivet Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C. and Covenant Moravian in Wilmington, N.C. Brother Bauguess was released for other service and served as associate pastor at Sedge Garden UMC in Kernersville, N.C for six years. Presently he continues his ministry at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Service in Kernersville, N.C. ministering to families in their time of grief and helping others plan for the future. We express deep appreciation to Phil and Paula for their faithful and dedicated service to the Moravian Church and wish them many blessings for the future.

David Guthrie 
Provincial Elders’ Conference


From the October 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Tuesday, August 21† — Psalm 102:12–22
Judges 4; Luke 19:1–10

The Lord our God may not leave us or abandon us. 1 Kings 8:57

The disciples went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. Mark 16:20

Heavenly Father, as we, your flock, move throughout the day, you are the shepherd that guides our way. Help us, O Lord, to remember you are always present, even when we cannot feel you. Amen.

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