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 100 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.
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016
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.
Brother Lance Fox has accepted an appointment to serve as intentional interim pastor for Schoeneck Moravian Church, Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Brother Fox was installed into his new work October 23, 2016.
Sister Barbara Berg has accepted an appointment to serve as part-time pastor for London Moravian Church, Cambridge, Wisconsin. Sister Berg began her new work October 1, 2016.
New Philadelphia, Ohio
Brother Dennis Rohn, who had been serving as appointed pastor at Schoenbrunn Community Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio, concluded his work with the congregation effective August 30, 2016.
Sister Janice Coffing requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective January 1, 2017.
Sister Coffing was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church June 22, 2013 and served the church under call to specialized ministry as a Chaplain at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Ind. The church is grateful for her three years of faithful service.
Brother Adam Spaugh, who had been serving as pastor of Palmyra Moravian Church, Cinnaminson, New Jersey, resigned from the ministry of the Moravian Church Northern Province effective October 28, 2016.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference
From the November 2016 Moravian Magazine