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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Official Provincial Elders News

NORTHERN PROVINCE
Presbyterial Consecration
Brother Kurt Liebenow, presently serving as pastor for Christian Faith Moravian Church, DeForest, Wisconsin will be consecrated a presbyter of the Moravian Church on June 23, 2013. Bishop Paul A. Graf will officiate at the service, which will be held at Christian Faith Moravian Church.

Retirement
Brother William Surber requested and was granted permission to retire from the active call of the Moravian Church effective October 1, 2013.

Brother Surber was ordained a deacon of the Moravian Church December 18, 1977 and has served the church in pastorates in New York (Tremont Terrace) and Ohio (Fry’s Valley, Uhrichsville).
The church is grateful for his thirty-seven years of faithful service.

SOUTHERN PROVINCE
Ordination
Zachary Dease, a candidate for ordination who completed his M. Div. at Moravian Theological Seminary in May 2012, has accepted the call to become pastor of Mayodan Moravian Church, Mayodan, N.C. He was ordained by bishop Sam Gray, Sunday, March 17, at New Philadelphia Moravian Church (his home congregation), and installed as pastor at Mayodan on Sunday, March 24.

Retirement
Brother Tom Shelton has requested and been given permission to retire from the active ministry of the Moravian church effective June 30, 2013. After graduating from the Moravian Theological Seminary, Tom was ordained a deacon June 11, 1978 at Clemmons Moravian in Clemmons, N.C. where he served as Associate Pastor for 2 years. Brother Shelton served as pastor at Rolling Hills in Longwood, Fla. for four years. He was consecrated a presbyter on October 14, 1984 at Friedberg Moravian in Winston-Salem, N.C. where he has served faithfully for 23 years. Tom was a member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference from 1998-2006. The Provincial Elders’ Conference expresses gratitude to Tom and Lillian for their dedicated service to the Moravian Church over the past 35 years and wishes them many blessings in retirement.

Moravian Daily Texts

01/21/2018

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Watchword for the Week — Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8

Sunday, January 21 — Jonah 3:1–5,10; Psalm 62:5–12
1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20

I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. Psalm 138:2

Jesus prays: “I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26

Blessed Redeemer, on this holy day may our worship of you spill out of the sanctuary and into every aspect of our lives. May all that we do give testimony to your unifying love. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

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