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 Intercessionî which continued for one hundred 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.
Prayer Day for the Bible Society, November 23, 2014
On Sunday, November 23, we will join with churches of many other denominations in emphasizing the importance of the Bible. Our church is part of the American and Canadian Bible Societies, which do much to publish and distribute the Word of God.
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2014
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.
Moravian Women’s Sunday, November 2, 2014
The first Sunday in November has been designated to especially recognize the work of the Moravian Women in local congregations throughout the Northern Province. Some congregations may choose a different Sunday for this observance if there are conflicts in scheduling.
Prayer Day for Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, November 23, 2014
On Sunday, November 23, congregations of the Northern Province are asked to remember in prayer all who share in the important work of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Let us pray for the administration, the faculty and the students.
Sister Jane Gehler, who has been serving as pastor for Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin, accepted the call to serve as pastor for Unionville Moravian Church, Unionville, Michigan. Sister Gehler will be installed in her new work December 7, 2014.
Sister Carol Vogler concluded her ministry at Rio Terrace Moravian Church, Edmonton, Alberta, as of September 22, 2014.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference
On September 28, the Come and Worship outreach worship ministry began meeting at Bob’s Subs and Pub at 901 Reynolda Rd (corner of Reynolda and Northwest Blvd, across from Hanes Park) in Winston-Salem, N.C. Worship time will be 10:00. For the past six years C&W has been meeting at Chelsee’s Coffee Shop on Trade St.
David Merritt, pastor at Friedland Moravian Church, has accepted a call to three-quarter-time service as pastor of the Bethania congregation. He concluded ministry at Friedland September 28 and was installed at Bethania on October 12.
Aaron Linville, a candidate for ordination, has accepted the call to become pastor of the Rural Hall Moravian Church. He was ordained on Sunday October 12 by bishop Sam Gray, at Union Cross Moravian Church, Aaron’s home congregation. He completed a one-year pastoral internship at the end of October, and was installed as pastor at Rural Hall on November 2.
Margaret Leinbach requested and has been granted permission to retire from active service under call, effective September 8. †She was ordained in 2004 and served as an intentional interim pastor for Fries Memorial, First (Greensboro), and also for the Sharon (OH) congregation in the Northern Province. Margaret also was interim pastor of the King congregation during a call process. †Her service to the church includes: the Spiritual Life Commission, Church and Society Commission (chair), Provincial Women’s Board, Synod Planning Committee (2010) and delegate to the North Carolina Council of Churches.†
Provincial Elders’ Conference
From the November 2014 Moravian Magazine