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Western District Synod elects new executive board

Lay members elected to the WDEB include Bruce Loppnow, member of Berea Moravian Church in St. Charles, Minn. who was re-elected; Nancy Chandler from Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Ind.; Jeffrey Brandt from West Side Moravian Church in Green Bay, Wis., and Cindy Fahney from Lake Mills Moravian Church in Lake Mills, Wis. Election of lay members took five ballots.

The WDEB is comprised of both lay and ordained members and led by the district president. It has a supervisory responsibility for the congregations and clergy of the District, and is concerned with everything from conflict management to evangelism.

The Board works with the congregations in calling pastors, addressing conflict, establishing quotas, managing finances, and determining budgets for the various ministries that our congregations participate in together. Members of the WDEB are elected by the District Synod every four years.

The new board was installed by the Rev. Betsy Miller, president of the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference, during a worship service on Sunday, April 29. They will serve until the next Western District Synod in 2016. During Synod, delegates honored former WDEB members Kay Wipperfurth, Diane Klawikowski and Jeff Bradley for their service to the District.

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Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, May 23 — Psalm 68:19–27
Numbers 12:1–13:16; Mark 13:14–27

One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. Proverbs 16:32

Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. Romans 14:19

God of peace, your word tells us we must not only seek peace, but pursue it. Grant us the faith to trust in you, so that we may lay down our arms. Give
us the strength to make peace, so that we may be blessed. We thank you for all your faithful servants who have taught us the way of peace and justice, especially your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.

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