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 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, Oct. 14, 2018
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, our mission areas, and for wisdom and guidance for our Worldwide Unity. May God hold us together in celebration of our wonderful diversity, and may God persist in revealing to us where the church in North America and throughout the world is called to mission, both locally and globally, that God’s love may be known by all.
For specific information for your prayers about these and other new and continuing ministries, please see the BWM website, www.moravianmission.org.
Prayer Day for Church Development, September 16, 2018
The third Sunday in September is the prayer day for church development in the Northern Province. Pray for the new congregations established in our province in recent years as they develop their unity and mission. Support the ongoing development of these new ministries. Pray also for those congregations in the redevelopment process.
Prayer Day for the Church’s Ministry to Older Adults, September 23, 2018
The 2002 Synod reaffirmed the fourth Sunday in September as a time to recognize older generations and to pray for our mutual ministry. Each congregation can make ministry to and with older generations in their midst a special cause for prayer.
Prayer Day for Peace with Justice and Freedom, October 21, 2018
The third Sunday in October is designated as a Day of Prayer for Peace with Justice and Freedom.
Brother Darrell Johnson, who has been serving as pastor for John Heckewelder Moravian Church, Gnadenhutten, Ohio, has accepted the call to serve as pastor for Palmer Township Community Moravian Church, Easton, Pennsylvania. Brother Johnson will be installed into his new work September 23, 2018.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Sister Dorothy (Beth) Rohn-Habhegger, who has been serving as pastor for Canaan Moravian Church, Davenport, North Dakota, has accepted the call to serve as pastor for Wisconsin Rapids Moravian Church, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Sr. Rohn-Habhegger will be installed into her new work January 13, 2019.
Sister Christine Johnson, who has been serving as appointed pastor for First Moravian Church, Uhrichsville, Ohio, concluded her ministry with the congregation September 9, 2018.
Sister Trina Holmberg, who has been serving as appointed pastor for Church of the Redeemer, Dublin, Ohio, concluded her ministry with the congregation September 30, 2018.
Leaves of Absence
Sister Christine Johnson, who has been serving as pastor for Fry’s Valley Moravian Church, New Philadelphia, Ohio, requested and was granted a leave of absence from the active call of the Moravian Church effective September 17, 2018.
Sister Trina Holmberg requested and was granted a leave of absence from the active call of the Moravian Church effective October 1, 2018.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference
Rural Hall, N.C.
Aaron Linville, pastor at Rural Hall since 2014, has accepted a call to become pastor of the Millwoods congregation, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Aaron concluded ministry at Rural Hall September 30 and will be installed at Millwoods November 4. Please pray for Aaron, and Amy, and the Millwoods and Rural Hall congregations during this transition.
Scott Venable, pastor at Fairview since 2010, has requested and been granted permission to retire from active service under call, effective Dec. 31, 2018. Scott will conclude more than 39 years of ministry, having served at Community Fellowship, Welcome, NC; Ardmore (Associate); New Hope (NC); Park Road, Charlotte (now Peace); Home (Associate); and Fairview. Remember Scott, his wife, Liz, and the Fairview congregation in prayer.
Worth Green, pastor at New Philadelphia since 1988, has requested and been granted permission to retire effective October 28, 2018. In addition to over 30 years at New Philadelphia, Worth has also been pastor at Little Church on the Lane, Charlotte (Associate), and Fries Memorial. Pray for Worth and Elaine Green, and the New Philadelphia congregation during these days of transition and new beginnings.
Provincial Elders’ Conference