Official Provincial Elders’ News

Moravian Day of Service—Weekend closest to September 16 (Sept. 15 2019)

The 2018 Provincial Synods of the Northern and Southern Provinces passed similar resolutions to create an annual church-wide day of service, the “Moravian Day of Service.”

In the joint meeting of the PEC, November 2018, the weekend closest to September 16 was identified for this outreach in mission and service to our communities. The Board of World Mission was tasked with providing information and resources to support this effort across the Moravian Church in America. Resources may be found at

Northern Province

Prayer Day for World Peace and Nuclear Disarmament–August 4, 2019

In accordance with legislation enacted at the 1982 Synod of the Northern Province and affirmed by the 1990 Synod, the first Sunday in August has been designated as a day of prayer for world peace and nuclear disarmament.

Prayer Day for Public Education–August 25, 2019

Congregations of the Northern Province are asked to observe Public Education Awareness Day on the last Sunday in August.  Prepared liturgies, intercessory prayers for students and all who teach in and administer public schools and sermons at worship may call attention to our responsibility for public education and seek the blessing of God upon these endeavors.

Leaves of Absence

Sister Eileen Edwards, who has been serving under call to Canadian District service, requested and was granted a leave of absence from the active call of the Moravian Church effective July 1, 2019.

Sister Trina Holmberg, who has been serving the Edmonton Moravian Church under appointment, requested and was granted a leave of absence from the active call of the Moravian Church effective Sept. 15, 2019.

Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference

Southern Province

Covenant Moravian, Wilmington, N.C.

The Rev. Jeff Jones, pastor at Bethabara Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC, has accepted a call to become pastor of the Covenant congregation in Wilmington, N.C.  Concurrent with this call, Jeff will also serve as pastor of Water of Life Lutheran Church, a congregation of the N.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Jeff concluded his ministry at Bethabara church July 14, 2019. A service of installation at Covenant is planned for Aug. 11. 

New Beginnings, Huntersville, N.C.

The Rev. Russ Williams, pastor at Union Cross Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., has accepted a call to become pastor of the New Beginnings, congregation in Huntersville, N.C.  Russ concluded his ministry at Union Cross church July 7, 2019.  A service of installation at New Beginnings is planned for August.

David Guthrie
Provincial Elders’ Conference