Rev. Alexander Furs presenting at a conference. This post was shared by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). Rev. Furs’ work is partially supported through projects of the LCMS.
Rev. Alexander Furs, a pastor in the LCMS’ partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR), gave 5 lectures at a higher education institution connected to the Saratov State University between February 27 and March 2,. As a doctoral candidate at the university’s philosophy department, Rev. Furs had a chance to tell the audience of 120 people about the history of the Church Reformation, its chief spiritual reasons, and the life and work of Martin Luther. He also spoke about the history and the current situation of the ELCIR and made an agreement with the faculty to have students and faculty attend more lectures at his church this fall.
Rev. Furs’ church, St. John’s Church in Saratov, Russia, continues to attract non-Lutherans to attend its worship services. During Lent, Rev. Furs conducts additional litany services on weekdays. After each service, he met with the attending guests and church members telling them about the Lutheran understanding of the spiritual meaning of fasting.
He has also met with the congregation’s partners from the federal drug control service and the association for the study of religions and sects and discussed the possibility of his further outreach and educational activities in Saratov in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations, in particular one-day retreats for young people this summer.
On March 19 and 20, Pastor Furs attended the meeting of the Public Advisory Council in Saratov, and advisory body for the local government. He extended greetings on behalf of the local Lutheran church and updated the council members on the situation of The Church of Ingria in the cultural capital of the Volga region.
- Pray for the work of the LCMS in Russia and our partner church, the ELCIR.