David Fiala (left) and Rev. Tony Booker (right) are pictured with the new SCEAV bishop, Rev. Jan Waclawek.
On January 15, in Cesky Tesin, The Rev. Dr. Martin Pietak was installed as pastor of the Cesky Tesin congregation of SCEAV. David Fiala attended the installation and passed along the greetings and prayers of the LCMS to Pastor Pietak as he begins his new role as parish pastor.
The Rev. Jan Waclawek was installed as bishop of the Silesian Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession (SCEAV) on January 29, in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) missionaries in attendance were The Rev. Tony Booker, pastor at The Church of St. Michael, Prague, and David Fiala, project coordinator for the LCMS in central Europe. The installation ceremony was performed by bishops Stanislav Pietak, Vladislav Free, Jerzy Samiec and Milos Klatik.
The outgoing bishop, The Rev. Dr. Stanislav Pietak, blesses the newly installed bishop, Rev. Jan Waclawek. Photo used with permission by the SCEAV, copyright belongs to Marek Svoboda.
Following the installation, Bishop Waclawek encouraged the continued cooperation and presence of the LCMS in Silesia. The leadership of the LCMS and the SCEAV signed a limited working agreement in the fall of 2010. Currently, LCMS Deaconess Juliana Hirsch serves to teach English classes at a local Czech Lutheran church, through which she builds relationships with students and their families and seeks opportunities to share the Gospel. Juliana also helps the church members with other outreach ministries. LCMS also supports a project to supply Lutheran resources for the theological library in SCEAV, sends GEO* missionaries and short term mission teams to the Silesian church. LCMS connections with the SCEAV were strengthened during the administration of Bishop Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Stanislav Pietak.
*GEO missionaries serve in locations around the globe for one- to two-year terms.