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Upcoming Events/Prayer Requests for November 2015

Oct. 30: Student teacher arrives in Győr, Hungary from Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW): We’re squeezing this one in since it’s such exciting news. Globally Engaged in Outreach Missionary (GEO) Sarah Berta-Somogyi, is preparing to receive a student teacher from CUW. Sarah will be working with her as she student teaches at Péterfy Sándor Lutheran School, where Sarah has been teaching and leading youth Bible studies and other activities for the last seven years.

  • Please pray for the new teacher as she adjusts to life in Győr, and for Sarah as she helps to mentor her.
  • Pray for the students whose lives they will touch, that they would be strengthened in faith or brought to the waters of Holy Baptism if they are non-Christians.
The 2014 AICEME group of youth. (Photo Courtesy of Kendra McNatt).

The 2014 AICEME group of youth. (Photo Courtesy of Kendra McNatt).

November 5-8: Trinity Lutheran Church, Frankfurt am Main, Germany Hosts AICEME Youth Conference: Association of International Churches of Europe and the Middle East (AICEME) hosts a youth conference every year. The Youth Conference brings together around 100 high school students and their leaders from around Europe for a weekend of fun, community building, speakers, service and worship. We are blessed this year to have spoken word artist Tanner Olson (“Written to Speak“) and speaker Trevor Kunze as our keynote speakers along with Anita and Ben Tatlow (of Salt of the Sound) leading the music. GEO Missionary Kendra McNatt, Director of Christian Education (DCE) for Trinity will be helping to organize the event and attending with her high school students.

  • Pray for the youth among many different countries who will come together at this event, that they would be encouraged in knowing that there are other English-speaking Christian young people throughout Europe.
  • Add a prayer for the new student teacher to the Prayers of the Church for this coming weekend, November 1.

November 11: Meeting of the Supervisory Board of the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg: The Board will meet via conference call.  This is the first meeting since the early-May dedication weekend for the Old Latin School in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.  The board has a number of important issues to discuss, and prayers would be appreciated.

  • Pray for wisdom and discernment as the board moves forward with future planning for the project.
  • Pray for Rev. David Mahsman, the current director of the Old Latin School.
  • Pray for or consider supporting Kristin Lange, who is fundraising now in preparation for deployment to Wittenberg where she will run the programs at the Old Latin School.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 8.
Dr. Ahlman's lecture recital at St. George's Lutheran Church near the seminary in Koltushi on a similar trip in February, 2015.

Dr. Ahlman’s lecture recital at St. George’s Lutheran Church near the seminary in Koltushi on a similar trip in February, 2015.

November 12-19: Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman Lecture and Recital Tour in Russia: Rev. Dr. Christopher S. Ahlman embarks on a mid-November tour in western Russia. He will give lectures on the confessional aspects of the compositional content of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, lead masterclasses in organ performance, and perform recitals centering upon the chorale settings of the Orgelbüchlein at conservatories, music schools, and churches in the cities of Moscow and Saratov.

  • Pray for Rev. Dr. Ahlman’s safe travels.
  • Give thanks for the amazing team in Russia who plans, translates for and accompanies Dr. Ahlman in his travels.
  • Pray that those who hear the Gospel through their interest in Sacred Music would be called by the Gospel or strengthened in their faith.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 8.
  • Learn more about previous tours.

November 17, 2015: SELK Vicars to Visit The Old Latin School: The Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany (SELK) vicars in the “Praktisch-Theologisches Seminar,” (Practical Theology Seminar) led by Pastor Hans-Heinrich Heine, will visit the Old Latin School in Lutherstadt Wittenberg and learn about The Wittenberg Project. The SELK is a partner church body of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

  • Pray for the SELK vicars in their studies that they would be prepared and strengthened for service as pastors.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 15, 2015.

Nov. 20-21: St. Trinitatisgemeinde (Holy Trinity Congregation), Leipzig Elders Retreat: Pastor Markus Fischer, Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman (LCMS Office of International Mission) and elders from the SELK congregation in Leipzig will take part in a retreat at the Old Latin School, Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The Elders will be planning for further renovation and use of Lukaskirche, the State Church building which the congregation is leasing, among other activities.

  • Pray for the congregation and the Elders as they move forward with the Lukaskirche Project and work to reach the lost both among the German people and the refugees in their midst.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 15.
Above: Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman, LCMS Missionary in Leipzig, lecturing on the topic of “Bach and Vocation” at the LCMS's newly renovated Luther Center in Wittenberg, July 2015. The space can be used for conferences, retreats, lectures, recitals, worship services and more.

Above: Rev. Dr. Christopher Ahlman, LCMS Missionary in Leipzig, lecturing on the topic of “Bach and Vocation” to a group of American soldiers at the LCMS’s newly renovated Luther Center in Wittenberg, July 2015. The space can be used for conferences, retreats, lectures, recitals, worship services and more.

November 21, 4 p.m.: Monthly SELK Worship Service in Wittenberg: Every third Saturday of the month at 4:00 PM, Rev. Markus Fischer holds a service in German at the Old Latin School in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Rev. Fischer is the pastor of St. Trinitatisgemeinde in Leipzig. This month, the service will be combined with the Elder Retreat from Pastor Fischer’s Leipzig congregation.

  • Pray that more German people would be drawn back to the true Gospel and attend the worship service.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 15.
Sarah with the Thankful Tree, which she also shared with her co-workers. This was from a similarly themed event for Thanksgiving in 2014.

Sarah Berta-Somogyi with the Thankful Tree, which she also shared with her co-workers. This was from a similarly themed event for Thanksgiving in 2014.

November 28: Advent Event with Students, Győr, Hungary: GEO Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi will host a special Advent event for her students from the Lutheran school in order to learn more about this important time in the Church-Year and enjoy a special time together.

  • Learn more about GEO Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi and consider supporting her.
  • Learn more about previous similar themed activities.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 22.
The group at the first service included Pastor Rex Rinne (far left), Linda Rinne (with the black scarf), and GEO missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi with her husband, Tamas, and their daugher Lili Jane. Other members of the local community also attended.

The group at the first service included Pastor Rex Rinne (far left), Linda Rinne (with the black scarf), and GEO missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi with her husband, Tamas, and their daughter Lili Jane. Other members of the local community also attended.

November 29: English-Language Worship, Győr, Hungary: Rev. Rex Rinne (LCMS Missionary for Pastoral Care in the Eurasia Region) and his wife, Linda, will join GEO Missionary Sarah Berta-Somogyi in Győr, Hungary to hold a worship service in the English language. This service allows for LCMS personnel in the area to partake of communion and invites other English-speaking ex-patriots, interested local people and more to come worship in English.
  • Learn more about and support Rev. Rex and Linda Rinne.
  • Learn more about the worship service.
  • Pray that those who attend would hear the Word of God for them. Pray that people with whom Sarah, Rev. Rinne and others have made contact in the past would return to the service.
  • Add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, November 22.

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