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Catching up with Yaroslav Boychenko in Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Aug 19, 2013

News, Russia

On June 16, 2013, Nikolai Kustov particpates in an outreach concert. He is playing the Bassoon.

On June 16, 2013, Nikolay Kustov participates in an outreach concert. He is playing the Bassoon.

This post was shared by Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, pastor with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) partner church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). The LCMS supports projects with this partner. Alexey Zubtsov edited the information shared by Rev. Boychenko.

During May and June 2013, as Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, the pastor of the ELCIR Lutheran congregation in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, continued to use his connections in the city’s musical community, his congregation hosted two more outreach concerts of sacred and secular music in his church. On May 19, Olga Shumitskaya, a student at the Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory, performed organ compositions by Nicolaus Bruhns, J. S. Bach, and August Gottfried Ritter. At the concert on June 16, international and Russian music contest awardees Ivan Tatarinov (organ) and Nikolay Kustov (bassoon) performed 12 organ, bassoon, and piano works. The program included, among others, such renowned composers as Vincent Lübeck, J. S. Bach, Gioacchino Rossini, and Louis Vierne, as well as Nizhny Novgorod composers Vladimir Kholshchevnikov, Tatiana Tatarinova, and Ekaterina Suvorkina.

On May 25, 2013, the congregation hosted an ecumenical meeting of clergymen and lay leaders from different Christian denominations. The topic of the meeting was “The mission of the Church today. How do we proclaim the Gospel today?” The meeting gathered Orthodox Christians from Moscow, and Lutheran (represented by Rev. Boychenko), Baptist and charismatic Christians from Nizhny Novgorod. The discussion was a positive experience of mutually respectful and thoughtful fellowship. Rev. Boychenko plans to host similar meetings in the future.

Members of several different church bodies meet together to discuss theology and the church under the leadership of Rev. Yarolsav Boychenko of the ELCIR in Russia.

Members of several different church bodies meet together to discuss theology and the church under the leadership of Rev. Yarolsav Boychenko of the ELCIR in Russia.

Praise God for the baptism of the child Bogdan Silin (b. 2010) and the confirmations of three adults—the couple Alexander and Alexandra Silin, and Ilya Gradov on May 26, 2013. The Sacrament of Baptism and the confirmations were administered by Rev. Boychenko.

Young Bogdan Silin receives the sign of the cross during his Baptism.

Young Bogdan Silin receives the sign of the cross during his Baptism.

Adult confirmands in Nizhny Novgorod receive a blessing from their pastor, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko.

Adult confirmands in Nizhny Novgorod receive a blessing from their pastor, Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko.

On July 3, 2013, Rev. Boychenko celebrated the rite of marriage of the church members Sergei Tolochkov and Anna Kaprinina who are active in congregational youth ministry. Praise God and pray for His blessings on the new Lutheran couple!

The new couple poses for pictures with friends and family after the service.

The new couple poses for pictures with friends and family after the service.

  • Pray for Rev. Boychenko and his congregation.
  • Pray for the newly Baptized and confirmed members, Alexander, Alexandra, and Bogdan Silin and Ilya Gradov.
  • Pray for the newly married.
  • Click here for more information about Rev. Boychenko and work he has done in the past.

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