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Upcoming Events: March 2014

Here are the Upcoming Events throughout the Eurasia Region of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) international mission. Please keep all of these events in your personal prayers, and consider adding them to the Prayers of the Church at your congregation (send the information to your pastor!) the Sunday before they occur. Read on to find out about many of the wonderful events taking place in March.

Wednesdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 and 9: Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfurt, Germany will hold midweek Lenten services and soup suppers during Lent. The soup suppers will begin at 6:00 PM with a Vespers service following at 7:00 PM. Trinity Lutheran Church is the English-language congregation in Frankfurt and is served by LCMS Missionary Rev. Robert Flohrs. The congregation is comprised of English speakers from all over the world, including native Germans, who can help and support one another as some live in a foreign country.

  • Please pray for the members of Trinity to be strengthened during the season of Lent.
  • Pray for those who may visit during Lent, that the proclamation of the Gospel would be fruitful in them.
Vicar Thomas Beneke, Rev. Hugo Gevers, and Manja Kalberlah at a party at Die Brücke in Dec. 2013. The space has now been renovated and will host an event for the Reading Fair of Leipzig.

Vicar Thomas Beneke, Rev. Hugo Gevers, and Manja Kalberlah at a party at Die Brücke in Dec. 2013. The space has now been renovated and will host an event for the Reading Fair of Leipzig.

Friday, March 14, 2014: Die Brücke, the meeting house of St. Trinitatisgemeinde in the Volkmarsdorf area of Leipzig, Germany, will host an event in conjunction with the city-wide initiative, Leipzig liest (Leipzig Reads). The reading fair is the largest in Europe. On March 14 at 7:00 PM, Die Brücke will host a reading by author Matthias Prangel. Mr. Prangel was born in 1939 and studied Literature at the University of Leiden. Mr. Prangel will read from his newest book, Casa Sabina – Auch eine deutsche Kindheit. The book’s setting begins on the last day of the Second World War and is the story of Franz, who reflects on that day from 70 years ago when several persons, including children, were found dead in the lake near the villa of a famous sculptor. Franz was five at the time and witnessed this in part. Leipzig liest attracts hundreds of people every year. This event will give the people of Volkmarsdorf an opportunity to attend a cultural event they may not otherwise have. It will also be a wonderful way to bring the work of Die Brücke and St. Trinitatisgemeinde to the attention of a larger portion of the city of Leipzig! Regular church members will also attend, and so the event will hopefully also provide an opportunity for the Gospel to be shared.

  • Please add this event to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, March 9, 2014.
  • Learn more about Die Brücke.
Lutherans from Hubbard, Iowa

A group of Lutherans from Hubbard, Iowa, visited the Palanga Lutheran Church and helped with construction in Feb. 2012

March 15-22, 22-26, and 26-April 1: Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger, with 9 high school youth and 13 adults from his congregation (St. John Lutheran Church — Hubbard, Iowa) are coming to Lithuania (March 15-22) to do some repair work on a church building served by Rev. Mindaugas Zilinskis, in Kintai.  Though Pastor Rueger and St. John congregation are coordinating their visit through Rev. Dr. Darius Petkunas  (Palanga, Lithuania), this is their fourth such trip to Lithuania, dating back to 2005.  The Lithuanian Evangelical Lutheran Church (LELC) has a long history with Iowa District East (IDE) of the LCMS.  In 2003, IDE partnered with LCMS World Relief and Human Care to build a diaconal center and church in Palanga. The diaconal center and church were dedicated in July 2012. Since 2003, several groups from IDE have traveled to Palanga, Lithuania for work projects, theological conferences and to renew friendships.  During this visit, Dr. Charles Evanson (OIM Eurasia theological educator) arranged for Dr. Rueger to present a lecture series on “the Christological view of human sexuality,” to a theological conference of LELC clergy, on Wednesday, March 19.  Dr. Rueger will then join Rev. Daniel Johnson (OIM Eurasia catechist to Siberia and the Baltics) on a trip to Siberia. There he will visit The Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC) and present a series of lectures to the SELC seminary students and faculty (March 22-26) and a gathering of the laity on Sunday, March 23.  From there (March 26-April 1) Rev. Johnson and Dr. Rueger will accompany Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin on an episcopal visit to the congregations in the Chita Region of Siberia (east of Lake Baikal).

  • Please pray for save travels for Dr. Rueger and his congregation members from Iowa to Lithuania.
  • Pray for safe travels for Rev. Johnson and Dr. Rueger as they travel to Russia.
  • Pray that those served by the congregation would be strengthened and encouraged in their faith, and that the repair work would go smoothly.
  • Pray for all those who attend the conferences and lectures, that they would be strengthened and encouraged in the faith.
In October, David (back row) organized a retreat for the GEO missionaries in Central Europe. They were joined by other LCMS Mission staff, as well. This gathering took place in Kosice, Slovakia.

In October, David (back row) organized a retreat for the GEO missionaries in Central Europe. They were joined by other LCMS Mission staff, as well. This gathering took place in Kosice, Slovakia.

March 28-31: The Spring Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) Gathering will take place in Győr, Hungary. David Fiala, Project Coordinator for Central Europe, organizes these events for the GEOs he supervises in Central Europe, as well as other GEOs from throughout the Eurasia Region. The GEOs in Central Europe serve as English language instructors in both Lutheran and public schools in the region. Through teaching English, they are able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and build relationships with their students. The Gathering is a time when the GEOs can come together to support and encourage one another. It also provides a time for further learning and training. David also brings in an ordained LCMS missionary to offer Word and Sacrament. Rev. Robert Flohrs of Frankfurt, Germany will attend this year to administer the Lord’s Supper. Special guests also include Rev. Dr. Richard Carter DCE, Professor Emeritus (from Concordia University, St. Paul) and his wife Miriam. Both have served in mission roles in the past. (India, Ingria and Africa, as well as several summers in Central Europe). The GEO Gathering will be partially organized by Sarah Berta-Somogyi, who serves in Győr. The GEO Gathering will begin on Friday evening with dinner, and end on Monday morning with breakfast. 

  • Please add the GEO Gathering to the Prayers of the Church for Sunday, March 23.
  • Please pray for all of the GEOs of the Eurasia Region. Central Europe: Sarah, Melissa, A.J., Ryan and Benjamin (these are the GEOs under David’s supervision). England: Deaconess Ashley. Germany: DCE Intern Kendra.
  • Learn more about David Fiala by reading his Missionary Profile!
  • Learn more about the previous GEO Gathering.
  • Return to the Eurasia Blog frequently to read about these events, as well as others, after they have taken place!

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