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Lutheran Church of St. Matthew turns 350

Baptism at St. Matthew NYC


350th Anniversary Celebrations Planned for Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew. The Atlantic District LC-MS congregation of St. Matthew in Manhattan traces its origins to the Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of Faith, which congregation received its historic charter on December 6, 1664! Through this impressive ancestry, it can lay claim to being the oldest Lutheran Church in the United States.

Plans to celebrate this remarkable anniversary include an Inaugural Worship Service on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm, which coincides with the feast day of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke, Bishop/President of the Atlantic District, LC-MS will preach. The Service will be followed by a dinner banquet at 4:30 pm. Additional celebratory events are to include: a concert; a display of artifacts at Concordia College, Bronxville; and a panel discussion on Lutheranism in America.

Collectors please note: a commemorative medallion is being developed for this occasion. For detailed information, contact the church at History buffs can read "A Timeline of St. Matthew," a detailed account of the prior churches and leaders that have formed the congregation of today, by visiting the church website. The Timeline was researched by Rev. Peter Deebrah, Pastor of St. Matthew.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew is located at The Cornerstone Center, 178 Bennett Avenue, New York, NY, 10040. Phone/Fax: (212) 567-5948; Email:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew will host several celebratory events to mark its historic 350th Anniversary. This includes an a Special Worship Service on September 21st, which is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. the rev. Dr. David H. Benke, President/Bishop of the Atlantic District will preach. Click here to view an invitation flyer with event details.


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