Lutheran Church of St. Matthew turns 350
SAVE THE DATE!
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 http://www.stmatthewnyc.org/350th-anniversary 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. www.stmatthewnyc.org Phone/Fax: (212) 567-5948; Email: email@example.com.
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.
Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, Vicar Tom Cusanelli, St. Luke, Dix Hills, reports that leases have been signed for three storefronts on Seagirt Avenue in Far Rockaway that will serve as the District's Community Mission Center to the neighborhood.
The storefronts are in a high traffic area just 2 blocks from PS/IS 43, where the District has been assisting students, families and teachers since the days immediately following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The District plans to renovate the facilities and have the Center up and running by the start of the school year in September.
The Center will provide space for partnering agencies to offer disaster case management and mental health counseling. The District's vision for this ministry also includes after school programs, community meeting spaces and regularly scheduled prayer and spiritual outreach initiatives.
Next week a landmark gathering will take place as the pastors of the Wyoming District meet with the pastors of the Atlantic District right here in New York City! The purpose of this enterprise, which takes place over four days, is for the pastors to dialog about issues of doctrine and practice that unite us, and that divide us in the Missouri Synod. The perceptions may vary from one geographical zone to the next. The wide open spaces of Wyoming, with a state population of 600000, will be juxtaposed with the densely populated neighborhoods of New York City. The incredible mosaic of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity as experienced in New York will be compared with the more straightforward populations of Wyoming, where over 95% of the inhabitants are Caucasian (which, by the way, is the same percentage as the membership of the Missouri Synod).
We'll be staying together at an airport hotel near LaGuardia. We'll tour Ground Zero and Wall Street. We'll eat Chinese in Chinatown. We'll head over to the thriving hipster neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and there share Holy Communion. We'll be at four Atlantic District congregations for gathering and sharing - True Light, NYC; St. John the Evangelist, Brooklyn; Our Saviour, Bronx; and Immanuel, Whitestone.
We'll have plenty of time to gawk and talk and kibbitz and pray and sing and share. We'll even have opportunity to take in a Subway Series game at Citi Field - who could ask for more!
But underneath it, and undergirding it all, is the desire to foster true Christian fellowship - KOINONIA, as it is called in Greek. This then is a SPIRITUAL endeavor, for Koinonia is in II Corinthians 13:14 the assignment and the sign of the Holy Spirit among us. Rev. Dr. Herbert Mueller, First Vice-President of the LC-MS , will lead the Koinonia Project process with over 120 pastors from the two districts. Gathering in small groups, we will process the issues, with Bible studies on demeanor and attitude and manner of speech as well as on specific items of doctrine and practice.
Pray with me for a rich blessing of the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon the group. Pray for good weather; for arrangements that work; for health and safety for all involved.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed - Hallellujah!
On Wednesday, May 14, sessions and devotions for Wyoming and Atlantic District Pastors were hosted at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and School in the Bronx and at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone.