The Atlantic District

The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod



President's Corner


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25-17 Seagirt Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY

With SMP Vicar Tom Cusanelli, Local Leaders Catherine Molyneux and Sharon Sessing, I am grateful to God for bringing about, after two years of sojourning, the dedication of The Hope and A Prayer Center By The Sea just a block from the ocean in Far Rockaway.

Since Superstorm Sandy, we have remained a constant presence at PS/IS 43, "The School By the Sea," and have brought resources to bear for those still dramatically affected by the results of the storm. This summer a Vacation Bible School and an End-of-Summer Party and Blessing on the Beach brought joy to children and families in Far Rockaway. The donations of so many and the fine partnership with LC-MS Disaster Response have kept us going right on through the renovation of the site.

But there is much to do as we prepare to open our doors to the community. The need is great:
Vicar Cusanelli, Atlantic District Sandy Recovery Coordinator, went to the site recently to check on the construction progress at the Center. As he approached, he overheard a woman say to her two little children, "They are putting a church there. The hooligans in this neighborhood need to get saved." So the word is out on the street that we are going to be there and the Gospel will be spread!

So first of all, please PRAY for us as we engage a tough neighborhood with a powerful Lord! Include the Hope and a Prayer Center in your congregation's weekly and your personal prayers.

Beyond your prayers, your PRESENCE would be deeply appreciated. We need volunteers for service projects and will be looking for evening volunteers as programs begin later in the fall.
Thirdly, your FINANCIAL AND RESOURCE SUPPORT is needed. Here's how we can work together to bring this mission and ministry center to hit the ground running:

If you are interested in naming the Center through a generous donation of $100,000, or would like to make a special gift of one month's rent = $5,000, half a year =$30,000, or a full year's rent = $60,000, please call 914-337-5700 x 2 and leave a message for me with Kristen Schulz.

There are, of course, many other ways to participate. Here's what's needed to complete and furnish the Center:
3 desks (for 2 offices and a reception area) @ $250 each
3 desk chairs @$150 each
2 file cabinets @ 100 each
2 chairs for office visitors @$100 each
Conference table & 8 chairs @$1000
15 folding chairs @$40 each
3 folding tables @ $50 each
2 waiting room chairs and waiting room bench @$300
A Phone system of 5 sets @$3000
alarm and surveillance system @$1500
3 Book Shelves @$150 each
8 computers (2 offices, reception, conference room, 4 in great room) @$500 each
3 computer printers @$250 each
Smart board in conference room @$4500
two flat screen televisions (1reception area, 1 in great room) @$1000 each
Copy machine with fax and scanning ability Lease @$2000 per year

If you would like to make a gift of one or more of these items, please contact me at, Vicar Cusanelli, at , and put "Hope and Prayer Wish List" in the subject portion of the email, or contact me by phone for further assistance.

To make a donation online, please visit our secure site at and designate your gift to the Hurricane Sandy Fund
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke,
President/Bishop of the Atlantic District LC-MS

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.


The 100th Anniversary of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


"A Building in the Bronx"


The 100th Anniversary of
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Bronx, New York

Greetings in the name of Jesus! You are cordially invited to join us at
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, NY
for the celebration of our 100th Anniversary!

100th Anniversary Celebration Liturgy
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 3:30PM
(Clergy are invited to vest. The color of the day is RED.)

Followed by Trinity's
100th Anniversary Dinner
at The Eastwood Manor
(3371 Eastchester Road in The Bronx)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 7PM
{$65 per person}
(Please make check payable to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and submit it by September 1, 2014.)

As a part of our 100th Anniversary celebration, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church will be celebrating honorees who have played a role in our life as a "Building in the Bronx."
Among the honorees, we will be honoring
our Atlantic District Bishop, The Rev. Dr. David H. Benke and his wife, Mrs. Judith Benke,
for their incredible years of service to the Atlantic District.

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
2125 Watson Avenue – The Bronx, NY 10472
Phone: 718.828.3532
The Rev. Dr. John R. Hannah, Pastor emeritus
Mr. Ray Calderon, Director of Music
The Rev. Matthew Ryan Gonzalez, Pastor

Trinity exists to receive and share God's gifts.


Hurricane Sandy

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Our Partners

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Upcoming Events


09.18.2014 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Atlantic District Board of Directors


09.18.2014 2:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Messiah, Setauket GOLF OUTING


09.19.2014 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Good Shepherd Brooklyn Card Party Fundraiser


09.20.2014 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Good New Christian Coffee House


09.20.2014 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Stoop Concert Series Kick Off

LCMS Life Conference

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