ELCJHL Celebrates 50th Anniversary

ELCJHL anniversary celebration attracts local and international friends

ELCJHL anniversary parade 

The ELCJHL celebrated a trio of anniversaries with dancing, exhibits, speeches and praise to God on May 16-17. Here the Talitha Kumi scout troupe leads a march from the Beit Sahour municipal building to the ELCJHL Beit Sahour church and school campus on May 16. Following are many of the church’s local and international friends.

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global Partners join ELCJHL

Worship service at Redeemer

Partners from around the world joined the ELCJHL in celebrating its anniversary at a celebratory worship service at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem, on May 17. After the service, attendees viewed a photo exhibition on the ELCJHL and enjoyed sweets.

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ELCJHL anniversary celebration approaches


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This May the ELCJHL will celebrate its 50th anniversary. This year is also the 30th anniversary of its Arab bishopric and the 170th year of Lutheran witness in Palestine.

Festivities begin the morning of May 16 with music, dancing and lectures at the Lutheran School of Beit Sahour.

The following day at 3 p.m. there will be a special worship service with communion at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, followed by a reception and the unveiling of a photo exhibit of the history of the ELCJHL.

The synod will welcome many guests and friends to the area for events, including its international partners in the Coordination Committee for Cooperation, better known as COCOP, for its annual meeting.

The Lutheran World Federation Returns to Lund to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

Over 100 Lutheran Church Leaders Will Join LWF Council

GENEVA, 18 March 2007 (LWI) – The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) returns to the Swedish city of Lund, to celebrate its 60th anniversary at the place where it was founded in 1947.

“Living in Communion in the World Today” is the theme of the 20-27 March LWF Council meeting, which will also include a church leadership consultation.

The 49-member LWF Council governs the LWF between Assemblies, normally held every six years. It meets every 12 to 18 months. The current Council was elected during the July 2003 LWF Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, Canada. It comprises the President, Treasurer as well as ordained and lay persons from among the 140 LWF member churches. As this year’s meeting includes the anniversary celebrations, over 450 participants are expected, among them 105 Lutheran church leaders.

The consultation between the Council and the worldwide Lutheran leadership will start on Wednesday, 21 March. Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari will address the participants during the 24 March session on the “House of Europe.” Sunday, 25 March, is dedicated to the festive anniversary celebrations, which will take place in the Lund Cathedral and at the Lund University campus.

Talking to Lutheran World Information (LWI) ahead of the Council and Church Leadership Consultation, LWF General Secretary, Rev. Dr Ishmael Noko underlined the importance of the international consultation: “I hope we can continue to build and strengthen Lutheran identity for the sake of the one holy, catholic and apostolic church of which the Lutheran communion is an inseparable part,” he said.

Read the full article at the Lutheran World Federation website.

A 25th Anniversary in Nablus

Bishop Younan and Archiemadrite Mtanios Haddad of the Greek Melkite Church in Jerusalem led a delegation to Nablus to participate in the 25th Anniversary Mass for Father Yusef Saad. The church was overflowing with worshippers who attended the mass, held one year after they had celebrated the 25th anniversary of the church with a blessing of a whole new set of icons (pictured below). Father Sa’ad and his wife welcomed the crowd briefly to their house and then to a banquet where the celebration continued. In the Oriental traditions, men can become priests after they are married, if the community agrees that the family is a good role model. According to Bishop Younan, it is crucial that all of the Christians of the Holy Land support one another as members of the same Body of Christ. The elders of the Christian community in Nablus appreciate these visits, as their community has dwindled to 650 out of a population of 130,000. The delegation ended the day by going to the Christian Muktar’s new home to bless his house.