BEIT JALA – On October 21st, 2014, the work of installing the new bells received by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation began. Three of the four bells to be installed are new, with one bell being an original bell, dedicated in 1902. The dedication of the new bells will take place on November 2nd, 2014, along with the dedication of the new garden planted by the Beit Jala church to help feed their congregation.
JERUSALEM – On Sunday, the 23rd of September, Bishop Munib Younan installed Rev. Carrie Smith as the pastor of the English Speaking congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and as Special Assistant to the Bishop. Along with her blessing from Bishop Younan, Rev. Ibrahim Azar of the Arabic Speaking congregation, Rev. Mari Parkkinen of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, Rev. Mark Brown, the Church Council Chairperson of the English Speaking congregation, Rev. Robert Smith, both a special advisor to Bishop Younan and Rev. Carrie’s husband, and Propst Wolfgang Schmidt, Representative of the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland in Jerusalem, Rev. Carrie was also surrounded by members of the English and Arabic speaking congregations, as well as her husband and children. Bishop Younan presented the places of Word and Sacrament – the font, altar, and pulpit – after the blessing and the laying on of hands.
SCHWERIN, NORTHERN GERMANY – Bishop Munib Younan joined with religious leaders from around the world to celebrate the installation of the first Bishop of the Nordkirche in Schwerin, North Germany at the Schwerin Cathedral. 750 guests from all walks of society took part in the ceremony that was also broadcast on television and on a video screen before the big, brick church.
“I am very happy that this occasion has helped solidify the relationship between the Lutheran World Federation and this new church body, as well as with my own church in the Holy Land,” said Bishop Younan.
The Nordkirche, or the Evangelical Northern Church, was established after the merger of state churches of Nordelbien, Mecklenburg and Pomerania.
To read about the event in German and to see more photos, visit here.
Installation of Rev. Imad Haddad
Evangelical Church of Hope in Ramallah
30 September 2012
On this joyous occasion, Bishop Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation and Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation in addition to a host of clergy from a truly ecumenical representation of the Christian body in Palestine and the Holy Land came together to welcome Rev. Imad Haddad to his new position as pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hope in Ramallah.
The church enjoyed standing room only as people from across the Holy Land and many countries around the world provided their warmth and welcome to Rev. Haddad.
More photos of the service and fellowship are available here.
Pictured here: Rev. Fred and Gloria Strickert, Laying on of Hands, Presentation of Gloria Strickert and Rev. Elizabeth McHan.
JERUSALEM, September 17, 2010 – On Sunday, September 12, 2010, Pastor Fred Strickert and Diaconal Minister Gloria Strickert were installed to the English-Speaking Congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem. Bishop Younan preached and presided at the service. Propst Dr. Uwe Graebe, representing the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Rev. Mark Brown, chair of the congregational council and ELCA pastor serving as Regional Representative with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Jerusalem, and Rev. Sani Ibrahim Azar, Pastor of the Arabic-Speaking Congregation at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and President of the Synod of the ELCJHL assisted.
Present for the laying on of hands were clergy from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Church of Sweden, the Church of Scotland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, the Church of Norway, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) & the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Pastor Fred Strickert, PhD, graduated from Christ-Seminary Seminex (LSTC) and received a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Iowa. He was ordained in Papua New Guinea in 1975 and rostered in the AELC, ALC, and ELCA. He has taught on the seminary level in Papua New Guinea and India and taught at Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa, for 24 years. He has led student travel courses for several decades to the Middle East, Honduras, and Tanzania. He has also published on New Testament and Archaeology issues, as well as the Palestinian struggle including Rachel Weeping: Jews, Christians, and Muslims at a Fortress Tomb (Liturgical Press, 2008), co-authoring with Rev. Mitri Raheb, Bethlehem 2000: Past and Present (Interlink Publishing, 1998); and editing Alison Jones Nassar’s Imm Mathilda: A Bethlehem Mother’s Diary (Kirk House Publishers, 2003) and Bishop Munib Younan’s Witnessing for Peace: In Jerusalem and the World (Fortress Press, 2003).
Diaconal Minister Gloria Strickert, is a graduate of Wartburg Seminary and was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in 1996. She has served in Spiritual Care in hospitals in Waterloo, Iowa, for fifteen years and previously worked in education ministries in the LCMS and LCA. She also worked in Papua New Guinea for six years and spent a year as a Global Mission Volunteer at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
The congregation also recognized the many members who were beginning service with an Affirmation of Vocation.
In his sermon, Bishop Younan spoke of the theology of accompaniment in connection to the English-Speaking Congregation of the ELCJHL, saying, “We are very proud that the ELCJHL and the ELCA have together developed a deep theology of accompaniment in which we walk together with love, in faith and hope that, through the witness of the other, God is revealing God’s very self to us… For this reason, we step out in faith to accompany and encourage our expatriate brothers and sisters. So that people who come from various denominational backgrounds and cultures can find in this congregation a home, and here they may experience the love of God reaching out to the world.”
In closing, Bishop Younan encouraged the congregation to remember the element of joy in the parables of Luke 15, saying, “I believe that each and every worship service must be a time of joy as we, together as sinners, experience the power of forgiveness and the strength of God’s love for us. We come here lost like the sheep, and the coin; but we are found by God’s love. We are sinners; yet forgiven. This joyful realization must envelop our lives and send us out from this service empowered by the grace of God. We must go out with joy, proclaiming this love that comes from God.”
The ELCJHL rejoices in the new ministry of Pastor Fred and Gloria Strickert, together with the English-Speaking Congregation at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, ELCJHL.
Click here to learn more about the ministry of the English-Speaking Congregation at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.
On Saturday, September 4th, Rolf Lindemann was installed as the new Principal of Talitha Kumi School in Beit Jala. Many were gathered to welcome Rolf and his wife, Gundula, in worship and in fellowship, in songs and in words. Bishop Younan preached and presided at the service.
Pictured here top row: Rolf Lindemann and Dr. Charlie Haddad, Talitha Kumi Orchestra, Talitha Kumi Student. Middle row: Talitha Kumi Choir, the Laying on of Hands in Installation, Talitha Kumi Brass Choir. Bottom row: Rolf & Gundula Lindemann, Bishop Dr. Munib A. Younan, & Guests. (Photos: © Elizabeth McHan, ELCJHL)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland installed Kari Mäkinen (front row, second from left) as its archbishop on June 6, 2010, in Turku, Finland. ELCJHL Bishop Munib Younan (front row, first from left) was one of many Lutheran bishops from around the world on hand to take part in the installation.
Bishop Younan earned his master of theology degree at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1976.
Bishop Younan installed Pastor Imad Haddad today as the first ordained pastor at the Lutheran Church of Beit Sahour. Bishop Erik Aurelius, International Secretary Goren Rask and deans of the Skara Diocese of the Church of Sweden came to participate in the installation. Other Finnish and Swedish pastors living in the area also participated.
(left to right) Pastor Imad Haddad, Pastor Saliba Rishmawi, and Evangelist Hani Odeh
Please keep the ELCJHL and these men in your prayers this weekend as we mark two important occasions. Saturday we will celebrate Beit Sahour’s Evangelist Hani Odeh’s almost 25 years with the church and school at his retirement party. Sunday, Mr. Imad Haddad and Mr. Saliba Rishmawi will be ordained at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem. Pastor Rishmawi will serve at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation with Pastor Jedallah Shihadeh and Pastor Haddad will serve at the Lutheran Church in Beit Sahour.
Pastor Mark and Marcia Holman were installed Sunday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer’s English-Speaking Congregation in Jerusalem. Pastor Mark comes most recently from Lutheran Services in America, and Marcia is a special education specialist. Mark will serve as pastor, following Pastor Russ Siler who was here for 4 years and retired in June. Marcia will serve in the ELCJHL schools. Bishop Younan preached from Mark 10, about how we are all called to serve as servants. Sunday was also the last day for Paul Pierce and Kathy Kamphoeffner, who served the American Friends Service Committee in Jerusalem for 4 years, who are moving to Cairo to do the refugee ministry for the ELCA.