Refugees gather for communion and blessings as the Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens leads worship on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Dreieinigkeits-Gemeinde, a Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (SELK) church in Berlin-Steglitz, Germany. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

“A lot of people in Germany are claiming that we are losing our base, we are losing our foundation and beliefs if we welcome [these refugees],” he said. “But I say we lose our roots and our Christian faith if we do not welcome them.”

The quote from  Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt summarizes the attitude of the many German congregations he oversees. First Lutheran’s own Connie and Steve Ringlee have recently been to Berlin and seen the outreach in action. Please join them for a Bible study and presentation on their time in Germany Sunday November 29th at 9:30 at First Lutheran Church.

Much recent debate has occurred over the refugee crisis and the terrorist attacks in Europe. The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and its partner church in Germany have been active in this arena. To find out more, please refer to the following article published in the LCMS Reporter. 

Rev. James Krikava is also noted in the article and First Lutheran is proud to have members of the Krikava family worshipping with us since daughter, Emily, joined us over 15 years ago, followed by son, Joe, and now Jamie, and their families. Pastor Krikava has just recently been elevated to the top LCMS EurAsia position and his dear wife, Peggy, drives the 80 miles, each way, almost weekly to worship with us from Brewster on Cape Code. Pastor Krikava and Peggy will be returning to their new home in Prague, Czech Republic shortly after Thanksgiving. We wish them every blessing, and the protection and encouragement of our gracious God, as they labor dramatically in the Lord’s European and Asian vineyards!

Read more about the Krikavas work here.


Find a recent sermon preached Rev Krikava at St. Michael’s Church in Prague


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