Siberian bishop to speak at 50th anniversary event

Becky Vargo • Jan 14, 2019 at 7:00 AM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Siberian Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin will help usher in the 50th anniversary of St. Matthew Lutheran Church with a luncheon presentation on Saturday, Jan. 26.

It will take place at the church, 15395 Rannes St., Spring Lake Township. The bishop will talk about the work of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church during the event that starts at 1 p.m. The public is invited.

The St. Matthew congregation has participated in many mission projects over the years, and supporting the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church is one of their greatest mission achievements. A free-will offering will be taken during the luncheon to support the mission.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, the bishop will preach at the Divine Service with an additional informational opportunity to meet with him following the service. Refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will be collected to support the work of the Siberian Lutheran Mission Society, which directly supports the congregations of the Siberian Church.

A new congregation of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod came to the Spring Lake area when a mission board of the Michigan District issued a Divine Call to the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder to serve as a missionary in the district. He was assigned to the Spring Lake area. The first worship service was held under Schroeder’s leadership on Reformation Sunday, Nov. 2, 1969, at Holmes Elementary School in Spring Lake.

St. Matthew purchased a 14-acre parcel on Rannes Street in February 1971. The first service in the newly constructed church was on March 26, 1972.

The church has been served by its seventh pastor, the Rev. Michael Goers, since 2006.

For more information, contact the church office at 616-846-2490, or follow the event on Facebook.

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