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LCC Grows by Three
Lutheran ChurchCanada welcomed three new congregations into synod during Friday's first business session. Delegates overwhelmingly approved resolutions to receive Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kenora, Ontario, Iglesia Luterana Estrella De BelÚn, Vancouver and New Beginnings Lutheran Church Regina into membership.
Randy Jeworski represented New Beginnings at the convention. He served as congregational president of New Beginnings when it began worshipping as a mission congregation in November 2001. The church was formed by people from other Lutheran churches in Regina who identified a special need for ministering to the de-churched and unchurched. "We wanted to be intentional about seeking the de-churched... those who have wandered away from the faith... and the unchurched," Mr. Jeworksi observed. At one point, the congregation had considered the name "Genesis Lutheran Church," but decided that New Beginnings was more understandable to those with limited church exposure.
Ed Keilbart, a delegate from the Vancouver circuit received the membership certificate on behalf of Estrella De BelÚn. The congregation was started in the mid-'80s by Bethlehem Lutheran Church as an outreach to Spanish immigrants from South and Central America.
Suzy Mead accepted the membership on behalf of Good Shepherd. The congregation began as a mission of the Central District. Reverend Larry Ritter, the Central District's missionary-at-large, is currently serving as pastor.