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Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church 60th Anniversary [1955 to 2015] published inhouse by the 60th Anniversary Team, Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2016. 51 pages.
In 2016 the Martin Luther Church Toronto published a history book on the occasion of its 60th anniversary in 2015 covering the years of 2005 to 2015 on 52 pages. Now, this booklet is available to read online in both English and German! Below are the select pages, or download the PDF. Happy reading!

Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church 60th Anniversary [PDF]

Our Members and Friends

Martin Luther Church is blessed with a wonderful, welcoming and active faith community.

The congregation comes together for worship throughout the year, not only for Sunday services, but to celebrate special events in the church calender in unique ways: from the Jazz New Years Service to the Easter Sunrise Service to the many Lent and Advent services. Members have also continued the tradition of outdoor ministry for decades: visiting Camp Edgewood for the Church Picnic and Camp Lutherlyn for a week of Summer Camp annually.

Our members are involved in many activities that enrich our services, contribute to community outreach and encourage the building of meaningful and multi-generational relationships. The Sunday School Swim, Christmas Bazaar and, most recently, Mimico Party in the Park, are just some of the ways we come together, not to mention the meetings of our groups and teams. The choir, bible study, worship team, seniors group, coffee and cake team, the Sunday School, drum circle, refugee support team, improvement committees, confirmation class, media crew and many more help to keep our church community alive and growing!

The following is a snapshot in time of many of the members and friends of our congregation involved in church life in the year of the anniversary.

A note from the Council President:

Dear friends,

It is a great joy for me to introduce the 60 th anniversary photo book. I am proud of our accomplishments and the work our church. has done in the community. As we look back over the years, we can be thankful to the Lord that He has blessed us with His constant presence. We are the Lutherans on the Lake, who welcome everyone, support oneanother and show commitment to faith in everything we do. This photo book is a beautiful proof that our congregation is full oflife and ready to take on the next 60 years.

Wishing you God’s blessing for the future,
Tanya Zielke





A note from the Pastor:

Dear congregation and friends of the Martin Luther Church/Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der Martin Luther Kirche!

2015 was full of blessings for our church. The Anniversary itself was a highlight in the life of our congregation. On the 2nd Advent Sunday we celebrated not only the past, but how vibrant our church life has become. Our strength comes from the joy we take in the gospel, and the reading from the anniversary sums up perfectly what I see when I look through this book:

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Phil 1:3-5)”

May God bless the life and service of our Church community!
Christian Ceconi


The Last 10 Years


November 27th 2005
Martin Luther Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary


April 2006
Roof work begins on the church

May 2006
Pastor Stefan Wolf announces his new position in Germany

July 2006
Mona Frantzke puts down her baton after leading the Church Choir for 23 years.
The sewing circle retires

November 2006
Daycare playground renovation completed

December 17th 2006
The Sunday School children write their first Christmas play and take the stage


We start an e-mail distribution list

January 2007
Kaethe Kleinau retires as church secretary; we welcome Anita Ratz to the office

April 2007
Alexander Mielke is chosen as the new EKD Pastor

June 24th 2007
MLC celebrates the time spent with the Wolf family in a farewell service

September 16th 2007
The Mielke family arrives, and is welcomed into the congre-gation with a special installation service


March 2008
Heike Eble, the church’s organist of 19 years, passes the job on to Klaus Schneeberger

April 2008
A German library is started in the church basement

October 12th 2008
The congregation celebrates a special service in honour of its long partnership with Brazil

November 2008 to January 2009 Katarina Prosenjak interns at MLC


February 15th 2009
The first joint service with Mimico United Church is held

June 7th 2009
The EKD North America conference is warmly received in Toronto at MLC

December 2009
The Sunday School, Youth Group, and many volunteers come together to prepare the first annual Christmas bazaar in the church basement

December 20th 2010
The first Candlelight Service for the Young and Young at Heart is celebrated


March-April 2010
Nancy Rahn interns with the Pastor

Spring 2010
Pastor Alexander Mielke opens us up to world religions by introducing the “Getting to Know Our Neighbours” series

June 13th 2010
The Daycare’s 40th and the Church’s 55th Anniversary are commemorated with a joint service and BBQ

October 2010
Linda Marcinkus takes over at the organ for Klaus Schneeberger


January 2011-December 2011
Katarina Prosenjak returns to the congregation for a year of service as a vicar

January 2011
Stephen Harmelink introduces a Youth Choir and Richard Heinzele takes the reigns of the Church Choir

Summer 2011
Renovations are done on the basement ceiling, the church foundation and the roof of 5 Superior Avenue.

September 18th 2011
The first annual “Welcome Back from Summer” Service is celebrated.
Summer camp sells t-shirts.

September 2011
Sonja Schweiger begins organizing the Youth Group while Christine Rabey conducts the Youth Choir


February 2012
Linda Marcinkus becomes the new Choir Director

December 2012
Christian Ceconi is elected as Pastor Alexander Mielke’s successor


May 2013
The Church participates in Doors Open Toronto

June 23rd 2013
We say thank you to the Mielke family with a farewell service

Summer 2013
Dan Sommerfeld retires as Summer Camp Director after 15 summers, and passes the torch to Anna Lisa Wienecke

September 22nd 2013
Pastor Christian Ceconi is installed and his family is welcomed into the congregation

October 2013

Martin Luther Daycare continues the preschool program in the church basement following the fire at 5 Superior Avenue. The congregation and community generously support the commitment to reopening the building.


January 2014
A new welcome committee, worship team, and summer camp team begin to take shape

August 2014
We welcome Mimico United Church as their community supper, food bank and office relocate to MLC’s basement

Martin Luther Church Toronto


We get a new logo, website ( and Facebook (Martin Luther Church T0ronto – @MartinLutherChurchToronto), and Pastor gets Twitter!

September 2014
MLC starts hosting Meet-Ups and “New to Canada” seminars

December 2014
Yvonne Kohlmann lends a hand over the Christmas holidays, and delivers the little green Martin Luther from Germany

Christmas 2014
The congregation announces its decision to support Syrian refugees through Canadian Lutheran World Relief


People take little Martin Luther all over the place!

Winter 2015
Round table meetings and the formation of a building committee and drum circle play a part in the future of MLC

April 2015
Marlene Müller is oficially welcomed as secretary and takes over for Anita Ratz who retires after almost 10 years

May 2015-2016
Moritz Menacher joins MLC for a year as the Vicar

June 2015
Karen Hoffmann brings her design talents to the newletter

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