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:
Mit Freude stelle ich das Jubiläumsbuch vor! Ich bin stolz auf die Leistungen und die Arbeit unserer Kirche für die Community. Wenn wir auf die vergangenen Jahre zurückblicken, können wir dem Herrn dankbar sein dafür, dass er uns mit seiner dauernden Gegenwart gesegnet hat. Wir sind die „Lutheraner am See“, die alle willkommen heißen, einander gegenseitig unterstützen, und in allem, was wir tun, unseren Glauben verbindlich leben. Dieses Fotobuch ist ein schöner Beleg dafür, dass unsere Gemeinde voller Leben und für die nächsten 60 Jahre vorbereitet ist.
Gottes Segen für die Zukunft,
A note from the Pastor:
Liebe Mitglieder und Freunde der Martin Luther Kirche!
2015 war ein Jahr voller Segen für unsere Kirche. Das Fest am 2. Advent war ein Höhepunkt unseres Gemeindelebens, bei dem wir nicht nur die Vergangenheit feierten, sondern vor allem die Lebendigkeit im Hier und Jetzt spürten. Die Kraft kommt aus unserer Freude am Evangelium. Die Epistellesung am Jubiläumstag bringt es auf den Punkt, was ich beim Durchblättern unseres Jubiläumsbuches denke:
„Ich danke meinem Gott, sooft ich euer gedenke – was ich allezeit tue in allen meinen Gebeten für euch alle, und ich tue das Gebet mit Freuden, für eure Gemeinschaft am Evangelium vom ersten Tage an bis heute. (Phil 1:3-5)“
Möge Gott Leben und Dienst unserer Kirche weiterhin segnen!
The Last 10 Years
November 27th 2005
Martin Luther Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Roof work begins on the church
Pastor Wolf announces his new position in Germany
Mona Frantzke puts down her baton after leading the Church Choir for 23 years.
The sewing circle retires.
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
Kaethe Kleinau retires as church secretary; we welcome Anita Ratz to the office
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
Heike Eble, the church’s organist of 19 years, passes the job on to Klaus Schneeberger
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
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
Nancy Rahn interns with the Pastor
Pastor 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
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
Stephen Harmelink introduces a Youth Choir and Richard Heinzele takes the reigns of the Church Choir
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
Sonja Schweiger begins organizing the Youth Group while Christine Rabey conducts the Youth Choir
Linda Marcinkus becomes the new Choir Director
Christian Ceconi is elected as Pastor Alexander Mielke’s successor
The Church participates in Doors Open Toronto
June 23rd 2013
We say thank you to the Mielke family with a farewell service
Dan Sommerfeld retires as 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
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.
A new welcome committee, worship team, and summer camp team begin to take shape
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 (www.martinluther.ca) and Facebook (@MartinLutherChurchToronto), and Pastor gets Twitter!
MLC starts hosting Meet-Ups and „New to Canada“ seminars
Yvonne Kohlmann lends a hand over the Christmas holidays, and delivers the little green Martin Luther statue from Germany
The congregation announces its decision to support Syrian refugees through Canadian Lutheran World Relief
People take little Martin Luther statue all over the place!
Round table meetings and the formation of a building committee and drum circle play a part in the future of MLC
Marlene Müller is oficially welcomed as secretary and takes over for Anita Ratz who retires after almost 10 years
Moritz Menacher joins MLC for a year as the Vicar
Karen Hoffmann brings her design talents to the newletter