Lift up Global Ministries on Pentecost Sunday

May 22, 2017
Lift up Global Ministries on Pentecost Sunday

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — On Sunday, June 4, the church will observe Pentecost Sunday. On that day, which occurs on the fiftieth day of Easter, we celebrate the day the Holy Spirit descended from heaven upon the disciples. The Biblical account in the book of Acts (2:1-4) describes a mighty wind, tongues of fire, and the…

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An Easter Message from Bishop Kucharek

April 15, 2017
An Easter Message from Bishop Kucharek

Blessed Eastertide! Christ is Risen! For Christians, Easter is celebrated for more than one day. Eastertide is a season which begins on Easter and lasts for fifty days until Pentecost. It is a time of joy during which we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the new life which Jesus’ death and resurrection brings….

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Muskegon Welcomes New Pastor

April 2, 2017
Muskegon Welcomes New Pastor

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — Our Slovak Zion Synod family rejoices with our congregation, Dr. Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church, Muskegon, Michigan as they begin a new chapter in ministry and mission and welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Michael E. Johnson. We join them in welcoming this new pastor and his spouse to our roster of ordained ministers! Pastor…

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Our Lenten Preparation

March 11, 2017
Our Lenten Preparation

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — Ash Wednesday, which was on March 1st this year, began the church season of Lent, the forty day period of fasting and spiritual preparation before Easter. In the early church, Lent was also a time of spiritual preparation for those new Christians who were to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. It…

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Muhlenberg Scholarship Recipient

January 29, 2017
Muhlenberg Scholarship Recipient

ALLENTOWN, PENN (SZS) — On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Bishop Wilma S. Kucharek represented the Slovak Zion Synod at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA. Bishop Kucharek was present for the winter meeting of the Muhlenberg College Board of Trustees which preceded the luncheon. Muhlenberg student Jacob Shelor was the 2016-2017 recipient of a Slovak Zion…

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Christmas Message from Bishop Kucharek

December 24, 2016
Christmas Message from Bishop Kucharek

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light…

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Alverda Welcomes New Pastor

December 4, 2016
Alverda Welcomes New Pastor

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — On the first Sunday of Advent, as we observed the beginning of the Church Year, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Alverda, Pennsylvania observed the beginning of a new pastorate as they officially welcomed their new pastor, the Rev. Jennifer M. Oakes. A Service of Holy Communion with the Rite of Installation…

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A New Ministry Unfolds

November 6, 2016
A New Ministry Unfolds

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — As nature in these days of fall unfolds in gorgeous colors of orange, red, yellow, and brown, so too, ministry and life in our congregations unfolds with those activities so characteristic of this time of year. Rally days for Sunday School have passed and Christian education and formation is well underway….

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Synod Assembly 2016

September 17, 2016
Synod Assembly 2016

MIAMI, FL (SZS) — This past week, September 4-10, the Slovak Zion Synod gathered in Assembly aboard the Carnival Splendor, originating in Miami with ports of call in Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel before returning home. The theme of this year’s assembly was: “We are Church Together — For Such a Time as This!” as we…

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Churchwide Assembly convenes in New Orleans

August 9, 2016

(The following is a forward from the SZS Communications Desk) NEW ORLEANS (SZS) — The 14th Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America opened yesterday evening, August 8, 2016, with the Order for the Opening of an Assembly and continued with the first Plenary session of the week. Our Synod’s rich and diverse membership is represented at…

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Our 2016 Students Have Arrived

July 22, 2016

TORRINGTON, CONN (SZS) — Our Synod, in partnership with the leadership of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (Evanjelická Bohoslovecká Fakulta, Univerzita Komenského), is hosting three seminary students as this summer’s participants in the Student Immersion Program of the Slovak Zion Synod. The program, which is part of the Synod’s mission in Central…

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The Rev. Kenneth Michnay Celebrates 50 Years of Ordination

June 6, 2016
The Rev. Kenneth Michnay Celebrates 50 Years of Ordination

MUSKEGON, MI (SZS) — On June 5, 2016, the congregation of Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Muskegon, Michigan celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of ordination of the Rev. Kenneth Michnay. This milestone of service to Christ’s church was observed with a celebratory service of Holy Communion led by Pastor Michnay; this Eucharist service took place exactly fifty years…

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