Evangelical Lutheran Congregations in
2017 Synod Meeting in Bogota,
The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran
Congregations in North America held it's annual meeting on
April 29th and 30th in New Jersey, at the second oldest
Estonian Lutheran congregation in the USA, established in
1929 - Bergen County Congregation. The meeting was
organized by Bishop electus Thomas Vaga and the
congregation's chairwoman Malle Väärsi, who presented the
attendees with a hearty breakfast and luncheon.
in the Synod were the representatives of nine congregations.
The St. Andrews congregation was represented in writing.
Ministers attending included Bishop electus Thomas Vaga, who
also ministers to the Lakewood, New York and Bergen County
congregations, Pastor Uudo Tari for the Connecticut
congregation, Pastor Gilda Karu for Chicago First
congregation, Pastor Markus Vaga for Seakbrook and Baltimore
congregations, Pastor Enn Auksmann for Los Angeles, and
Pastor William Ilves for Schnectady-Albany. Visiting
as a guest was the pastor of the Trinity Lutheran church,
Pastor Peter A. Olsen.
the left: Schnectady-Albany congregation chairwoman
Eve Rebassoo, Cleveland congregation representative Airi
Vaga, bishop electus Thomas Vaga, Bergen County chairwoman
Malle Väärsi, NY St. Paul and Bergen County
treasurer Eha McDonnell, and Eena Mai Franz from
St. Paul's congregation.
row from the left: Schenectady-Albany pastor William
Ilves, Los Angelese chairman Heino Nurmberg, Chicago First
congregation pastor Gilda Karu, Tiiu Tari from the
Connecticut congregation, Lakewood congregation
representative Maarit Vaga and the Connecticut congregation
pastor Uudo Tari.
row: New York St. Paul chairman Sven Roosild, Seabrook
and Baltimore pastor Markus Vaga, Seabrook chairman Harry
Virunurm, Los Angelese minister Enn Auksmann and the E.E.L.C.
treasurer Kuno Lill.
Yorgi St. Paul's chairman Sven Roosild.
chairwoman Eve Rebassoo.
pastor Markus Vaga.
the Synod dinner.
Uudo Tari and Enn Auksman with Los Angelese congregation's
Chairman Heino Nurmberg.
The Synod meeting ended Sunday with
worship services at the Trinity Lutheran church.
Participating in the service were the Bishop electus Thomas
Vaga, and pastors Enn Auksmann, William Ilves and Gilda Karu.
The organist was Richard Tegtmayer.
Ilves and Olsen, Bishop electus Thomas Vaga and Pastor Tari.
Roosild and Pastor Uudo Tari.
Uudo Tari and
Bishop electus Thomas Vaga.
The next Synod (2018) will be
organized by the Lakewood Holy Ghost congregation at Ocean
Grove New Jersey.
can read more about this event (in Estonian) at the Estonian
E.E.L.K. webpage here.