Iglesia Luterana Costarricense

una iglesia sin paredes.


english12Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We've lived and shared many things during 2008. Activities have framed a commemorative year, one of struggles and hopes: a 20th anniversary full of color and happiness, the ordinations of pastors and Ministers of Holistic Mission, the naming of the First Lutheran Bishop in Costa Rica, and many activities with children, women, youth, immigrants, indigenous peoples, campesinos (peasant farmers) and laborers.

On Saturday, August 23, the communities of faith and points of mission of the Costa Rican Lutheran Church (ILCO) celebrated the church’s 20th anniversary. The day-long celebration, which included liturgical worship, recreational games and fellowship activities, reflected a long history of accompaniment and ministry among various populations of Costa Rica.

english11In celebration of a 10-year relationship, Bishop Melvin Jiménez represented the Lutheran of Church of Costa Rica during the Southwest Texas synod’s assembly in late May.
 
Bishop Jiménez preached at the synod’s opening worship service May 31, with the Rev. Ray Tiemann, bishop of the Southwest Texas synod, presiding. Jiménez challenged those present to place compassion toward others as center in the life of congregations – a calling we receive from both the prophets and Jesus.

The worship service also included a video about ILCO and Manu Center, which was aimed to energize congregations to collaborate economically and visit as part of the companion relationship. More than 600 people participated.

english8The Lutheran Church of Costa Rica (ILCO) welcomed ELCA Bishop Leonard Bolick in a weekend of worship and events to celebrate ILCO’s 20th anniversary.
 
Bishop Bolick opened his visit by participating in the Inclusive Worship Service, a bimonthly service that explores issues of stigma, discrimination and exclusion, particularly among people of diverse sexual orientations, transgender groups and people living with HIV/AIDS.

He also participated in the Saturday celebration of ILCO’s 20th anniversary (officially Aug. 22), sharing his greetings and blessings for the church as it continues its work in Costa Rica. As part of the worship service, he visited ILCO’s botanical garden and the organic market, both at the central offices, and played in cooperative games with youth and children.

a1Through chats, youth activities and plain old soccer, a group of 16 youth and adults from Community of Christ Lutheran Church in North Carolina grew in relationship with the community of faith in Quitirrisí, an indigenous community close to San Jose.

The North Carolina youth, who visited ILCO July 28 to Aug. 4, collaborated with community members in painting the exterior of the 5-year-old church structure in Quitirrisí. Group members stayed in community members’ homes and in the church building, and participated in a number of activities with the youth group, such as a Q&A session, a bonfire (complete with s’mores) and a walk to the river at an ILCO-owned parcel.

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