Iglesia Luterana Costarricense

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aAn intergenerational group of 14 Lutherans from Faith Lutheran in Coon Rapids, Minn., visited the ILCO July 18-24. The group spent several days sharing with the community of La Carpio, an urban community with a strong Nicaraguan immigrant presence, and learned about some of the issues confronting immigrants in Costa Rica.

Faith Lutheran collaborated with members of the community in painting the main worship room on the first floor of the church building in La Carpio. They also shared with the children’s circle and youth groups, and even received a dance lesson from the traditional dance group.

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Thirty-three youth and adults from Southwest Texas Synod painted, planted, rollerskated and shared with ILCO youth as part of a July 8-15 visit aimed at learning more about Lutherans in Costa Rica and assisting in projects at ILCO’s Centro Manu retreat center.

The group included youth from three Texas congregations: Grace Lutheran, MacArthur Park Lutheran, and Christ Lutheran, all in the San Antonio, Texas area. Activities included Vacation Bible School with the children of San Martín, a rural community of faith with a strong Nicaraguan immigrant presence. San Martín youth also shared with ELCA youth in a rollerskating event and a special Christmas in July celebration. The Texas youth helped in a variety of small projects in Centro Manu, and also painted the interior of the church in San Martín.

english4The General Assembly of the Lutheran Church of Costa Rica (ILCO) met March 28-29 to define challenges the church hopes to address in 2008-2013.
 
“Reviewing what we achieved and what we didn’t achieve in past history will become our challenges for today and tomorrow,” said Bishop Melvin Jimenez.

The General Assembly is composed of associate-delegates who represent ILCO’s communities of faith and points of mission.

About 30 delegates participated in the event.

ingles-3Bishop Melvin Jiménez Marín represented the Lutheran Church of Costa Rica (ILCO) in a June visit to North Carolina, one of ILCO’s companion synods in the United States.

Jiménez was among the special guests at the North Carolina synod assembly, which included the Rev. Dr. Paul Hill, executive director of the Youth and Family Institute, and Carlos Peña, vice-president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The central theme of the assembly, held from June 5-7, was “God’s Work. Our Hands. Passing on the Faith.” The assembly included about 800 participants, representing 242 ELCA congregations and more than 86,000 members.

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