Christmas 2022

Zmiivka Kharkiv Kyiv, St. Catharines Kyiv, St. Martin Bila Tserkva Zhitomir Vinnitsia Odessa Petrodolynskoe Novogradkivka Krivoy Roh Poltava Aleksandria Berdyansk Zaporizhzhya Shostka Rovne Ivano-Frankovsk


Christmas fair in Odessa

On December 23, a traditional Christmas fair opened in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Odesa. For three days residents of Odessa and guests of the city could enjoy the festive mood. Even though the courtyard of the church is decorated more modestly compared to the previous years, it still creates a feeling of warmth and coziness. At the fair you ...


Сhristmas message from the bishop of GELCU

«And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.» Luke 2,10-11 Angel of the Lord speaks these words to shepherds, who saw the Glory of God. But they also relate to us today. ...


The bishop of GELCU in Estonia

The bishop of GELCU Pavlo Shvarts made an official visit to Estonia. On November 23, during the Synod of the EELC, archbishop Urmas Viilma awarded bishop Shvarts with the First Rank Cross of Merit of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church on behalf of the Consistory of the Church. “For me, this award, before everything else, is a symbol ...


GELCU Synod 2022

On November 19, the Synod meeting of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine was held in the premises of the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in Kyiv. The Synod delegates decided the following: To condemn the aggression of the Russian Federation and made a statement for a just peace for Ukraine;To condemn the actions of the ...


Ukraine: Lutherans in Kyiv help people in need

As Russian missiles continue to rain on cities in Ukraine, local churches do what they can to support those affected by the war. On a hilltop in the Kyiv city center sits the Church of Saint Catherine, home to a Lutheran congregation tracing back to the late 1700s, and today gathering some 350 members. The congregation, one of 18  of the ...


Attack on a humanitarian aid depot

Yesterday, October 10, a warehouse in the Zazimsky territorial community of the Brovary district of the Kyiv region, where humanitarian aid from the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession of Slovakia was stored, was damaged because of shelling. One person died and several more were injured. The German Evangelical Lutheran congregation of ...


The congregation of Kharkiv during the war

From the first hour of the outbreak of the full-scale phase of the war, Kharkiv found itself under the brutal blows of Russian troops. They failed to capture the city, but missiles, artillery, and aviation caused it serious damage and disrupted the course of life of its residents. Hundreds of thousands of people fled the city, and in the first ...


Thanksgiving Day 2022

Kyiv Odessa Kharkov Berdyansk Poltava Bila Tserkva Ivano-Fraksvsk Petrodolinskoe and Novogradkovka Olexandria Vinnitsia Kremenchug Lviv Zaporizhzhya Shostka Zhitomir


Oleksandr Gross was awarded the Diploma of the Verkhovna Rada

On September 26, 2022, Oleksandr Gross, the pastor of the congregations of GELCU of the Southern region, received the Diploma of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine "For merits to the Ukrainian people." "This is the first award for 20 years of social work. But it doesn’t belong only to me, but also to all those, with whom we served children and ...


GELCU became a direct member of CPCE

The Council of the CPCE has accepted the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine as a direct member of the church communion. The Evangelical Lutheran churches in Russia and other successor states of the Soviet Union had already been discussing their membership in CPCE since 2019. Until now they had been represented together as the ...


A new branch of the “Bethany” Children’s Center

The “Bethany” Children's Center of the Evangelical Lutheran community in the village of Novohradkivka opened its thirteenth school year. During the past 13 years, we were not only able to help children and their families with the school program but also provided meals, hygiene, sometimes clothes and shoes, oftentimes medication, and, of course, ...