GELCU Synod 2021

"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (NIV Lk.6:36) This verse, chosen by the Moravian Brethren of Herrnhut as the watchword of 2021, was of crucial importance to a Synod meeting of German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine held on 28-29 of May in the building of St. Catherine's Church in Kyiv. 13 of 23 GELCU congregations sent ...


At the day of Pentecost 10 people joined congregations of GELCU

Pentecost is the day, when the Church commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the beginning of His active ministry. It is the perfect time for performing the rite of confirmation. Upon the completion of the Basics of Christian Faith learning course, believers solemnly and willfully affirm oaths given at their baptism by ...


Prayer for peace in Kyiv

On May 19, Igor Shemigon, a pastor of St. Martin Evangelical-Lutheran congregation, took part in the traditional Prayer for peace – a monthly event, held by the Community of Sant'Egidio in Co-Cathedral of St. Alexander of Roman Catholic Church in Kiev. He was invited to read a sermon on the text in the book of Acts 6:1-7, which narrates a story ...


Urgent message from the management of GELCU

We are happy to inform that the executive and judicial branches of the Ukrainian state have officially recognized the right and authority of the German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine (GELCU) for autonomy in matters of regulating and controlling compliance with the Constitution of the Church and of governing the Church Administration. All ...


Healing the Wounded Heart

On May 11-14, GELCU ministers Vladislav Tsekhanovych (Shostka) and Yuriy Rykov (Berdiansk) took part in the training program, organized by Ukrainian Bible Society in Kiev with the support of American Bible Society. The training was based on a classic program “Healing the Wounded Heart”, developed by the Trauma Healing Institute. This unique ...


Collection for Harbor

During the time of Lent congregations of German Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Ukraine collected offerings for the purposes of social ministry, namely, for a shelter for homeless - “Harbor” - curated by a partner organization of GELCU –“House of Mercy”NGO. The shelter was founded in 2020 in the village Andriivka of Kyiv region. Since then, 30 ...


“Delayed” Easter in Zmiivka

Christ is risen! Zmiivka is quite an unusual village with multinational population, which results in many traditions intertwined in our daily life. It is especially true for important holidays, such as Christmas or Easter. Unfortunately, the Easter according to Gregorian Calendar has fallen on the time of strict lockdown. That, however, ...


The first publication of the “Daily Texts” in Ukrainian for the 290th anniversary of the project

German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine in partnership with congregations of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches and thanks to support from Martin-Luther-Verein, has published Daily Texts (Losungen) 2021 handbook in Ukrainian language. The "Daily texts" and the Modern Ukrainian translation Bible The first printed edition of ...


Christmas 2020 in DELKU congregations

St. Catharine (Kiev) St. Martin (Kiev) Holy Ascension (Kharkov) St. Paul community (Odessa) Krivoy Rog Berdyansk Novogradkovka and Petrodolina St. Peter and St. Paul (Zmeevka)


Support from Zmiivka

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is within your power to give it” (EHV Proverbs 3:27) Zmiivka – a village, founded by Swedish and German settlers – lies on a picturesque and fertile bank of Kakhоvka Reservoir on the Dnipro river in Kherson region. Congregation of St. Peter and Paul in Zmiivka continues the tradition ...


Synod of GELCU 2020

On the Reformation Day, October 31, 2020, in the Lutheran Church of St. Catherine in Kyiv was held a session of the Synod of GELCU. The session brought together representatives of Lutheran congregations in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Bila Tserkva, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Berdiansk, Poltava, Kremenchuk, Shostka, Petrodolynske, Novogradkivka and ...


Support for the Ukrainian ministers

To be sure, the administration of this service is not only making up for what is lacking among the saints, but it is also overflowing in many prayers of thanksgiving to God. By proving yourselves in this service, many people are glorifying God, as they see the obedience shown in your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity shown in ...