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Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Congregations in North America
2017 Synod Meeting in Bogota, NJ. 

 2017 - Airi Vaga

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.

Participating 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.

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From 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.

Second 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.

Third 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.

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.  

The next Synod (2018) will be organized by the Lakewood Holy Ghost congregation at Ocean Grove New Jersey.

Airi Vaga

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