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On Sunday, September 11, Pastor Tom represented the ELCA and Bishop Kucharek at the 200th anniversary of the Slovak Lutheran Church in Nadlac, Romania.

Nadlac is a Slovak diaspora community on the Hungarian border, founded during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire by families that left another diaspora community in Tótkomlós, Hungary, not far away, in search of a better life. The church is today the seat of the Slovenský Seniorát, or deanery, for the Lutheran Church in Romania.

The first thing these families did when they arrived in their new home was to build a church, which at first was made of mud brick, and then grew into the structure that stands today.

In addition to the celebration of the church building’s anniversary, the congregation also dedicated the building of their new day-center for senior citizens, which will provide meals and programs for those who are alone during the day.

“Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer: We give you thanks for the fellowship of those who have worshiped in this place, and we pray that all who seek you here may find you, and be filled with your joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”