ELCRN ‘big church’ celebrating 50th anniversary

WINDHOEK: The Ephesians and Macedonia parishes of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), affectionately known as the ‘big church’ is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week.

The chairman of the Anniversary Committee, Stanley Kozonguizi told Nampa on Tuesday that the celebrations commenced on Sunday already and end this coming Sunday.

The church is serving both the Ephesians and Macedonia parishes of the ELCRN, and was inaugurated in 1962.

“This year marks the 50th existence of the church, and a big celebration is taking place. Various fundraising initiatives are envisaged, and these include the sales of T-shirts, caps, ties and scarves that will be worn during this week,” Kozonguizi noted.

In a statement made available to Nampa, elder Isaac Kaulinge from the Macedonia Parish said the church was a gift from the Lutheran Church, ‘Die Kirche Im Rheinland’, in Germany.

Lutherans attended church on an open piece of land in Katutura after being moved there under protest from the Old Location in 1960. This piece of land was where the church was later built.

The late Pastor Aaron Lukas Hipondoka as well as the late Pricilla Tjirama-Hambira and the late Aune Hamukoto presided over the inauguration ceremony of the church in Katutura then.

As part of this week’s celebarations, a ‘youth night’ was held on Monday, and a debate on reformation is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday, a play about German monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, will take place, while a choir performance is scheduled for Thursday.

A talent evening has been planned for Friday night, while sports activities and games will be held on Saturday.

ELCRN Bishop Doctor Zephania Kameeta will lead a church service on Sunday, and the festivities will be rounded off with a lunch.

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