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SAINT-PETERSBURG (RUSSIA) – Last Saturday a long-expected event took place in Saint-Petersburg – the 6th Christmas Festival organized by the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith. According to a good tradition, the Festival gathered adults and children from all over the city and opened the series of Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Northern capital.

This year the program of the event was prepared for guests of all age groups: for children under 3 – a special play area with an assistant, games and a creative workshop was prepared. Kids of 3 to 8 years old watched a puppet-show “Brother Donkey or a road to Bethlehem”, took part in a bubble show and watched a “Three Angels of Christmas” performance. While the children were playing, their parents and young people over 13 years old visited a festive church service devoted to the Nativity of Christ, and listened to the Christmas carols sung by the massed choir of the “New Testament” Church (Saint-Petersburg), watched a wonderful Christmas performance about how the love of God changes the hearts and lives of people to the better, and a concert devoted to Christmas.

All the guests of the Festival heard the Christmas greetings, including the greetings of the senior presbyter of the North-Western Association of the Russian Church of Christian of Evangelical Faith Alexander Tsvetkov, and received gifts.

The 6th Christmas Festival gathered more than 800 children and their parents, guests from Saint-Petersburg and other cities of Leningrad area – Krasnoe Selo, Rappolovo, Sosnovy Bor, Priozersk, Sertolovo, Garbolovo, Kolpino, Pushkin, Petergof, Kommunar, Nikolskoe, Volkhov, Zelenogorsk, Sestroretsk, Gatchina. The day is well-remembered for a nice, kind, festive atmosphere of Christmas, and we believe that God will perform many miracles in the lives and hearts of people of our region. Merry Christmas!

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VORKUTA (RUSSIA) – Vorkuta Source of Life Church, pastored by Anatoly and Valentina Potapovs, celebrated the 16th anniversary on October 21 and 22, with a “From youth to maturity” conference. Words of congratulations were addressed to pastors and the community of the church, songs of praise and words of prayer were raised to God. Youth groups performed skits, sang songs and danced. Source of Life churches pastors from Syktyvkar, Sosnogorsk, Usinsk, Emva, Pechora and ministers from Vorkuta Church of God congratulated pastors Anatoly and Valentina and the church.

On Saturday, bishop of Komi-Perm Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, pastor of New Testament church in Kudymkar Vyacheslav Gerasimov ministered at the first service. What purpose should a Christian pursue? “Our purposes should be set by God. And the main purpose is the prize of the upward call of God in Christ”. The Scripture for this was apostle Paul’s words from Philippians, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.

Pavel Kudrov, bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, Senior Presbyter for Komi Republic and senior pastor of the Source of Life Church in Syktyvkar, preached about the signet ring of adoption and the signet ring of authority. The first one is given to every Christian, who accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. To receive the second one we should pay a price and take the responsibility.

Grant Burnadze, pastor of Pechora Source of Life Church, and Anatoly Potapov, pastor of Vorkuta Source of Life Church shared about maturity.

On Sunday, two celebration services took place. Pavel Kudrov and Vyacheslav Gerasimov shared about the importance of being faithful and thankful to God – thankful for the family, relationships between parents and kids, job, church, the pastor and the ministers, and for the good name. “What you value – works well!” – said Pavel Kudrov in his word.

On that day the church had a reception – tea with tasty cakes were served. Before the conference in Vorkuta bishops Pavel Kudrov and Vyacheslav Gerasimov ministered in Pechora and Syktyvkar. Minister from Kudymkar encouraged the Syktyvkar church to dwell in the helping hand ministry and not to grow weaker in it. The church of Pechora was addressed by a word about the Holy Spirit: how to build the relationships with the Holy Spirit, why we should rest upon the Holy Spirit and not the world.

On the same day, Pavel Kudrov taught Pechora church about the beneficence. The verse from the Scripture the preacher referred to was John 10:10 “I came that they may have life, and have {it} abundantly.”
The churches gladly welcomed the guests. We trust that the Lord will abundantly bless His children and one day people of Komi republic will glorify God in unity!

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OMSK (RUSSIA) – On the 15th of October, Harvest Church of Omsk celebrated Thanksgiving. The solemn atmosphere could be felt at the church porch – it was decorated with crowns and bright ribbons, the meeting hall was pictorially decorated, and fruit and vegetables were arranged at the altar, symbolizing bringing the offerings. Harvest is a sacred holiday that God commanded us to celebrate with special honor, thanksgiving and humbleness. Harvest is the time of meditation and summing up the walk with God, serving Him and people.

The service began with praise and worship to God. The Levites with a special anointing sang psalms and raised their voices to God. After the worship some touchy event took place – public announcement of a proposed marriage. A brother and a sister in Christ, ministering in the Levites’ team, received the pastor’s and the church’s blessing for family-raising.

Children participated in the service: they recited poems, sang a song and even performed a skit. Praise God for the rising generation of God’s servants!

The sermon of the senior pastor of Harvest Church Sergei Gorbenko made us think, what fruit each one of us creates for God’s Kingdom. Pastor Sergei reminded about the first love: “Remember how easy it was to forgive, how eager you were to come to the House of God to pray, how sincere you were praising God. Can you identify the same feelings and motives in your heart now? You are your own heart’s guard. And it is your decision to follow God, serve Him, love Him, dedicate your life to Him that your salvation depends on”. The pastor mentioned five basics of the harvest in his sermon. Harvest is the law of God’s care (Gen. 1:11–13); law of mighty and spiritual life (Gal. 6:7–9); law of financial ministry (2 Cor. 9:6, 7; Prov. 11:24, 25); law of grateful heart (Deut. 6:10, 12); the true harvest is hidden in people’s salvation (Jer. 8: 19-20; John 4:35, 36; Mt. 13:39; Rev. 14:15).

The law of sowing and reaping that God was talking about did not fade in importance in our days. Jesus is the Lord of the harvest, who is looking for the doers, followers, faithful ministers. He said, “Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Let us sow the Word of God to the people’s hearts, sow an intensified prayer into our own lives and our brothers’ and sisters’ lives, sow our gratefulness to God for all His wonderful work! And we will certainly reap the good in our life, for our God is faithful, promising blessings to those who love Him to thousands!

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BARNAUL (RUSSIA) – On the 31st of October, protestant churches of Altai region triumphantly and joyfully celebrated the 500th Anniversary of Reformation. There’s a good tradition in Barnaul to celebrate Days of Christian unity. They’re usually celebrated on November 4 – national holiday of unity. But this time the festive service was timed to the outstanding anniversary of Reformation celebration.

Christians from churches of different denominations – Pentecostals, Baptists, Lutherans – gathered at the largest hall of Barnaul in the evening of October 31. The hall was filled with remarkable presence of God and atmosphere of unity and joy. The program consisted of worship, prayer, video clips on the history of Reformation in Europe and its meaning for the contemporary Church and society. During the service the welcome speech of the Head Bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Edward Grabovenko was presented.

Collection according to the subject was exhibited in the lobby. Besides, in the lobby the wooden gates were installed, and a brother dressed like Martin Luther was standing by them with a hammer. The spot has become popular for taking pictures: many people wanted a picture with a famous Reformer by the church gates, with the famous Theses in German, nailed down to them.

At the service an idea that emerged at one of monthly pastors meetings, was announced. The backbone of the idea is to erect a monument in Barnaul to the first protestants in Altai, who played a crucial part in industrial and cultural development of Barnaul and Altai region in the 18th and 19th centuries. The application for allocating a place for the monument has been submitted to the city administration. It was signed by 16 pastors from Barnaul and several well-known public figures, who supported the idea.

The celebration of the Reformation anniversary has finished, but, as it was said at the service, the idea of Reformation should further be refreshed and affirmed in our churches and our hearts.

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EKATERINBURG (RUSSIA) – On October 14, the second church conference of Sverdlovsk Regional Association of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith took place. Representatives of more than 70 churches from all over the region gathered together to praise God in unity, to pray and get into God’s Word and fellowship.

“One heart” – this idea united more than 1200 people on that day. The services were joined by guests from other regions: Perm, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk areas. The worship team from New Testament Church of Perm led worship at one of the services.
The conference participants expressed confidence that such gatherings unite believers from different cities of the region.

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MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – Moscow Theological Institute celebrated the 25th Anniversary. The celebration lasted two days: on October 11 a theological colloquium took place at the institute, on October 12 – a celebration service and reception at Izmailovo Alfa Hotel.

The “Reformation and education” theological colloquium was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of Reformation and the 25th anniversary of the Institute. Discussions on the Reformation’s influence on the education, main problems of contemporary Christian education and its future were on the agenda. On that day all MTI professors, curators, graduates and students contemplated on and discussed the ideas, suggested by the speakers of the colloquium.

The key speakers of the colloquium were Mikhail Mokienko, candidate of historical sciences, senior scientist of the Religion Research center of National Pedagogical University named after Dragomanov (Kiev) and Sergei Podnyuk, president of Minsk Theological Institute. Each of the speakers revealed different periods of Reformation and educational problems of the corresponding time, drawing parallels with the contemporary education. They inspired by the lessons of the 500 years of history, and invited the listeners to think, which steps to take to, on the one side, not to lose the best experience, but on the other side – not to repeat the mistakes of the Reformation.

After each speech the director of MTI Sergei Yastrzhembski gave the participants of the colloquium an opportunity to share their opinion on the role of a teacher in an educational process, and on the affiliation. According to one of the colloquium participants, “like-minded people and coworkers theologized on historical, but fundamental topics for building up the spiritual education”.

The forum revealed the timeliness of meetings of professors and students of theological institutes. They allow to take a look from the outside on the state of education, on how to develop and what to put emphasis to.
In the end of the first day the diploma delivery ceremony to the four graduates of MTI magistrature program was performed.

The second day of celebration started with a celebration service at “Izmailovo” hotel. Professors, graduates and students of the Institute, pastors and leaders of regional unions of Russian church of Christians of Evangelical faith, heads of evangelical unions have gathered here.

The service was led by the Director of MTI Sergei Yastrzhembski. He presented memorable gifts to the people, who made a special contribution to the institute development, shared about the important milestones and people in it’s history, thanked God for the way He has led and kept safe on.

Pavel Zhelnovakov, bishop, head of educational department, preached on the power of the Calvary cross. He wished the institute to have even more dignified graduates – ministers, penetrated by the sacrament of the cross, who are impossible to stop in preaching the Gospel.

Edward Grabovenko, the Head Bishop of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, congratulated the MTI on the anniversary. He noticed the worthy fruit of the institute in bringing up the ministers – the 1000th bachelor diploma was awarded this year. “During the 25 years the MTI proved to be in demand, be faithful and devoted to God’s work”, – said the bishop.

Sergei Ryakhovski, the Head Bishop of the Russian Union of Christians of Evangelical Faith, congratulated on the anniversary and wished to keep balance between faith, that vivifies, and knowledge that puffs up.

Nazar Pavlovich Reshikovetz, the first Director of the institute, John Asachev, the second Director, professors, partners and friends were also invited to speak. They remembered the first years, first professors, first generations of graduates.

One of the guests was the head of administration of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith Ivan Borichevski. He was one of the first graduates of the Institute who received the bachelor degree. The minister thankfully remembered his professors and shared a story about how one of them motivated the students to study well and always found an extraordinary approach.

At Celebration many kind words of thanks were said, memories shared and worship and praise music performed by musicians of the Moscow Night Church.

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KHABAROVSK (RUSSIA) – On October 8, the ceremony of the first graduation of “Light in the East” missionary training course at the Word of Grace Church of Khabarovsk Association took place. For six months students studied the basics of evangelical theology, and acquired practical skills of missionary work for God.

The trainers were pastors and bishops of the Far East region, who possess profound academic knowledge and missionary ministry experience. Leader of the training, presbyter of the Word of Grace Church Alexei Kolodeev said, “It was a difficult time. Students did not only acquired knowledge, but learned to serve. It is a joy for me to see their hearts being changed. I believe every graduate will dedicate his life to fulfill the command of our Lord – to bring the light of God’s Word all across the Earth”.

18 of 25 course attendants finished the full course. They came from Khabarovsk area, Sakhalin, Primorye. Irina Glebova, one of the graduates, shared her testimony, “Studying at the courses was a great blessing for me and other students. We received high-quality knowledge, and grew spiritually. Fellowship and environment that we were in is a great combination for spiritual growth and preparation of future ministers of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

The missionary courses were organized to teach preachers and missionaries practical skills, and also to give some additional training to the church ministers to support the spiritual development of the evangelical churches and popularization of the missionary movement in the Far East region.

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OMSK (RUSSIA) – On October 7, Sergei Terekhov took part in a charitable seminar “9 steps to success”, “Ethics, service, delegation” in Omsk. The seminar was organized by “Strong personality” business community.

The speaker of the seminar, Sergei Terekhov, ministers as a pastor in Cherepovets evangelical church, supports Mercy House and an orphanage. He is a successful businessman and a popular business trainer. The first part of his presentation was dedicated to the permanent principles of organizing and leading the business. Pastor Sergei spoke about the importance of ethical component of business, of the necessity to constantly improve the internal and external service, and also of the principles of delegating the authority in an enterprise.

After the buffet lunch, when the participants had a chance to better meet each other, Sergei Terekhov began the second part of the seminar – “9 steps to success”. The trainer shared his experience of starting up, developing and leading a business, shared principles that help him to successfully lead the business. Pastor Terekhov referred to the Scriptures several times, demonstrating a deep connection between the Biblical truths and the success of a person honoring and fulfilling God’s covenant.

At the end of the seminar the participants asked Sergei Terekhov many questions. The speaker touched the most interesting topics that were impossible to disregard. Sergei Mefodievich’s presentation was useful both for business owners and those who plan on starting up a business.

On Sunday, Sergei Terekhov visited the Sunday service of the Harvest Church of Omsk, he preached on why troubles come to a Christian’s life. Sergei shared his personal experience of coping with troubles, gave valuable advices, inspired and encouraged brothers and sisters in Christ. He mentioned that “God never leaves His children. At difficult times He is especially close. God wants us to be humble before Him, as blessings come to our lives through humbleness. And for us to become humble we need to go through troubles. That is why during the difficult times follow the Scriptural truths: “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”.

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USINSK (RUSSIA) – On October 1, the Source of Life Church in Usinsk, Komi Republic, celebrated their 10th Anniversary.

Guests from Syktyvkar, Vorkuta and Pechora came to congratulate pastors Pavel and Valentina Volkovs and the church members in person.

The day began with congratulations. Church memebers recited poems, played some music. Children sang a song and danced, and deeply touched everybody by that. A sister from the church played a violin. The youth performed a “Prodigal son” skit. The Source of Life Church pastors prayed for the church and its members, and for the city to be saved.

On the eve of the celebration, September 30, the bishop and the senior pastor of Syktyvkar Source of Life Church Pavel Kudrov and Pechora Source of Life Church’s pastor Grant Burnadze ministered at a seminar. The topics were “Growth and increase” and “Don’t be lazy”.

On Sunday, pastors prayed for dedication of the church building, that the church has just purchased. On the same day pastor Anatoly Potapov from Vorkuta ministered to the church. Pastor Anatoly spoke about how the church is the team of Jesus.

Usinsk church had full and blessed days. May God keep and bless the church in every day!

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KHABAROVSK (FAR EAST, RUSSIA) – On June 17 and 18, in Khabarovsk, Head Bishop Edward Grabovenko and his deputy Vassily Yevchik served at the annual regional conference of the churches of the Khabarovsk Territory. The Conference was attended by Bishop Peter Yarmolyuk, head of the Sakhalin Association, deputy head bishop in the Far Eastern Federal District, and the head of the association of Grace Churches in Irkutsk region Vladimir Savonov.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA) – On May 7-9, the annual conference of the Russian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith was held at the Congress Hall of the Moscow World Trade Center. This year it was dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and was called “Prepare the Way of the Lord”. Seven services and 13 workshops took place during the conference. The program included panel discussions on Mission and Reformation, led by the rector of the Moscow Theological Institute Sergei Yastrzhembsky.

MOSCOW (RUSSIA), May 7 – 2017 is declared, here at the Russian Church, the Year of Good News. It is also the year of 500 Years of Reformation. “Prepare the way for the Lord” is the theme of the Conference.