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The Laudamus men’s choir from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will sing at the Immokalee Amigos Center on Thursday, February 25 at 9:30 am. Everyone is invited to come to hear the Laudamus choir and receive a tour of the Amigos Center.
Laudamus is a select choir of 14 seminarians preparing for full-time service as pastors in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia Seminary provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit www.csl.edu.
Three of the Immokalee Amigos Center pastors are alumni of Concordia Seminary. Vicar Karl Glander is currently a student in the Specific Ministry Program of Concordia Seminary.
For more information about the event, call Pastor Selle (239) 281-1664.
By Rev. Robert Selle
Immokalee, FL – On December 6, 2015 over a hundred people gathered at the Immokalee Amigos Center to participate in the ordination and installation of Saint Luc Charelus.
Accompanied by his wife, Masinam, his mother, his brother, one of his seven children, members of Bethlehem Haitian Church – LCMS and local clergy, Rev. Charelus made his solemn vow that with the help of God he will perform the duties of the pastoral office in conformity with Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Rev. Jon Zehnder, Second Vice-President of the LCMS Florida-Georgia District, vested Saint Luc with a red stole, symbol of the pastoral office. Rev. Richard Browning, Circuit Visitor and Saint Luc’s mentor for the past 5 years performed the rite of installation. Rev. Charelus now joins Pastor Andre Mezilus as part of the pastoral team of Bethlehem Haitian Church.
Both pastors are bi-vocational, working in a secular job to support their families while still serving as pastor. Both Rev. Charelus and Rev. Mezilus are graduates of the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT) at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO. The model of bi-vocational pastors is a viable model for our ethnic ministries, especially because of the economically depressed population that our ethnic ministries often serve.
By Americo Eiben (Immigrant from Argentina)
In Argentina from a young age I believed in Christ. I participated regularly in a Hungarian Catholic community guided by father Domoncos. In 1986 I moved to the USA and did not return to the church until 2006 when I visited Amigos Center for an immigration consultation. Since then I have participated with the Amigos en Cristo Church and have once again returned to the path of God.
En Argentina desde joven creía en Cristo, frecuentaba una comunidad católica húngara guiada por el padre Domoncos. En 1986 me mudé a USA y no volví a frecuentar la iglesia, hasta que en el 2006 me acerqué a Amigos Center por preguntas de inmigración y desde entonces me fui integrando a la iglesia Amigos en Cristo y volví a retomar el camino a Dios.
By Eileen Ortegon (Immigrant from Colombia)
My name is Eileen Ortegon. I’m a member of Amigos en Cristo since I came here in 2012. My father in law is a Lay minister and my husband is a member of the church. I was looking for a church that I could feel good and also that I could feel the presence of God in my life, that’s why I became an active member of this church because I liked so much the services and I felt good with Pastor Selle as a guide and a person. I liked the way that he always helps the community and the families in order to help them to keep together. I felt very blessed with him as a guide in our life so I married through Amigos en Cristo, and also my two children were baptized in the church. In addition, on the past November 1 my husband and I became official members of the Amigos en Cristo church through confirmation. We are very involved with the community and we want to keep helping Amigos en Cristo grow and people like us to find the way to be close with the kingdom of God.
On Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm we plan to distribute a new pair of sneakers to every child who comes to our Immokalee Amigos Center. In partnership with Samaritan’s Feet and with Hope Lutheran Church, Bonita Springs we will once again set up the big tent in our parking lot to share not only a pair of shoes, but also the Gospel hope we have in Jesus.
The free shoe event will also feature a special prayer ministry, food, fun activities for kids and for the weary backs of this farmworker community, free chiropractic services courtesy of Restore Chiropractic of Bonita Springs. Come on out and help. Call Karl for more information (239) 293-1489. Volunteers should arrive at 8:00 am.
On July 31 we celebrated our first Mariachi Evangelism Campaign with over 200 people from all over Southwest Florida in attendance. Thanks to our partnership with Zion Lutheran Church we were able to bring the Mariachi San Pablo music group from the Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso, Texas all the way to Immokalee, Florida. Mariachi, you got to love it! Check out the video link www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RFfWSnWU_I