Friends and Partners of Diocese of Meru
I bring you greetings from Diocese of Meru in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
RE: ELECTION OF BISHOP ELECT REV. ELIAS KITOI NASSARI
On behalf of Bishop Dr. Paulo Isack Akyoo, I am happy to inform you of the conclusion of our 12th General Assembly which was closed yesterday evening with Holy Communion Service. We Thank God for the blessed General Assembly and we thank you for your prayers.
As we told you before, the General Assembly had a task of electing the next Bishop as Bishop Dr. Paulo Akyoo will retire in February next year. I am happy to inform you that Rev. Elias Kitoi Nassari was elected as Bishop Elect by securing overwhelming votes of 75 % of the votes of delegates.
Bishop Elect Rev. Nassari has been a Pastor for more than 30 years holding various positions such as Meru District Pastor in the then Northern Diocese, Assistant to the Bishop of Meru Diocese between 1992-2002. From 2002, he has served as Missionary Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria and in the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America where he is currently pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Racine.
The Consecration and Installation of Bishop Elect Rev. Elias Kitoi Nassari will be on 15th January 2017 at Usa River Parish. It is our prayer that you will continue to accompany us in these historical events in our Diocese.
May God bless you in His Ministry.
Se iniciaron los preparativos para el inicio de EASY el lunes, 19 de septiembre. El personal está compuesto por Katie Syslack, Lisbeth Reynoso, Chris Escobar, Pablo Velásquez que regresa del año pasado para apoyar y guiar a nuestros hijos. Nancy Smith seguirá teniendo un papel activo en el programa con la formación de Ilse Merlin-Tiburcio a lo largo del año,ya que Ilse se prepara para asumir el papel de líder del Campamento y EASY.
Preparations are being readied for the start of EASY on Monday, September 19. Staff is intact with Katie Syslack, Lisbeth Reynoso, Chris Escobar, and Paul Velasquez returning from last year to support and guide our kids. Nancy Smith will continue to have an active part in the program, training Ilse Merlin-Tiburcio throughout the year as Ilse prepares to assume the leadership role of Neighborhood Camp and EASY.
Dear Emaus traveling companions,
I take in the view of the lake, the sound of loons in the distance, and the sun breaking through the branches in the tall north woods, and I ask myself, “Is this glimpse of heaven what retirement is really like?” Then I hear news of gunshots and fires, of flooding and untimely deaths, and of anger seething and spewing over in harsh words, and I am reminded that this respite is only temporary.
But, I also carry images of that beautiful sunny day on July 31 when my retirement was celebrated, and I see white, brown and black faces. I observe wheel chairs and walkers and children skipping—young and old, gay and straight, some folks I’ve known for 25 years, and others who are newcomers. “Buenos días” and “Good morning” are intermingled, and the words of praise and thanksgiving are lifted in Spanish and English. There are images of breaking bread together. I give God thanks for these glimpses of heaven and for each of you who has touched my life in so many ways.
And, as I extend my thanks to God and to you, I do so with hope. Emaus continues to grow and to flourish; becoming the community God has intended us to be. We are called to be present in a world of chaos and turmoil and uncertainty, embodying the phrase recently shared with me: Justice is what love looks like in public.
Let’s continue to be that face of hope and compassion as we walk into the future together, accompanied by the Resurrected One!
With gratitude for the gift you are,