A New Building for the Congregation in Ekaterinburg
On July 10th the congregation in Ekaterinburg held its first worship service in its new building. Great joy felt by the parishioners, who finally were able to leave their relatively small, rented hall above a supermarket and instead be in their very own building.
Not long ago Ekaterinburg Lutherans thought that they would be getting a new worship space in a different place – in the old German cemetery, which has now become a park, they planned to build their own church building. Their plans were approved by the city administration in 2015, but then during the building process a gravestone more than a century old was found, and this put meant that the site now had archaeological value; this meant that building in the park was no longer possible.
The congregation together with the leadership of ELCUSFE and with partners made the decision to purchase a building in the city center, in the same neighborhood of the city where the historic building (destroyed in Soviet times) stood. In June this was made possible thanks to the help of many donors, including the Martin Luther Bund and Gustav Adolf Werke. Now it will be necessary to remodel the building for congregational use, in particular, it will be necessary to make a sanctuary.
Today Ekaterinburg has a population of 1.3 million and is Russia's fourth largest city. The congregation in the city has a weekly attendance of over 50 people.