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A festive retirement for Apostle Bernhard Meier

(26.12.2008) Geneva. Apostle Bernhard Meier (65) was given a festive retirement during a divine service in his hometown of Geneva on 21 December 2008. Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, international Church leader, thanked him for his 41 years of self-sacrificing work as a minister of theNew Apostolic Church. more ...

The message of the angels

(24.12.2008) “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2: 13-14). May this Christmas Day fill us with peace and joy as we visualise the events of Christmas. Let us think about the fact that the birth of Jesus Christ is the beginning of our salvation. In Him we are secure in God’s hand, and even in difficult times we hope for and await His return. more ...

An Apostle for Guinea-Bissau and a Bishop for Portugal

(14.11.2008) Lisbon. On Sunday, November 9, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber conducted a divine service in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. In the presence of the large festive congregation, he went on to ordain an Apostle for the District Church of Guinea-Bissau and a Bishop for Portugal. The Portuguese Apostle Manuel Luiz and his wife Fatima also received a blessing on the occasion of their silver wedding anniversary. more ...

District Church of the UK to be served from Hamburg

(10.11.2008) Hamburg. The New Apostolic Church in the United Kingdom and Ireland will be served from Hamburg starting in spring 2009. Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber has asked the two District Apostles Leonard Kolb (USA) and Karlheinz Schumacher (Northern Germany) to realign the various areas of responsibility within the District Church. Last Sunday, the members of the United Kingdom were informed about the change by way of a letter from their current District Apostle. more ...

District Apostle Passuni ordained

(20.10.2008) Zurich/Buenos Aires. Norberto Carlos Passuni is the name of the new District Apostle of the New Apostolic Church of South America. The District Apostle district encompasses the District Churches of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay . Last Wednesday, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber ordained the 59-year-old, who has served as an Apostle for nearly 20 years. He will be the successor to District Apostle Norberto Batista, who died suddenly and unexpectedly on 29 September after suffering heart failure (we reported). more ...

Leonard Kolb is the new District Apostle for the USA

(13.10.2008) New York. Leonard R. Kolb (52) will from now on lead the New Apostolic Church USA as District Apostle. Prior to ordaining him, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber retired District Apostle Richard Freund (68) who had served for many years as a minister. “You have served the Lord faithfully for 50 years. For this I would like to thank you.” Some 1,000 participants had gathered in New York’s Tilles Center to witness the special act. Congregations throughout the USA, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland were also connected via satellite. more ...

Words of farewell in New York

(13.10.2008) New York. Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber, the international leader of the New Apostolic Church, expressed words of farewell at the close of the two-day fall session of this year’s worldwide District Apostle Meeting in New York. These words of farewell applied to two different situations: to begin with, the Church leader commemorated the recently departed District Apostle Norberto Batista from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and all in attendance rose from their seats for a minute of silence. Then the focus turned to District Apostle Richard Freund (68), who was participating in his last such international conference. On Sunday, 12 October 2008, he retired from ministry after 50 years of active service. more ...

District Apostle Meeting Africa focused on strategic topics

(08.10.2008) New York. All District Apostles and District Apostle Helpers of the New Apostolic Church who are active on the African continent met up on Wednesday, 8 October 2008 in New York for a District Apostle Meeting on Africa. The agenda topics scheduled for discussion were, for the most part, of a strategic nature. Thus for example, the participants occupied themselves with questions about the future development of the larger New Apostolic centres of Zambia, East Africa, and Congo. more ...

“I am striving for a kind of reconciled partnership”

(30.09.2008) Zurich/Herne. Last Sunday, 28 September 2008, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber assembled the European ministers of the New Apostolic Church, along with their wives, for a special divine service. A satellite signal carried the service from the church in Herne-Wanne-Eickel (North Rhine-Westphalia) into over 550 congregations throughout Europe (we reported). At the conclusion of the divine service, the international Church leader read out six points of special importance to him. more ...

District Apostle Norberto Batista has passed away

(30.09.2008) Zurich/Buenos Aires. Yesterday - Monday, 29 September 2008 - Argentine District Apostle Norberto Batista passed away suddenly and unexpectedly due to heart failure. He was 57 years of age, and is survived by his wife and two children. On 5 November 2006, Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber had ordained him into the District Apostle ministry in a divine service inBuenos Aires. more ...
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