The Lutheran Orthodox Church, inc
LOC SYNOD GENERAL NEWS
Blessed Retirement of Founder, and Installation of New Officers.
Saturday, Nov 14th 2015 was a day of great change in the LOC when the Presiding Bishop, President and Founder, Sam Guido retired from the office of president, CEO and Presiding Bishop of the LOC and installed Bishop Bradley Varvil to succeed him, and then installed Bishop Mike Layne to succeed Brad as Executive VP. They then ordained several new ministers to the ministry of the LOC. Visit our 'Passing The Torch' link to the left for more information and photos.
Congratulations to Bishop Varvil as he assumes the office of Presiding Bishop, President and CEO of the Lutheran Orthodox Church. He served as Executive VP for several years before being elected upon the announcement of his predecessor's retirement.
Congratulations to Bishop Mike Layne who was elected to the office of Executive VP of the LOC replacing Bishop Varvil who assumed the office of PB. Mike was with the LOC since its inception and humble beginnings.
Missionaries Return From Another Successful Missionary Trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Bishop Ken Cates and his wife Paula led another missionary team for the LOC to the country of Liberia and Sierra Leone where they established LOC congregations, and continue to develop pastors and deacons in some of the most remote jungles in those countries.
The Lord's Amazing Grace with Pastor Sam and Sandy program, is carried on the LOC Internet Radio network , and broadcast nationally on the Wilkins Communications Network of Christian radio stations. Check local listings for day and times.
LOC Launches Internet Radio Network
The LOC Internet Radio Network will provide Christian based programs, sermons, themed talk show, devotionals, podcasts and other Christian programs of interest. The network is opened to both LOC and non-LOC ministers/ministries, provided that the content is acceptable to the program director. Opposing viewpoint type shows are welcomed, but must remain grounded in Scripture and be family friendly. There are currently 6 programs currently in production with negotiations with several others in progress. Click on the link to the left to enjoy the network programing. We expect this network to have a full lineup in early 2011.
Full Communion and Pulpit and Altar Fellowship Concordat has been agreed to between The Lutheran Orthodox Church and The Ukranian Orthodox Church in Mexico and documents are being prepared to be signed by both Presiding Bishops. The agreement is effective May 24th, 2010. May The Lord find favor upon this agreement, AMEN!
Between The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in México
and The Lutheran Orthodox Church, inc
We, Metropolitan Daniel (de Jesús Ruiz Flores), First Hierarch of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in México, and Bishop Samuel Guido, Presiding Bishop of The Lutheran Orthodox Church, do hereby enter into a Concordat of Full Communion between our two faith communities, each a part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
We share a common Faith in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church founded by Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and a common sacramental system consistent with traditional Catholic belief, recognizing particularly the preeminence of the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) as the core and center of Catholic life.
We accept the validity of each other’s Apostolic Succession and Sacramental Orders, and we recognize at the same time the diversity of our separate jurisdictional disciplines and devotional practices.
Therefore we do hereby sanction, approve and encourage joint participation of our church memberships at the Eucharistic table, and we foster and encourage joint celebration of the Eucharist by those in Holy Orders, preserving the discretion of the local authority.
Further, we hereby affirm that each Church will work with the other in a Christ-centered relationship, characterized by mutual love, collaboration in ministry, prudence and the observance of the highest ethical and moral standards.
And we affirm that each Church will honor unity with diversity and the primacy of conscience, always based on respectful and prayerful dialogue.
Given this Twenty-fourth Day of May of 2010 (Eleventh Day, according to the Julian Calendar), Orthodox Commemoration of the Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas.
Metropolitan +Daniel (de Jesús Ruiz Flores)
First HierarchThe Ukrainian Orthodox Church in México
Bishop +Samuel Guido,
The Lutheran Orthodox Church
Neffs, Pennsylvania, USA
Office of Educational Standards and Services established;
The LOC has established an Office of Educational Standards and Services and the executive officers have elected Dr Michael Layne to the position of Vice President in charge of that new ministry. Dr Layne has an extensive background in the education field and is the Founder and President of a seminary in Indiana. We are pleased that Dr Layne has accepted our invitation to join the executive offices of The Lutheran Orthodox Church and we look forward to the development of this special ministry under Dr Layne's expert guidance.
UPDATE FEB 22, 2010:
BISHOP LOUIS MARCEL PIERRE CONFIRMED ALIVE AND ACTIVE IN HIS MINISTRY. NO RELIEF FROM OUTSIDE AGENCIES HAS REACHED HIM. LOC RELIEF WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AID HIS MINISTRY AND ORPHANAGE.
URGENT DISPATCH; JAN 14, 2010:
BISHOP LOUIS MARCEL PIERRE OF THE LUTHERAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF HAITI REPORTED MISSING IN WAKE OF NATURAL DISASTER. NO WORD ON HIS WHEREABOUTS NOR THAT OF THE 75 CHILDREN OF HIS ORPHANAGE. LOCATION OF HIS CHURCH AND MINISTRY REPORTEDLY LEVELED TO THE GROUND. 50 SEARCH AND RESCUE PERSONEL SEARCHING DIRECTLY FOR HIM AND HIS CHILDREN. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR HIS SAFETY AND WELL BEING. RELIEF SUPPLIES BEING GATHERED TO SEND TO HIM AT APPROPRIATE TIME. IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON BISHOP PIERRE'S WHEREABOUTS PLEASE CONTACT THIS OFFICE, AND BROTHER PIERRE, IF YOU SEE THIS, PLEASE KNOW WE ARE SEARCHING FOR YOU.
To place an order for LOC rings, members may contact our office for instructions and order forms. The rings take from 8-12 weeks to custom make. The company we contracted has done an outstanding job and you will be proud to wear your LOC rings.
March 2009- The Lutheran Orthodox Church receives Navy Commendation: The LOC has received a Citation for our humanitarian and charitable works from the Dept of Navy recognizing our service to the elderly, poor and handicapped as well as our support of veterans programs and assistance. A Citation was received from the Captain of The USS Dwight D Eisenhower addressed to the entire membership. Well done, everyone, well done.
NEW MINISTRIES ESTABLISHED: The Lutheran Orthodox Church has established or endorses several new ministries. These include The Visiting Chaplains Association and The Office of Chaplaincy Services. For more information on these dynamic ministries, click on the links on the bottom left of our web page.
Nice Words About Lutheran Orthodox Church on Jack Van Impe TV program.
Televangelist Jack Van Impe made mention of The Lutheran Orthodox Church, and Bishop Sam Guido on several recent programs. He was excited to see that there was at least 1 Lutheran synod which preaches accurately about The Rapture, and remains in harmony with both Holy Scripture and the teachings of Dr Martin Luther. Dr Van Impe's program is televised in 244 countries and many languages and reaches every country in the world. Thanks, Drs Jack and Rexella Van Impe for the kind words. We recommend your program to everyone.
Ministers of The LOC
The Lutheran Orthodox Church, will continue to build on solid ground, little by little with the best qualified ministers, well screened, properly educated and unified in purpose. ALL MINISTERS MUST BE ORDAINED BY AN LOC BISHOP IN VALID APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION UPON APPROVAL OF THE LOC COUNCIL OF BISHOPS. This is our guarantee that the minister who represents this church is well qualified and not a 'mail order preacher'.
All Bishops of The Lutheran Orthodox Church were consecrated by The Presiding Bishop with co-consecrators from either The LOC or churches which share Full Communion with The LOC. 2 'Acting Bishops' have yet to have their ceremony performed but arrangements are being made.
Bishop Guido Addresses New York Theological Seminary
On March 22nd, 2007 Bishop Guido was invited to address the seminarians of New York Theological Seminary and perform the first ordination ceremony held there in the seminary's 100 plus years of existance. The address was very well received by the many students, alumnae, faculty, administration, visiting clergy and prospective students who were visiting during the school's Spring Open House.
Thousands gathered on Memorial Day 2008 at Veterans Memorial Park in Nazareth Pa for the Keynote Address delivered by Bishop Sam Guido of The LOC to the veterans of the United States Armed Forces and townspeople. The speech entitled 'The Greatest American Hero' was very well received and ended in a standing ovation honoring all the veterans who served our country. Copies of the speech are available on CD at no cost, upon request, as long as copies remain available. One CD per address please.