Eastern Region

NYC

The Eastern Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren is a group of congregations in the states of Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

Our Eastern Region was birthed from the flow of immigrants from Norway in the early 1900’s. It was spiritually formed by the intermission spiritual movement that included informal congregations that were “prayer houses,” evangelistic movements and especially foreign mission movements that were independent but affiliated with the Lutheran state church of Norway.

It began this way. In 1905 a group of believers in Brooklyn, NY organized a young people’s society named “Fredens Baand” (Bond of Peace). In 1912 eighteen members of this society formed the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Free Church, later to be popularly known as “59th Street Lutheran Church.” Together with the churches similarly organized in Staten Island and in Manhattan, the Eastern Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren began to form. Even until today, most of the congregations of the Eastern Region have been formed out of the immigrant flow that came through New York City.

Robert Overgaard
CLB President from 1986-2001

Eastern Regional Pastor


 

2016-17 Contribution Report

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Grace Alone: Elijah’s Birth

My wife, Karen, gave birth to Elijah Quentin at 9:06 a.m., February 3, 2017. Elijah didn’t come when we hoped, or how we hoped. But if he had come according to our hopes, he wouldn’t be here at all. My parents were visiting in January. My dad was to be with us for a week,

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A Grace-Filled Day Lies Ahead

I am remembering the serene blue waters of the Delaware River flowing along next to the winding tree-covered country lane leading to Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center. I’m remembering the excited voices and smiles of women reunited as friends, and others meeting for the first time. I’m remembering young women, moms, and grandmothers who were

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A Big Story

Anna Cameron is nearing the end of her freshman year at Wheaton College, a Christian school in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Illinois. Her hometown is Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. Anna presented the following testimony to her home congregation, Mount Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, shortly before her high school graduation. My name is Anna Cameron, and

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Be Still

A Hillcrest Lutheran Academy senior passed away in December following a battle with cancer. Hayley Filippini was loved by her classmates. Her testimony of the Lord’s providence in giving her peace during her journey left a significant imprint on those who knew her. In Hayley’s memory, her classmates are starting an endowment, noting that Hillcrest

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LBIM: Sending Single Women

Historically, there have been many single women who have faithfully served as missionaries on Lutheran Brethren International Mission’s Africa fields. These women served primarily in specific roles as LBIM partnered with our African sister Churches in their development. LBIM continues to value the role that single women can have on our Chad field for the

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Grace Alone: God’s Call to the Bagirmi

In March the Church of the Lutheran Brethren Council of Directors approved a plan to call Kay Asche as our next missionary to the women and children of the Bagirmi in Chad. To learn more about the strategy visit: www.clba.org/sending-single-women God’s Call to the Bagirmi I first sensed God’s call to go to the Bagirmi people

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2016-17 Fiscal Year End Update

Dear CLB Partner in Ministry, We come to the end of our fiscal year this weekend, and I am both grateful and hopeful for the mission of the Gospel which God has entrusted to us. I am grateful that God has deposited in us a rich gift in our theology of grace and the authority

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Here We Stand 2017

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Life in Jesus

It is no overstatement to say that the death of Jesus Christ stands as the single greatest moment in all human history. On that dark, dreary day outside the city walls of Jerusalem, events of historical, even cosmic proportions were taking place. Not only did these developments contribute to the turning of the western world’s

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Life After the Resurrection

Six years ago I received a phone call from my dad telling me that his cancer had come back. It had now made its way from his lungs into his brain. At first I was in shock—was this really happening? In his previous six years dealing with cancer, it had always been confined to his

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Life in the Shadow of Death

Have you ever received a call or heard a piece of news that cast such a shadow over you that it caused you to want to stop and turn back the clock? To return to a simpler time and place? To hit the reset button and begin again? What is it that would cause you

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