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Pastor takes reins at Golden Spike

September 17, 2010 No Comment

Serving the cross (l-r): Revs. Lowell Eckert, Harold Ruf, Roland Kubke, Mark Hennig, Bill Ney, James Fritsche, Darren Siegle, Cliff Haberstock, Harold Witte, Ed Lehman, Ralph Mayan.

GOLDEN SPIKE, Alta. – On June 27 Zion Lutheran Church welcomed Rev. James Fritsche as its pastor, installed by circuit counsellor Rev. Darren Siegle. Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan (LCC president emeritus) preached for the occasion; Rev. Roland Kubke (St. John’s, Beach Corner) served as liturgist, and Rev. Bill Ney (St. Matthew’s, Stony Plain) as lector.

Rev. Fritsche accepted the call to Zion after a brief time as the church’s vacancy pastor. He and wife Nancy moved to Edmonton in 2009 after serving Beautiful Savior in Winnipeg for 26 years. He’s also served in Bruderheim, Alberta for four years and in Luseland, Saskatchewan for five. Rev. Fritsche has held a number of positions in district and synod: most notably, nine years as a vice-president of Lutheran Church–Canada, as well as spots in the district departments of worship, youth, education, student aid and recruitment.
Zion members served a meal after the service for the more than 120 people who attended.
Gary Lukawesky

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