Ecumenical partnership weeks in Osnabrück region to prepare the reformation jubilee in the year 2017

Partners of the Evangelical Lutheran Circuit in the region of Osnabrück (Bramsche, Melle-Georgsmarienhütte and Osnabrück circuits) are invited for about 3 week to come together in Mai 2016 in Osnabrück region. The partners are coming from Südafrika, Estonia, Litvia, Hungary, England – and from the Lutheran Church in Saxony (Germany).

The coordinating partnership committee of the circuits in Osnabrück-town and county under the leadership of Anke Meckfessel has prepared a (public) program under the main theme

“Fight against Global Reasons of Flight”.

There will be many festive and enjoyable events to meet the partners. The following date may be very interesting:

Welcome party of all worldwide partners
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 18.00 h in the Luther-Church in Old-Georgsmarienhütte

Discussion on the topic “world-wide flight”
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 and Friday, May 20th, both meeting will be in the morning hours.

Main Partnership Service with musical and culinary main topics
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, St. Martin Church in Bramsche

Days of introduction and appreciation of the partner countries
Monday, May 23rd, until Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Farewell party in St. Petri parish Melle
Thursday, May 26th, parish hall, 16.00 h

Inauguration of the Nelson-Mandela-Place in Osnabrück
Saturday, May 28th, 15.00 h

Service in St. Mary’s Church Osnabrück at the kick-off of the Africa Festival Osnabrück
Sunday, May 29th, 2016, 10.00 h

Parishes will send out invitations for these and other events. If you are willed to take part in one or more events: Please contact your circuit partnership chairperson or Anke Meckfessel:

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Logo_ReiseElke Eilers, chairlady of Friends of Partnership, and her husband Eckhard Eilers will start a South Africa blog to report about experiences during their holidays in South Africa from 7th to 18th of April 2016.

The blog will be hosted on the homepage of EILERS-Media. Cklick here for the direct link.

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The latest newsletter of Friends of Partnership is available right now. You find it here or by clicking in DOCUMENTS above.

The editors greet you with the following words:

Thandeka abangame,
dear Friends of Partnership,
liebe Mitglieder und Freunde sowie Freundinnen von
This is our Newsletter No. 14, Christmas 2015

Friends of Partnership greet you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Friends of Partnership sinakhonza yonke egameni leNkosi wethu uJesu Christu.

We all are preparing for Christmas to welcome our saviour among us. Despite all the commercial and different other distractions which are not only in Germany connected with these weeks before Christmas we prepare thoroughly for the days  of Christmas. Ten thousands of refugees from Middle East and African countries come to Germany, Christ­ians, Muslims and followers of other religions. German people welcome them, nevertheless it is a huge challenge to host them all. In these days we remind and celebrate this unique present which God gave to all human­kind when sending Jesus Christ into this world. Our Lord himself encountered a hostile, dangerous world. We should never forget!

Elke Eilers and Heribert Duscha

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36 yeHGMTT_1980ars after the young man (see photo) from Melle-Neuenkirchen parish had been participating in the first partnership youth meeting between the that-time Durban and Melle circuits, he is back to his roots.



HGMTT_4849That-time Hans Georg Meyer came back to Melle as the new dean of Melle-Geogsmarienhütte. Last Sunday, November 15th, 2015, Hans-Georg Meyer-ten Thoren was installed in a big afternoon service in Melle St. Petri church by the regional bishop, Dr. Birgit Klostermeier. (see photo)

Many friends of the family, from his last parish Wallenhorst (Osnabrück cHGMTT_4854ircuit) and representatives of all parishes of Melle-Georgsmaienhütte and representatives of the partner circuits Durban, Umngeni and Umvoti (Dean Nzama/Durban, Dean Dumakude/Umvoti and Deputy Dean/Umngeni) took place in the ceremony. Dean Nzama extended the greetings of all three partner circuits to the assembly with the assistance of Anke Meckfessel, chairlady of the Melle-Georgsmarienhütte circuit parternship committee. (see photo)




On Tuesday 17th November at 19.00 h, the delegates will meet partnership committee members from Melle-Georgsmarienhütte and Bramsche circuits for talks with the following topics:

  • News from the parish and circuit partnerships
  • Bursary fond and annual donation
  • Partnership meetings in 2016, especially partnership weeks in the cirucits of Osnabrück region.

In this meeting also friends of Pirna circuit will be present.


All photo by Eckhard Eilers

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