Rev. Abraham D. Allende
On May 17, 2014, The Reverend Abraham D. Allende was elected Bishop of the 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He began serving as bishop on September 1. Prior to his election as bishop, Pastor Allende had been serving The Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights, Ohio, since September of 2009. Pastor Allende had previously served as Pastor and Mission Developer of Iglesia Luterana La Trinidad in Canton, Ohio. He was ordained as minister of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 18, 2003. A second-career pastor, Reverend Allende has held successful positions in the fields of education, broadcasting and as a professional baseball executive. He is a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico and reared in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Pastor Allende and his wife, Linda, currently make their home in Plain Township with their cat, Milagros (Mili). He has one adult son, David, a resident of Akron.
To contact Bishop Allende: 330-929-9022 x 29 email@example.com
I am on vacation this week. My son and I are off to discover the cities of Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. We live for this week in the summer. However, in Atlanta, hundreds of our rostered ministers are gathered for a week of for worship, education and fellowship at the first-ever ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering. A number of our Northeastern Ohio Rostered Ministers are in attendance. I feel conflicted about not being there; but I am holding the planners, the preachers, the presenters, and the people in prayer. May their time together be fruitful and may God be glorified. [Read more]
As I rode the train home from Philadelphia, I read a book entitled, Take This Bread, by Sara Miles. It's the author's memoir of how she came to faith by the transformational act of receiving communion for the first time - at the age of 46! [Read more]
I am at the 16th Biennial Assembly of the African Descent Lutheran Association. The event is being held jointly with the Union of Black Episcopalians. Our opening Eucharist was celebrated last night at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion in Philadelphia. It was a glorious worship, with uplifting music and a thankful assembly. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm including a few photos with today's post. [Read more]
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