Bishop James Heiser, right, of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America, visited with Rev. Tim H. Tolar, Chaplain/Firefighter/EMT, with the Nikiski Fire Department, on Nov. 5, while in Alaska to install Tolar as the called pastor to the Saint Luke Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. Saint Luke Lutheran is the first Alaska parish to join the diocese. The parish is committed to the spiritual growth of each member and doctrinal unity as the body/Bride of Christ. It follows the ancient Christian practice of traditional liturgical worship coupled with Word and Sacrament ministry centered on Law and Gospel preaching and the rightful administration of the Sacraments (Baptism, Communion, Absolution). Tolar originally came to Kenai during July 2004 to be the overseer/pastor of Star of the North Lutheran. In 2007 Tolar began to serve with the Nikiski Fire Department as an on-call volunteer which led to him becoming certified as a Firefighter-1 and EMT-1 and serving the department as its chaplain.
"Pastor Tolar is a blessing to our fellowship," Heiser said. "It is a joy to see how the Lord has joined together this pastor and parish."
St. Luke Lutheran Church meets at the Salvation Army Worship Center at 201 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. Divine Service starts at 4:30 p.m. Sundays preceded by Bible study at 3 p.m. and followed by fellowship and dinner at approximately 5:45 p.m. For more information, call the pastor at 335-0036 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
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