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Another Anglo-Hispanic merger for Twin Cities Lutherans

Pastors Juan Fernandez, left, and Doug Mork

Pastors Juan Fernandez, left, and Doug Mork

An earlier similar union took place in Minneapolis

Two ELCA congregations in St. Paul, Minnesota, combined their memberships on December 2 to become a bi-lingual congregation. It was the second such blended Lutheran congregation to be created in the Twin Cities within four months.
Iglesia Luterana San Martin and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church both voted overwhelmingly to approve the merger on November 11. The action followed a year of conversation, strategic planning, fellowship and education.
A similar Hispanic/Anglo merger took place in Minneapolis on August 26, when the former Todos Los Santos and St. Luke Lutheran congregations joined to become “El Milagro/The Miracle” Lutheran Church. (See Metro Lutheran, October, 2001, page 3.)
San Martin, a Hispanic faith community, and Holy Trinity, an Anglo parish, had previously explored ways to cooperate with one another. As options were explored, the idea surfaced that the two congregations could simply combine resources and share a worship site.
The new congregation, which is calling itself San Martin/Holy Trinity, will be led by the pastors of the two previous congregations, the Rev. Juan Fernandez and the Rev. Doug Mork.
Holy Trinity’s facility, located at 125 W. Stevens Street, will be home for the new Lutheran flock. A name for the new congregation is yet to be chosen.
At the first joint worship service on December 2, a liturgy was used which alternated Spanish and English language texts. Leadership from the St. Paul Area Synod participated in the service.
San Martin began as a mission church around eight years ago and rented space from First Lutheran Church in St. Paul. Holy Trinity, formerly LCA, was 115 year old.