The United Lutheran Mission Association is pleased to announce that Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Forsyth, Illinois is our latest member congregation. The church approved a motion to join the ULMA at their December 13, 2011 voters meeting. Their application was approved by the ULMA Commission on January 9th. This brings the ULMA membership to three congregations.

They, themselves, started as a result of mission work in 1944, with their first worship service following two years later in Decatur, Illinois. The congregation remained in Decatur until relocating to Forsyth in the late 1970s.

Our Redeemer has been aware of ULMA since its founding. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, one of the founding congregations, is less than 10 miles away. Members attended some ULMA meetings, including our fall 2009 Forum, “Life Without a Synod”. Our Redeemer has granted financial support for the ULMA missions over the years, which has been a real blessing for our outreach.

On July 1, 2008 the congregation left the Lutheran Church¬óMissouri Synod and became an independent Lutheran congregation. Conversations continued between ULMA and Our Redeemer, resulting in their action last month to join us. You can find out more about Our Redeemer at their website, www.ourredeemerlutheranchurchforsyth.org.

We rejoice and welcome Our Redeemer to the ULMA. The mission field needs workers to sow the seed of the Word in these last days. We urge other congregations to visit our website, www.unitedlutheranmission.org, and see what we’re all about. We now have three missions across the country. We would love to start more! But we cannot do it without you.