South Wedge Mission Rev. Matthew Nickoloff Highlighted
The Rev. Matthew Nickoloff from the South Wedge Mission is highlighted in the latest edition of Rochester Magazine published by the Democrat and Chronicle. Rev. Nickoloff's Evangelical Lutheran congregation was recently welcomed into union with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.
Click here for full story in the Democrat and Chronicle.
Here are Bishop Singh's thoughts on the South Wedge Mission joining the Episcopal Diocese.
"By the grace of God, and the efforts of faithful people, we have a new congregation come into our union in the South Wedge Mission. The general belief is that Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. It is serendipitous that just days before the 500th anniversary of that symbolic intention of reform we have received an Evangelical Lutheran congregation into the fellowship of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester! What a beautiful day for the Church! Re-forming ourselves more and more into the likeness of Christ is a timeless narrative of the Church over the centuries and it is humbling to practice this blessing in our time.
The South Wedge Mission is the first new mission to be welcomed into the union of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester in recent memory. It is a vibrant and growing congregation of mostly millennials following the Jesus way under the leadership of their Lutheran pastor Matthew Nickoloff. They are uniquely a federated congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran and Episcopal Churches. By inviting South Wedge Mission into our union, we are simultaneously inviting a new congregation into the fellowship of our Diocese while also fulfilling one of Jesus' most poignant prayers, "that they all may be one." It authenticates our full-communion status with the Evangelical Lutheran Church! TBTG!"