|HISTORY OF THE SLAVIC CHURCH OF CHRIST
The History of the Slavic Church in Baltimore is unique.
The work began in 1960 with six adults and several children meeting, under the leadership of
Bro. Paul Bajko, in a private home and later in rented facilities of a Methodist Church. O
January 22, 1961, TEN people became chartered members. Adam J. Korenczuk began his
ministry in June of 1961, and has been serving to the present as Pastor, Sunday School
teacher, and Choir director. The congregation purchased its first building in October of
1961, located on S. Broadway. This was a big step for a small congregation but the
challenge was taken and sacrificial giving retired the debt very quickly.
In June of 1962, the Church became incorporated, according to the laws of the State of
Maryland. With the help of the Department of Missions, the church began its own radio
program. On February 6, 1964, the first broadcast aired, and the Gospel of Christ was
preached for 27 years in Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian alternating on each Sunday.
In January 1970, the congregation became totally self-supporting, and began supporting
different Mission Programs in Poland, South America and the U.S.A. Currently, in addition to
home ministries, support is given to our 20 missionaries in, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine,
Poland, Latvia and Argentina. To support these and other ministries the church enjoys a
sound financial program, firmly believing that giving is a grace and a Christian privilege.
In 1971, the building at S. Broadway became too small so the members began searching for
more suitable facilities. In March of 1972, the present building was purchased and dedicated
on May 28, 1972. The Church became debt free in only TEN months.
The Slavic Church, is also unique because of its UNITY. The congregation consists of people
of different nationalities: Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Polish, and American. On the
Lord's Day, the Gospel is preached and taught in Russian, English Ukrainian and/or Polish.
The congregation reprinted a four-language hymnal, which is also uncommon, and is being
used in the song service.
On November 29, 1989, the first refugee family, arrived from Riga Latvia via Rome, and
following them, the church sponsored many other refugee families and individuals from the
former Soviet Union. The church was very instrumental in securing living arrangements, jobs,
and facilitated their adaptation to the American way of life. This was the beginning of a new
era for the congregation, and now over 20 years later, we continue to thank God for lifting
the “iron curtain,” and allowing these many families of sincere believers the opportunity to
serve Him, together with us.
The Church has four choirs: the Adult, Youth, Sunday School, and Children’s Choirs. Also,
we have a Church Orchestra, Brass Band, Girl’s and Instrumental Ensembles. Youth
Programs are conducted one Sunday per month and Children’s Programs quarterly. The
church enjoys spiritual benefits, from Adult, Youth, and Girls Bible Studies. Celebrating
church holidays, the congregation participates in the special programs with poems, vocal and
instrumental solo numbers.
Weekly, in Sunday school classes, lessons are conducted in different languages. 20
workers and 72 pupils each Lord’s Day have Bible classes in the lower premises of
Church. Also, there is a nursery operating for children from 0 to 3 years old. Our youth, in
addition to other activities, once a month does a “Good Samaritan” program, visiting Senior
Citizens. During the summers assists in summer camps. In 2009 a group of 10 youth and two
adults went to the Crimea and helped our Missionary there, with a 2 week Christian summer
camp program. The church was instrumental in sending a sizable donation to sponsor
children attending camp. This year, again they are planning the trip. In 2009 the church
started its own Summer Camp program, renting the Indian Lake Christian Service Camp
facilities. We are planning to continue this program that proved to be so successful.
The church throughout its existence, whether on a one-time-basis, or continually has helped
with construction of church buildings in the former USSR, and other countries, also
supported individual Christians, and Christian Organizations worldwide. Our money helped
people who suffered through earthquakes, flooding, fires or other acts of nature. Who can
count all those whom the Church has helped? How many prayers, have been offered, how
many churches have been encouraged, established, blessed, and inspired? How many
believers were united in marriage, baptized, or blessed as they went to be with the Lord? The
Church never turned away anyone who asked for help, physical or spiritual. The Lord keeps
a record of whom we helped, as individuals or as a church. Therefore, may the blessings of
the Lord fall upon each and everyone, who took part in this blessed labor of Love.
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory.” (Ps. 115:1)
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