“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Psalms 100:4-5

Announcements and Blogs (Page 5)

A Word from Benjamin

Study Sabbatical in South Africa After living in the Middle East for 17 years we were excited about the prospect of living in Cape Town for a year. For good reason Cape Town is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Elaine and I were looking forward to introducing the girls, who have grown up in the…

A Historical Sketch

The Union Church of Istanbul is perhaps the oldest congregation of its type anywhere in the world. It was established by members of the Congregational church, the first of whom – William and Abigail Goodell – arrived in Turkey June 9, 1831. Over the next three years they were joined by several other families, and these formed the nucleus of the Church.…

Union Church’s 150th anniversary – In the News

ISTANBUL CHURCH CELEBRATES 150th ANNIVERSARY (from Turkish Daily News) by DAMARIS KREMIDA This weekend, the oldest known international Protestant community of Istanbul and the region, The Union Church of Istanbul, is celebrating 150 years of history in the chapel of the Dutch Consulate, built in 1711. In the 1800s Istanbul saw an influx of Protestants from different backgrounds, countries, and denominational colorings: There were…