On the sunny day of April 3, 2022, extramural ELCIR Theological Institute student Andrei Polyakov was ordained into the Office of Deacon at Hietamäki Lutheran Church in Innolovo, Leningrad Oblast.
Congratulations on the ordination! May the Lord let Deacon Andrei bear abundant fruit in His vineyard!
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:1-5, ESV)