1. A few Slovaks came to the US in the 1770s; others came as a result of the 1848 revolution in Hung., settling in Chicago, Illinois, and elsewhere. Measures resulting from Hung. dominance led many more to leave their homeland (see Czechoslovakia) and settle in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, California, and the Northwest, including Washington and Alaska, in the last decades of the 19th and first decades of the 20th c..
2. In Eur. the founders of the Syn. of Ev. Luth. Chs. had been mems. of the Luth. Ch. (see Czechoslovakia, 57; Slovakia, Lutheran Theology in). Congs. were organized at Freeland, Pennsylvania, 1883; Streator, Illinois, 1884; Mount Carmel and Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1888; Tabor, Minnesota, 1889. Others followed in the 1890s in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, New York, Minnesota. For various reasons, including lack of regular and properly indoctrinated Slovak pastors and teachers, some congs. were not strictly confessional Luth..
3. A Seniorate was formed by a small group early June 1894 at Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, but soon died, apparently for lack of real spiritual union. Official organ: CirkevneĆ Listy (Church Letters).
4. Three pastoral conferences were held in Pennsylvania (June 9, 1899, Wilkes-Barre; January 1617, 1900, and June 4, 1902, Braddock) with a view to organize a Slovak Luth. syn. Organization of the Slovak Ev. Luth. Ch. (Slovensk-evanjelickaĆ augsburgske&140;ho vyznania celocirkev v Spojenych staĆtoch americkych, The Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the United States of America, abbreviated S. E. A. V. C.) took place at a meeting held September 24, 1902, at St. Peter Luth. Ch., Connellsville, Pennsylvania Official organ: LutheraĆn (The Lutheran).
Original (1903) charter name: Celocirkev cili Synoda ev. a. v. slovenskaĆ PennsylvaĆnskaĆ (The Slovak Evangelical Church or Synod of the Augsburg Confession in Pennsylvania). Joined Synodical* Conf. 1908. New charter name (1913): Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the United States of America. See also 6.
5. Controversies threatening disruption and concerning confessional prayer (whether it is necessary to state Christ's deity in a prayer which mentions Him), announcement for Communion, and open Communion arose by 1905. The first was soon settled; the others continued to some extent for ca. 2 decades.
8. SELC pastors and teachers were educ. in Missouri Syn. colleges and sems.. For some time the SELC had a prof. of Slovak in Missouri Syn. schools (e.g., Conc. Coll., Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Conc. Sem., Springfield, Illinois).
14. Services were held in Eng. and Slovak; The Lutheran Hymnal was used.
17. SELC pres.: Daniel Jonaten Záboj Laucek 190205; John Pelikán 190513; Stephen Tuhy 191319; J. Pelikán 191921; John Somora 192122; John Samuel Bradác 192239; Andrew Daniel 193949; Paul Rafaj 194963; John Kovac 196369; Milan A. Ontko 196971.
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