Since Pastor Erik was the "new guy in town" he got to light the tree at the annual Sheffield Tree Lighting
Pia (pink shirt, front row) and Jack (front row second from right) Bellinger were honored at the MICAH dinner as the founders and long-time organizers of Breaking Bread Kitchen
Rev. Dr. Charles E. Deitz died September 21, 2017 at the Geer Nursing facility in Canaan CT.
Born on May 27, 1920, Pastor Deitz was a 1942 graduate of Hartwick College where he met his
wife of 72 years, Marjorie. He attended Gettysburg Seminary before graduating in 1945 and
beginning his Lutheran ministry in Germantown, NY. In 1947 he began his second pastorate in
Albany before moving to Massapequa Park, NY in 1952 and beginning his 30 year ministry at
St. David’s Lutheran Church. In 1969 he was elected Secretary of the Metropolitan New York
Synod. Under his leadership, St. David’s grew to be one of the largest congregations in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
In 1982, Rev.Deitz moved to Hillsdale, NY where he led the formation a new mission church,
Trinity Lutheran (now Christ Trinity Church in Sheffield, MA) before retiring from the ministry.
He was active in the community, serving as president of the Board of Trustees of the Roeliff
Jansen Community Library during fundraising and construction.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his children David, of Westport MA; Janine, of Brooklyn,
NY; Douglas, of Concord, MA; 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Thank you all for your part in making the 9/11 Remembrance Event such a meaningful experience. The Firemen’s protocol is very moving and so well done, thank you Chief Getchell and members of the Fire Department. Thank you, Officer Gonska for your very thoughtful remarks. Thank you choir, John-Arthur & Mari, your al fresco singing was terrific! Thank you Pastor Erik, Rev. Jill, Pastor Ken and Pastor Trip for your contributions and presence and thanks to Trudy for pulling us all together to make this happen. Thank you, burger grillers, salad makers, chair movers and all the rest who did their “thing,” and in doing so, created a really special community event.
We are extremely pleased and blessed to announce that the Rev. Erik Karas will be the next Rector/Pastor of Christ Trinity Church, after a confirmation vote by the congregation last Sunday. Erik was ordained in the ELCA in 1999 and has served ELCA congregations in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Colorado. He has also served two UCC congregations as an interim minister, in Colorado and on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. Most recently he has served half time as transition pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and half time as Priest in Charge at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, both of whom worship together in Augusta, Maine. He seems to be the perfect leader to lead our wonderful hybrid congregation. Erik and his wife, Kelly, have two daughters, Hanna and Maggie, in college in Maine. Erik and Kelly will be moving to Sheffield at the end of July and his first Sunday at CTC will be on August 6. The Lord is good to us!