Mr Maurice Heidrich was recently presented with the LCA Servant of Christ Award for 2021. A member of Mountainside Lutheran Church in Auckland, New Zealand, the 92-year-old was recognised for having ‘worked tirelessly for the Auckland congregation for most of his adult life’, according to the citation for his award.

While the award celebration was delayed and changed due to COVID-19 sickness in the congregation, Mountainside Pastor Nich Kitchen – who presented the award on behalf of New Zealand Bishop Mark Whitfield – said the presentation ‘truly honoured Maurice for his service to the Lutheran church’.

Maurice has served the church in many roles, as a committee member, chairperson, elder, warden, property manager and, since his retirement from work with NZ’s Telecom in 1990, virtually full-time in media ministry. He was also one-half of the church-based Foodbank distribution team, along with his wife Linda, for 22 years.

The Chinese-language members of Mountainside also made Maurice special banners of blessing, recognising him as a true servant of Jesus, with a servant heart.

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