On Sunday afternoon, we welcomed Pastor Stuart and Julie Kleinig to Wagga Wagga. The Kleinigs are originally from South Australia and have three daughters. Pastor Stuart was ordained in 2000 and initially served in Victoria, then moved up to Dalby in Queensland. Now they are here to serve at Wagga Wagga and Milbrulong and we feel so very blessed to have them with us.
Pastor Stuart was officially installed by Pastor Robert Bartholomaeus (Acting Bishop of NSW District), with assistance by Pastors Ian Kotzur, Darren Kupke, John Simboras and Clem Zanker. Members of both congregations also took part in the Installation Rite and many, many warm greetings were sent from our neighbouring parishes and from all over Australia.
So many people have ensured that the work of our church has continued throughout the vacancy, however Michael's dedication to this congregation was especially recognised at the end of Sunday's service.
And then, of course, we finished off the day with afternoon tea...