Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas everyone!
Just a little reminder that our worship services this week are as follows:

Friday, 22nd December at 6.30pm

Wagga Wagga
Sunday, 24th December at 9.30am
Sunday, 24th December at 7.00pm
Monday, 25th December at 8.30am

Below are a few photographs taken at the annual Christmas party we held last Sunday in Athol Street. Plenty of yummy food was provided for us, with lots of salads and cold meats, and of course there were just too many choices for dessert, meaning only those that had paced themselves during the first course could manage to go back for seconds. Elma was chosen this year to cut the Christmas cake, a piece of which we all took home. Thanks to the ladies that put on such a feast for us. Between the food, the singing and the christmas quiz, it was a lovely lunch and an entertaining afternoon.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Milbrulong Church Picnic 2017

Bethlehem Milbrulong hosted a Parish Picnic once again in October this year. From the expressions on the faces of those caught by our photographer, I'm sure you'll agree it looks like it was a pretty good day all round!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Visitors from Nördlingen

Bethlehem Lutheran Church members were very fortunate on Sunday to play host to the St Georg Chamber Choir from Nördlingen, Germany. The choir was on a whirlwind tour of Australia, singing in Adelaide, Melbourne, Geelong, Wagga Wagga and Sydney.

Nördlingen is in Bavaria, Germany. It is a very old town, now over 1100 years old, with an intact medieval wall surrounding the older part of the town and the St Georg Evangelical Lutheran Church at its centre. St Georg's itself also has a long history - construction was begun after 1427, which means it pre-dates Martin Luther!

Nördlingen has been a sister city of Wagga Wagga since 1967 and so, to mark this now fifty year old relationship, the St Georg Chamber Choir travelled to Wagga Wagga and took part in two joint concerts with the Cantilena Singers over the weekend.

The Kammerchor Sankt Georg Nördlingen (St Georg Chamber Choir of Nördlingen) has a repertoire of mostly spiritual chorus music from across five centuries. The choir was established in 1995 and has since gained an excellent reputation for making beautiful music in Europe and beyond.

While the choir was in Wagga Wagga, some of our congregation opened their homes to choir members and their families, driving them to and from rehearsals, concerts and their other engagements. On Sunday morning, the choir joined us for worship in Athol Street and then stayed for lunch in the hall, ably provided by members of the congregation.

During the service, the choir sang:
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a New Song) by Johann Pachelbel
  • Kyrie eleison by Felix Mendelssohn
  • So nimm denn meine Hände (So Take My Hands) by Julie Hausmann and David Schubert
  • For the Beauty by John Rutter
  • Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen (For he shall give his angels) from the oratorio "Elias" (Elijah) by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Ich weib, dass mein Erloser lebt (I Know that my Saviour Lives) by Gerhard Deutschmann

The choir singing Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, by Pachelbel

During the offering, the choir sang So nimm denn meine Hände, by Hausmann

The hall begins to fill up with hungry people.

Udo Knauer (Music Director) and Kathrin Wagner, with Rachel and Adrian.

Ulrike Knauer with Pastor Mark and Meredith.

Jane, Max, and Jenny in the church hall with Anne-Kathrin and Korbinian Schäfer.

An impromptu performance after lunch before we said goodbye.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Challenge Accepted

After Pastor Stuart and Julie laid down their ten pin bowling challenge, they were met at the Wagga Bowl by twenty Lutherans, ready to take them on.

Adrian bowled everyone out of the water, taking out the winner's prize from amongst the men and Bec more than redeemed herself from previous years to become the best female bowler. The top 10 ten pin bowlers were:
1. Adrian (148)
2. Michael (111)
3. Reg (105)
4. Stuart (104)
5. San (102)
6. Neville (88)
7. Ian (86)
8. Bec (83)
9. Rachel (80)
10. Ange (79)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Pitch and Putt 2017

The Bethlehem Lutheran Pitch and Putt Perpetual Trophy has been played for and won once again. 

The overall winner of the competition was Dennis, who graciously received the trophy after missing out in the playoffs in 2015; Dawn happily walked away with the ladies' trophy and Steph with the juniors. Carol was congratulated on her cricket score and Rhonda's ensemble was especially recognised with a Fashions on the Field award.

Special thanks to our photographer on the day, Pastor Stuart.

Monday, 3 April 2017

More 125 Years at Milbrulong

Following the service, everyone made their way down to the Milbrulong Hall for lunch. The hall was full to bursting with people, food and reminiscences. Below are just a few of the friendly faces that were there...