Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Baptism at Milbrulong

Last Sunday was a very special day at the Bethlehem Church in Milbrulong. After one false start a few weeks ago, Finn Isaiah Bahr was welcomed into God's family through baptism. Pastor John Borchert, from St Paul's College at Walla Walla, took the service.

Tony, Finn, Shannon, Pastor John, Darren, and Cheree
Proud Great-Grandmother and Grandparents
One of the most important elements of the day!

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Gideon Ladies Enrichment Day

Every month, some of the ladies of our congregation put on a spread for the Gideons in the Damschke Hall. Those involved in this undertaking include Noreen, Joan, Cheryl, Pam, Helen, Dawn (the "dessert queen") and Veronica (table decorator extraordinaire).
Recently, the ladies' culinary skills were required for the Gideon Ladies Enrichment Day, before which Pam took this atmospheric photograph, showing off Veronica's table decorations for the day.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

A musical Sunday and a Goodbye

After all too short a time with us, Pastor John and Carol Wilksch were farewelled on Sunday. They have been a welcome presence while they've been here in Wagga and we've loved getting to know them. They will be heading back home to South Australia first, then they'll be off on a well-deserved holiday.

Making his last Sunday with us particularly special, Pastor John demonstrated his musical skills for us, performing three pieces on our Ahlborn organ.

Pastor John first played a number of variations of "Whatever God Ordains is Good," a choral hymn by German organist and composer, Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). His second piece was by another German composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), "Wake Awake". And for his finale, Pastor John played "Guide Me, Oh Great Jehovah", by Paul Manz (1919-2009), an American Lutheran organist and composer.

And we must make a special mention of June, who played us out to some lovely music on the harp after Pastor John's performance. Thanks, June!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

School Homecoming

A couple of weekends ago we held the Lutheran School Wagga Wagga's Homecoming. It was a wonderful opportunity for past students and staff to visit the school and reconnect with old friends and colleagues.

Saturday was spent at the school in Tamar Drive where visitors were given guided tours, a sausage or three and the chance to reminisce over old photographs.

A worship service at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Athol Street on Sunday was followed by morning tea and a memorabilia display in the Damschke Hall where the school first started in 1982.

It was lovely to see familiar faces return to the school, many of whom had the next generation in tow.

There are also a couple of photos to check out in the Daily Advertiser's photo gallery.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Pitch and Putt 2015

Pentecost was a memorable day at Bethlehem Wagga this year. During the service, we were privileged to witness the baptism of little Isaac into God's family. And on entering the church, we were greeted with this delightful addition above the altar:

In the afternoon, a somewhat enthusiastic group of people gathered at the Pitch and Putt course for a small competition.

After the individual groups had played their games, there wasn't a clear winner: instead, we had three! So, a playoff was in order.

A few of the participants were caught mid-swing by our photographer - with sincerest apologies for any distraction caused!

Pastor John demonstrating calmness and self-assurance.
Our Fashions in the Field winner - showing style in both dress and swing!
Ooooo, so close! Blame it on the paparazzi.
It's all in the stance!
The most awkward shot of the day?
Afternoon tea was very welcome afterwards - our compliments to the chefs.
The man responsible!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A Kinder Service and the Wilkschs Arrive

We had a lovely worship service this week with the Kinders joining us from the School and Pastor John and Carol Wilksch spending their first Sunday with us.

Pastor John and Carol Wilksch

The Kinders about to launch into song

Pastor John, after attempting to make one of the children disappear

Tiffany and Andrew ably leading the singing

A warm cuppa and a chat - an excellent combination on a cold morning!

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Winter Woolies

Our Care and Share crafters have been very busy of late, working on a new project for Angels for the Forgotten.

If you've not heard of the Angels yet, they're a volunteer group established in Wagga in 2010 who work to give practical support to vulnerable and abused children, youth and families in the local community. They also aim to assist carers of special needs children with mental health disorders and related conditions. Have a read of their website: www.angelsfortheforgotten.org

A huge load of woollen items created by Care and Share were delivered to the Angels' warehouse last week, where they were very much appreciated. So much so, that the Angels have given Care and Share a big box of knitting yarn so that more can be done. Work has already commenced on the next delivery!

Care and Share meets on Wednesday mornings, from 10am to 12pm. Anyone and everyone can come along and join in. You don't even have to be craft-ily inclined - if you like a chat and a cuppa, you will be made very welcome.

In this woolly spread, there are 6 blankets, 12 scarves, 3 beenies, 1 pair of booties, 6 bags, and 2 cardigans!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Youth and the LCA

Megan Parsell recently attended the LCA's National Youth Forum in Adelaide and was included as part of an article on youth finding a voice in the Lutheran Church.  Jump over to the LCA's website where you can read about what they got up to during the weekend.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Palm Sunday Visitors

We had more than your "average" Palm Sunday service on Sunday, with Year 1 and Pastor Mark Lieschke joining forces to lead us in worship (with not a little help from Andrew and Tiffany!).

The kids kicked off the service with a procession of palm branches and performed some songs for us.  Above, Year 1 is singing "Hey King, Where's Your Crown?"

Pastor Mark in action
It was great to see Pastor Mark and Meredith back in Wagga - they'll be here with us all week too.  Don't forget, there will be services in Athol Street on Maundy Thursday (7.30pm), Good Friday (9.30am) and Easter Sunday (9.30am).

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Goodbye Pastor Mike and Narelle!

It was a bittersweet day in Athol Street on Sunday. We witnessed a lovely little girl baptised into God's family and Bec G. became an official member of the Wagga Wagga Lutheran Parish. But then we had to say goodbye to Pastor Mike and Narelle.
We have been so glad they were able to spend the last year with us, sharing with us their love, support, and special talents, and we all wish them God's blessings in their future work.