Saturday, 26 September 2015

Strike #3

Last Sunday afternoon, a group of Lutherans came together for a little game or two of ten pin bowling.

Lyn started us off with the first strike of the day. And very quickly, there were rumours flying across the lanes that Richard had been secretly practicing in the weeks leading up to the big game.

Some of the day's competitors (note Graeme explaining the finer points of the game to our beginner player)
We discovered that George had never played before, but by the end of the afternoon he had perfected his game. It took Michael many tries to find the perfect ball, his game suffering a little for it and George managed to best him (but we're blaming that on beginner's luck).

George, demonstrating his newly-acquired sideways bowling technique
Michelle tried to pick up some tips and tricks from everyone in holding the ball then proceeded to gutter it twice in succession. Happily, she seemed to finally figure it all out in round eight of the last game. Well done, Michelle!

Nick in action
Despite a few war wounds (broken nails) amongst some of the competitors, the day was declared a success.

First place went to Des with a score of 296. Richard came second with 226; Neville was third with 198. The highest scoring amongst the ladies was Maureen with a score of 183 and highly commended awards went to Nick (153), Alex (146) and Michael (147).

Monday, 21 September 2015

102 Years Young

It's Linda's birthday once again! After church on Sunday, we sang Happy Birthday to Linda to celebrate her 102nd milestone. A small cake was brought out to her with two lit candles on it, which she dispatched with ease (the candles, not the cake!)

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A New Principal

Last Sunday, the Bethlehem congregation and the Lutheran School Wagga Wagga witnessed the installation of the new school Principal, Peter Weier. The Year 2 students and their teachers were also on hand to participate in the service, making the day extra special for Peter and Lyn.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Welcome to Pastor Glen and Elaine

We welcomed Pastor Glen and Elaine Schultz to Wagga Wagga last Sunday.  They will be with us for the next few weeks and are already installed in the manse.  They come to us from Queensland but Pastor Glen is originally from South Australia.  Apparently, there are already a couple of familiar faces amongst us, so hopefully Pastor Glen and Elaine will feel at home in no time!

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!