Sunday, 26 March 2017

125 Years at Milbrulong

An historic event was celebrated in Milbrulong today: 125 years of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 

The almost 116-year-old church literally overflowed with members, past members, guests, and long lost friends. Also there were Bishop John Henderson of the Lutheran Church of Australia and NSW District Bishop Mark Lieschke who joined Pastor Stuart in leading the service of thanksgiving and unveiling a commemorative plaque.

More photos to come!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Havest Thanksgiving

It was Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday and there was a huge range of items brought to the worship service in Athol Street.

Our photographer was a little late so only a few items were left by this point!

There were items representing food, family, work, things to keep us warm and things to keep us entertained. An extra-special highlight were the cute little chicks brought in by Rachel. They all showed just how much we have to give thanks for.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

School Staff Installation and Lyn's 25 Years

It's that time of year again... School's Back! And that means the annual installation and re-dedication of our school staff and teachers.

There were three new faces this year: Samantha Hamilton (Learning Enrichment Teacher), Catherine Watkins (Learning Assistant), and Kylie Kennedy (Learning Assistant). Three of the new school captains were also on hand to participate in the service and welcome the new teachers.

For more photos, check out the School's facebook page.

In addition to the installation/re-dedication, a special presentation was made at the end of the service today. An acknowledgement was made of the 25 years of full service Lyn Miller has given to Lutheran School Wagga Wagga. The wonderful Lyn is actually in her 27th year with the school now, which is a marvellous achievement considering that she started out "just filling in" when someone else suddenly moved onto a full time position elsewhere!

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Cheer and Charity

The Ladies Fellowship hosted the Annual Christmas Party earlier this month with around forty people able to attend.  The Christmas Party is a two-fold event - Christmas cheer and charity.

The christmassy place settings, ready and waiting.

The cheer came in the form of company and conviviality with ham, turkey and plenty of salads on offer, followed up by trifles, tarts, pavlovas, fruit salads, puddings and brandy custard.  And if the diners felt so moved, they were encouraged to make a donation to Lutheran World Service's Gifts of Grace.

The Christmas Cake: back by popular demand, baked by Leonie and decorated by Ange.

June undertaking the ceremonial cake-cutting.

Some of the desserts that were on offer - Yum!

The placemats proved a hit once again - this year a Christmas quiz was the feature. How many can you answer without resorting to your favourite search engine?

A Quick Christmas Quiz:

1. How many Wise Men were there, according to the Bible?

2. Which ocean is Christmas Island in?

3. In the Charles Dickens novel, who was Scrooge’s dead business partner?

4. What plant might be labelled ‘Viscum’ that is connected to Christmas?

5. Name the cyclone that hit Darwin at Christmas 1974?

6. Name all of Santa’s reindeer.

7. Which Christmas Carol has the line: “Bring me flesh, bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither”?

8. Which Christmas Carol includes the lyrics: “To save us all from Satan’s power, when we have gone astray….”?

9. What is the English title of the carol written in 1818 by Joseph Mohr originally called “Stille Nacht”?

10. Which Christmas Carol has the line: “On a cold winter’s night that was so deep”?

11. Which Christmas Carol has the words: “Joyful and triumphant”?

12. Which Christmas Carol has the words: “Tis the season to be jolly”?

13. Which Christmas Carol has the words: “God and sinners reconciled”?

14. Where was the Baby Jesus when the Wise Men visited Him?

Monday, 14 November 2016

A New Pastor!

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...

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Spring Cleaning

In preparation for the arrival of our new minister, the manse has been given a bit of a face-lift. The bathrooms have been updated, the walls painted, the carpet replaced and the tiles around the kitchen wall are now a beautiful white.  On Saturday it was all hands on deck to give the rest of the place a good scrub.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Parish Picnic 2016

Our Parish Picnic was held at the Lutheran School this year. It was a glorious day with heaps of delicious food to be eaten and a few friendly (competitive) games to play, which revealed some hidden talents among us! Everyone had a great time and hopefully we'll be able to do it all again soon.

A beautiful day to sit and chat in the sun.

Don't mind if I do!

Kings of the Castle.

So much to talk about!

Ball-thrower extraordinaire!

How did he do that?

Just ease it in.

Precision! Precision!

The best fun of the whole day!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

The Battle for Lone Pin

The title of Top Ten Pin Bowler has been decided for 2016.  Bethlehem members gathered at the lanes for the contest, which was hard fought by all in two tough games.

Some great life-long rivalries were rediscovered....

...and we saw some wonderful demonstrations of grace, style and skill (you know who you are) but there could only be one winner on the day (plus a "ladies" and a "junior"). Ian triumphed with a score of 236; Dawn carried off the ladies title with 168 and Steph, in the juniors, ended the day on an impressive 183.

The day may remain long in some memories as "The Battle for Lone Pin".  The pain was shared by many but the struggle brought us together and next year we hope to gather again to remember.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Superhero Listening Ears

We had a very little Sunday School class today, so we managed to have a bit of extra fun with our superhero-sized listening ears!

The lesson was all about Samuel who heard a voice in the night. At first he thought it was Eli calling him, but Eli told him it was actually God speaking. Samuel went back to bed and said "Speak Lord, I am listening." And from then on, God spoke to Samuel many times and it was Samuel's very important job to tell the people everything that God had said.

And in case you missed the news today, jump over to to see our church's new website.