Happy 70th Anniversary, Pastor Clem!

On Sunday, we celebrated a very special anniversary: the 70th anniversary of Pastor Clem's ordination. 
Following his graduation from Immanuel Theological Seminary, Pastor Clem was ordained at his home congregation of Holy Trinity at Appila, SA, by his uncle, Pastor J Ernst Materne, on 4 April 1948.

Pastor Stuart made a special occasion of this anniversary during our Sunday service, listing the many congregations Pastor Clem had served, including:

The Lower Murray Home Mission at Murray Bridge; The South East Home Mission at Bordertown; Nain and the Tabor Lutheran Church in Tanunda, SA; Bethania, QLD; Temora, NSW; and Ropeley, QLD.
Margaret joined Pastor Clem in his service to God's people in 1951 and so was with him from his second congregation at Bordertown.

Even after Pastor Clem and Margaret's retirement to Wagga, he continued to serve as locum pastor at many parishes across NSW (and even for a time in New Zealand) until he formally concluded his ministry at Bethlehem …

Easter Sunday

Happy Easter everyone! Services were held at Wagga and Milbrulong over this Easter week, culminating today on Easter Sunday. Easter is always a happy day and our service today was full of cheer, with lots of songs, smiles, a film review (still not sure if it was a recommendation but if you're interested, you can watch the trailer here) and of course, food (including chocolate eggs) afterwards.

Christmas 2017

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

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!

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 est…