Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Confirmation Sunday

Congratulations to our confirmees!
It was wonderful to share in this special day as you made your promises to walk with Jesus.
He also reaffirmed his baptismal promises to you and will strengthen you each day.

May the feet of God walk with you, and his hand hold you tight.
May the eye of God rest on you, and his ear hear your cry.
May the smile of God be for you, and his breath give you life.
May the child of God grow in you, and his love bring you home.

Pictured (from left) Riley Wilson, Paul Pfitzner, Joel Muller, Sam McGowan, Jack McGowan, Ellie McGowan, Noah MacDonald, Lydia Lieschke, Georgia Kohlhagen, Thea Knobel, Breanna Heffernan, Zachary Zanker-Curtis, Michael Connison, Alex Burgmann, Nick Astrup, Alex Astrup.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

STRIKE me lucky - it's a 10 pin bowling bonanza.

Andrew Sharp proved his overall sporting prowess by adding the best bowling score (134) to his second place at the recent golf day. Other winners were - Michelle Astrup (Best Female), Stephanie Kleidon (Junior Female) and Alex Astrup (Junior Male). Richard Schache impressed everyone with his efforts to bowl with support of his walking stick - top effort Richard!

Here are a few photos of the day.


Ian is full of concentration and refuses
to be psyched out by the camera!


Des Kohlhagen bowls a strike!!

Bethlehem hosts Regional Women's Fellowship Event

On Saturday 14th June the Bethlehem Ladies' Fellowship was pleased to host women from the Riverina area (and beyond) to a fellowship day. The theme was taken from Proverbs 3:6 - "In all your ways submit to the Lord and he will make your paths straight." There was a visual display highlighting all the areas of life in which the Lord can give his guidance.

Speakers from the Wagga archive and "Angels for the Forgotten" (caring for the homeless) added to an informative and enjoyable day of fellowship. 

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A Special Tree

A special event occurred at the Lutheran School on Friday.  Students and teachers gathered to witness the planting of a tree to celebrate 175 years of Lutheran education in Australia.

While our School has only been around for just over 30 years, Lutheran schools in Australia have been going strong since 1839.  That year, three Lutheran Schools opened in Adelaide (Piltawodli Lutheran School, Klemzig Lutheran School, and Glen Osmond Lutheran School), one in Hahndorf (St Michael's Lutheran School) and one in Queensland (German Station Lutheran School, Nundah).

A new variety of eucalyptus, a Nullarbor Rose, was chosen to be planted just near the Administration Building, where it can be seen and admired by everyone as they drive into the carpark.

Four people were given the honour of the actual planting of the tree: the School Captains, Meg and Ben, the Chair of the School Board, Michelle Astrup, and School Principal, Ken Albinger.

The Year 5 students also contributed to the event with their own beautiful interpretations of the Tree of Life.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Pitch 'n' Putt 2014

The Perpetual Bethlehem Lutheran Pitch and Putt Trophy was up for grabs for the second time a couple of weeks ago.  Close on twenty intrepid Wagga Lutherans met out at the Pitch and Putt course, each hoping for some fun and fellowship, and, perhaps, a chance at that trophy.
Pastor Mike and Andrew surprised many with their prowess with a golf stick, taking first and second place in the competition and just sneaking the trophy from last year's joint-winner, Des, who came in a close third.
To her own amazement, Michelle was the stand-out player of the day, having no real previous experience of the game.  Margaret and Steph shared the wooden spoon but went home happy anyway.  Congratulations, everyone!

The gracious winner holds the trophy aloft...

Friday, 23 May 2014

The Installation of Bec Gunia

A couple of weeks ago, our Sunday Service was especially notable for two reasons.
Firstly, we were joined in worship by our School's Year 6 class.  The students sang a particularly catchy version of "This Little Light of Mine" and memorably raised (though the sheer power of song) a window blind to bring in the sunshine; they also gave the Bible reading and led us in prayer.  In addition, the students helped out Pastor Mike with his sermon on the workers in the vineyard, to their (and our) amusement!

Towards the end of the Service, Rebecca Gunia was introduced to the Congregation and installed in her work as our School's new Deputy Principal.  Bec comes to Wagga Wagga from Western Australia, so she's a long way from home. Please pray for her as she settles into the School and her new home here.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Easter Services

Easter is nearly upon us so with the rush of services coming up, here's a reminder of dates and times...

Palm Sunday (13 April)
With Holy Communion
No Sunday School

Maundy Thursday (17 April)
Tenebrae Service with Holy Communion

Good Friday (18 April)
With Holy Communion

Easter Sunday (20 April)
With Holy Communion

Everyone is welcome to join us for one or all of these services.

And don't forget that the following Sunday (27 April) will be our first 9.30am service.  Sunday School will also be resuming on the 27th.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Thanks for your Welcome

Thanks to everyone at Bethlehem for your warm welcome - we feel that we are settling in well to our new community and very much enjoyed the Installation Service and lunch that followed. Thanks Jill K for your newsy report and pictures (although I am not sure the alb is very flattering!)

This last Sunday I was pleased to lead the service at Bethlehem for the first time and reflect on how all encompassing the grace of God is. We focussed on Romans 5 - "God shows how much he loves us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us." We also saw how real this word is by looking at how Jesus met an outcast woman at the well and engaged deeply and graciously with her despite how others saw her. Check it out in John 4. Each of us can say with certainty God is gracious to all - even me.

God bless your week!
Pastor Mike

Friday, 21 March 2014

Welcome Pastor Mike and Narelle!

This week we had a very special service, with the installation and welcome of Pastor Mike and Narelle Fulwood to our Parish.  Pastor David Grulke, Assistant Bishop of the NSW District, conducted the service.

Malcolm presented Pastor Mike to be installed as Pastor to Bethlehem Parish then...

Pastor David Grulke performed the installation of Pastor Mike.

Pastor Gary and Pastor Clem welcomed Pastor Mike and Narelle to Wagga... 

and Jenny Smith gave a warm welcome on behalf of Bethlehem Milbrulong.

After the service, the congregation adjourned to the hall, where a magnificent lunch was provided.  Pastor David was invited to tell us about his work as a Chaplin in the Army and Pastor Mike also got up and told us a little bit about himself and Narelle.

Pastor Mike and Narelle will only be with us for about a year, so please keep them in your prayers as they do God's work among us.

Pastor Mike and Narelle

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Farewell to Pastor John Simboras

Last Sunday, March 2, we bid a sad farewell to Pastor John Simboras after many months of his service to us.  The congregation has been particularly grateful for Pastor John's willingness to travel up from Albury on early Sunday mornings to get to Wagga for a 9am start, on occasion running the risk of no before-service coffee!
Malcolm presented Pastor John with a token of our appreciation at morning tea on Sunday and thanked him for his leadership and generosity of time.
We wish Pastor John all of God's richest blessings in the future and hope he will visit us again.

Bethlehem congregation enjoying morning tea after Pastor John's final service.