Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas Luncheon 2014

The Christmas Lunch, organised by our Ladies Fellowship, has been a success for another year. A lovely spread was laid out for the nearly sixty people who attended on Thursday.


Pastor Mike led a cooking-themed devotion and Narelle and Audrey sang christmas carols.  The children from the Lutheran School Wagga Wagga were also there to entertain with singing, recorders, guitar and piano.  Ray was chosen to cut the christmas cake, cooked by Noreen and iced by Enid.

Audrey and Ruth

Norma and Enid
Bev's lovely cream puffs


Narelle and Audrey
Ivy, Elma and Yvonne


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Goodbye Pastor Alois!

This week we say goodbye to Pastor Alois Schwarz who's made quite the impression on us the short time he's been with us!



Pastor Alois is currently on sabbatical from St George's Church, Nördlingen.  He has been in the Philippines the last few months to teach at the Lutheran Theological Seminary there and, on his way home, has detoured via Wagga Wagga.

A long list of people in our Parish have opened their homes and gladly given their time to Pastor Alois.  He's spent some time with the kids at the Wagga Lutheran School, been given a Mayoral Reception and has seen quite a bit of country in and around Wagga.

Pastor Alois delivering his sermon to us on Sunday
 - an interesting mix of Nebuchadnezzar and Nördlingen!

Pastor Alois leaves us on Friday and will head down to Melbourne, then make his way to Adelaide for a little while. We wish him all the best for the rest of his holiday and a safe trip back to Germany.

Have a look at the website for the Nördlingen Evangelical Lutheran Parish (yes, it is in German, but just give it a go - if your browser doesn't translate the pages for you, at least check out the photographs of St George's, the Daniel tower and all of the amazingly old and ornate items inside the church.)

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lutheran Longest Lunch & Reformation Service 2nd November

Here are a few photos of Sunday's Celebration of Reformation Day and The Lutheran Longest Lunch...



 
Celebrating the good news of the gospel

  with lots of red on display for this "red parament Sunday"
 


 
Audrey won the Lutheran Longest Luther Quiz!

 
 
Red ties for Malcolm and Rodney
 
 

How many ways can you wear a Lutheran Longest Lunch bandanna?
Hear are a few ways ...








The food for the day was excellent with the theme being "Food close to our hearts".







Thanks to Lunch coordinator Marg Kleidon for organising a fabulous event!!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

WTL: Way Truth Life

WTL is a new group at Bethlehem for anyone and everyone in Years 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.  We’re getting together once a month at the church hall for a couple of hours on a Friday evening for some fun, food and to talk about God.


We tend to spend quite a bit of our time playing games and eating too much food...
 
Discovering the joys of a competitive game of Hacky Sack!

Whose idea was this??!

But we do sit down at some point in the evening and chat about God and how we can live his way.  At our last get-together we had a discussion about the “Way” in “Way Truth Life”.  We’ll be talking about “Truth” and “Life” in the next couple of months.

7 November is the next time we’ll be meeting (7pm at the Bethlehem Church Hall).  If you’re in Years 6 to 10, we'd love you to come along.  If you have any questions, just email Jill at lca.wagga@gmail.com.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Happy 101st Birthday

Congratulations to Linda Klimpsch who celebrated her 101st birthday on Thursday 18th September. Her special birthday cake (prepared by Dorothy Fischer) is pictured below. God bless the year ahead for you Linda.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Quiz Night

Last Saturday we held a Quiz Night in support of the Lutheran School Project in Cambodia. Here is an update from LCA Mission Director Neville Otto on the latest status of the project.

I am pleased to advise that the land has been purchased thanks to the generosity if God's people in the LCA and in the Lutheran churches in Cambodia and Singapore.

We are waiting for some of the final costs but essentially we expect only a small shortfall now and so there is unlikely going to be a need for a loan.  The money raised at the quiz night is a really important contribution towards this. If we happen to raise more funds than the land cost these will be quarantined for the sole use of developing the pre-school and bible training facilities 

On 4 September there was a meeting in Adelaide involving Cambodian Church leaders with a small team representing the major partners being the LCA and the Lutheran Church in Singapore. The people at the meeting included LEA Director Steve Rudolph, Qld Early Childhood Director Lyndall Mayer as well as some people with LLL and finance experience and of course LCA MI folk.

This is the group that has commenced serious discussion about the possible next stage which is the pre-school and also Bible Training school facilities which are needed for the church.

The meeting reached a point where the local Cambodian leaders now have some discussions to take place over the coming months.  Next steps will then be clearer.

So we praise God for the securing of the land for the use of the Lutheran Church in Cambodia and we look forward patiently to what God has in store for its use.  By the way, the land in the interim is being used to give the local community a place for youth and children to play sport.  A community garden and out door movies are possible further interim community activities being considered as interim use too.

Thanks to all those who attended the event and supported with your presence and donations of prizes. Special thanks to Helen Chamberlain for organising and to Reg Miegel for the donation of an auction item of a plane flight over the local area.

Thanks to everyone's efforts the total amount raised was around $1000.00. Great work.

Below are a few photos from the plane flight prize including a few sights you will recognise.

 The intrepid pilot - thanks Reg

 Our school from the air

  Kohlhagen's farm

  Murrumbidgee






 Max & Helen's farm





Sunday, 24 August 2014

Church Picnic - thanks Milbrulong for hosting a great day.

Sunday 24th August has been in our thoughts for several weeks as we waited for the chance to enjoy a good old-fashioned church picnic. The day rolled around sunny and warm and perfect for the occasion which began with a full church at Milbrulong (even a few in the upstairs choir stall) as this photo shows.

 
After service it was down to the Milbrulong Hall and Recreation area for fellowship and games. You can see from the faces in the photos that a good time was had by all.






 
 
For the adults it was a game of trying to take as many pegs off the line with only one hand which captured all the attention. Out two winners (pictured below) managed a very creditable handful of 16 pegs to grab the title. Well done!!
 

 Plenty of others had a try as well with mixed success.
 


 
Thanks to the Milbrulong Team who organised a wonderful day.
I hope our smiles tell you that we all enjoyed it immensely.
 




And our report would not be complete without showing off the style of Des Kohlhagen who wound back the clock and attempted to pull a hamstring... nice kick Des!!


Thanks God for a spectacular day!!