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.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Pentecost and Year 3

The Year 3 classes of Lutheran School Wagga Wagga joined us to celebrate Pentecost on Sunday. Interestingly, the church was decorated with red balloons, which tied in well with Mr Weier's message to the children. Thank goodness we don't need to remember a phone number to come to the party!

The students participated in most areas of the service which was lovely to see. The skit, "Pentecost Photos" was particularly well done. You can see the artwork that featured during the skit, as well as other photos of Year 3 during the service, over on the school's Facebook page.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Pastor Kevin and Judi

As you're probably aware, we have had Pastor Kevin and Judi Bell in our midst the last few weeks. They very kindly travelled up from Portland to be with us for the Easter period and are now heading home. It has been wonderful to have them here with us for such an important time of the year and for Pastor Kevin to have been able to welcome Josh into God's family today.

Pastor Kevin and Judi, may God continue to bless you both and keep you safe as you travel home. We hope to see you again.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Easter Services 2016

Easter is now upon us so here's a reminder of all the upcoming services in Athol Street...

Maundy Thursday (24 March)
Service with Holy Communion

Good Friday (25 March)
Service with Holy Communion

Easter Sunday (27 March)
Service with Holy Communion

The services will be conducted by Pastor Kevin Bell who has kindly joined us in Wagga Wagga for the next few weeks.

Everyone is welcome to come along!

Monday, 22 February 2016

Harvest Thanksgiving

Our Wagga congregation brought in some interesting items for the Thanksgiving service on Sunday.

There were the usual items such as a huge fleece, a large armful of wheat and many examples of food. But then there was a tennis racquet, a Principal's Award, tupperware, power tools and a whole clothes horse with a plethora of coloured booties.

In pride of place was the pet bird which was happy to join in the service with the odd chirp every now and then.

There are so many things for us to thank God for!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Staff Installation Service 2016

It's that time of year again! School's back and so all the staff at Lutheran School Wagga Wagga were at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Sunday to be installed and blessed. It was also an opportunity to be introduced to three new members of staff: Tara, Callum and Michael. We were also blessed to have Bishop Mark Lieschke back in Wagga for the day to lead Sunday's service.