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!!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Fellowship Morning Tea - 14th August

A wonderful fellowship morning tea was held at Bethlehem on Thursday 14th. All ages were present as seen in this photo of Linda Klimpsch and Stephanie Kleidon the oldest and youngest attendees.

Guest speakers Narelle and Wayne shared with the gathered crowd on their areas of expertise.

Wayne from the local archive shared stories of Wagga's history including information on the early entertainment venue "Dixieland". He also had insights into several colourful Wagga identities including Messrs Thompson and Willan. Among the stories were several which included reports of attempts to horsewhip the local newspaper editor!

Narelle shared her passion for pottery and led the group in a devotion based on the biblical picture of God the potter and how he works in our lives. The theme verse was from Isaiah and reads "But now O Lord, you are our Father - we are the clay and you are our potter. And all of us are the work of your hands."
The devotion included making a pot on her wheel and demonstrating the different techniques used in creating a piece - techniques that God (the master potter) also uses in our lives.


 An excellent morning included a sumptuous morning tea, trading table, lucky dip and plenty of enjoyable conversation.

Helen, Debbie and Margaret
enjoy the morning.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pastor test drives possible new pulpit model!

Pastor Mike sees whether the scissor lift will serve as an alternative pulpit
but discovers it to be a little rocky for fiery preaching.
Renovation Work Continues...
Working Bees were held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday this week to continue the renovation work happening at Bethlehem. The ceiling has been fixed with the scissor-lift proving a perfect piece of equipment for this work. After a few lessons the crew were in and out amongst the pews with great skill. 

In addition to this ceiling repair a start has been made on preparing for recarpeting with the stairs to the loft having the carpet removed and a clean up of the loft area being undertaken. Cabling to the data projector has been replaced and upgraded, cabling for the sound system run from front to back and all flouros in the ceiling lights replaced. There was a need to move a number of pews out of the way of the scissor-lift and we discovered many pieces of old chewing gum!! These have been sent for DNA testing so we can return the gum to their rightful owners (only joking).
This work will continue in coming weeks with work on the carpet, blinds etc to occur.
Well done to all the crew for your efforts, especially our site foreman Graeme Wenzke who has been getting things organised and keeping it all on track.

Monday morning crew pictured above.
Thanks to Narelle Fulwood and Pam Stoll for providing morning tea!
How do you ride this thing???

Thursday, 24 July 2014


Work has begun on the remodelling work planned for Bethlehem. Including carpeting, painting, repairs, insulation, and refurbishment this will be a welcome makeover for our worship space.

The earliest work was completed this week with insulation being added to the church hall.
Work also began on opening up the front of the church by the removal of the pulpit and the baptismal font. Some hard work by a couple of demolition "experts" was the first step and was followed by a clean up afterwards.

See if you can identify the "experts" from the before, during and after photos displayed below.

Following last week's message there was some discussion as to whether this would be considered an act of helpfulness. Perhaps it fails the test of being the sort of thing that nobody would notice???
But it certainly helped the process along.
Well done to the workers (whoever they were).

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.