Thursday, 17 August 2017

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 established in 1995 and has since gained an excellent reputation for making beautiful music in Europe and beyond.

While the choir was in Wagga Wagga, some of our congregation opened their homes to choir members and their families, driving them to and from rehearsals, concerts and their other engagements. On Sunday morning, the choir joined us for worship in Athol Street and then stayed for lunch in the hall, ably provided by members of the congregation.

During the service, the choir sang:
  • Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing to the Lord a New Song) by Johann Pachelbel
  • Kyrie eleison by Felix Mendelssohn
  • So nimm denn meine Hände (So Take My Hands) by Julie Hausmann and David Schubert
  • For the Beauty by John Rutter
  • Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen (For he shall give his angels) from the oratorio "Elias" (Elijah) by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Ich weib, dass mein Erloser lebt (I Know that my Saviour Lives) by Gerhard Deutschmann

The choir singing Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, by Pachelbel

During the offering, the choir sang So nimm denn meine Hände, by Hausmann

The hall begins to fill up with hungry people.

Udo Knauer (Music Director) and Kathrin Wagner, with Rachel and Adrian.

Ulrike Knauer with Pastor Mark and Meredith.

Jane, Max, and Jenny in the church hall with Anne-Kathrin and Korbinian Schäfer.

An impromptu performance after lunch before we said goodbye.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Challenge Accepted

After Pastor Stuart and Julie laid down their ten pin bowling challenge, they were met at the Wagga Bowl by twenty Lutherans, ready to take them on.

Adrian bowled everyone out of the water, taking out the winner's prize from amongst the men and Bec more than redeemed herself from previous years to become the best female bowler. The top 10 ten pin bowlers were:
1. Adrian (148)
2. Michael (111)
3. Reg (105)
4. Stuart (104)
5. San (102)
6. Neville (88)
7. Ian (86)
8. Bec (83)
9. Rachel (80)
10. Ange (79)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Pitch and Putt 2017

The Bethlehem Lutheran Pitch and Putt Perpetual Trophy has been played for and won once again. 

The overall winner of the competition was Dennis, who graciously received the trophy after missing out in the playoffs in 2015; Dawn happily walked away with the ladies' trophy and Steph with the juniors. Carol was congratulated on her cricket score and Rhonda's ensemble was especially recognised with a Fashions on the Field award.

Special thanks to our photographer on the day, Pastor Stuart.

Monday, 3 April 2017

More 125 Years at Milbrulong

Following the service, everyone made their way down to the Milbrulong Hall for lunch. The hall was full to bursting with people, food and reminiscences. Below are just a few of the friendly faces that were there...


Sunday, 26 March 2017

125 Years at Milbrulong

An historic event was celebrated in Milbrulong today: 125 years of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. 

The almost 116-year-old church literally overflowed with members, past members, guests, and long lost friends. Also there were Bishop John Henderson of the Lutheran Church of Australia and NSW District Bishop Mark Lieschke who joined Pastor Stuart in leading the service of thanksgiving and unveiling a commemorative plaque.

More photos to come!