Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Cakes and Drinks at LSWW

Lutheran School Wagga Wagga's second Sustainable Living Festival was a resounding success, if sheer numbers and happy faces are anything to go by!  Some of our congregational members were on hand to help out:

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Journey to a New Kitchen

Over the last month, a few of our members have been working to prepare the kitchen in the Damschke Memorial Hall for a bit of a make-over.  The renovations have been some time in the making but they are now complete!

The Before:

The Emptying:

The Demolition:

The After:


 And the pièce de résistance...

Sunday, 18 October 2015

90 Years of Lutherans in Wagga

Today was an important milestone in the life of our congregation. Today, 18 October 2015, marks the 90th anniversary since the formation of the first Lutheran congregation in Wagga Wagga.

This was the classified advertisement that appeared in The Daily Advertiser on 17 October 1925:

At that service, it was decided to form a congregation in Wagga. Six members were enrolled on that day - Mr W Schulz, Mr L Gestier, Mr F Ruschen, Mr T Pumpa, Mr W Kotzur and Mr A Schulz. Pastor Fritsch was invited to return to Wagga on a regular basis (coming from Milbrulong) to conduct services for the sum of 20 pounds for the first 12 months. This congregation called themselves St Paul's.

Could those families at that first service have imagined we would be where we are today? Their trust in God and his purpose for their small group is uplifting. In all the changes and wonderful events that have happened in Wagga Wagga and the world since 1925, it is certain that God has been with us.

Longest Lutheran Lunch 2015

We celebrated the annual Longest Lutheran Lunch at the Lutheran School Wagga Wagga today. The day started out with a worship service, ably led by Michael and Pastor Clem, with musical assistance by Joanna and the Lieschke girls.

Following the service, there was time for a cuppa and quick chat while lunch was set up. We also took the chance to get the oldest and youngest people with us together for a moment: Linda, at 102 years and Micah, just 5 days old.

Then it was off to lunch...

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Strike #3

Last Sunday afternoon, a group of Lutherans came together for a little game or two of ten pin bowling.

Lyn started us off with the first strike of the day. And very quickly, there were rumours flying across the lanes that Richard had been secretly practicing in the weeks leading up to the big game.

Some of the day's competitors (note Graeme explaining the finer points of the game to our beginner player)
We discovered that George had never played before, but by the end of the afternoon he had perfected his game. It took Michael many tries to find the perfect ball, his game suffering a little for it and George managed to best him (but we're blaming that on beginner's luck).

George, demonstrating his newly-acquired sideways bowling technique
Michelle tried to pick up some tips and tricks from everyone in holding the ball then proceeded to gutter it twice in succession. Happily, she seemed to finally figure it all out in round eight of the last game. Well done, Michelle!

Nick in action
Despite a few war wounds (broken nails) amongst some of the competitors, the day was declared a success.

First place went to Des with a score of 296. Richard came second with 226; Neville was third with 198. The highest scoring amongst the ladies was Maureen with a score of 183 and highly commended awards went to Nick (153), Alex (146) and Michael (147).

Monday, 21 September 2015

102 Years Young

It's Linda's birthday once again! After church on Sunday, we sang Happy Birthday to Linda to celebrate her 102nd milestone. A small cake was brought out to her with two lit candles on it, which she dispatched with ease (the candles, not the cake!)

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

A New Principal

Last Sunday, the Bethlehem congregation and the Lutheran School Wagga Wagga witnessed the installation of the new school Principal, Peter Weier. The Year 2 students and their teachers were also on hand to participate in the service, making the day extra special for Peter and Lyn.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Welcome to Pastor Glen and Elaine

We welcomed Pastor Glen and Elaine Schultz to Wagga Wagga last Sunday.  They will be with us for the next few weeks and are already installed in the manse.  They come to us from Queensland but Pastor Glen is originally from South Australia.  Apparently, there are already a couple of familiar faces amongst us, so hopefully Pastor Glen and Elaine will feel at home in no time!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

A Baptism at Milbrulong

Last Sunday was a very special day at the Bethlehem Church in Milbrulong. After one false start a few weeks ago, Finn Isaiah Bahr was welcomed into God's family through baptism. Pastor John Borchert, from St Paul's College at Walla Walla, took the service.

Tony, Finn, Shannon, Pastor John, Darren, and Cheree
Proud Great-Grandmother and Grandparents
One of the most important elements of the day!