A joyful celebration was held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Glenelg recently, in recognition of their 90th anniversary.
The celebration service was led by previous pastors including Bishop David Altus, Pastor Richard Haar, Dr Kleinig and current pastor, Tim Ebbs, and began with the processional hymn ‘The Church’s One Foundation’ played on the organ and with trumpets
After the service guests had the opportunity to peruse the many displays of photos and items from the past, including handwritten minutes and a constitution from 1931. There was a video compilation featuring past Sunday School picnics, and historical items were also on display at Martin Luther House and St Paul’s Community Care and Op Shop. St Paul’s history book was available for those who wanted to relive days gone by, and guests enjoyed a slice of celebration cake, cut by chairperson Sharon Edwards and Bishop David.
Guests included many of St Paul’s previous pastors such as Pastor James Prenzler, as well as past and present church members, such as Dr Dean Zweck and his sister Mrs Coral Boesch, whose father was one of the first pastors that served at St Paul’s. Miss Alice Semmler was a special guest – Alice was the first baby baptized at St Paul’s in 1931 and was a Sunday School teacher at the church for many years. Some of the children Alice taught have gone on to become pastors themselves, including Pastor Leon Rosenberg, who was a member at St Paul’s as a child. Some wonderful stories were told on the day, including that of a couple in attendance, who were married at the church 50 years ago to the very weekend!
“It was wonderful to hear how God has used St Paul’s church to grow the faith,” said St Paul’s Office Secretary, Jessica Ebbs.
“May we at St Paul’s always preach Christ crucified for the sake of the community around us. May we also sing for joy to him, the living God, as he dwells with us and brings life to us through his precious word and sacraments. We thank everyone for joining us and thank everyone for the part that they have played, or continue to play, as the communion of saints in this place.”
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