Friendships were renewed when Lutheran Women of Eyre Peninsula met for the 52nd rally at Our Saviour’s Church in Port Lincoln, with the theme Hand in Hand.
The annual rally provides an opportunity to gather to hear and study God’s Word and to catch up with church news and activities.
A morning worship service preceded the program with Pastor Rob Schubert liturgist and Pastor Phil Joppich delivering the sermon. The retiring offering was for Aboriginal Ministry SA.
Port Lincoln Guild president Lorna Dutschke welcomed everyone to the rally, with a special welcome to the Lutheran Women of South Australia and Northern Territory president Joan Zilm.
Mrs Zilm presented her final report as she is not seeking re-election.
She brought greetings from the executive and expressed thanks for the work being done in the home congregations in joining other Lutheran women across the state in supporting church projects as well as considering needs in their own communities.
During 2016 well more than $105,000 was raised.
Navigator College principal Neville Grieger gave a comprehensive report on college activities and outlined the school’s new project of a 1400-seat, two-court stadium.
He thanked the Lutheran Women of South Australia and Northern Territory, which provides an annual Lutheran School Encouragement Award to assist one student in each school in their tertiary education.
Jamie Fewster, Emma Miegel and Ella Fewster presented two items, singing How Deep the Father’s Love and My Lighthouse.
After a pooled lunch, the afternoon program began with the singing of a memorial hymn, accompanied by Pastor Schubert on guitar.
Pastor Joppich conducted the Bible study and guest speakers for the day were Aboriginal Ministry South Australia chairman Malcolm Willcocks and Pastor Schubert, who is parish pastor and an Aboriginal Ministry South Australia worker for Port Lincoln. Both men gave an outline of their work, sharing some of their cross-cultural experiences.
Aboriginal Ministry South Australia mentors aboriginal leaders and supports pastoral training.
The afternoon offering went to support Aboriginal Ministry South Australia field worker Robyn Kuchel.
The 2017 Zone Project will raise funds to support Pastor Schubert in his work with aboriginal ministry in Port Lincoln and at the Port Lincoln Prison. Sylvia Modra thanked the speakers.
The next rally will be at Wudinna on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
Pastor Joppich brought the gathering to a close with prayer and the Benediction.