50 years and counting…

Mark RathjenFaith in Action, Special Events

How did you spend the recent October long weekend? Relaxing with family and friends? Perhaps you watched the Western Bulldogs make history by winning their first AFL grand final in 62 years.

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That weekend marked another historic moment too, when our St Peters Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary. A special worship service and lunch were held to mark the occasion under the theme ‘O give thanks to the Lord for he is good and his mercy endures forever’ (Psalm 136:1).502

It was a joyful occasion, which saw both past and present members of the church and many guests attend. The service was led by Pastor Ben and included a walk down memory lane, a special rite of thanksgiving and a beautiful rendition of ‘10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)’ by a group of St Peters students.

Zoe Smith, one of three soloists with brother Jaiden and Olivia Anderson, commented, ‘It was special to take part in the service because I have attended St Peters since ELC and enjoy being part of this community. I love singing and think it is a great way to express my faith.’

503We certainly have much to be thankful for at St Peters. What began as a small group of Lutheran worshippers was eventually established as a congregation on Main Road, Blackwood on October 2nd 1966. The original church, next to the BP service station, was sold in the late nineties and is now the Vet and Puppy Day Care Centre (because every area needs one of those!).

50Our current church and school at 71 Cumming Street exists because of the hard and faithful work of those early pioneers. We seek to carry on their legacy of quality Christian education in a caring and supportive environment, where past, present and future come together in Christ, who is all in all (Colossians 3:11).

Pastor Ben Pfeiffer