A Christmas Eve Service was held at 7 pm on Monday, 24 December. It was well attended by members and visitors. The congregation was taken through a series of Bible readings and carols. Pastor Milton Fritsch officiated the service with various members doing the readings.
Our Christmas Day Service at 9 am on Tuesday, 25 December was well attended by members and visitors. Being a Nuer / English service, there were a large number of our South Sudanese members in attendance. We were honoured to have a guest organist, Pastor Mark Whitfield, Bishop of the LCA – New Zealand District, play our historic organ for the service. A highlight of the service was when 10 South Sudanese young people, ranging from ages 1 – 14, were baptised. Pastor Milton Fritsch officiated the service, assisted by James Ruei, lay assistant for the South Sudanese members.
A Geelong-wide New Year’s Eve, 31 December was held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on Torquay Road, Grovedale, at 7:30 pm. Members from the 4 Lutheran congregations around Geelong were in attendance. The service was officiated by the St Paul’s pastor, Colin Simpkin. The address was delivered by the pastor of Our Redeemer, North Geelong, Boyd Briese. What a wonderful way to end 2018!