On Sunday the 8th of December, about 50 members and visitors communed at Redeemer Lutheran Church, MacAlister to celebrate the anniversary of the church building. It has been 60 years since the original dedication on the 20th of December 1959.
With praise and joy, the morning started with a cuppa from 9:30am followed by a 10:30am Thanksgiving Service.
We were privileged to have First Assistant Bishop Mark Vainikka and his wife Minna join us for service and a luncheon afterwards.
Pastor Mark preached a message of encouragement to our members and visitors during the service. Pastor Robin Hoffman, past minister, attended the day. Other ministers and guests who were unable to make it sent greetings and apologies.
During the lunch after the Service the Anniversary cake was cut by Dulcie von-Pein, our oldest member and Spencer Weier, our youngest member with the help of his mother Chelsea. Apart from past members who celebrated with us, we had visitors from other Congregations within our Parish being from Roma Fellowship, Chinchilla and Dalby.
Just a bit of History: In the past we have celebrated our 25th, 40th and 50th Anniversaries.
Pre 1947 Families around MacAlister attended Services in Dalby
1947 Formation of the Congregation on 8th June
1947 Sunday School started, went into recess in 2012 and reformed again in 2017
Services before the Church was built were held in homes and a member’s barn
1958 discussion on Purchasing Land in MacAlister to Build a Church on
1959 Purchase of Land and Building of the Church
1959 December 20th Church Dedication
1962 Ladies Guild commenced
1989 Demountable purchased for Sunday School Rooms
June Dedication of the Christian Education Centre
The MacAlister Redeemer Lutheran Church Congregation looks forward to being able to worship into the future with Our Lord and Saviour in the MacAlister Community. Praise the Lord for his witness in this community.
Note: A member of our congregation carted seven loads of water on a truck from his dam to water and green up the grass for the day. You can see down the side of the church dry and dead grass. The green grass in front of the church is a local talking point.