Fifty years to cel­e­brate

The Free Press (Corowa) - - EDITORIAL -

About 90 peo­ple gath­ered on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22 to cel­e­brate the fact that the con­gre­ga­tion of the Cal­vary Unit­ing Church has been meet­ing in ‘the new church’ for 50 years.

Cur­rent mem­bers, for­mer mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion, to­gether with Revs Man­ton, Win­ter, Kes­tel and McLeod, all for­mer min­is­ter to the con­gre­ga­tion, joined to­gether to re­con­nect and thank God for the past 50 years and to look for guid­ance into the fu­ture.

The cur­rent min­is­ter, the Rev Graeme Wells led the ser­vice dur­ing which Ge­orge Lavis was in­vited to out­line a brief his­tory of the build­ing of the church.

Mr Lavis was in­volved from the time the orig­i­nal church was de­mol­ished up un­til the com­ple­tion of the new build­ing by Ad Ver­bunt and is still a mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion.

Hymns of praise were sung, prayers said, Bible pas­sages read and the Rev Sharon Hol­lis, Mod­er­a­tor of the Vic­to­rian and Tas­ma­nian Synod, re­sponded to Rev Wells’ in­vi­ta­tion to preach the ser­mon.

Sharon spoke about the his­tory of the church and said that even when Paul was writ­ing to the var­i­ous churches he was not writ­ing to huge con­gre­ga­tions but to small groups.

Rev Hol­lis in­spired and mo­ti­vated those who lis­tened.

She said a church does not have to be big to have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence. A small seed can have a big im­pact. Lunch, gen­er­ously catered for by the Angli­can ladies, was en­joyed in the Angli­can Church hall where friend­ships were re­newed and mem­o­ries re­vived.

As well all this, a panel dis­cus­sion about ‘com­mu­nity’ proved to be in­ter­est­ing, in­spir­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing as pan­el­lists dis­cussed their in­volve­ment in com­mu­nity af­fairs.

From com­ments heard it seems a great day was en­joyed by all par­tic­i­pants, some trav­el­ing many kilo­me­tres to be part of the cel­e­bra­tions.

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