Every morning when Shirley Klinge looks out of her window at the Tabeel retirement village at Laidley, she gazes at the hills at Cunninghams Gap and they remind her of her favourite psalm, and the source of her strength: ‘I look unto the hills, that is where I get my strength from’ (Psalm 121).
There were seven young people enrolled in the year-long confirmation class at St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dalby in Queensland’s Western Downs region when it began in mid-2021. But by the time they completed the course, there were eight people confirmed!
We may think of cross-cultural ministry as a relatively recent focus of the LCANZ. But that’s far from the case, as a joyful anniversary celebration held last month shows. It marked 150 years since Queensland’s first Scandinavian-language worship service.
With more than 60 per cent of the Sunshine State still experiencing drought, Lutherans in Queensland are also rallying together to support families and businesses in rural and regional areas of the state who are struggling after years without enough rain.
A new worship and ministry centre at Noosaville in Queensland may be the visible fruit of a 35-year collaboration between the co-located Lutheran church and college there, but their partnership is all about blessing people in both communities.
LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith and his Queensland District counterpart Pastor Mark Vainikka are calling on members of the church to pray for those impacted by the tragic unfolding flood crisis in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.
Joy Mules was about three years old when she caught the music bug. In around 1938, the brass bands parading through the streets of Tanunda, in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, drew her away from her mother’s side to march off with one of them.
Having noticed the lack of a genuinely rural Australian devotion resource, Pastor Stephen Jaensch encouraged his congregation at Emerald in Queensland to join him in producing something to fill the need.