Ten South Australian Riverland locals – most of whom are Lutherans – are taking part in a mental health wellbeing movement that’s having a significant impact on the community. The Vocal Locals, as they are known, have been sharing their mental health journeys via social media to help others.
The folk at Paringa Holy Cross (in the South Australia Riverland) have a pretty good facility. When Pastor Stephen Trautwein noticed the hundreds of itinerant Pacific Islander workers coming into the area, he reached out to offer them a place to meet and worship.
The life of Lutheran missionary Carl Strehlow was celebrated at Hermannsburg in Central Australia with a series of commemorative events in July. Carl and his wife Frieda are remembered for their service among the Western Arrarnta people of the region.
On the last weekend of July, we witnessed something special in the South Australian country town Freeling as the Light Parish hosted some new friends from Shepparton. The weekend will be long remembered by all who were there and was filled with colour and singing.
The team at Glynde Lutheran Church in the inner northeast of Adelaide have found the recipe to get people together. They are now open for business almost every day of the week, demonstrating what a truly multicultural group can look like.
When Barbara Metzger welcomed new client Helen to her Adelaide Hills bed and breakfast 15 years ago, little did she know the meeting would lead to an enduring friendship and a life-changing spiritual journey for the two women.
What started as a simple idea of having a small stall at a community fun day in May 2022 has been a catalyst to enthuse church members from The Ark Salisbury Lutheran Church to engage in more community outreach.