The past year has been one of the dryest times in a long time with dust storms every second week and now HUGE Fires along the east coast.
:Nathanials Graham’s Baptism
:Baby Nathanian Graham.
: First communion today for Oliver, Amarnie, Max and Abbey.
: Congratulations to Ellie and Matt who tied the knot.
Please join St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dubbo congregation in celebrating our 40th Anniversary on:
16 December 2018
10:00am church service
Lunch and re-living fun memories
Let us know if you’ll be coming by emailing
or contact Kathie Guelen.
Pastor Joseph Graham.
Death of NSW Bishop James Haak
He had been in Adelaide this week attending meetings of the College of Bishops and the first meeting of the new General Church Board, to which he had been elected by General Synod earlier this month. He was due to fly home to Sydney this morning.
Late last night he experienced chest pains and was taken to hospital by an ambulance. He died from a heart-related condition at about 7.00 am, while his wife Marie was still in transit to Adelaide.
Pastor Haak had been Bishop of the New South Wales District for nine months. Prior to moving to Sydney to take up that role, he had been 1st Assistant Bishop of the Queensland District and pastor of the Lockyer Valley Parish (Gatton Ministry Area). He had previously served at Rockhampton, West Logan and Pittsworth in Queensland and Eudunda in South Australia.
The LCA/NZ mourns with Marie, their children Aidan and Annie, their extended family, and all who served with Bishop Haak in the ministry of the gospel. We pray that God will carry them in his loving arms during this time of shock and grief.
Details of Bishop Haak’s funeral will be advised when known.
The 2018 Synod was held in Sydney two weeks ago. I am sorry for the lateness of this, but I have attached the summary report for you. If you’d like more information, you could go onto http://www.convention2018.lca.org.au/ or ask me or Joseph.
It was my first synod and quite truthfully, I didn’t understand the intensity and the effects it would have on the church and so I urge you all to have a look at the report and reflect on some things that are currently happening. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the sake of a brief report), we weren’t able to go through most of the proposals presented in the book of reports and so a lot of decisions will be made by the GCB (General Church Board). Please keep the members on the board in your prayers.
One of the proposals that did pass was to spend 30 minutes giving a case for the traditional and biblical understanding for the ordination of men only. I have attached the presentation for anyone who is interested. It was presented by Dr Adam Hensley, an Old Testament lecturer at ALC; Annie Gellert, a layperson; and Pastor Joshua Pfeiffer, who is serving at Bethlehem Lutheran, Adelaide.
God’s blessings to you.
LCA Bishop John Henderson addresses General Synod at the opening service of the 19th LCA General Convention. Rose Hill Sydney.
” But what if God distracts us? Will we, will you, will I allow it? Are we prepared to be surprised?”
Bishop John was re-elected
The LW North West Zone Rally 2018
Once again had a fellowship day for everyone (Men, Women, and Youth) with the theme- Jesus :- My Sword and Shield
North West Regional Fellowship Sunday was hosted by the Gilgandra/Dubbo Lutheran Women (Ladies Guild) at St Mark’s Lutheran Church Dubbo. Having a fellowship day on Sunday enables us to worship and Commune together as a Region, Thanking and Praise God. Coffee and registration started our day at 9:15am with Joan Jones (Gilgandra/Dubbo Ladies Guild) welcoming everyone to the service at 10am.
Pastor Joseph Graham, the Pastor of Gilgandra/Dubbo started our service by reminding us of the Theme; Jesus: My sword and shield. The Bible readings for the day reinforced this theme: Isaiah 35:1-7 The Joy of the redeemed; Ephesians 6:10-20 Armour of God; Gospel Mark 7:24-37 Jesus heals a Deaf and Mute man.
- Joseph opened his message with words of Isaiah ‘The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…Be strong, do not fear; Our God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you’. Pastor reminded us that although life isn’t easy God has sent the Holy Spirit to walk alongside us, to comfort us and to help us; and if it wasn’t enough to have God himself with us, he has given us His armour, truth, righteousness, the readiness of the Good News of peace, faith, salvation and His word, His true promises to you. He has given you eternal life, saved you from the consequences of sin and will help you through your life in this world.
The Guest speakers for the day were Janet Mieglich and Laura Honnef who are two of the current students of Frontier a 12 month residential training programme situated in Albury aiming to ‘equip, enable, and empower individuals to engage in missional ministry in either church planting or local congregational mission activity. The program is as much about learning as it is about experience’. In the first session before lunch they spoke about their personal journey and why they decided to study with Frontier. They explained the intensity of the course and how it personally has helped them to grow closer to God and rely on him for all things and to listen to him. They gave a PowerPoint presentation of the places they have been during the year, clarifying the purpose of Frontier, how Frontier is embedded within St Luke’s Lutheran Church Albury, explaining the frontier training, telling us that Pastor David Grulke at St Luke’s Lutheran Church Albury and Coordinator of Frontier has an amazing passion for mission and church planting and how they are blessed having Dean Eaton –all things church planting as their teacher who is a source of inspiration to them. The second session held after lunch was question and answer session. Giving more detail of their course and life at Frontier. They Explained how Prayer is powerful and that it really works; giving us an insight into their prayer life and telling us the importance of praying as a community. A discussion was had on their stay in Parkes; they are completing a research project for their course. Janet and Laura also spoke about discipleship and some resources that they found helpful such as the book ‘E100 Essential Jesus’. Their enthusiasm and passion was inspiring and catchy. Pastor Joseph prayed for Janet and Laura.
Thank you to Janet’s friend, John Eckermann, who makes wooden crosses from recycled timber. He gave Janet varying sizes, to bring. The gift added a wonderful surprise to the day. We appreciate John’s generosity. A box was left with us to be given as gifts to the local nursing home, that St Mark’s Dubbo visit and to the Local Public Primary School we serve breakfast to. They will be well appreciated.
Joan Jones led a short discussion and it was decided that the Rally would be held in 2019 at Parkes. We sang Grace to the tune of Edelweiss then all enjoyed a delicious lunch of Chicken/beef Burgers with the works, with meat barbequed by the Dubbo Breakfast Men’s Group. Thank you Guys you are amazing. Ladies, dessert was delicious and morning and afternoon tea was scrumptious.
In the Afternoon session Janet and Laura had a question and answer session. Janet Cheal and Oriel Jackson uplifted us by leading us in song during the service and at intervals throughout the day, thank you Ladies. Joan Jones and Janet Cheal also gave a skit performance on the armour of God. Well done.
Approximately 45 people enjoyed the day from various congregations. Collection of the day was $350 & $24 from donations from the crosses, Totalling $374. Was given to Blaze Aid. Our day was concluded by a closing devotion written by Rehab Adam, led by Pastor Joseph, followed by a sung blessing and afternoon tea. Thanks to all involved for a great day.
Installation of our new Pastor Joseph Graham by Levi Graham his brother, Bishop James Haak, Darren Kupke ( Temora ) and Greg Graham his dad.
March 2017 Daryll Diane and family move to Port Macquarie.
The Baptism of Darcy John Joseph.
Rebecca and Charlotte.. Bisola.. Sophie and Jake
Our new music group.
Baptism of Sam Boxall
Guelen Easter 2017
Annabelle Jordan – parents Katrina & James. Harry Bowsher – parents Elisha Kerr and Rhys.
Look at all those kids!!
The first Sunday in Advent.
Visiting Pastor Ian Kotzur
Wow what a moving service conducted by our visiting Pastor. Pastor Hans from Canberra. A Parish Service of the western reigon well attended.
Can I have four sausage samwiches three with onion ,one without and all with tomato sauce?….. thankyou.
Today was our first sausage sizzle at Bunnings ,the first of many we hope. A very busy and successfull time was had by all our volenteeres.
Bishop Mark and Pastor David Thompson conducted Sunday worship service. There were lost of visitors from the convention, the singing was amazing.
After service Andrew Waldhuter spoke to us about the LLL, how important it is in the work of the church. We were encouraged to use REG as a regular form of giving.
Today the Parish hosted the NSW Womens Convention
Pastor Steve and family farewell day.
Pastor Hage from Parkes filled in for Bishop Leischke
Pastor’s last Harvest Thanksgiving with us.
Pastor Lieschke preaches.. following DCC Meetings.
Celebration of all Baptisms.
Today Rachel gave a very informative report on her trip to South Africa.
The Robin Mann concert was enjoyed by all who attended.
Today a very successful Quilt show was held @ StMark’s
It’s mother’s day again.
What you might give the mother..
A wonderful day today with the private Baptism of Amelia..
Neil welcomes Pastor Steve as our new Pastor ,changing from L Plates to Full Licence. After two year we welcome Pastor Steve and his family officially to Dubbo and look forward to a long and fruit full time together.
Today we enjoyed the company and great message from Mark Gierus 4th year ALC Pastoral student. Thanx MATE, may God bless your future ministry..
We were visited by Marty from the Gideon Society. We all enjoyed listening to what he had to say and enjoyed his stories.In particular I remember his reference to John 3.16 and John 5.24
Keith was laid to rest today, a valued member of St Mark’s. Married for 66 years he will certainly be missed by his wife Audrey, his family and his many friends and acquaintances.
Pentecost Sunday & Confirmation day.
Inge gives a comprehensive report on Synod held
Today we welcomed not one, not two, but eight of God’s children into His Kingdom plus their father Tim who was baptised last Sunday.
This is a record for St’Marks and probably for most congregations.
Youth skit ” Baptist Blue “
Church youth with a presentation “Stones will shout”
The passing of Jenny. Sadly missed by David
and the members of St Mark’s
The Mental Olympics’
Today we welcomed Riley Reichelt to the family of God.
Pastor Steve and family at the installation service.
Neil presents a gift to Pastor John for his unselfish service during our vacancy.
Members of the Parish attending a “Safe Church Training ” seminar at St Mark’s.
Among the visitors at our worship service today were Peter & Ester Strelan. Peter has an interest in family history and has tracked his mother’s (Erica Appelt/ Strelan) family back to the year 500
WHAT IS A DAD?
Father’s Day 4/09/2011
A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has faith in you even when you fail…
Dad, you’re everything a dad should be and some.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MUM!!
This Easter we have been blessed with the kindness of Pastor Robert Borchert and his family who have been staying in Dubbo. Pastor has been conducting services in Dubbo and Gilgandra over the whole Easter week. We thank him very much!
Today was a very sad day as Pastor Brenton preached his last sermon in Dubbo.His quick wit and sense of houmour will be really missed.He was the last of the holden supporters in our congregation and now FORDS reign supreme.
Today the extentions to St Marks were dedicated to the glory of God by Pastor Brenton.
StMark’s Dubbo is EXPANDING (DIY) Style
Palm Sunday in the park.
Some of our brightest stars painting the Children’s Ministery Rooms.
Today was Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, a time when we give thanks to God for all the wonderfull things He provides.
Also today Darren was installed as our newest Church Elder. May God bless your work in the church as you serve your Lord.
Pastor Brenton has been at it again this year, he tells us that he has caught FIVE of these so far and he’s only been away for one week. Sounds “FISHY” to me.
Weekend Camp 30/10/2009 to 01/11/2009
Trangie Research Centre
St Mark’s has been running “Parenting Families”
sessions at the church.
On Sunday, 23 August 2009, four young people had their first communion, after completing an instruction course with Pastor Brenton. This is another milestone in the children’s faith journey, as they learn to confess their sins to God, and receive forgiveness through the sacrament of Holy Communion.
“Passion, Compassion, Empowerment” was the theme for the LWNSW Convention held in Dubbo on 2 May 2009. Pastor Brenton Fiedler opened the convention with a devotion and a slight twist on the theme saying he thought a ladies get-together may include ‘passion, compassion and…. fashion’!! Dubbo’s Mayor Cr Greg Matthews then welcomed the 80 ladies from 21 guilds across NSW to our city.During the day we enjoyed a talk by Jeanie Kenny (filling in for Jenny Pietsch from Albury Aged Care) speaking about these Aged-care facilities. Other ladies from within the room also added their stories of their experiences of visiting or working at these facilities including our Margaret Rohrich. (Part of the day’s offering went towards particular equipment needs for the Aged-care facilities.)
Palm Sunday in Victoria Park
Christians from all denominations witnessed the acting out of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
During this mornings service Bill was installed as a replacement elder for Roy who retired.
Also today we said farewell to Cathy. Cathy is moving to Albury.
Today we held our anual Parish Meeting. Reports were given by Pastor Brenton, Kathy and Diane. A bright future was seen for our parish and we were encouraged by Pastor Brenton .
After Service a great meal suddenly apeared.
The boys are at it again, fitting a used air conditioner in the window of the Sunday School Rooms.
We all helped by standing and watching.
(It’s called moral support)
30th Anniversary & Affirmation of Pastor Brenton
Dear friends we all have a story to tell about the year of God’s favour as we look to the font and to the altar and as we receive the absolution and the Supper in hearing the Word. Let’s celebrate and give thanks.
And today we give thanks for those who have been called here to proclaim the Word and bring us the grace of God in their ministry. Especially today we thank God for Pastor Brenton as we affirm his call as the herald; as the messenger to show us and teach us and proclaim Jesus to us. Pastor Brenton is called and set apart in this community primarily for this. He is a faithful servant and seeks to carry out his calling to the very best that he can. Brenton we thank God for you as the Spirit of the Lord guides you in your ministry. God is with you and he is faithful. Through the word spoken and enacted God does what he promises.
Our call first of all then is to receive Jesus for us. The church building assists us. Our pastor is a gift to bring us the message. But above all our call is not to a building but it is to focus on Jesus. To receive all he has for us and to hear his call to us too.
For we too have received the Spirit of God. We too are called to live and speak and act in the world. We too are called to bring the good news to the poor. Wow! Friends this is certainly something to celebrate and give thanks for. Our God fills us to be overfilling with his grace in this world, in this community! He equips us with faith to worship him, to receive all his gifts and then to go out from this building to serve.
Keith Jorgensen presented with a plaque for many years of dedicated grounds keeping at St Mark’s: 14.12.2008
Andrew and Rachael reporting to the congregation on their recent trip to Canberra.
Renovating the old house at the church for Sunday school rooms and Kids Club
On the 5th April 2008 members of St Marks and friends went on a tour of the Dubbo wineries. They visited four wineries and took a lunch break back at St Marks Church before soldiering on. Much monies were raised to replace the church carpet and other projects. It is plain to see a good time was had by all.