Fifty years to celebrate

November 01, 2017

Revs Pam and Keith Kestel with Dorothy Ambrose (middle) enjoying the Jubilee celebrations.

Rev Sharon Hollis, Moderator of the Vic and Tas Synod, and Rev Graeme Wells at the Jubilee Celebrations of the Corowa Uniting Church.

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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