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Marking a milestone
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Port Augusta Uniting Church celebrated their 150th anniversary in late March. The event, which included a Saturday night dinner and a Sunday morning service, drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. Amongst their number were eight previous ministers of the congregation, going as far back as Rev Gowan Armstrong, who led the church in the 1950s.
The anniversary celebrations commenced with a dinner attended by 95 past and present congregation members with visitors travelled from as far away as Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The volume of noise was evidence of the night’s popularity as those attending caught up with old friends from up to 60 years ago.
The following morning, approximately 150 people gathered for the anniversary service. The temperature was in the high 30s so those visiting experienced a true “Port Augusta day”, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who gathered.
“The worship on Sunday was a joy to participate in. The acknowledgement of country, early settlement, the beginnings of the congregation and its present day life and vision was presented in a wonderfully succinct way by Denise [Champion],” Rev David Houston reflected in a thankyou note sent to the church after the occasion.
“Meredith Green’s leadership, the message from the Moderator, Jim Hayward’s message for the day, Jesse Size’s hopes for the future, the beautiful reading of the Scripture, the prayers offered by Trevor Whitney and Jonathan Button, and the heartfelt and inspirational singing… all celebrated a great past and a lively, hope-filled present.”
Following the service, fellowship continued over lunch in the hall.
The success of the anniversary celebrations was due to the attendance of so many past congregation members and previous ministers. To everyone who attended, the Port Augusta congregation says a big thankyou!
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