The Vectis 150th anniversary of continuous Lutheran worship was held a fortnight ago at the Vectis church and hall. A wonderful communion service led by our Pastor Levi saw the church bursting at the seams with not a spare seat to be found. We estimate that in excess of 130 people attended, and it certainly gladdened our hearts to have the church full with past and current members and their families.
The Good Lord certainly smiled on us as He sent a beautiful cool change through our part of Victoria on the Saturday evening prior, having been in the high 30’s that day. Given that we have no air conditioning in the hall it was certainly welcomed. After the service a group photo was taken on the north side of the hall for future posterity. We then adjourned to the hall to hear congratulations from various congregations and parishes in our district, as well as a congratulatory letter from Bishop Lester.
Everybody then tucked into a veritable feast of cold meats and lovely fresh salads, prepared by a small group of dedicated Vectis members with some help from other congregations. This was followed by cake and slices for dessert, washed down with tea, coffee and delicious fruit punch. An anniversary cake, made by our ladies guild president, Mary Jakobi, was then cut by our parish chair, Andrea Cross. The only downer on the day was that there just wasn’t enough time to catch up with all the past members and families who had at one time or another worshipped at Vectis.
It was such a memorable day, so well supported, and as chairperson my heartfelt thanks goes out to our small band of dedicated Christian members at Vectis and anybody else who contributed on the day. May the Lord continue to bless us as we continue to worship at Vectis, as our forbears did in the past 150 years.
by Greg Francis.