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They all ate their fill When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick. Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.” But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.” “All we have are five loaves of bread and two fish,” they said. Jesus said, “Bring them here.” Then he had the people sit on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, lifted his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to the disciples. The disciples then gave the food to the congregation. They all ate their fill. They gathered twelve baskets of leftovers. About five thousand were fed. Cover - image from Upper Moutere, NZ Graphic Design - Greg Haar ii

(Matthew 14: 13-21 – The Message)


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Something to munch on… Each year Australians spend around $14.1 billion on meat and seafood. We spend the same amount on alcohol. That’s a lot of money spent on eating and drinking. So it might seem a strange thing to promote the Longest Lutheran Lunch under the banner ‘Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch?’ Fact is though, when we read the Bible we see how God time and again provided food free for his people – from manna in the wilderness, to the land of milk and honey in Canaan. Jesus, too, had food as a core part of his ministry. From feeding the 5000 who followed him to hear his preaching, to the meals he shared with tax-collectors and prostitutes and Pharisees, to the breakfast of fish and bread he prepared for his disciples after his resurrection. And of course we all look forward to the heavenly feast. iv

When we eat together, barriers come down. Connections can be made. That’s the thought behind the Longest Lutheran Lunch. We, as a Lutheran family - seeking to be a church where love comes to life – offer food and friendship to our community. Freely. Pointing to the free gift of life Jesus offers us. In 2013, more than 150 Longest Lutheran Lunch events were held across Australia and New Zealand, and as far away as the US and Canada. In the pages that follow, you’ll see photos and stories of many of these events. They’ll give you a taste of the creativity and generosity that touched thousands of lives. You’ll meet the people whose energy made an ordinary meal an extraordinary event. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to run your own Longest Lutheran Lunch in 2014. Sunday 26 October is the


official date, though you can do it whenever it suits you best. Simply: • set up tables in a long row • take a long time eating whatever food suits your community best • join Lutherans connecting through Lunch a long way across the world • check out longestlutheranlunch.org for all the resources you need. As you enjoy the stories in this book, you’ll see sections printed in bold blue. These are fresh ideas you might like to try in your community. Perhaps it’s serving only foods starting with ‘L’ (page 154), perhaps it’s the longest lamington, hot dog, pasta trough (page 88), holding lunch along a bridge (page 64)…

most important thing to do is INVITE! Invite family who may not attend church, former zmembers with whom you’ve lost touch, neighbours, people who are hungry for food or friendship. Don’t be shy. Be friendly. And don’t be surprised when people do arrive (page 42)! When they do, make sure you give them the welcome and hospitality Jesus would. We want our Longest Lutheran Lunch to be a free meal they will long remember. Enjoy! Jonathan Krause Volunteer Co-ordinator 1963 – my first attempt at a Longest Lutheran Lunch!

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Table of Contents Kids First The Longest Messy Feast............................ Novar Gardens, SA................................................................................................page 2 Colouring and caring................................... Cairns, QLD............................................................................................................page 4 Yummy worms added to diet..................... Gawler, SA................................................................................................................page 6 Sun & games.................................................. Karoonda, SA................................................................................................. page 8 Should be an annual event!........................ Alice Springs, NT................................................................................................. page 10 A guessing game lunch................................ Narrogin, WA....................................................................................................... page 12 Students make a giant ‘L’............................ Redeemer Lutheran School, Nuriootpa, SA.................................................. page 14 Teddy Bears Picnic....................................... Portland / Heywwod, VIC................................................................................ page 16 Riverina Smorgasbord Lunch.................... Wagga Wagga, NSW.......................................................................................... page 18 Mini Mistrels & Kiddies Corner............... Wellington, NZ..................................................................................................... page 20 Taken for a ride............................................. Kingaroy, QLD..................................................................................................... page 22 Reach out Missing barbie- but no missing out.......... Bendigo, VIC......................................................................................................... page 26 Invite and excite............................................ Eudunda, SA......................................................................................................... page 28 All-embracing Community........................ Footscray, VIC...................................................................................................... page 30 Greenock, gospel and good grub.............. Greenock, SA......................................................................................................... page 34 Supporting better mental health............... Wollongong, NSW............................................................................................... page 36

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A new fellowship started............................. Pakenham, VIC.................................................................................................... page 38 Four ways to invite....................................... Maitland, SA......................................................................................................... page 40 Double the people we expected................ Auckland, NZ....................................................................................................... page 42 Cultures connect over lunch...................... Murray Bridge, SA............................................................................................... page 44 Come and say g’day lunch.......................... Newcastle, NSW................................................................................................... page 46 Happy hour for school staff........................ Croydon, VIC........................................................................................................ page 48 Hungry stallholders fed.............................. Redlands, QLD..................................................................................................... page 50 100 experience ‘Good News’..................... Werribee, VIC....................................................................................................... page 52 Lunch at local German Club..................... Woollongabba, QLD........................................................................................... page 54 Mission Festival for Asia............................. Nundah, QLD...................................................................................................... page 56 Spit roast before Harvest............................ Temora, NSW....................................................................................................... page 58 Far and wide Snags a-Long the highway.......................... Buccleuch, SA........................................................................................................ page 62 A bridge to bring us closer.......................... Blanchetown, SA.................................................................................................. page 64 From South Korea to Emerald.................. Emerald, QLD...................................................................................................... page 66 Canada Connections................................... London, Ontario, Canada................................................................................. page 68 Coming together at Nobby........................ Nobby, QLD.......................................................................................................... page 70 Moonlight Munchies................................... Ropeley, QLD.............................................................................................. page 72

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Food, glorious food All the fun of the (Food) Fair.................... Albany, WA ........................................................................................................... page 76 Kiss and Kassler ........................................... Albury (Dellacourt Aged Care), NSW.......................................................... page 78 Mousse for Missionaries............................. Balaklava, SA....................................................................................................... page 80 ‘Holy’ Hot Dog Challenge......................... Cleve, SA................................................................................................................ page 82 MYOSATT – what’s that?........................... Dalby, QLD........................................................................................................... page 84 Pampered with damper............................... Gnadenberg, SA................................................................................................... page 86 Lutherans love their Pasta.......................... Ipswich, QLD........................................................................................................ page 88 Come to the Banquet.................................. Lockrose, QLD...................................................................................................... page 90 175 good reasons to give thanks............... Mt Barker, SA....................................................................................................... page 92 A beautiful bi-lingual lunch........................ Mount Gravatt, QLD......................................................................................... page 94 Kangaroo tail and cup-cakes...................... Concordia College, Highgate, SA..................................................................... page 96 Exotic meats and bush music..................... Nuriootpa, SA....................................................................................................... page 98 A 55 metre sausage sandwich.................... Jindera, NSW......................................................................................................page 100 Family Favourite Finger-Food................... Ringwood / Knox, VIC....................................................................................page 102 Feast of Nations............................................ Shepparton, VIC................................................................................................page 104 Sausages sizzle at St Marys......................... St Marys, NSW..................................................................................................page 106 Reds for Rwanda.......................................... Tanunda, SA.......................................................................................................page 108 OktoberFest Fundraiser.............................. St John’s, Toowoomba, QLD...........................................................................page 110 Kiwi and Aussie Pavlovas Unite................ Upper Moutere, NZ...........................................................................................page 112 Oompah Pah Calories................................. Liverpool, NSW..................................................................................................page 114

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Oldies, but goodies 80 years in the ‘desert’................................. Beaudesert, QLD...............................................................................................page 118 Thanks for 140 years of grace..................... Caboolture, QLD...............................................................................................page 120 Prizes and surprises..................................... Highfields, QLD.................................................................................................page 122 Luscious and lively in Lobethal................. Lobethal, SA........................................................................................................page 124 150 years young............................................ Mackay, QLD.....................................................................................................page 126 Birthdays and Bratwurst............................. Nambour, QLD..................................................................................................page 128 Old-time Community Picnic..................... Tarrington, VIC.................................................................................................page 130 A ‘Bring & Share’ Affair............................... Tingalpa, QLD.........................................................................................page 132 A competition by the ocean....................... Geelong, VIC.......................................................................................................page 134 Longest-running Lutheran Lunch?.......... Salem, SA.............................................................................................................page 136 Ideas Central How long is a piece of string?.................... Blair Athol, SA.......................................................................................... page 140 Food, fun and fellowship............................ Sunshine Coast, QLD.......................................................................................page 142 Ecumenical and special............................... Christchurch, NZ...............................................................................................page 144 Longest ProtestANT Picnic...................... Duncraig, WA...........................................................................................page 146 An ark in the park......................................... Kumbia, Taabinga, Nanago, QLD...............................................................page 148 Hands up for a fun red brunch.................. Laidley, QLD......................................................................................................page 150 Special ‘Wedding Memories’..................... Lowood, QLD.....................................................................................................page 152 x


Lunch begins with L.................................... Magill, SA............................................................................................................page 154 Longest Lolly Line....................................... Palmerston North, NZ.....................................................................................page 156 From little things, big things …................ Parkwood, WA....................................................................................................page 158 Blessed by guests (speakers)...................... Good Shepherd, Toowoomba, QLD.............................................................page 160 An oval-ful of fun......................................... Light Pass, SA.....................................................................................................page 162 Let’s Laugh Longest Lunch........................ Tuggeranong, ACT............................................................................................page 164 ‘Say Hi at Holbrook’ Lunch....................... Walla Walla, NSW............................................................................................page 166 Buffet by a Bluestone................................... North Adelaide, SA...........................................................................................page 168 Both icecreams and flowers........................ Port Lincoln, SA.................................................................................................page 170 Lameroo were lunchers too....................... Lameroo, SA........................................................................................................page 172 Saintly meal and music................................ Brisbane, Qld......................................................................................................page 174 List of resistered 2013 Longest Lutheran Lunches.................................................................................................... page 178 Lutheran Winemakers project........................................................................................................................................ page 180 How you can get involved in 2014................................................................................................................................. page 182

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Kids first An excellent way to connect with your community is through children. Whether this starts at a Lutheran school that builds an event to cater to school families, or is simply a church event designed for children, you’ll see by the stories that follow what fun this kind of Longest Lutheran Lunch can be!

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The Longest Messy Feast We brought together the idea of the Longest Lutheran Lunch and our monthly Messy Church to create The Longest Messy Feast Our afternoon began with activities that explored the theme of God inviting us to his feast. Activities included filling party balloons, party food games, flower arranging, making chocolate crackles, table grace cards and invitations to our next Messy Church. We then celebrated the story of the Wedding Feast as in Matthew 22:1-14 before sitting down at our long table decorated with safeflame candle light to enjoy our messy feast. It was messy because all food was finger food. No forks were allowed! Our Longest Messy Feast gave members of our Sunday morning congregation and our messy church guests the opportunity to come together.

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The lovely Dimara girls, accompanied by parents George and Irene, graced us with their beautiful West Papuan music. 4


Colouring and caring On a beautiful sunny Sunday in tropical Cairns, Trinity Lutheran congregation gathered for a scrumptious lunch. Dr Noel Due reassured us of our salvation through the Grace of God. After the service, tables were set up for the Lunch where young and old chatted, showing off their colourful ‘works of art’ by drawing on butcher’s paper covering the tables. After the meal we were entertained by several members of our congregation. Bernie Mackenzie chose to sing. “I Just Called to Say I Love You”. Bernie told how, on 4th February, 1987 when he was Principal of Cairns State High School, a group of his students returning from a Year 12 Leadership Camp were involved in a bus accident, claiming the lives of eight students. During this difficult time, Bernie said, Stevie Wonder was in Cairns and he was invited to sing at Cairns State High School. This song which Stevie Wonder sang holds a special place in Bernie’s heart.

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Yummy worms added to diet The Gawler Parish held their Longest Lutheran Lunch on Sunday 26 October at Immanuel Lutheran School. The worship service was led by Pastor Anthony Price with the theme of Grace, and Children’s time led by Jo and Ben Jones. We were reminded that we are saved by grace, totally undeserved love and goodness from God. There were approximately 150 at worship and this was followed by a shared meal. It was amazing to look down the row of tables and see people dining from one end of the building to the other with table after table being added to accommodate the number of people. The count for lunch was 97. After lunch the children made themselves a “Diet of Worms”. This was ice cream with jelly worms added with chocolate topping for the ‘dirt’. Very yummy!

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Sun and games St John’s Lutheran church, Karoonda held their Longest Lutheran Lunch on October 27th at Apex Park in Karoonda. About 40 attended. It was a sausage sizzle BBQ and we also had a picnic theme, with games for the adults and children.

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Should be an annual event! Around 40 people, including several school families, gathered at the Living Waters Lutheran School Hall to share and enjoy an afternoon of food and fellowship. Participation was enjoyed by both the Alice Springs Lutheran Church congregation and the school community. We were treated to a mini concert with children singing, accompanied by parents playing instruments. New friendships were made over plates of food and interesting conversations. This was a first for Living Waters and it was made clear that it should become an annual event. Start time: 4.30 pm Finish time: 8.00 pm

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A guessing game lunch We rolled up at the second park we chose as the first one happened to have other events going on. The second one had a play group so we packed our bags and moved to the memorial park. Fabulous there was no-one there!! We set up deck chairs under the shade of a beautiful tree. Aaround 22 people were present including children. Not our best effort but none the less we had a great time. We had a discussion on what we can do with and what we can do without!, and the art of “being Happy is being Happy with what you have, not what you want.� After table grace was sung we all sat around eating our salads, cold meats, sandwiches, fruit, cakes and slices. Very scrumptious! During the course of the day we had a few competitions to guess how many smarties in the jar? Guess the weights of 3 combined members! Also guess the length of rope wrapped around a tree and last but not least a guess the weight of the cake in an ice cream container. A great day was had by all!

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Students make giant ‘L’ On Friday 1st November Redeemer Lutheran School, Nuriootpa, participated in the Longest Lutheran Lunch. At the start of the week at our whole school assembly the students were introduced to the concept and invited to bring to lunch something beginning with the letter ‘L’. For the event, over 420 students (who got to sit opposite their buddies) and staff of the school sat over a long line on the oval (approx. 150 m long) in the shape of an ‘L’. It was great to be part of this international event and also for the whole school community to have lunch together on a beautiful Barossa Spring day!

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Teddy bear’s picnic It was a day of Teddies! A Tiny Teddy Picnic! Portland-Heywood Lutheran Church congregation and community had an opportunity to bring out their old and new favourite teddies. With over 75 people attending the event, it was an afternoon of sharing stories and singing a few favourite childhood songs in relation to their teddies. The young and young at heart truly enjoyed their first Longest Lutheran Lunch and look forward to next year. The tables of red and white were scattered with tiny teddy cut outs and matching flowers. Teddies sat on the tables and even in the chairs while stories were told and people enjoyed their two hour meal. Everyone enjoyed assorted baguette sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls, salad and assorted slices.

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Riverina Smorgasbord Lunch We held our longest Lutheran Lunch at the Lutheran Primary School with our confirmation class taking part in the service. We then enjoyed a delicious smorgasbord lunch and fellowship, along with a Longest Lutheran Quiz with questions such as how long has it been since the first Lutherans arrived in the Riverina. The children enjoyed some traditional “picnic� type games like trying to balance a chocolate on a spoon while completing an obstacle course. A lot of fun was had by all who attended.

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Mini Minstrels and kiddies corner For the first time our Longest Lutheran Lunch was held on 27th OCT @ 11:30AM following the Reformation Sunday service. It was open to friends and family of the Lutheran church, Wellington and also the community it serves. Around 60 worshipers and non-worshipers had shared lunch together in the church’s foyer that was remodeled for the event. There was a kiddie’s corner and a table laid for them as well. The three-course meal included pumpkin, tomatos soups, chicken legs, ham, a variety of salads and wine, finally for dessert pavlovas was served. We had a gifted singer, Debra Schultz, amongst us who performed a heartwarming song of her own creation and also an old favorite ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. She also held three rounds of a quiz in which six teams participated. Children from the Mini Minstrels & Sunday school entertained us with their songs and acts.

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Taken for a ride St John’s Lutheran Congregation welcomed 81, including residents of Orana Rest Home, Kingaroy and visitors to the Longest Lutheran Lunch, at the home of members, Roly and Cynthia Bendall. After Pastor Greg Noll, chaplain of Orana said Grace, we enjoyed the pig and a lamb on the spit as well as roast meat, that had been cooked by Roly and Ian. Sausages were also on the menu. Members brought a salad and a dessert to be shared. To conclude the meal Pastor Mat Eckerman gave ‘Thanks’, for the meal and also to our hosts. After lunch Roly gave the children rides in the trailer on hay bales that they later fed to the sheep. In all a great day was enjoyed.

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Reach out If we’re not careful, we can fall into the trap of keeping church as a ‘club’. If we forget to welcome visitors, neglect to extend invitations, make things challenging for those who may not have attended before … all these are roadblocks to connection. Yet you’ll see in this section’s stories there are many ways to reach out and make people feel welcome.

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Missing Barbecue - but no missing out The Longest Lutheran Lunch 2013 was a magnificent day for the members and friends of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Bendigo. We invited old members, new members, neighbours and friends to join us for the occasion – and the day did not disappoint. During the service Pastor Nathan preached on the Lutheran Reformation of the 16th century, explaining how Martin Luther discovered the truth and this truth set him free. After the service we put on a good show of Lutheran hospitality for the lunch and even overcome the obstacles of a broken oven and missing BBQ. The day was enjoyed by all. We will definitely do it again next year.

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Invite and excite Wow- what a fantastic day we had for our Longest Lunch in Eudunda. The gardens were absolutely gorgeous, the food was delicious & FREE, and there was a warm, relaxed, happy & friendly spirit as over 160 people from the Eudunda & district area community came together for lunch and a chat. We had the use of the football club’s refrigerated room, chairs & table from the area school & RSL, table cloths from St John’s Lutheran school, electrical connections by Goyder Electrical, and many people who prepared food, gave donations of food items, sheep, money or their time – it could not have been possible without them. We had the best weather possible - Thank you God. Many people from many areas came & enjoyed the day. I asked them how they knew about the lunch: They said; the paper, the radio, the invitation in the mail & most of all: a personal invitation from someone who asked them to come. I am very satisfied with the result. I think it was well done, smooth, relaxing, enjoyable & best of all I am sure God was with us on that day.

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All-embracing community Excerpts from Kenny Weir’s Food Blog

Cecil is the pastor who keeps an eye on Bennie’s school in north Sunshine. Having known him for several years, enjoyed his company on quite a few occasions and even having sought his advice and counsel on various issues, I consider him a really cool cat. Even if he does wear red socks with sandals in summer while out and about on his bicycle. So it seems seriously remiss of me that until today I’ve never gotten around to visiting his Barkly Street church for a service or any other purpose – especially as Bennie and his mum, Deb, have been regulars for some time. As it turns out, I could hardly have chosen a better day to show my face – today St Matthew’s is joining other Lutheran churches around the country for a proverbial long lunch. I have an exceedingly grand time – and the food, as good as it is, is just part of the pleasure. Even more important, there’s an all-embracing community vibe that lives and breathes inclusiveness. So not only do I get to hang out with Bennie, Deb, Pastor Cecil 30


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and his lovely wife, Jane, and Tom, Bennie’s school principal, I mix it with a whole bunch of people. Heavily represented among the gathering of several hundred are many members of the Mara people from Burma. They share an evolving “fellowship” and church premises with the St Matthew’s congregation. Sprinkled through the assembled masses are representatives of the Filipino, Sudanese and Ethiopian communities, along with many older folks and many, many youngsters of all stripes – some of whom aren’t even playing games on mobile devices. For food, there’s a whole pig and a whole lamb being spit-roasted and dismembered, along with all sorts of salads and curries – and even some regulation snags in bread. I make happy with samples of a couple of the chook curries and more of the pork than I should. It’s simple, delicious and seems to have a whiff of ginger about it. It goes swell with the beetroot salad I spy on my second go round and a sublime potato salad. Then out come the cakes – including a rendition of our fave deep dark chocolate cake that Bennie has knocked out this very morning unaided by any parental supervision whatsoever. It’s brilliant!

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There’s also baked cheesecake, scrumptious hand-made cupcakes and much more. Jane wheels out a candle-laden hazelnut number from Hausfrau in celebration of her hubby’s birthday. Everyone in the dwindling crowd happily sings Happy Birthday. In a world in which the Uniting Church has been in the news for flogging off many churches across Victoria, devastating the communities involved, and in which the mega-churches seem to offer something of a worship equivalent of shopping centres, I worry about the future of such an enterprise as St Matthew’s. So I talk to Simon, who happens to be chairman of Bennie’s school and is also involved in future planning for St Matthew’s. He tells me that while the church is facing issues – among them, the property needs a comprehensive overhaul and Pastor Cecil will be retiring in a few years – the future is nevertheless secure. Part of that is being under the umbrella of greater Lutheran family, and part of it, too, no doubt is the freehold nature of the land ownership. But equally, the soul of the place would seem to admit no other option but continuing on. One thing’s for sure – I shouldn’t let myself be such a stranger in future. Thanks for having me! Taken from: www.considerthesauce.net - written by Kenny Weir 33


Greenock, gospel and good grub On Sunday, 27th October, the village of Greenock, came alive as the Greenock Lutheran Parish, converged on the Greenock Oval for a Community Thanksgiving Service, followed by a free Community Lunch. We saw the Longest Lutheran Lunch concept as an ideal opportunity to “take church to the people”; a missional moment - feeding them spiritually, and then also physically. The service kicked off as the 150 plus throng lifted their voices to the tune of “How Great Thou Art!” Pastor Wayne reminded all: “Greenock, God has not forgotten you!” An awesome day of fellowship and outreach was had by all as we gathered around the Gospel and good “grub”!

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Supporting better mental health This was the second time the congregation had invited the community to help it share the lunch on the lawn with a very long table. But this year the church decided to support the Light and Hope Mental Health Clubhouse which uses a hall on its grounds. Local co-ordinator Michael Dobie said the church community had been inspired by the Highlights for Hope campaign run during October. The clubhouse supports the recovery of people with mental illness, helping them build satisfying and meaningful lives. ‘‘We have just been really impressed with the way they go about what they do, and the way the people who come along to the clubhouse support each other,’’ Mr Dobie said. ‘‘You can see the growth in their confidence the longer they have been here. We just think it is a really great initiative and we wanted to support them. At the time we made the decision we were not even consciously aware it was Mental Health Month. Our objective will be to build on this for next time.’’ ‘‘The Longest Lutheran Lunch is a grassroots event that brings people together with food and hospitality,’’ Mr Dobie said. - Taken from the Illawarra Mercury written by Greg Ellis Nov. 1, 2013

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A new fellowship started Sunday 29th October was a perfect day for an afternoon tea in Pakenham – the weather was kind and the food delicious! Around 22 adults and nearly as many children joined together to kick start a new Lutheran fellowship in the outer east. The Longest Lutheran Lunch gave us all the incentive we needed to seek each other out and come together. Based at the recently established Foundation to Year 12 school at Lakeside Pakenham, friends old and new re-established contacts and got to know new people with a heart for serving the Lord. This is just the start of things to come! A Christmas BBQ and carols is being planned and we pray that the Holy Spirit will be with us as we witness and worship in the community.

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Good response to doorknock This year the Maitland and South Kilkerran congregations came together for the Longest Lutheran Lunch. In the weeks leading up to the event we advertised on the noticeboards of the local townships, did a letterbox drop, and encouraged members to pass out personal invitations to friends and acquaintances who are not active in a worshipping community. We also continued our tradition of doorknocking specific “target areas” surrounding our church plants – simply inviting our neighbours to break bread with us. As always, we were pleasantly surprised at the response to the doorknock – people seemed to be tickled pink to be invited. This was a great reminder to us that there are people just around the corner who are waiting for us to reach out to them in friendship. The day itself was lovely and it was great to have a number of contacts, neighbours and visitors join us. We ate a scrumptious meal of gourmet cold meats and salads and finished off with delicious fruit and ice cream and even a cheese platter. We were spoiled by the local Lutheran winemakers of Barley Stacks and Halcyon Estate providing beautiful wines for us to enjoy. A couple of stories were told by our MC Hedley Krieg and Pastor Tom Hoffmann to add a few laughs to the afternoon. A friendly message assured everyone (especially those visiting) that our doors are always open to them.

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Double the people we expected This year Mountainside, Auckland made a particular effort to include people from the local community. As there was an hour between the end of the morning service and the serving of lunch a number of “long� themed activities were available to keep children and young people engaged. By the time lunch was served, tables and chairs providing seating for about 60 had been set up along the car park. The number attending was more than double the number for whom places at the tables had been provided. Some places at the tables did double duty. Other people sat wherever they could find a seat. An accurate count of those attending proved impossible - we estimate 130-150 with 30-50 being folk not usually associated with the congregation. At least one of our members was overheard in conversation with a visitor explaining the significance of the Reformation - a situation which we hope had occurred on other occasions during the lunch.

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Cultures connect over lunch Holy Cross Church, Murray Bridge, SA There is a large (about 30 members, I believe) Sudanese community in Murray Bridge; they were invited to the Longest Lutheran Lunch,

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Come and say G’day Lunch Gosh it is hard to put just how successful our Longest Lutheran Lunch was this year. Last year every one was a bit apprehensive but the enthusiasm was overwhelming this year. Our invitation “Come and say G’day at the Longest Lutheran Lunch” was extended to our Church neighbours, friends and relatives and the Christian Group at Newcastle University. We estimate there were at least 65 present. It was hard to get an accurate count as people just kept moving around talking and eating from the delicious BBQ and salads prepared by St Philip members. A German link was introduced by serving sausage and Lachs Shinken from the Barossa, two salads made by members with German background and a local butcher was instructed how to prepare Kassler. I believe this was so successful he is getting orders for Christmas!

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Longest Lutheran Happy Hour Members at Outer Eastern Lutheran Church decided to use “Longest Lutheran” as a way to get to know and encourage those involved in day to day ministry at our primary school, Good Shepherd. So the “Longest Lutheran Happy Hour” was born, and celebrated on Friday 18 October in a beautiful evening on the school terrace. Drinks, nibbles, and a sizzling barbecue were enjoyed by a collection of school staff, school families, congregation members, and families who are part of a growing Sunday evening worship community based at our school. As children enjoyed the adjacent playground, adults enjoyed chatting to one another, and getting to know each other a little better. In a very relaxed atmosphere there was a strong sense of affirmation and appreciation of our shared community and ministry.

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Hungry stall holders fed Sunday the 27th October folllowing a Parish worship service at Cleveland, 75 ravenous Redland Bay folk crunched and munched their way through kebabs and salad on a glorious sunny day that only QLD can provide. Bunting, decorations and Bible verses to take away added to the festivities. The diners came from the three congregations in the Parish; Faith @ Redland Bay, Faith Celebration @ Thorn lands, and St James @ Cleveland plus extended family, friends. Stall holders from our monthly car boot markets also came along. Praise God for the planning Praise God for the emailing, telling, facebooking, phoning Praise God for the cooking Praise God for the eating Praise God for the fellowship AMEN!

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100 experience “Good News “ St Philips Lutheran Church together with Martin Luther Congregation, the Kachin Christian community and Good News Lutheran College celebrated the Longest Lutheran Lunch on Sunday 27th October for the second year. Tables were set up in the undercover area of the college with chairs brought over after the morning service. Members were asked to bring a guest and a dish to share. There were long lovely lines of eager people awaiting the banquet of luscious food that was produced and was experienced by about 100 guests. Praise and thanks be to God for the abundant food, better weather, fun and fellowship we shared as we spread Gods love around on the day.

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Lunch at local German Club Nazareth at Woolloongabba (South Brisbane) decided to celebrate their Longest Lutheran Lunch at the local German Club up the road and across from the Gabba Cricket Ground on Reformation Sunday. We booked several long tables and seated 70 guests in the hall. Congregational members brought their extended families and neighbours and friends. Some members we don’t see so regularly anymore made the effort to come along. We even had guests from other Lutheran congregations join us for a few hours of fabulous fellowship. Typical German food was enjoyed by everyone from the Restaurant “Zum Kaiser”. A few people decided to try the slow roasted Pork Knuckle with sauerkraut, others enjoyed the Sauerbraten with rotkraut or yummy schnitzel. Not to mention the German beer with over 70 different kinds to choose from. Everyone seemed to have such a good time with much chatting and laughing going on from the very young children to the young at heart. It’s already been decided that Nazareth has to celebrate The Longest Lutheran Lunch again in 2014 at our ‘local’.

Nazareth Church, Woollonggabba, Qld 55


Mission festival for Asia On Sunday October 20th St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Nundah combined their annual Mission Festival together with their first ever Longest Lutheran Lunch. We had two special guests on the day. Pastor John O’Keefe, director for Mission and Ministry for the QLD District, served as our guest preacher and also spoke to us about mission work locally. Glenice Hartwich from LCA Mission International inspired us with stories of the work of the Lutheran Church overseas, especially in South East Asia. We all gathered in the hall on one long ‘U’ shaped table where we followed through with Asian food and an Asian theme. It was a great day and everybody enjoyed the fellowship as we celebrated the good news of Jesus Christ for all people.

St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Nundah, Qld 56


Nundah, Qld 57


Temora, NSW 58


Spit roast before harvest We have an early long lunch as the end of October is a busy time preparing harvest. Two pigs and a lamb were donated by local farmers who are members of our congregation. These were prepared for a spit roast. The fires were lit around 5:00am with cooking beginning at 6:00am, ready for lunch. Visitors came from West Wyalong, Jindera and even Adelaide to join us. Many locals also shared this time of fellowship. Colin Hayter, of the LCA spoke of his mission experiences after lunch. After our service, our “God 4 Eva� youth broke their 40 Hour Famine with morning tea and fresh pancakes cooked over a campfire. A highlight for younger children was the face painting. The Longest Lutheran Lunch is an important part of our reconnecting or reinforcing the many connections to family who don’t always attend church services regularly but are still an important part of the link between our congregation and our community.

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Far and wide Longest Lutheran Lunch events were held right across Australia New Zealand, and even in the US and Canada. What’s really exciting is seeing church communities find unique local places to hold their event – from bridges to highways. By going to the community, they can see we’re serious about being a church where love comes to (their) life!

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Snags a-long the highway Sunday 20th October was the date set aside for Buccleuch Lutheran Church to host their Longest Lutheran Lunch. We went aLONG the Mallee highway, basing ourselves at Peake on the highway. We served up the traditional sausage “sanga” with a few gourmet niceties and free ice cold drinks. We also think we broke the record for the LONGEST amount of time a ginormous amount of flies can hang around one sausage sizzle! We were pleased some locals and some travellers dropped in to make a dent in the sausages and have a chat.)

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Buccleuch, SA 63


Blanchetown, SA 64


A bridge to bring us closer What a wonderful day for Lutheran Longest Lunch!! I must admit that there was some concern for the weather as the bridge has no shade what-so-ever. But prayers were definitely answered with a warm day that was cloudy, and so we did not have to worry about the sun beating down on us. The little church where we worship was bursting at the seams! A wonderful thing to see. Most came to enjoy the lunch also. We were joined by more and saw a group of 58 come together (10 of which were children). After an excellent lunch, which was shared, we had a little quiz on the making etc. of the bridge, the prize for a correct answer was a ‘mintie’. We all received a ‘mintie’ at the end as the ‘ripping of wrappers’ was on to see who could make the longest strip. The prize was the Lutheran Longest Lunch apron which everyone had signed. The honour went to Kahlia Grieger, Shae, her sister, was runner-up. With the N.S.W. bushfires fresh in our minds, containers were placed on the tables and a total of $680.50 was raised. All in all a wonderful day was had and we thank and praise God for the day and the great fellowship that everyone enjoyed.

Blanchetown, SA 65


From Sth Korea to Emerald As the ladies at Saint John’s had put in a huge effort the previous weekend hosting the Christmas Harmony High Tea for the ladies in the Emerald community, the format for our Longest Lutheran Lunch on 7th November was as simple and as straight-forward as possible. Around 25 people gathered for the shared fellowship meal after the service. On the day we were very excited to have 3 visitors, three young women from South Korea, named Woozoo, Hannah, and Tina, attend. They were in the Emerald area to pick fruit, and they enthusiastically joined in the Church service and in the lunch. Like everyone else who attended, they had a great time, and in typical Saint John’s style, there was an endless supply of food and no one was in a hurry to leave.

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Canada connections

Trivia: London, Ontario is the place where Johnny Cash proposed on-stage to June Carter in 1968. They married a week later - a union that lasted for another 35 years.

About 40 people took part in the Longest Lutheran Lunch at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in London, Ontario, Canada which followed our Reformation Sunday Service on October 27, 2013. We gathered in the basement church hall to enjoy the variety of foods that were brought for our pot-blessed meal as well as the time for fellowship. We were also excited to be part of a meal with other churches from Canada, North America, and of course, Lutheran Church Australia. Thanks for letting us join the fun!

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Coming together in Nobby Pittsworth Parish (Pittsworth, Yandilla, Millmerran & Nobby) have enjoyed the company of the Oakey Parish in fellowship as part of the Longest Lutheran Lunch since the concept began. In 2011 we had it in Pittsworth , 2012 we held the joint worship and lunch fellowship at Norwin. This year we held LLL at Nobby on 27th October. As well as our invitation to the Oakey parish we also invited St. Peter’s Warwick to join us. The service and lunch was attended by approximately 100 people. The day was made special by the celebration of 30 years in service to the Lutheran church by Pastor Lionel Rohrlach from Pittsworth Parish and Pastor Stan Rudowski of Oakey Parish. Our local band “Soul Connection” provided the music for the celebration service and the day of fellowship was exceptional. Nobby was a relatively central spot for our service as the borders of the congregations involved were almost 100 kms apart in each direction. In all a great day in worship of Lord Jesus was had by all. We look forward to next year.

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Nobby, Qld 71


Ropeley, Qld 72


Moonlight munchers On Saturday evening 19th October, Immanuel Ropeley, held our annual Longest Lutheran Lunch with an Aussie BBQ. We were blessed with a lovely cool evening followed by a gorgeous moonlight night. We had a worship service first, led by our Pastor, Noel Burton. A few members from the community joined us for this service, before other locals arrived for the BBQ. Rissoles, snags, onions and salads were served, and of course we made room for dessert. It was an enjoyable evening of fellowship with community members.

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Food, glorious food What wonderful varieties of food God has given us, and what cooking talents we have among us. Starting with these basic ingredients, and seasoning with creativity, it seems there’s no end to the food ideas Lutherans cook up for their Longest Lunch. A fresh gimmick can grab your community’s attention.

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All the fun of the (food) fair St Paul’s Albany hosted its third Longest Lutheran Lunch on the 27th October. Rev Franz Moeller led our worship celebrating Reformation Day. Our congregation of ten regular members reached out to our family, friends and the not so mobile these days. They joined us for an ‘International Food Fair’, authentic to our country of origin. We were treated to dishes from Germany, Italy, USA and of course, Australia. Belissima! Our knowledge was tested with a quiz and it was interesting to note how quick our older members were with the answers, but visitors were not to be outdone. Our time together was almost triple blessed.

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Albury, NSW 78


Kiss and Kassler We had our Longest Lutheran Lunch at Dellacourt Lutheran Aged Care Albury. The residents gathered together for a German-themed lunch with German sausage and Kassler with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes, and continental bread. Before lunch we had a short presentation on what the Longest Lutheran Lunch is about and the purpose of it. To connect with the community a donation was collected from the residents for the CareVan. This is a community project in Albury for the less advantaged and homeless in our community. We also had a quiz on some fun German facts and some points of interest. Before eating, Pastor Ernie Kiss said Grace.

Dellacourt Lutheran Aged Care, Albury, NSW 79


Mousse for Missionaries Our Longest Lutheran Lunch was held on 3rd November when 60 members and friends sat down at one continuous table after our 11.00 am service. Some fine wines were enjoyed by those who wished, prior to the first course of a seafood cocktail. The main course was a great variety of long meatloaves and some old fashioned salads. It was really interesting to taste the variety of meatloaves, some with eggs, some with pineapple, some with chicken etc., all very tasty. With the theme being ‘when love comes to lunch’ we decided that chocolate was the obvious food choice. We had strawberries and chocolate mousse for dessert followed by beautiful chocolate baskets filled with a variety of chocolate hearts, and coffee. An enjoyable meal and fellowship was had by all with $400 being donated to support the work of Rose and Nigel Klein who are working with the Christian Missionary Society in difficult circumstances overseas.

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Cleve, SA 82


A Holy Hot Dog Challenge Longest Lunch 2013 for the Cleve Lutheran Parish (congregations of Cleve, Cowell and Lock) was held at the central location of Darke Peak Sporting Complex, with views overlooking the rural countryside. Fellow Lutherans from nearby Kimba congregation joined us for a great day of lively singing and a ‘Hot-Dog challenge’ for those wishing to partake. Guest for the day, Adelaide singer/song-writer Chris Jaensch, led a lively service dedicated to singing many songs of praise, which included the children joining him in action songs. A retiring offering for the work of ALWS amounted to $210. During the pooled fellowship lunch, the hot-dog challenge which had a variety of entries was judged, Cowell congregation came out winners with their delicious oyster hot-dog.

Cleve Lutheran Parish , SA 83


Myosatt - what is that? We held our (once again very successful) Lutheran Longest Lunch on Sunday, November 3rd. We asked everyone to come along and be seated at our looong table and to enjoy a MYOSATT luncheon. Our Church Hall was decorated with one ultra long table stretching right across the floor, out the door and across our lovely deck. On the table were delicious goodies like salad, chicken and almonds, minced corned beef and onions with tomato sauce, and sliced ham. To keep us cool on such a warm day a delightful group of drink waiters supplied us with iced water and refreshingly cool punch. The meaning of MYOSATT? Make Your Own Sandwich At The Table!!! Just when the laughter and talk was starting to quieten, inevitably there was that wolf whistle from one end of our table followed by the call to arms: “Can someone please pass the Vegemite?� Off went the jar down the full length of our table - what an Aussie thing to do! And the best part? After all the fun and food was cleared away, our Lutheran Longest Lunch had raised enough money to send $200 off to ALWS Gifts of Grace. Thank you to Barry and Elaine Weier for once again organising such a superb event and to the wonderful cooks.

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Gnadenberg, SA 86


Pampered with damper On Sunday 22 September Gnadenberg SA (near Angaston) held their Longest Lutheran Lunch. After hearing Jonathan share during service how the Lutheran family is living out Matthew 25 through ALWS, the congregation of 80 sat at a single long table in the shade under the trees. Big black pots of delicious camp stew bubbled over an open pit fire, soon to be mopped up by delicious damper. Local Lutheran wine added some fun, before a great meal was finished off with crepes and fruit salad!

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Lutherans love their Pasta! The Ipswich Parish hosted a very different lunch this year at Bethany. The lengthy pasta lunch was inspired by our new Pastor, Ben Hentschke. The vision was to make the day a memorable one, by changing the way it is usually done and challenging our preconceptions on community lunches. There were long tables, with long pool noodles under long table cloths creating channels that were filled with long pasta and met with very long faces until the feasting was revealed. We had many types of pastas including “Pastor Ben” and “Pastor Milton” ...LOL! Fun and fellowship was shared by all.

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Lockrose, Qld 90


Come to the Banquet Our theme was... Come to the Banquet. Longest Lutheran Lunch was held on our monthly theme night - service at 5:30 and meal to follow. On the 1st Sunday night of every month at 5.30pm we have our night service and we have a themed meal afterwards at 6.30pm. This was when held our Longest Lutheran Lunch with the theme ‘Come to the Banquet’. We call these our ‘fest’ nights as the first one we ever had was an Oktoberfest. We usually have a food theme on our ‘fest’ nights and have had American, Mexican, German, Italian, Soup, Pizza, Sandwiches, Favourite Christmas foods, favourite Dad’s food for Father’s Day, vegetarian, favourite food, Asian, and the good ole sausage sizzle. Pastor Reid had mini trivia questions about his sermon after the service to give away the aprons and t-shirt.

Green Pastures, Lockrose, Qld 91


175 good reasons to give thanks Over 100 people gathered in the church hall to celebrate ‘where love comes to life’ over a Germanstyle Longest Lutheran Lunch of bratwurst, potato salad, red cabbage and sauerkraut. It was a new taste sensation for some, but the overall response to the kind of food our forebears may have eaten was positive. And of course there was streusel kuchen to follow. The tables were presented in a very festive manner with red roses floating in glass bowls and honey biscuits lovingly decorated by the youth were take-home gifts. One of our members put together a power point history of St Mark’s. It’s good to look back and see where we’ve come from, as we celebrated the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first Lutherans in Australia. What of the future? $435 was raised to send to Australian Lutheran World Service. Thank you Heavenly Father for the day of celebrating your grace and love in Jesus.

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A Beautiful Bi-lingual Lunch On Sunday Oct 27th, the four worshipping communities, English and Chinese languages, which make up St Mark’s Lutheran church Mount Gravatt, squeezed into our limited worship space (to overflowing) and held a combined Reformation Worship event. With songs being sung in English and Chinese (simultaneously) and the Bible readings and sermon being translated into Mandarin, our two hundred attendees gave thanks to God for the truth which sets us free. This was followed by a smorgasbord finger food Longest Lutheran Lunch in our church courtyard sampling the tasty delights of various cultures from Chinese fried rice to American pumpkin pie and everything else in between. We thank God for the unity he give despite our many cultures.

St Mark’s, Mount Gravatt, Qld 95


Kangaroo tail and cup-cakes The morning began with the combined choirs from Central Australia, consisting of 48 Aboriginal women, One Aboriginal man and one white man leading us in worship in the chapel. They combined translations of well-known European hymns with recently written aboriginal gospel songs to give us a taste of their singing and deep relationship with their Saviour. During recess, the majority of the school (over 700 people) gathered in the main quad for the Longest Lutheran morning tea. This was simply an opportunity to get together, have some fun and practice hospitality. Many individuals and groups went to great lengths to enter the spirit of the day – some bringing cakes and bikkies to share, one class had dips and olive oil, one individual had brought cupcakes with white icing and the aboriginal flag on each cake (following our suggestion of an indigenous theme). Come lunchtime, the kangaroo tails were done to perfection as was the damper. I was amazed at how many students (and staff) tried the meat. Most seemed to enjoy it! Many thanks to our visitors from Central Australia for giving us a cultural experience wide and varied, and certainly enriching the lives of many of us.

Concordia College, Highgate, SA 96


Concordia College, SA 97


Nuriootpa, SA 98


Exotic meats and bush music St. Petri Lutheran Church celebrated Reformation with our Longest Largest Surprisingly Exotic Lutheran Lunch. Planning for 120+ people with an aim to inviting people from the community was our goal. What we got was a beautiful day with 220+ people! Everyone enjoyed the meal which included roo, goat, rabbit, sheep, chicken, potatoes, salad, bread and even a glass (or 2) of wine! Pastor Adrian provided a bit of entertainment with Waltzing Matilda and other Australian favourites (helped by Dave Green on the cardboard box!). The response from the congregation and community was fantastic and plans are already underway for next year!

St Petri Church, Nuriootpa, SA 99


55 metre long sausage sandwich We have just had a fantastic Longest Lutheran Lunch! The St. John’s Chapel in Jindera served the staff and students of St. John’s Lutheran Primary School the longest sausages sandwich! We had a 55 meter sausage with 55 long fresh bread rolls serving around 300 people..... Each classroom were given a bunch of “Jesus Loves You” balloons which worked in with Brent Piltz from the Chapel Leadership team sharing a message with the school on how Jesus shows his love for everyone. It was a awwwwwwwwwwesome day completed by looooooooooooooong zooper dooper icy poles given to the children at lunch time.

Burrumbuttock Parish, Jindera, NSW 100


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Knox, Vic 102


Family Favourite Finger Food On Sunday 29th September the Ringwood Knox Parish held their annual Longest Lutheran Lunch. This year we enjoyed the hospitality of the Knox congregation, following our 5th Sunday combined service on the creation theme of Storm Sunday. The Melbourne weather was actually fine that day! Our lunch theme was “Family Favourite Finger Food”, and after a ‘Longest Lutheran Line-up’ to fill our plates we settled into lunch while filling out quiz sheets on Martin Luther. Our long table had to get even longer to accommodate everyone! Following lunch, a donut eating competition provided much entertainment. Naturally, Pastor Peter won the quiz!

Ringwood/Knox Parish, Knox Vic 103


A “Feast of Nations” St Paul’s Shepparton’s theme for the Longest Lutheran Lunch was “Feast of Nations”. “Indulge in the taste of home from Burundi, DR Congo, South Sudan, Germany, USA and Australia”, was our call, and it was heard. The church was bulging at the seams with standing room only as we gathered to hear the clearly proclaimed message that binds our diverse community together – that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Alongside the sandwiches, quiche and sausage rolls was sauerkraut, braten kartoffel, bratwurst, Chilli Concarne, Sweet shredded BBQ Pork, beans & bacon, ugali, cassava leaf with goat, moambe, spiced lamb skewers, kissra, combu (beef, peanut & spinach), and many other exotic dishes that I have no name for. Lamingtons, chocolate cake, ambrosia, stollen, lebkuchen, pfeffernusse, mondasi and quin finished the meal off in style. It was indeed a taste sensation! Many had their first taste of other nations’ food and all were adventurous by trying new things. We are truly blessed to have such a diverse community.

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Sausages sizzle at St Marys What a great and fantastic fellowship we had with one another as some of us sat down to some very yummy food and sausage sizzle to celebrate “The Longest Lutheran Lunch” following our uplifting worship service. The fun, laughter, and smiles clearly showed everyone enjoyed the feast and as always, there was plenty of food for everyone! Well done St Paul’s, St Marys, NSW!

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Reds for Rwanda The Barossa Style Longest Lutheran Lunch took place at Tanunda Lutheran School on Reformation Day (27th Oct). It was attended by a mixed array of young and all from several Lutheran Churches in the local area. We were serenaded by the ever so talented Greg Haar. The festivities were joyful and the food plentiful with a few drops of red as we celebrated our heritage and our legacy. Almost $300 was raised to support the Rwandan Appeal.

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St Johns, Toowoomba, Qld 110


Oktoberfest fundraiser The Luncheon with an Oktoberfest Theme, was held at one of the members residence. It was also a fundraising Activity for the Wilsonton State School Chaplaincy Fund We raised $350+. The day was a great success, with German music playing in the background, the odd person in German costume, some accordian playing. We all feasted on German Traditional Sausages, Wursts, Leberwurst, German Potato Cakes, Saurerkraut, a few old German traditional salads and then onto dessert Blackforest Cake, Beesting cakes. By the end of the lunch everyone literally wanted to roll home. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, everyone enjoyed the younger children (and older ones!!!) do the chicken dance as well.

St.John’s Church, Toowoomba, Qld 111


Kiwi and Aussie pavlovas unite We had about 40 adults and children at our “Salad and Sausage Sizzle” Longest Lutheran lunch event. A great couple of hours was spent eating and socialising. Our talented Pastor’s wife Haidee, made a long sausage to celebrate the occasion and then topped the lunch off by bringing along two delicious NZ/Aussie pavlovas.

Photo: Pastor Chris and Libby getting ready to barbeque the sausage.

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Liverpool, NSW 114


Oompah pah calories The Living Waters Lutheran Congregation at Liverpool (together with several people from the Yagoona Congregation) entered the church hall following morning worship on Reformation Sunday to find an S shaped table decorated in red snaking through the hall, As many of the congregation have European backgrounds, Oompah pah German music filled the hall as people sat down to a finger food meal and calorie filled desert, and good quality coffee. Fine wine and beer assisted the conversations. A raffle where everyone received a prize finished the afternoon.

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Oldies, but goodies In the rush for the latest and greatest, sometimes wonderful classics can be overlooked. Old style picnics can be great fun. Celebrating many years of history can create a fresh event. Find an occasion, hold on to a tradition, ‘provide nutrition’ and you might find you have a brand new way to invite someone to taste what you have to offer.

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Beaudesert, Qld 118


80 years in the ...“desert” Our Longest Lunch received a boost of enthusiasm and a boost of youthful appetites when we were joined by nine members of Youth with a Mission who just happened to be in the area at the time. A few days before the Longest Lunch they had spent a day with us, church cleaning and gardening, so it was nice that we could repay them in some small way. After months of sleeping on floors and eating take-aways, their smiling faces and loaded plates said it all. Regular members like to get into the spirit of the occasion and dress in German costumes and partake of a little German wine and beer - after all Sauerkraut and Kranske are very salty, and just begs for some liquid refrestment to accompany it. We’ll be gearing up for our 80th Anniversary (the following fortnight).This is our 3rd Longest Lutheran Lunch but we’ve celebrated reformation for many years now with German beer and food, so we will do that as well.

St Paul’s Church Beaudesert, Qld 119


Thanks for 140 years of grace The Longest Lutheran Lunch was an excellent opportunity to celebrate 140 years since the first Lutherans arrived in the Caboolture district in 1873. Pastor John Vitale highlighted the difficulties of the early pioneers and the almost demise of the Lutheran cause during the war years. However, God had plans for the church in Caboolture. It now has a major impact on the community not only through an extensive congregation, but also through education facilities from Kindergarten through to Year 12 + St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten and Primary School and Grace Lutheran College’s Caboolture Campus. Facilities for the elderly are provided through St Paul’s Lutheran Aged Care and help for youth and families through Intercept Youth and Family Services. After a celebratory church service everyone enjoyed catching up, sharing memories and photos over lunch.

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Highfields, Qld 122


Prizes and surprizes The Christ Church at Highfields and the Trinity Church from Toowoomba joined forces in the Highfields hall where we combined the Lutheran Longest Lunch with our annual Parish Picnic. The roll up was excellent with 63 people attending. We even had a number of visitors from other churches. There was enough food to keep everyone satisfied plus more. The interaction between members of both churches was very good and overall the day was a great success. Whilst savouries were being served to the adults, the children enjoyed an excellent games session in the church grounds. The door prizes went over very well with the winners were evenly divided between members of both churches. Kylie Bryce, who sang for us, had a magnificent voice one which we could have listened to all day long. The most important part of the day was that we collected $450 on the day for the Syrian Appeal.

Christ Church, Highfields, Qld 123


Luscious and lively in Lobethal On Sunday 10th November, Lobethal residents enjoyed their luscious, lively, laid-back, lingering, leisurely, liberating, lovely, longest, Lobethal Lutheran Lunch! Brains were tested with a trivia quiz on Lobethal, and a guessing game on how many pages were in Pastor Dave’s bible! Everyone enjoyed participating in games of quoits, bocce, golf and other competitions on the oval. There was lots of lovely food, provided by guests at our bring and share lunch. Everyone involved had a great afternoon of fellowship.

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Mackay, Qld 126


150 years young On Sunday 27 October following our Church service Mackay congregation held an early Longest Lutheran Lunch. This also incorporated the 150th anniversary of the first Lutherans to arrive in Mackay. Our time together started with a Power Point presentation of our Church History. Following this, Pastor Mark showed one on Martin Luther. We were happy to welcome a family of four who do not normally worship with us. It was indeed a time of fellowship and food enjoyed by all. Praise God for the family who came and the mother who invited them!.

Community Church, Mackay, Qld 127


Birthdays and Bratwurst We had a themed German lunch with bratwurst & sauerkraut rolls! We also celebrated the birthdays of 7 members who had their 80th birthdays this year! Each year is getting bigger & better, we are enjoying the fellowship with each other & visitors!! The kids enjoyed creating a chalk wall which everyone added their comments to!

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Tarrington, Vic 130


Old - time community picnic A group of 50 locals enjoyed the afternoon at the Tarrington Recreation Reserve on Sunday, for a picnic lunch and activities for all ages during the afternoon. It was great to see everyone joining in, even if it did mean you were in the spot light for just a moment. Bravery and strength was needed for the rubber boot toss, with the winner Steve Taylor throwing the boot a mighty 22 meters. The egg toss was no less exciting with all ages participating in the one comp. One wondered if some eggs were hard boiled by the way they bounced and stayed as one with huge throws finally ending in ‘splotch’. How far can you balance a book on your head? Give it a go – it’s harder than you think. Not to mention the blind feeders, who during the 2nd round of competition were surprised to find out they in fact weren’t feeding the person they thought taking laughter to a new level. Hazel wore the lollie coat – the chase was on till all those snakes were devoured. A great day was had by all.

St.Michael’s Church, Tarrington, Vic 131


A “bring and share” affair Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tingalpa, Brisbane held its Longest Lutheran Lunch on 27th October 2013, commencing at noon following our regular morning worship service. Our lunch was a “bring and share” affair followed by a trivia quiz and a game of “Articulate” for those who stayed the longest. There were about 30 people in attendance, with some folk from the Mt Cotton congregation who together with Tingalpa form a Parish. One of the visitors to the congregation that day was from Germany. She is currently working and living not far from the Church. She was able to stay for lunch and joined in the fellowship. I feel that good fellowship was had by all in attendance.

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Geelong, Vic 134


A competition by the ocean On Sunday October 27th, members from the three Lutheran parishes in Geelong converged on the Araluen Lutheran camp at Anglesea. The weather was perfect, the food was fantastic and the fellowship was great. In attendance were people of varying ages and many games were played. Every year we compete (in a friendly way!) for the Luther Shield. This year the Shield was presented to St John’s congregation as they were the victors in the ‘pin the rose on Luther’ game. We look forward to 2014.

Lutheran Parishes, Geelong, Vic 135


Longest running Lutheran Lunch? While 2013 marks the third ‘official’ Longest Lutheran Lunch, Lutherans have been lunching for a lot longer than that. It was the early 1970s when members of Peace Lutheran Church, Salem invited their friends and family to join them for a smorgasbord evening meal to raise funds to pay for a church hall. Those who were there recall a scrumptious meal with soup, cold meats and salads, followed by apple crumble for dessert. This Longest Lutheran ‘Lunch’ has continued every year for the 42 years since! The church hall has long since been paid for, and members no longer need to bring along their own crockery and cutlery from home, but the fellowship has remained the same. In fact, the menu has remained the same, with members and their tummies protesting if there’s any hint of change! Today, tickets for the 120-capacity ‘sit-down dinner’ are snapped up as soon as they are available. Funds raised now go to support the wider work of the Lutheran Church.

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Ideas Central Longest Lutheran Lunch starts with a long table, long meal-time and events organised the long way from Auckland to Albany ‌ but that’s when the fun really starts. What are the skills and ideas blessing your church community? How can you make things fun? What can you do to make your local event unique? Here are some real-life ideas.

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Blair Athol, SA 140


How long is a piece of string? On Sunday 27th October members from the St Paul’s, Blair Athol congregation held their annual Longest Lutheran Lunch. This year, once again we held our lunch after our second worship service down on the council park behind our church building. The good Lord was gracious as always and provided a cloud covered day, with a light wind. We located our tables on the eastern side of the park. This offered better facilities; and best of all was close to a newly built state of the art playground which proved to be a BIG hit for the children. All enjoyed games with a long theme such as “long stare”, “long one leg stand”, “long walk” and the favourite “long string” (string in a jar and guess how long it is).

St Paul’s, Blair Athol, SA 141


Food, fun and fellowship On Sunday 27th October, members of St Mark Lutheran Church, Bombala and Pacific joined together to celebrate the Longest Lutheran Lunch at Pacific Lutheran College. As always, people brought more than enough to share during our lunch time festivities. In addition to fellowship over lunch, we participated in an interesting trivia competition, a guessing game of how many lollies in the jar (ironically won by children!) and a game of soccer. It was a great day of fellowship on the Sunshine Coast.

Combined Churches, Sunshine Coast, Qld 142


Pacific Lutheran College, Qld 143


Christchurch, NZ 144


Ecumenical and special Pastor David Lipsys joined pastors of two other local churches to provide a monthly lunch with informal counselling support over five successive months (the L O N G E S T Lutheran/Ecumenical Lunch?), for staff of Burwood Primary School. This 140 year old school is scheduled for closure and amalgamation with another school at the end 2013, due to earthquakedamaged land and buildings, and the exodus of approximately 60% of the local population. The pastors were subsequently asked to lead a Thanksgiving Service for the school!

St Paul’s Christchurch, NZ 145


Longest Protest...Ant Picnic Well, our lunch might not have been the longest, or the biggest but we shared in an amazingly happy event!! The weather was perfect . . . our picnic spot was under the shade of a beautiful big tree which reminded us how covered and shielded we are by God’s Grace! We had young and oldsters attending . . . . families mingling and sharing food and fellowship. Some were there for the whole time, some came after attending other events, some had to leave early . . . . . so over the afternoon hours people came and went as they could, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Thank you for encouraging our participation

Concordia Church, Duncraig , WA 146


Duncraig, WA 147


Kumbia, Qld 148


An ark in the park Kumbia/Taabinga had a wonderful day with a combined lunch including members from Nanango Congregation. Initially we were going to hold our event at our church in Kumbia, the theme of which was a picnic lunch and children’s picnic. Why didn’t we? Well, the heavens opened up on the Saturday night and by 0800hrs on Sunday 28 October, we had water and mud where we proposed to sit. Still, you cannot keep good Lutherans down. Following a hurried telephone conference, we decided to relocate to our church hall at Taabinga. After opening up the hall and setting up the BBQ’s on the front porch, icing the watermelons down and arranging the seats inside, we commenced our lunch with a spirited service. Instead of outdoor activities, our Sunday School leaders organized games and activities inside. One of the highlights was the building of the largest Tower of Babylon using newspapers and the end results were magnificent to see. Because of the wet weather, the adults sat and talked with each other, and in effect, this was a good thing. People actually stayed and enjoyed the occasion.

Kumbia, Taabinga and Nanango, Qld 149


Hands up for a fun red brunch We had our “Longest Lutheran Brunch - Wear Something Red” day on Reformation Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church and Hall, Laidley Queensland after service. The day started with the Kids Club learning about and colouring in the Reformation rose, then Worship with some visitors in attendance and later the children ran around members tugging red and white balloons behind after they had eaten their brunch. Our photo shows (L-R seated) Jim and Doreen Pitman, Cheryl Steinhardt (Lockyer Parish Chair), Mrs Burton (pastor”s mum), Gloria Weier, (L-R standing) Ross Steinhardt (Laidley Chair) and Pastor Noel Burton. The morning was happy, and the sound of laughing and voices filled the hall. Thanks be to God for the gift of Martin Luther and the dedicated work of the Lutheran Church both in Australia and across the globe.

Lockyer Parish, Laidley, Qld 150


Laidley, Qld 151


Lowood, Qld 152


Special wedding memories Lowood Lutheran Parish celebrated their Longest Lutheran Lunch on Sunday 29th September following a Parish Service at 10am. The theme for the day was “The Wedding Banquet�. Tables were set, hall decorated, wedding cake displayed and a wedding memorabilia table was set up. Some of the guests brought in wedding photos etc. to display. The cake was cut by the longest married couple at the lunch (63 yrs) and distributed to all. The Sunday School presented an item and we sang toasts. Great food and drink and fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Lowood Parish , Lowood, Qld 153


Magill, SA 154


Lunch begins with “L� This year our Lutheran Longest Lunch was voted as the BEST EVER! We gathered in our church hall and 70 hungry Lutherans waited for a Luscious meal. We had all types of food beginning with L including Lamb & pineapple braise (Yummy), Lasagne, Le Salad & Lyonnaise Potatoes for our main meal. Anna and Sarah, the Lovely Ladies, then entertained us with singing, games and quizzes. It was fantastic! We then had room to eat dessert after all the energy used... Lemon Meringue Pie and Lychee and Mango Panna Cotta and lastly just enough room for Lavazza Coffee and Lipton tea with a Lamington! A lot of laughing and talking went on during the afternoon and a great time was had by all as we raised $300 for the Aboriginal Ministry in SA/ NT District!

Pilgrim Church, Magill, SA 155


Longest lolly line First, second and third year of Longest Lutheran Lunch – same place Summerset Retirement Village, Palmerston North, NZ. Same time, before our once a month Worship. Same musician to entertain between main and dessert, though sadly his last time. Tuk has been studying at the nearby college and at the end of the year will return to Japan. We have enjoyed his musical talent. Same people and YES some new ones too! Same menu? No, we’ve had something different each year. This year it was ham, chicken, small bread rolls, rice salad, coleslaw, boiled eggs & tomatoes. Fresh fruit salad, jelly and chocolate and jam sponge roll logs (for the long bit) & whipped cream. This year we invited guests to bring along a couple of wrapped sweets to add to the longest lolly line that went down the centre of the table we all sat at. Our after lunch treat! This is an excellent opportunity to grow relationships and be invitational to new residents and share and show the love of Jesus. Our guests are so grateful and yes for the third year a truly BLESSED time!

Manawatu Parish, Palmerston North, NZ 156


Palmerston North, NZ 157


Parkwood, WA 158


From little things big things... Sunday 27th October was a significant day for Rosemary Davidson, as Pastor Michael Parker presented her accreditation as a Lay Worker in the LCA in a service with the theme “We Grow What We Plant’. Pastor Michael urged, “It’s time to express love to others; putting aside the garb of being religious, we go out to work with others and win the privilege of bringing the love of Christ to them”. St Luke’s Neighbourhood Lunch in 2012 concluded with a potted seedling given to each participant – ‘From little things big things grow’. During the past 12 months, the concept of engaging with the local community by planting a Community Garden in the spacious grounds surrounding St Luke’s was explored. Following this year’s sumptuous Neighbourhood Lunch, Landscape Architects from Josh Byrne (Gardening Australia presenter) and Associates facilitated an informative Q&A, sharing the opportunities a Community Garden provides in connecting with the neighbourhood – “working with others and winning the privilege of bringing the love of Christ to them”.

St Luke’s Church, Parkwood, WA 159


Good Shepherd, Toowoomba, Qld 160


Blessed by guests Our lunch was attended by almost 100 people and was our biggest and best longest lunch yet. It certainly has grown from humble beginnings a few years ago. After we had tucked into a hearty meal and beautiful desserts we were entertained by 2 guest speakers, both of whom are members of our Congregation. Our first speaker was Melinda Janetzki who has previously experienced the bright lights as an opera singer in Europe and London. You can hear her beautiful voice as she leads singing in our church by obtaining church services from Lutheran Media. Our second speaker was Pastor Don Wicklman who is a Lutheran Pastor from America and who has now settled in Toowoomba. From the start of January next year, he will start in a new role as second Pastor at Good Shepherd on a half-time basis. Pastor Don is also a qualified psychologist and counsellor and runs a very busy counselling business which he calls “God’s Design Counselling Services”. Both our speakers kept us well entertained with the passion they have for their jobs and also the love they have for our Lord and Saviour. We eagerly await next year’s Lutheran Longest Lunch and pray that it will be just as successful as this year.

Good Shepherd Church, Toowoomba, Qld 161


An oval full of fun A congregation consisting of about 90 people attended the Light Pass Strait Gate Parish Longest Lutheran Lunch arranged by Immanuel congregation, Truro which was held at the Truro Oval. The service preceding the lunch was held in the open covered area of the oval complex and was led by a parish singing and musical group. Pastor Rolf Lungwitz led the service and children’s address on the Reformation theme based on John 8:31-36 and dealt with relationships. Our offering was donated to Lutheran Community Care. Members from Dutton, Truro Uniting Church were invited. The three congregations of the parish provided a course each. Soup was provided by Strait Gate Light Pass, main course by Truro and dessert by Gruenberg, Holy Cross, Moculta. Competitions and written games including ‘celebrity heads’ were enjoyed between courses.

Light Pass/Straight Gate Parish, SA 162


Truro, SA 163


Tuggeranong, ACT 164


Let’s Laugh Longest Lunch Good Shepherd in Tuggeranong ACT had a Let’s Laugh Longest Lutheran Lunch. The congregation enjoyed a ‘bring and share meal’ (which was actually in the evening) and were entertained throughout the night with jokes, poems, songs and stand-up routines from funny and clever members of the congregation. A wide range of people from the Pastor right through to 3 year old Lilly kept us laughing until well after dessert. The show was kept sharp and on track by our own funny man and MC wiz – Steve. We have already started thinking about a theme for next year’s Longest Lutheran Lunch.

Good Shepherd Church, Tuggeranong, ACT 165


“Say Hi at Holbrook” Lunch “Say Hi At Holbrook” was the theme of Walla Walla’s Lutheran Lunch, to which members of neighbouring Culcairn congregation had also been invited. Armed with chairs to sit on, and delicious foods to share, we met at Holbrook’s Ten Mile Gardens. Fellowship, food, fun and miniature train rides came to an abrupt end when strong winds increased and rain threatened. A wonderful time was had by the 50 adults and children who attended. Photo: Walla Walla Longest Lutheran Lunch. Monica Simpfendorfer, chief organiser, with Colin Carmichael, Congregation Chairman.

Zion Church, Walla Walla, NSW 166


Ten Mile Gardens Holbrook, NSW Photo coutesty - www.visitnsw.com (used with permission) 167


North Adelaide, SA 168


Buffet by a Bluestone Shelving our grand plans for tables stretching the length of Archer Street in North Adelaide, the Immanuel congregation went for the easy option and hosted a lunch on the lawn to the rear of our historic ‘bluestone building’ on Friday 1st November. It was the guests who made this lunch extra special - invitations were sent to all of the LCA offices along the street, and more than sixty of our dedicated workers enjoyed a lunchtime break in the sun, sharing food, chat and glass or two of something refreshing. Staff from the national and district offices, schools departments, LLL and ALC all came and joined in the fun: a good excuse to get away from desks and phones for a while. It was also a great opportunity for the members of Immanuel to say a big “thank you” on behalf of the whole LCA to those who work on our behalf behind the scenes. And it all happened under the benevolent gaze of the big man himself!

Immanuel Church, Nth Adelaide, SA 169


Both ice creams and flowers On the 17th November, approximately 60 church members, friends and family got together for our Lutheran Long Lunch. It was a beautiful day, set in the picturesque Flinders Park, starting with an outdoor church service. A special moment in the service was when one of our members, Martin, did one of the readings for the first time. After which he received many great comments from members, encouraging him to join the reading roster. Unfortunately since the Long Lunch, Martin has passed away, suddenly and just when we were starting to see more of his gifts. The service was followed by the traditional tea, coffee and biscuits, served every week by the ladies from the Guild, allowing everyone plenty of time to have a good old natter. Lunch then commenced, with a long table set up, decorated with the blue and white colours of the Long Lunch and flowers from Carly’s garden. A great spread of cold meats and salads, followed by ice-cream cones was enjoyed by all. All in all another successful Lutheran Long Lunch was held here in Port Lincoln.

Port Lincoln Parish, SA 170


Port Lincoln, SA 171


Lamaroo, SA 172


Lameroo were lunchers too Lameroo Congregation and community thoroughly enjoyed our very first longest Lutheran lunch. The Longest Sausage was our theme, and sausages over three meters long were made by our local butcher. Following an 11.00 Reformation service led by Pastor Harry Pickett, we made our way to the park adjacent the Adelaide to Sydney highway. People were already waiting, and fire trucks returning from the NSW fires gave us a friendly toot and wave on their return home! The chefs were creative and not long barbequing the longest sausage, which went beautifully with long bread and sauerkraut! Long sausage was followed by German cake, (of course!) and a cuppa. Even in a small 500 strong town like Lameroo there were those who had never met before. Longest Lutheran Lunch was a time of enjoyable community meeting and connecting, and a great reminder to go out to the Highways and byways, as in Matthew 22:9.

Lameroo Church, Lameroo, SA 173


Saintly meal and music St Andrew’s Lutheran Church Brisbane City held their LLL on 1 December, after the choirs of St Andrew’s and St Peters sang at the 10am service. As it was the day after the Feast Day of St Andrew, the lunch theme was the countries with St Andrew as their patron saint – Scotland, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Russia and Barbados. Canada and Malta were also acknowledged. For a group of over 50, our congregational cooks provided a variety of dishes aligned with the theme, all washed down with some lovely wines. Lunch was followed by a trivia quiz based on the theme. Photo: Locals Serena and Jon Richards join with Qld Bishop Noel Noack working on the BBQ.

St Andrew’s Church, Brisbane, Qld 174


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Lots of Lunches In 2013, around 150 Longest Lutheran Lunch events were held across Australia and New Zealand, and even internationally. Thousands were fed with food and friendship and the Gospel. This book gives you a taste from some of the events, but here’s a list of every Longest Lutheran Lunch we know of - see if there was a lunch near you!

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Aberfoyle Park...............................SA Adelaide..........................................SA Albany............................................WA Alberton........................................Qld Albury.........................................NSW Alice Springs................................ NT Ararat..............................................Vic Ashmore........................................Qld Auckland....................................... NZ Balaklava.........................................SA Barmera...........................................SA Bass Hill.....................................NSW Beaudesert....................................Qld Beenleigh......................................Qld Bendigo..........................................Vic Berri.................................................SA Bethania........................................Qld Birdwood........................................SA Blair Athol.......................................SA Blanchetown..................................SA Bordertown....................................SA Box Hill..........................................Vic Brisbane..........................................SA Buccleuch ......................................SA 178

Caboolture....................................Qld Cairns............................................Qld Caloundra.....................................Qld Chatham............... Ontario, Canada Christchurch................................ NZ Collingwood.........................Canada Columbus........................Ohio, USA Concordia College........................SA Corinda.........................................Qld Cowell.............................................SA Croydon.........................................Vic Crystal Brook.................................SA Cummins........................................SA Dalby.............................................Qld Doncaster.......................................Vic Duncraig.......................................WA Emerald.........................................Qld Esperance......................................WA Eudunda..........................................SA Everton Hills................................Qld Footscray........................................Vic Freeling............................................SA Gawler.............................................SA Gawler.............................................SA

Geelong..........................................Vic Gilgandra (cancelled)..............NSW Gladstone......................................Qld Gnadenberg....................................SA Golden Grove (posponed).........SA Grand Rapids...................... MI USA Greenock........................................SA Hahndorf........................................SA Hahndorf........................................SA Hamilton........................................Vic Hampstead.....................................SA Highfields.....................................Qld Hobart............................................Tas Howard Springs........................... NT Indooroopilly...............................Qld Ipswich..........................................Qld Jindera........................................NSW Karoonda........................................SA Katanning.....................................WA Kingaroy........................................Qld Knox................................................Vic Kumbia..........................................Qld Laidley...........................................Qld Lameroo..........................................SA


Liverpool....................................NSW Lobethal..........................................SA Lockrose.......................................Qld London.................. Ontario, Canada Lowood.........................................Qld Loxton.............................................SA Mackay..........................................Qld Magill...............................................SA Maitland..........................................SA Mandurah.....................................WA Maryborough...............................Qld McLaren Vale.................................SA Melton............................................Vic Meningie.........................................SA Mildura...........................................Vic Moorabbin.....................................Vic Moorabbin.....................................Vic Mount Gravatt.............................Qld Mt Barker........................................SA Murray Bridge................................SA Nambour.......................................Qld Narroign........................................WA Newcastle...................................NSW Nobby............................................Qld

Noosa.............................................Qld North Adelaide..............................SA Novar Gardens...............................SA Nundah.........................................Qld Nuriootpa.......................................SA Nuriootpa.......................................SA Pakenham......................................Vic Palmerston North....................... NZ Parkwood .....................................WA Perth..............................................WA Pittsworth.....................................Qld Point Pass........................................SA Port Lincoln ..................................SA Port Macquarie.........................NSW Portland..........................................Vic Redlands ......................................Qld Rochedale.....................................Qld Ropeley.........................................Qld Rosewood.......................................SA Seabrook........................................Vic Seaford.............................................SA Shepparton ...................................Vic Spring Hill....................................Qld St Marys.....................................NSW

Stawell............................................Vic Strathalbyn.....................................SA Sutherland......................................SA Tallebudgera.................................Qld Tamworth..................................NSW Tanunda .........................................SA Tarrington......................................Vic Temora.......................................NSW Tingalpa........................................Qld Toowoomba (x4)........................Qld Truro................................................SA Tuggeranong..............................ACT Upper Moutere............................ NZ Wagga Wagga............................NSW Waikerie .........................................SA Walla Walla................................NSW Warracknabeal..............................Vic Wellington.................................... NZ Werribee.........................................Vic Whanganui................................... NZ Wodonga........................................Vic Wollongong...............................NSW Woodside........................................SA Woolloongabba...........................Qld 179


Lutheran Winemakers Project Lutherans in Australia have a long heritage with wine. Many original settlers in South Australia’s Barossa Valley in the mid-1800s were Lutherans, and planted vineyards almost as quickly as they built churches. Today, this heritage lives on in the wines of names like Henschke, Dutschke, Pfeiffer and Obst. Ours is a world challenged by uncertainty, pain and loneliness. As a church we want to welcome people with warmth, friendship and genuine hospitality, so they can taste the welcome and fullness of life Jesus offers us all. Over the past three years, Lutheran winemakers from areas like the Barossa Valley have supported Longest Lutheran Lunch by offering some of their premium wine. Tyson Stelzer, one of the world’s leading wine critics (and an active Lutheran), selects the best wines to cover a range of styles to create a Classic Case, offered twice a year. Funds raised support the organisation and running of the Longest Lutheran Lunch, as well as helping make this book possible.

www.lca.org.au/lutheranwinemakers

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What’s cooking for 2014? The ‘official’ 2014 Longest Lutheran Lunch is on Sunday 26 October – Reformation Sunday – but you can do it on whatever date suits you best. Simply register at

www.longestlutheranlunch.org so we can keep you in touch with news, ideas and special offers!

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