Christ Lutheran Church
7801 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79423-1805
Phone:  806-799-0162; Fax:  806-799-2273

50th Anniversary
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1954 - 2004

Christ Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 30 and 31, 2004.  A banquet for members, former members, and invited guests began the festivities on Saturday, October 30th, at 6:00 p.m., at the Texas Tech University Frazier Alumni Pavilion.  On Sunday, October 31st, Texas District President James R. Linderman was the guest speaker at a 10:00 a.m. festival worship service with Holy Communion.  Rev. Dr. Alan Korinek, Former Vacancy Pastor at Christ, and Rev. Chris Johnson and Rev. Don Widger, both "Sons of the Congregation", assisted Rev. Mark Paul with the service.  A light lunch and fellowship followed the service.

Special thanks go to the Anniversary Committee who planned the festive weekend and to all members who gave so generously of their time and talent in making this a memorable celebration of the 50 years of God's Grace.

If you were there, we were honored by your presence!  Enjoy the pictures below.  Many more are available in a PowerPoint presentation now available.  If you don't have PowerPoint software on your computer, you must first download a free PowerPoint Viewer (follow the instructions on the screen to download and install it).  Then click on the "50th Anniversary Pictures" link.  This gives you options to either open the file or save it to your computer (because of the file size and download time, I'd suggest saving it to your desktop or other convenient location).  The file is rather large so it may take a little while to download, particularly on a dial-up connection...please be patient.  When it opens, right-click anywhere on the screen and then on the "full screen" option.  Once in full screen, move the mouse over the lower left corner to find the "back" and "forward" arrows to navigate among the pictures. 

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The tables were all set in the Texas Tech Frazier Alumni Pavillion.  The menu contained Don Johnson's drawing of the current Church and a brief chronological history. Guests were greeted by Sue Huenergardt.  People signed the same guest book that had been used for the 10th and 25th anniversaries. The people began to gather.  Old friendships were renewed.
235 people attended... ...the young... ...and some not-so-young.
Pastor Paul opened with a welcome and prayer. Dinner was served. Larry Franklin emceed, introduced the special guests, and...
..presented Paula (Elbrecht) Brinkman a gift for traveling the longest distance. Eunice Korinek led some of the Midweek School children in some lively vocal entertainment. Mary Lou Riley narrated a video presentation of old pictures describing the history of Christ Lutheran Church.
After the program, the Tiny Lynn Band entertained. The big people danced... ...and the little people danced.
Sunday's worship began with the entrance of the cross borne by Chris Kennedy to the hymn "Lift High The Cross". The acolyte, Jamie Jackson, followed. Rev. Chris Johnson, Victoria, Texas.
Rev. Don Widger, Bountiful, Utah Rev. Dr. Alan Korinek, Grace Lutheran Church, Lamesa Rev. James Linderman, President, Texas District, LC-MS
And finally, Rev. Mark Paul, Christ's Pastor Pastor Widger's children's sermon delighted the adults as well as the kids. Pastor Linderman's sermon, "What Say These Stones?" was based on Joshua 4:1-9
Holy Communion was served... ..while 8 instrumentalists played.. ..accompanied by the organ.
The choir sang "Affirmation of Faith", and their stirring rendition of "Praise to the Almighty", accompanied by the congregation, ended the festival service. Jim McDonald presented a beautiful plaque which had been provided by members of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lubbock, the "Mother Church" of Christ.  Several congratulatory letters were read.  See the links below to read them. A light lunch and reception followed the service.  Pictured above is Marie Elbrecht, accompanied by her daughter and granddaughter.  Marie is the widow of Christ's first Pastor, Paul Elbrecht.  It was an honor to have her and several of her family join us!
Beautiful tables... ..good fellowship.. ..more catching up..
..10th Anniversary picture board.. ..25th Anniversary pictures.. ..confirmation pictures..
..small groups.. ..even a table for the kids. Thanks to the anniversary committee and all who helped make the weekend memorable!

from Pastor David Rohde, 1st Vice-President, Texas District, LC-MS from Elvie (Eloise) Reed, Charter Member from Karl Elbrecht, Cleveland OH, older brother of the first Pastor (Paul Elbrecht)
note from William and Lorraine Schwiesow, Beltsville MD, Charter Members from Pastor Harold and Alice Kaestner, Sterling CO, Christ's second Pastor.  Click here for a December 2003 photo of Pastor and Mrs. Kaestner.  Click here for a Kaestner family photo. from Marsha (Kaestner) Schuppe
from Pastor Art and Mitzi Preisinger from Pastor Gordon Johnson, former Chaplain at Reese AFB from Hisashi Nikaidoh, Farmers Branch TX, friend of Pastor Paul.


Letter from Rev. Don Widger and Family


Click here to see who signed our guest register.

Click here for a brief history of Christ Lutheran Church.  A more detailed history is being written; if you have historical documents, photos, or memories you'd like to share in this endeavor, you may email them to Joyce Kuhl or send them by regular mail to Joyce Kuhl, 5414 17th Street, Lubbock TX 79416-5508.

If you'd like a copy of the DVD of old church pictures that was shown at the banquet,
you may email Joyce Kuhl and/or send your check for $5.00 per copy ordered to:
Christ Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 6304, Lubbock TX 79493-6304




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