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ST JOHNS Lutheran Church has marked its 150th year with the release of a book covering a rich history of the people and places that have made the church what it is today.
Pastor Tim Jarick enlisted the help of long-time church members Colin Hoffmann and Betty Bork to compile the 200-page account of Lutherans in Ipswich and the greater West Moreton region.
Entitled St Johns Co God's Gracious Story of 150 years of Lutherans in Ipswich, the book covers the chronological history of Lutheran churches in the area as well as telling the stories of the members, ministries and maelstroms of the times.
Rev Jarick said compilation of the book began four years ago.
"I wanted to record the long history of St Johns and some of those other Lutheran congregations that have since closed down," he said.
"I wanted to document the lives of those people who faithfully served Co the pioneering pastors who went out on horse and cart."
The first Lutheran service in Ipswich was held in 1858 at the site of the Ipswich City Uniting Church on Ellenborough Street.
The congregation was officially formed two years later, with the first recorded baptism performed on February 19, 1860. …