AS a boy of 13, Ken Scholz saw Albury’s St Luke’s Lutheran Church being built.
On Sunday he will join in 75th anniversary celebrations at the Guinea Street church.
At least 200 people are expected to attend, the day beginning with a thanksgiving service.
Co-organiser Brian Elliott said yesterday the afternoon would be all about reminiscing, “looking at photographs and just sharing the stories about the early church in Albury”.
“We’re having the thanksgiving service at 10am and then there’ll be a fellowship lunch,” he said.
Mr Scholz said that before the Albury church was built, his family — who had a property where the Waterview treatment plant now stands — were part of a Jindera congregation.
“When Albury got going we changed to Albury,” he said.
But it was 1938 before the Lutherans got their own church building.
“The congregation used to move around a lot, going to different halls for church services in Albury,” Mr Scholz said.
“That used to be about once a month with the minister coming from Walla.
“I was born in 1925 and I remember going to Sunday School before the church was built in 1938.”
Mr Scholz said he could also remember a lot of enthusiasm for the £1630 building, built on land costing £370.
The church was dedicated by the church’s NSW president, Pastor Fuhlbohm, on December 18, 1938.
It was built when more people from congregations at Walla, Jindera, Henty and Culcairn retired to Albury.
Mr Scholz said St Luke’s meant a lot to his family.
“My daughter and my son were baptised there and then they were both married there,” he said.
Mr Elliott said such historical events were significant to all those connected to St Lukes’s.
“The church has been going for about 95 years but they didn’t have their own building in those early years,” he said
Three former ministers will return for Sunday’s service.