Snippets from the Past - 2016 No. 22
For those old enough or who have studied or taken an interest in Australian and Queensland history, the year 1988 should ring a bell for a couple of reasons. January 26 marked the Bicentennial year of Captain Arthur Phillip's arrival at Port Jackson with the first fleet and Queensland/Brisbane hosted World Expo 88.
A standout and a wonderful christian witness at Expo 88 was the Pavilion of Promise put together by a consortium of churches. The Queensland Maritime Museum now occupies that space at the Southbank Parklands.
Until a new full-time minister could be appointed, Kenmore Christian College students Graham Hack, who had been at Arana Hills assisting Geoff Risson, was joined by Greg Murphy and Peter Proctor.
Arana Hills couldn't let the bicentenary pass without contributing to the nation's celebrations in its own inimitable fashion.
Despite the changes in pastoral leadership and other social and cultural distraction, church life carried on as usual, which says a lot about the dedicated lay leadership and helpers of the various programs and auxiliaries. For example, the bible School continues to deliver excellent musical presentations throughout the year.
There was perhaps one exception to church life being "usual". That would have been the home group meeting at the Owen's. Getting into the life and culture of the middle East is one thing, but can you take it a bit too far?
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