Vang Lutheran Church, located a little north-east of Wetaskiwin, held a potluck lunch after church to welcome their interim pastor, Rev. Marvin Krebs.
Since 1993, Pastor Krebs has lived in Sherwood Park and served the Alberta Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada as an interim pastor helping congregations through the transition period between longer term pastors.
He came to the Vang Lutheran Church in March, and does not know how long he will be serving there. He comes every Sunday to preach, visit and minister to the needs of the people, and is very aware that he is not present in the community enough of the time to really become part of it. The Vang congregation appreciates having him as interim pastor.
Marv Krebs grew up on a farm near Bruderheim, attended a music program at MacEwan College for a couple years, then had a music career singing and playing in bands in Edmonton for more than seven years. During that time, he was active in many areas of his church.
When he was 30, he met and married his wife and soon entered the seminary at Concordia Lutheran College in Edmonton. His internship was at Springside, Saskatchewan, followed by pastorates at Beausejour, Manitoba, and Fort McMurray, Alberta. He enjoys the work of ministry, reading and studying the Bible, leading worship and preaching, seeing people grow in grace and discovering and using the gifts God has given them. He has also enjoyed raising his two daughters, Jen and Katie, and appreciates music and outdoor activities such as walking and hiking. He is an excellent singer.
Vang Lutheran Church will again hold Canada Day celebrations for the whole community at its campground in the late afternoon.
The Vang Lutheran Church will hold a Vacation Bible School on Tuesday, July 8th at the church. Registration will be at 9:30 am, with the program running from 10 am to 2 pm. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Jesus and meet Pastor Marv Krebs. The co-ordinator is Joan Franklin, and for more information you may call her at 780-387-4403.