Immanuel Lutheran Church in Copperas Cove had a slight problem — their pastor of 16 years, Pastor Robert Wagner, was called to serve in Iowa, so they needed someone to step up to the pulpit for a while until a new pastor could be found.
Enter Pastor Wilbern Michalk, a retired pastor who served in Lutheran churches in Indiana, Florida and Giddings, Texas, before settling down in Walburg with his wife, Betty.
“I’m retired, but I fill in if there is a vacancy. I grew up in Temple and have a sister who lives in Cove, so we get together with the people in Cove a lot,” Michalk said. “I look forward to serving the people of Immanuel and reaching out to the growing areas of Copperas Cove. We especially want to reach out to the many young families serving in the military at Fort Hood.”
Although Michalk turned 76 years old Thursday, he said he has no intentions of letting his age slow him down.
“I still have it in me to help these people out during their vacancy,” he said. “I want to help the church become more involved in the community and find ways we can help support the residents of Cove, especially those most in need.”
Michalk encourages everyone to come visit Immanuel Lutheran Church at 922 Lutheran Church Road off Farm-to-Market 116 North. Sunday school and Bible class begin at 9:30 a.m. Sundays.
“It is a beautiful little church in the country, next to the mountain with the big stone cross on the hill,” he said. “It is lighted at night and can be seen for miles. Come get acquainted and consider making this friendly country church your home.”