Oktoberfest to benefit First Lutheran’s outreach programs

The 33rd annual Island Oktoberfest includes a Great Auto Raffle. First Lutheran Church and Classic Auto Group Galveston will raffle off a choice of either a new Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang for the winner.


Galveston’s premier fall event, the 33rd annual Island Oktoberfest, will be Oct. 24-25 in historic downtown.

Proceeds exclusively benefit First Lutheran Church. Money raised from Oktoberfest support the church’s many outreach community programs including Fanfare! The Lutheran Music Academy, restoration of the historic circa 1860 Lyceum Community Center and, most recently, the new Zion Retreat Center at 69th and Stewart Road — as well as other projects of the congregation.

Established in 2007 by First Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Music Academy has a mission to provide high-quality and low-cost music, art and drama education to Galveston’s youth, who otherwise could not afford such instruction and lessons.

The Lyceum, renovated and restored in 2009 as a venue for weddings, receptions, meetings and other gatherings, is now regarded as one of the island’s premier locations for such events.

Another new and exciting project for Galveston is the Zion Retreat Center at 69th Street and Stewart Road. It’s a ministry of Lutherhill Outdoor Ministries. Portions of the Oktoberfest proceeds are going toward our congregation’s $50,000 commitment for the development of this retreat.

One of our most significant fundraising projects of Oktoberfest is our Great Auto Raffle. This year’s raffle — in which we again work in partnership with Classic Auto Group Galveston — will feature a choice of either a new Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang for the winner.

Please contact me at 409-457-7563 for information and to purchase your ticket. Tickets are $100 each, and we are only selling 500.

Then come on out and celebrate with us for a great festival filled with continuous live entertainment, German-style food and libations, fine arts/crafts and gifts vendors (in The Lyceum), fun family and children’s activities — presented by Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo volunteers — a cake wheel, kids activities and so much more. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 24 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 25.

Island Oktoberfest will be on the grounds of and streets adjacent to 24th and Winnie streets in historic downtown Galveston. No admission will be charged. German costumes are encouraged. No pets on the festival grounds.

First Lutheran Church was chartered in 1850 and is the oldest continuously operating congregation in Texas.

John Stahlman is First Lutheran Church/Island Oktoberfest chair for the car raffle.

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