NASA astronaut Col. Jeffrey Williams will be speaking at Immanuel Lutheran Church this Friday, April 12, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

A freewill offering will be collected to defray expenses.

During his six-month stint at the International Space Station in 2006, Col. Williams orbited the Earth more than 2,800 times. He worked on hundreds of experiments while suspended in microgravity.

He walked in space twice. While doing that he took more photographs of Earth than any astronaut in history. During his presentation of those pictures at Immanuel, Col. Williams will share his perspective from space of the greatness and power of God, our own insignificance, and the great mercy whereby God cares for us.

Col. (retired) Williams grew up on a farm in the rural community of Winter, Wis. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1980 and then served more than 27 years in the U.S. Army.

Williams became an astronaut in 1996 and flew on the 10-day Space Shuttle mission to STS-101 in 2000 before beginning training for the 183-day Expedition 13 in 2006.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point, master’s and aerospace engineering degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a master’s degree from the Naval War College.

Col. Williams and his family are members at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas.