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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
The choir loft project has begun!
-An ADA compliant ramp is being installed onto the risers. The risers will be expanded side-to-side. The project will
also include carpeting, fresh paint and improved lighting. This is expected to be finished within a few weeks.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Festival on October 8.
-Now is the time to make crafts and gifts, and start baking, freezing, and canning. Volunteers are also needed to help at the Festival.
Join us for a Youth Talent Show on September 11.
-Following the second service, stay and support our young folks as they share their talents with us. Surprises are guaranteed!
A luncheon in Fellowship Hall will follow the talent show.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
From time to time for the next fourteen months, you will be hearing about a special celebration/commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
On October 31, 1517, a Roman Catholic university professor named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses, a list of questions and propositions for debate, to the door of the Castle Church in the town
of Wittenberg, Germany. That event has been marked by historians as the beginning of the Reformation movement, which dramatically changed the shape of the Christian Church. As Lutherans, we are especially looking forward to
October 31, 2017, as a time to relive our rich heritage in homage to this professor and the spark he inspired, which fueled the fire of change in the way we understand the work of Christ and the significance of grace for our salvation (not a minor detail).
We are currently mulling ideas around to find ways to offer you a better sense of appreciation for Luther and all he helped accomplish.
We are not going to ask you to memorize each of the 95 theses, nor recite certain sections of the Small Catechism. (By the way, if you don't know what any of these things are,
here is your chance to learn.) But we do ask you to consider taking advantage of the opportunities we will provide to become better acquainted with Luther and others who contributed to the Reformation movement. They are part of the faith history we all share.
Beginning in September of this year, our Sunday morning Adult Bible Study Class will be using a resource entitled Reformation Roots, a 12-session examination of those people and events which helped spawn the 16th-century religious,
political, intellectual and cultural upheaval we call the Protestant Reformation. We'll assess how the stage was set for the division that came about. We'll spend several weeks taking a more intimate investigation of Martin Luther, to analyze his motivation and inspect his discoveries from Scripture. We'll follow Luther's life from priest/monk to scholar/professor to outlaw/champion to husband/father.
We'll consider the legacy he left behind for others to build upon. We'll evaluate the content of his theology, the cornerstone ideas which have become the bedrock for us as Lutherans and many others. At the end, you'll also be able to tell others about the Book of Concord and why Philip Melancthon is of critical importance.
In our study of Reformation Roots, we will also go beyond the life of Luther to explore individuals and groups that figured, both prominently and marginally, in the changes that grew out of the Reformation. Why are John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli important?
Who was Erasmus? Could you define an Anabaptist or name one of its leaders? Was the Reformation a completely peaceful endeavor? What role did King Henry VIII play in the reforming movement? What changes, if any, resulted
in the Catholic Church itself as consequences of the Protestant revolt? Who were Ingatius Loyola and Teresa of Avila?
As you might be able to tell, there are many things to discover along the way to the 500th anniversary celebration. So, enjoy the rest of the summer and prepare to enter the fall with great anticipation of the knowledge that
will flow into your brain and enrich your life. That is, if you have the boldness to seek it out.
Peace to you. See you in church,
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