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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:
Our church will have a fall clean-up day on Saturday, November 5.
-Sign up for the task(s) you prefer on the sheets posted in the narthex, to make our building "spic and span."
Our annual "Trunk and Treat" event will be on Friday, October 28.
-Join us with your car in the Prince of Peace parking lot from 6:00 - 7:30. Please provide your own candy and decorations. We want to provide a safe and fun event for the children in our community.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It was 499 years ago this month when Martin Luther nailed his now famous 95 these for debate on the sale of indulgences to the door of the
Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Historians mark that event on October 31, 1517 as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation movement that sent the
Catholic Church into turmoil, and changed the shape of the church forever.
In our Sunday morning Adult Class we are re-living the history of those days with the 12-session DVD resource Reformation Roots. Various Church historians and professors are guiding
through this era by filling us in on their perspectives of the events and people. Professor Hans Wiersma of Augsburg College in Minneapolis
noted that a reason to study the Reformation is simply the interesting cast of characters involved. While most of us are familiar with Martin Luther, many others,
even some who lived centuries before Luther, helped to contribute to the cause, directly or indirectly.
Before Luther, there was Meister Eckhardt (1260-1327), a German theologian and philosopher from the same area as Luther, who spoke of the possibility of a human's direct contact with God
when such teaching was considered heretical. John Wycliffe (1330-1384) was an Englishman who translated the Bible into the English language and criticized the power of the Pope.
Jan Hus (1369-1415) was a theologian from the present-day Czech Republic, who criticized church teachings of the day. He thought the Bible should be accessible in the common language of the people,
worship should be held in that language instead of Latin, and the wine of Holy Communion offered to laypersons when it was only given to the priests. He was burned at the stake for his efforts.
During Luther's time, other leaders played significant roles in the new shape the Church was forming. William Tyndale (1594-1536) translated the Bible into English when that was strictly forbidden.
He was executed for blasphemy. John Calvin (1509-1564), a French reformer, wrote influential Christian works. His theological framework became the basis for denominations now known as the Reformed, Congregational, and Presbyterian Churches.
Desiderius Erasmus (14661536) was a Catholic priest and prominent scholar whose ideas proved influential in the reformation and development of Protestantism. He remained Roman Catholic.
John Knox (1513-1572), a Scottish preacher who traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, brought back Presbyterianism to Scotland. (As a side note--the hotel where Janelle, Anastasia, and I stayed when we visited Edinburgh, Scotland, was right around the corner from where John Knox reportedly lived until he died.)
Huldrych Zwingli (1484-1531) was a principle figure in Switzerland, proposing many reforms to the Catholic Church based on the priority of the Bible. He served as an army chaplain and was killed during a battle fought between Protestant and Catholic provinces, his body cut up into pieces.
If those aren't enough characters for you, there are always the famous accounts of King Henry VIII's (1491-1597) personal life and interest in religious controversies that helped lead to the Reformation in England.
There's still time to join us in the Multipurpose Room each Sunday morning, beginning at 9:20 a.m., as we continue to survey the life and times of Luther for better understanding
and focus in preparation of the 500th Anniversary celebration of the Reformation next year.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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