Looking for ways for you or your church to celebrate the Reformation anniversary year? Or perhaps you’d like to join a celebration in your area? Check out the information below for ideas on hosting your own celebration, or join an event already taking place. Check back here as we’ll update the page when we receive new information!
If your district has a special Reformation website or celebration, let us know and we’ll list that here as well:
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis: In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis has produced a series of videos highlighting how the Reformation surrounds us today through religion, politics and society. In “500: The Impact of the Reformation Today,” some of the world’s leading Reformation and Luther scholars share their expertise on the modern-day effects of the Reformation.
The documentary is available in a variety of versions.
- A multipart topical series, at reformation500.csl.edu
- A five-part miniseries and one-hour documentary (available soon at reformation500.csl.edu)
- A feature-length version that recently was selected as one of 15 films by local artists to be shown at the 17th annual Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. The documentary will be shown at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63130. Tickets are $13 each or $10 for students with a valid and current photo ID. Advance tickets are on sale at the Tivoli Theatre box office from 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or online at landmarktheatres.com/st-louis/tivoli-theatre . Find a trailer, poster and other Reformation resources at reformation500.csl.edu
Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne: As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Concordia Theological Seminary has collected a number of resources and events to help you learn more and celebrate with us. Go to www.ctsfw.edu/Reformation-500 to find lectures from our recent CTSFW Reformation Lecture Series, articles, sermons, details about our upcoming Reformation service and more.
Concordia University St. Paul: Theme for the 2017-18 Academic Year is Saved by Grace, based on Ephesians 2:8-9.
Concordia University Wisconsin: Additional details for each event are available, or will be made available, at www.cuw.edu/reformation500. All events will take place on Concordia’s campus, 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, Mequon. Events that are open to the public are noted.
Reformation 500 Events at Concordia University Chicago
Concordia University Irvine: Please visit www.cui.edu/reformation500 for Reformation resources, including brief descriptions of the story of the Reformation and the “solas” (useful for congregations), musical resources (new hymns and instrumental settings), and videos of lectures on Music and the Reformation.
May-October: Mid-South District (http://reformation.mid-southlcms.org/)
The Michigan District, LCMS Theme
The Michigan District, LCMS has chosen the theme Here We Stand to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The following are some ways for all LCMS members to get involved:
Crafted Daily Student Reformation Reading Plan
High School and College students read through the Bible in a Year
Began October 2016, concludes on October 15, 2017 (one can start any time) Currently 1,700+ are involved and it is growing every day
To sign up: Download YouVersion App on your computer/device and search for “Reformation Reading Plan”
Click here for printed version. #crafteddaily
Hearts for Jesus Kids2Camp
Children’s Ministries and Lutheran Schools 4-week adventure, they learn of missions and ministries that share the love of Jesus with others. During the 500th anniversary year, Acts 2 Enterprise-Detroit and Pontiac Sports Camp/VBS has been chosen as the 2017 Hearts for Jesus recipient through the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign. A2E campers come to the camp for five nights a week, completely free. Their registration is covered by generous donors to the ministry. A2E began with one camp the first year, branched into two camps the second season, and currently runs three camps.
In the summer of 2017. In 2017, A2E will celebrate its fifth year through the Sports Camp/VBS as it builds relationships with unchurched residents in Detroit and surrounding communities.
Here We Stand For You Community Events
Between April and September, 2017, Michigan District Congregations are asked to find ways to reach out into their communities, not only celebrating the Reformation but also sharing Jesus. Congregations will pick a Service Event (example: building a gazebo at the nursing home), a Celebration Event (example: hosting a family fun day for the community), or a Community Event that Serves (example: a 5K race for a cause).
More information can be found at herewestand.michigandistrict.org/community-events.
Want a picture of your congregation posted in Wittenberg on a large screen in the Saxony-Anhalt Shop (between Luther House and Castle Church)?; see this website: www.visit-luther.com/celebrate-the-reformation/.
First Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, Wisconsin recently constructed two floats in observation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The tractor pulling the float reminds us that God’s Word is the sole source of what we know and believe about God. The sign on the side of the tractor states: Word Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone. The first of the two floats represent the Reformation celebrating its 500th Anniversary. The church door is a replica of the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis. The second of the two floats remind us that it’s what Christ does for us that makes us right with God.
Thursday, May 25: 7:30 p.m. – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. Presented by Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Olive Branch, MS. Malco Olive Branch Cinema — 6430 Goodman Rd, Olive Branch, MS, United States, 38654. One night only! Join us for a screening of the story that was Martin Luther’s life. This entertaining new film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther, and examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” The rousing adventure story of Martin Luther’s life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world.
Saturday, June 10: Iowa District East – Worship Workshop “Reformation Through All of October.”
Valley Lutheran High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. We will have sermon studies and outlines presented for the three and one year series. These will include studies for three Sundays before Reformation and for Reformation Day. We will have a presentation on Luther’s hymns, chorales, antiphons and organ for each Sunday. There are also presentations on Liturgical Art, frontals, banners and the like. This workshop is being offered at no charge. The day will begin with Matins and end with Vespers. All presentations and worship are conducted by the clergy and laity in Iowa District East.
Saturday, June 24: 9:00 a.m. – 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Christ Our Savior, 260 Wade Road, West, Loudon, TN 37774 United States. Why the reformation still matters with guest speaker, Rev A. Trevor Sutton June 24, 2017 Christ Our Savior 260 Wade Road, West Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-9407 $5.00 for lunch, teens are free. Please register by June 19.
Saturday, June 24: Ohio District: “Lutherans Over the Edge” http://oh.lcms.org/congregations/reformation-500
Sunday, June 25: Reformation Hymn Festival Concordia Bronxville (@Carnegie Hall) Concordia College-New York will be hosting a 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Hymn Festival, to be held at 2 p.m., June 25, 2017, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The Hymn Festival will feature two massed Choirs – a 250-voice Adult Choir, and an 150-voice Student Choir. They will be accompanied by the Concordia Camerata Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jason Thoms and Dr. Ralph C. Schultz. Featured in the event will be new hymns by Ralph Schultz, Paul Weber, and Carl Schalk. Tickets are $50, $25, and $15, and group tickets are available for groups of 8 or more. All ticketing is done through Carnegie Hall.
Saturday, July 1: Patriotic Concert, celebrating Lutherans coming to America (Religious Freedom) at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio. Details forthcoming.
Wednesday, July 12-Sunday, July 16: Black Ministry Family Convocation – Birmingham, Alabama
Saturday, July 29: Trinity Lutheran Church in the north woods of Wisconsin cordially invites you to attend our Reformation 500 Presentation with the Rev. Dr. Robert Bennett of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Executive Director of The Luther Academy. Our day will begin on Saturday, July 29th at 9:00 AM (central) and go until 2:00 PM. Dr. Bennett will speak on “The Lutheran Reformation’s Answer to Sin, Death, and the Devil” as well as the mission of The Luther Academy. There is no charge for the event but participants are encouraged to bring a generous donation to support the mission of The Luther Academy. Please RSVP if you can, but do still attend if you would like to join us at the last minute. Contact Rev. John A. Frahm at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or to ask questions. www.trinityboulderjunction.net Phone: 715-385-2267
Saturday, August 12-Sunday, August 13: Ohio District – Lutheran churches will hold local community festivals at their locations on the same weekend. Details coming soon.
Wednesday, August 23: Luther Movie Night – Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World – Hosted by St. Paul, Hammond, Southern District. Location: AMC Hammond Palace 10. Tickets $10. More information at: http://southernlcms.org/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/
Monday, August 28: Concordia University, Nebraska Reformation 500 Lecture – Creation. Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Charles P. Arand https://reformation.cune.edu/events/lecture-series-2/charles-arand/
Tuesday, August 29: 7:00 p.m. – Concordia St. Paul – Buenger Education Center: Reformation Heritage Lecture series continues with Dr. Andrew Bartelt speaking on the topic “After 500 Years, Does Lutheranism Still Matter?” This is the series’ fifth annual lecture.
September: Concordia University St. Paul – Dedicates Reformation Tower outside the Graebner Chapel featuring a limited edition bell cast by the Virdon Company to commemorate the 500th anniversary.
September-October: Concordia University Wisconsin – Artwork and collections on display. Drawings, paintings, and other creations inspired by the Reformation, as well as rare books and a unique collection of German and American collector’s coins, will be on display throughout campus.
Friday, September 8-Sunday, October 10: Ohio District – Lutheran Octoberfest – Outdoor festival located on Metropark property near Memphis Kiddie Park in Brooklyn, Ohio. Beer tents, live bands, fireworks and a “polka church service”. More information forthcoming
Monday, September 11: Concordia University, Nebraska Reformation 500 Lecture – Missions and the Reformation. Lecturer: Dr. Mike Rodewald https://reformation.cune.edu/events/lecture-series-2/mike-rodewald/
Thursday, September 14: Luther Movie Night – Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World – Hosted by Lamb of God, Slidell, Southern District. Location: Grand Theater Slidell 16. Tickets $10. More information at: http://southernlcms.org/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/
Saturday, September 16: Reformation Event in Circuit 19 – (Southeastern District) Mountain. Eternal Shepherd (220 Carson Road, Seneca, SC 29678) is hosting a reformation event for Circuit 19Reformation Event in Circuit 19 – (Southeastern District) Mountain. Eternal Shepherd (220 Carson Road, Seneca, SC 29678) is hosting a reformation event for Circuit 19.
Saturday, September 16: Concordia University Ann Arbor: Reformation 500 Oktoberfest – CUAA Manor Tent and surrounding grounds, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Additional details for each CUAA event are available or will be made available at www.cuaa.edu/reformation500)
Saturday, September 16: Free Reformation Konzertreihe concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. 6:00 p.m. Washington Bach Consort (Reformation Canata BWV “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott”), Richard Giarusso, director. More information at: http://immanuelalexandria.org/reformation
Sunday, September 17: Reformation Hymn Festival, Concordia University, Nebraska. Organist, Dr. Jeffrey Blersch; Narrator, Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker; University A Cappella Choir, Dr. Kurt von Kampen, Director
Monday, September 18: Concordia University, Nebraska Reformation 500 Lecture – Hymnody and the Reformation. Lecturer: Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker https://reformation.cune.edu/events/lecture-series-2/jon-vieker
Tuesday, September 19: Concordia University Ann Arbor: Reformation Roundtable – A roundtable discussion on the impact and importance of Luther and the Reformation in various church denominations and contexts led by Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D, President of Concordia University Ann Arbor and Wisconsin, and Rev. Bob Lynn, Associate Pastor of Knox Presbyterian Church.
Tuesday, September 19 – Wednesday, September 20: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis: 28th Annual Theological Symposium – This year’s symposium will explore the term “justification” — the watchword of the Reformation. Five hundred years ago, it stood at the center of Martin Luther’s struggle to restore Christian hope and consolation over and against an ambivalent church hierarchy. But what did justification mean for Christians before Luther? What place does it have for us now? Registration for the symposium is $130 per person through Sept. 1, after which time the fee increases to $140. Online registration closes Sept. 8. Registration options include full, single day or single-session registration, and live stream access. A buffet dinner and the Home Brew Fair, an evening of quality beer tastings from local home brewers, is included in the cost of full registration. Additional meals and on-campus lodging may be available for an additional charge. Visit the registration page for more details. For more information or to register, visit www.csl.edu/symposium. Questions? Please contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or at email@example.com.
Saturday, September 23-Sunday, October 8: Ohio District – Reformation Renaissance Faire – Coming to Central Ohio. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 theses by Martin Luther and the beginning of modern-day Protestant churches, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marysville, Ohio will host a series of events, culminating in a Reformation Renaissance Festival. The event will be held in Union County, Ohio on three consecutive weekends September 23rd through October 8th, 2017.
Sunday, September 24: Ohio District – Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, MO will be preaching at St. Paul Lutheran Church 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio
Saturday, September 30: Reformation: 500 Years of Life Issues – NoVA Lutherans for Life Conference. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Prince of Peace (8306 Old Keene Mill Rd, Springfield, VA). Featuring: Honorable Edwin Meese, Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois, Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist, National Lutherans For Life Director Rev. Michael Salemink. For more details: Call 703-585-9651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 30: Concordia University Wisconsin: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – Luther and the Bible. A seminar with Dr. Phillip Cary, hosted by the Concordia Bible Institute. Pharmacy Building PH008. Open to the public. Visit www.concordiabible.org to register.
Saturday, September 30: Concordia University Ann Arbor: Reformation 500 Oktoberfest – CUAA Manor Tent and surrounding grounds, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Additional details for each CUAA event are available or will be made available at www.cuaa.edu/reformation500)
Saturday, September 30: You are invited to join Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Raymore, in celebrating Reformation 500! Be our guest at a chicken and pork dinner catered by award-winning ‘Affordable Elegance’ from 11-2. There will be fun and educational activities for children and adults throughout the day. We are honored to have the Concordia Seminary-St. Louis faculty and pastors present ‘The Gospel of Mark’ from 2:30-5:00 (with intermission). Childcare provided! Limited availability/seating. Reserve online @ http://bit.ly/gospelmark or contact Joyce Connor @ 816-506-4740. Dessert following presentation! All free! Join us on Saturday, September 30, from 11am-6pm @ 310 Johnston Pkwy, Raymore, MO. Luke 14:12-14
October 2017: Concordia St. Paul – Art Department facilitates a juried show of original Reformation art and Library Technology Center hosts a display of Reformation artifacts
Saturday, October 7: NID Circuit N-5 – CTS Kantorei at Calvary to lead Vespers at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7: Gospels to Crossville Project – 6:00 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1461 Sparta Hwy Crossville, TN 38572. The Gospel of Luke October 7, 2017 Gospels to Crossville Project (flier) Throughout 2017, Christians around the world will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This began October 31st of 1517 by Martin Luther when he nailed his earth‐shattering 95 Thesis to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. One of the most significant outcomes of the Reformation was the translation of the Sacred Scriptures into languages that could be read and understood by the common man. To celebrate the greatness of this revolutionary turn of events in Christian history, some of the pastors of Crossville are collaborating for public readings of the Four
Saturday, October 7: The Lutheran Mission Federation of the Indiana district, circuits number 18 (Brownstown) and 17(Seymour) – A float in the Seymour Indiana Oktoberfest parade will have the Luther Rose, a huge Bible, and Luther nailing the 95 theses on the church doors. The float will be followed by the elementary school children from St. John’s (Sauers), Immanuel, and Brownstown. They will be singing A Mighty Fortress in front of the announcer’s stand. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/lutheranmissionfederation/
Sunday, October 8: Concordia University Chicago – Opening Reception of “Let’s the Books Tell the Story: J.S. Bach’s Bible and Other Reformation Treasures.” Month-long display of historic documents related to the reformation entitled “Let’s the Books Tell the Story: J.S. Bach’s Bible and Other Reformation Treasures.” The event includes both original and reproduction copies of important documents presented in collaboration with several historical organizations, including both Concordia seminaries. You can find additional information online at: https://cuchicago.edu/experience/faith/500th-anniversary-reformation/let-the-books-tell-the-story-j.s.-bachs-bible-and-reformation-treasures/. While the exhibit will be open on select dates throughout October, perhaps the best date to highlight will be the Exhibit Opening Reception on Sunday, October 8.
Sunday, October 8: Ohio District – Organ and Music Recital by Matthew Gintner will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio. More information forthcoming.
Wednesday, October 11- Saturday, October 21: On the Trail of Martin Luther Tour. Faith Lutheran Church presents…On the Trail of Martin Luther Departing October 11, 2017 Highlights…. 500th Anniversary of the Day of the Reformation • Mainz • Worms • Gutenberg Museum • Erfurt • Wartburg Castle • Lutherhaus • Eisleben • Dresden • Leipzig • St. Thomas Church • Wittenberg • St. Mary’s Church • Berlin 11 Days • 14 Meals: 9 Breakfasts • 5 Dinners Itinerary
Thursday, October 12: Ohio District – Hope Lutheran Church in Akron, Ohio is presenting an exclusive, one-night only viewing of “Martin Luther – The Idea that Changed the World” on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in North Canton. After the film, join Pastor Jack Kozak for a Q&A about the film and Reformation. http://oh.lcms.org/congregations/reformation-500
Thursday, October 12, Friday, October 13, Sunday, October 15: Ohio District – Dr. Martin Luther Drama, directed by Cory Bruaw, and Dinner Theater will take place on October 12, 13 and 15, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, Ohio. Details forthcoming.
Friday, October 13: Michael D. Rose Theatre, 470 University, Memphis, TN 38111 United States. Featuring music of the Reformation. Repertoire will be forthcoming.
Friday, October 13: Free Reformation Konzertreihe concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. 7:00 p.m. Michael Hollman organ recital (Bach’s “St. Anne” Prelude & Fugue along with Luther Chorales through the Church Year). More information at: http://immanuelalexandria.org/reformation
Saturday, October 14: Herb Mueller preaching for circuit Reformation service in Green Bay, WI
Saturday, October 14: Oktoberfest – 10 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6325 Raleigh LaGrange Memphis, TN 38134. 10:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6325 Raleigh LaGrange, Memphis Events Entertainment Bob Westbrook and the Edelweiss Band Germantown Chorus Memphis Manacor Food Bratwursts, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Dessert, Tea, Lemonade or if age permits, Beer Tent – Brewery TBD Live Auction Youth Activities Bounce House Rock Climbing Wall Chicken Dance Competition Face Painting Magician/Balloon Man Best Dressed Katie and Martin Luther Contest Cost $10 for adults $5 for children (4-12 years of age) Children under 3 eat free Half of all proceeds go to benefit LCMS International Missions Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6325 Raleigh LaGrange, Memphis
Saturday, October 14: North Wisconsin Circuit 19 Reformation Worship Service – 3:00 p.m. at The Weidner Center in Green Bay
Saturday, October 14: Reformation 500 Panel – 20th Annual St. Andrew’s Lecture Series: 9:30 a.m. – noon (refreshments 9 a.m.) –
An ecumenical panel, including Pastor Eric R. Andrae (LCMS campus pastor), will respond to Dr. Kenneth Woo on “Does the Reformation still matter? – Tradition and Change: Revisiting the Reformation at 500” – a lecture that he will
present on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. preceding a reception. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 5801 Hampton St., Pittsburgh 15206. Free and open to the public. For more information, email EricAndrae@gmail.com.
Sunday, October 15: Michigan District 500th Anniversary Joint Reformation Worship Service. https://herewestand.michigandistrict.org/500th-anniversary. Crafted Daily Student Reformation Reading Plan: We have 3, 947 readers as of this month, up from the originally submitted 1,700. We may have a video to post in the future regarding our 500th Anniversary Worship Service on October 15.
Sunday, October 15: Lutheran churches in Ames, IA are hosting a ‘Celebrating the Reformation’ at the C.Y. Stephens Auditorium on the campus of Iowa State University at 2 pm on Sunday, October 15. Program includes group singing, ‘Katharina von Bora Luther on Stage’ by Pati Kachel, ‘Martin Luther on Stage’ by Rev. Ron Rothweiler, and ‘History and Implications of the Reformation’ by Dr. Paul Maier. Well-known opera star Simon Estes will perform along with other local choirs. All are invited.
Wednesday, October 18: Southeastern District 500th Anniversary Reformation Service – 5:00 p.m. King of Glory (4897 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188). Held in conjunction with the Southeastern District All Workers Conference, October 18-20, 2017 in Williamsburg, VA. Rev. Dr. Dean W. Nadasdy, President, Minnesota South District, will be our Proclaimer and Plenary Speaker.
Thursday, October 19: South Alabama, 6:30 p.m. – Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World. Presented by St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Elberta, AL. AMC Wharf 15, 23101 Canal Rd, Orange Beach, AL 36561. One night only! Join us for a screening of the story that was Martin Luther’s life. This entertaining new film brings to life the dramatic moments that shaped Luther, and examines the universal questions he wrestled with, like “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” The rousing adventure story of Martin Luther’s life, following his bold quest for truth—a journey that would reshape the church, and the world. Purchase tickets at: https://www.tugg.com/events/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-cham.
Saturday, October 21: NID Circuit N-5 – Saturday convocation at Calvary with a guest speaker (TBD) on a Reformation topic
Saturday, October 21: Dr. Paul Maier Seminar: Martin Luther & the Reformation – Circuit 4 of the Southern District has invited Dr. Paul Maier to present a one-day seminar on Saturday, October 21 at The Village Church in Lacombe, LA. The seminar will start with registration at 9:00 a.m. and be followed by a special Reformation Worship Service at 3:30 p.m., where Dr. Maier will be the guest preacher. The cost is $10 per person, which includes refreshments and a Louisiana lunch prepared by The Village Men’s Club. http://southernlcms.org/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/
Sunday, October 22: Mitchell Circuit (South Dakota)– Service at 4 p.m. (Central time), at Zion-Chamberlain. Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller, Jr., preacher.
Sunday, October 22: Ohio District – Everyone is invited to the 500th Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation to be held at Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS SELC District), 13030 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM. LCMS Active and Emeritus clergy are invited to vest. Our guest preacher for this historic celebration will be The Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, Emeritus Executive Director of Lutherans for Life. A catered buffet dinner will follow the service. Children’s and Adult Choirs from the SELC Central Circuit congregations, the Lutheran Wind Ensemble, The Bells of Grace and other musical groups will be participating in the service. For more information go to: www.gracelutheranlakewood.org or contact the church office at: 216-221-4959.
Sunday, October 22: Ohio District – Central Ohio Circuits will host an area-wide Reformation worship service on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM at St. John Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio. More details forthcoming.
Sunday, October 22: Reformation 500 sacred concert at 4 pm on Sunday, October 22, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (147 NW 19th Ave., Portland). The event will include hymns, including a new Reformation hymn commissioned, the Bach Cantata Choir, the Lutheran Choral Association, organ, brass, and bells, as well as readings and prayers from the Bible and Luther. All donations beyond what is needed to cover expenses will support Lutheran Community Services in their efforts to house new immigrants. The event is co-sponsered by the Portland, Oregon chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Thrivent. More information can be gotten on Facebook at Reformation500PDX or on our web site at http://reformation500pdx.com
Sunday, October 22; Friday, October 27; Sunday, October 29: Holy Spirit Mass: A New Choral Mass Premiered by the National Lutheran Choir, Washington DC (October 22) and St. Paul, Minnesota (October 27 and October 29). The National Lutheran Choir presents a newly commissioned work for chorus and strings written by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. Commissioned for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the piece was created with the intention of celebrating the common ground shared by all people of God, as well as the progress that Lutherans and Roman Catholics have made in overcoming the obstacles that once divided them. For more information go to www.nlca.com.
Monday, October 23: Concordia University Wisconsin – 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – Reformation 500 Lecture Series Reprise. Drs. Susan Mobley and Brian Harries will revisit their 2014 lectures.
Monday, October 23-Sunday, October 29: Concordia University Wisconsin – Miscellaneous Reformation celebrations. The week’s commemorations will also include a drama performance by Concordia’s Theatre Department; a themed essay contest, led by Concordia’s School of Education, for area Lutheran students; a showing of the PBS documentary “Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World” with commentary from the producer.
Tuesday, October 24: Concordia University Wisconsin – 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – Reformation 500 Lecture Series Reprise. Drs. Alexa Doebele and Jason Lane will revisit their 2015 lectures.
Tuesday, October 24: Concordia University Wisconsin – Pharmacy and Vocation. Area grade school students are invited to visit Concordia’s School of Pharmacy.
Wednesday, October 25: Concordia University Wisconsin – Day of Reformation Reflections on the Theme of Vocation. The day will include a community breakfast, chapel, presentation and panel discussion with Dr. Robert Benne, sectionals, and appearance by Martin Luther impressionist David Wiedenkeller. Open to the public.
Thursday, October 26: Concordia University Wisconsin – 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. – Reformation 500 Lecture Series Reprise. Drs. Gaylund Stone and Timothy Maschke will revisit their 2013 lectures.
Thursday, October 26- Sunday, October 29: Concordia University St. Paul – Theater Department presents four 7:30 p.m. performances of John Osborne’s Luther in the E. M. Pearson Theater
Friday, October 27: Concordia University Wisconsin – 7:30 p.m. Reformation-theme music concert. The CUW music department will perform pieces by some of Martin Luther’s admirers. Open to the public.
Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29: Concordia St. Paul – Department of Theology and Ministry hosts Destination 500, a weekend for high school juniors and seniors and their families to explore church vocations. Activities include attending the play Luther and a visit to the Reformation Exhibit at the Minneapolis headquarters of Thrivent. For more information: https://www.csp.edu/destination500/
Saturday, October 28: Concordia University Chicago Reformation 500 Celebration Day https://www.cuchicago.edu/experience/faith/500th-anniversary-reformation/reformation-500-celebration-day/
Saturday, October 28: Herb Mueller preaching for circuit Reformation service in Wausau, WI
Saturday, October 28: Free Reformation Konzertreihe concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. 4:00 p.m. Reformation Hymn Festival (Sherry Graveson, guest organist). More information at: http://immanuelalexandria.org/reformation
Saturday, October 28: Immanuel Lutheran School, Bristol, CT, is hosting a Run for Reformation 5K for the church and community on Saturday, October 28. The school windows will be alive with backlit images depicting the Reformation and all that we represent. Celebratory banners will be placed along the race route, which will go throughout the town. The route happens to go by four of our Catholic churches as well. We love our Catholic friends and wouldn’t dream of leaving them out of this festive event.
Saturday, October 28: St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Thorndale, Texas is hosting a 5K Run/Walk & Kids 1K on Saturday October 28th. Registration is open. Rates will increase after October 1st. Details and registration are available at:
Saturday, October 28: Brat Trot 5 K hosted by Immanuel Lutheran, Terre Haute, IN. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 645 Poplar St. Terre Haute, IN. Visit Brattrot.itsyourrace.com for more information.
Saturday, October 28: Trinity Lutheran Church in Okmulgee, OK is hosting Luther’s Oktoberfest: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy Craft Beer! Watch the Reformation Play. Dance the Chicken Dance! Enjoy “Mach Schnell” Oompah Band! Eat German Sausage, Kraut, Pretzels and Apple Strudel! Adults: $14 ($16 at the door) Children 6-14: $5 ($6 at the door) Great German Dinner, Music
and Dance included! Bring the whole Family and Friends! 1314 E 6th St, Okmulgee, OK 74447 – Call Becky or stop by to buy your ticket: (918) 756-6046. https://www.trinityokmulgee.org/luthers-oktoberfest/
Saturday, October 28: The Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Schools (PALS) will host a Family Reformation Festival from 1-8 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran School, 700 Idaho Ave., Verona, PA. The event will include: food provided by Pittsburgh Area Lutheran Ministries (PALM) for a free-will donation benefiting hurricane victims; two free concerts by Arison; Reformation walk; outdoor games and activities; showing of the new Luther movie. This event will be enjoyed by families with children of any age.
Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, October 29: In order to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, the Texas District–Area D is gathering for an unprecedented Area-wide 2 Day Reformation event at two different churches, October 28th and 29th in which we will be not only looking at our past, but looking forward to the future. Special guests will include President Ken Hennings of the Texas District. There will be a concert from the Houston Lutheran Chorale as well as Houston Brass, combined school music groups, school art contests, music from area D school students, bounce houses, explanations of various different worship types that exist in the Lutheran church, and most importantly, we have set a goal of raising $50,000 to give to the Texas district to plant new churches and Missions in the Texas District. For more information, you can find our event at www.500forward.org
Sunday, October 29: President Harrison preaches at a combined North and South Minnesota Districts event at Concordia University, St. Paul. This is all I could find: http://www.mnsdistrict.org/networking-events/2017/2/10/unique-reformation-choral-opportunity?rq=reformation
Sunday, October 29: Aberdeen Circuit (South Dakota)– Service at 4:30 p.m. (Central time), at St. Paul-Aberdeen. Rev. Dr. Raymond Hartwig, preacher. A German meal will follow.
Sunday, October 29: Black Hills Circuit (South Dakota)– morning of October 29 (time TBA, Mountain time), service at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City. Congregations forego their own services to worship together. Rev. Dr. Kory Maas, preacher.
Sunday, October 29: Watertown Circuit (South Dakota)– Service at 3:30 p.m. (Central time), at Mount Calvary-Brookings. Rev. Terry Naasz, preacher.
Sunday, October 29: Pierre Circuit (South Dakota) – Service at 3:00 p.m. (Central time), at Faith-Pierre. Rev. Scott Sailer, preacher.
Sunday, October 29: Sioux Falls Circuit (South Dakota) – Service at 5:30 p.m. (Central time), at Brandon Valley High School, Brandon, SD. Rev. Dr. Wallace Schulz, preacher. A German meal will follow.
Sunday, October 29: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of St. Charles, Illinois, and Immanuel Lutheran Church of Batavia, Illinois, will hold a joint celebration of the Gospel and the Reformation at the historic Arcada theater in St. Charles, Illinois, on Sunday, October 29; doors open at 9:45 a.m., celebration begins at 10:00 a.m. This event is especially designed for members to invite unchurched and de-churched friends to come and hear what this historic event was really all about: the forgiveness of sins through our Lord Jesus.
Sunday, October 29: Circuit 15 (Southeastern District)– Mecklenburg Reformation Sunday Service – 4:00 p.m. Ascension (1225 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204). Worship Service Theme: “Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.” Hymn Festival Service coordinated by Mark Johansen, Ascension’s Music Director. Reformation Festival Service featuring Bach Cantata #129 (in English) by a combined choir. Cantata rehearsals: Oct. 22 (morning), Oct. 28 (morning), Oct. 29 (2:00 p.m). Reception in Fellowship Hall (5:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 29: Baltimore Area Reformation Sunday Service – Emmanuel (929 Ingleside Avenue, Catonsville, MD 21228). A reformation service is being planned by Circuits 3 – Baltimore East and 5 – Baltimore West. The guest speaker is Rev. Dr. Jon Vieker, Senior Assistant to the President, LCMS. Time of the worship is yet to be determined.
Sunday, October 29: Northern Virginia Reformation Sunday Service – 4:00 p.m. Good Shepherd (1133 Reston Avenue, Herndon, VA 20170). A 500th Reformation Celebration is planned for our two Northern Virginia Circuits, 9A and 9B.
Sunday, October 29: Concordia University Wisconsin – 3:30 p.m. – District-sponsored Reformation service. Synod Vice President John Wohlrabe Jr. will preach. Open to the public.
Sunday, October 29: Concordia University, Nebraska Reformation Worship Service & Germanfest Dinner. Preaching: Rev. Dr. Timothy Saleska. https://reformation.cune.edu/events/reformation-celebration-worship/
Sunday, October 29: Northwest District – Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, Washington. http://nwreformation500.com/. 2pm – Exhibits and fellowship. 4:30pm – 500th anniversary festival worship service. The preacher at the Northwest Reformation 500 festival worship service will be Rev. Dr. William Weinrich, Professor of Historical Theology and Coordinator of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.
Sunday, October 29: North Wisconsin District Circuits 12, 13, 14 Joint Reformation Service – 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bonduel. Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher from Fort Wayne Seminary. Mass choir, special music, banner processional, etc. The theme is “It’s Still All About Jesus.”
Sunday, October 29: Reformation Fest: Peace Lutheran Church, 300 Lincoln St., Antigo, WI. This Circuit-wide event will involve all nine congregations. A festival service beginning at 3:30 p.m. will include a colorful banner processional and clergy from all the Circuit 7 churches. In addition to congregational singing of Reformation hymns accompanied by brass instruments, there will be mass adult and children’s choir and a bell choir. The guest speaker will be Rev. Dr. Tim Roser, 1st Vice President of the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The theme will be, “It’s Still All About Jesus.” A freewill offering is designated for the Synodical Joint Seminary Fund. Following the service, the festival continues with German food, including brats, German potato salad, spaetzle, sauerkraut and dumplings, sweet and sour red cabbage, pretzels, and root beer. After the service, children will begin their “Reformation Walk” by entering through the castle doors. They will be given a passport which will be used to go from station to station to learn about Martin Luther and his times. Participants will see a model of the Wartburg Castle and meet Luther and Katie impersonators. Due to generous Thrivent grants, all events are free and the public is welcome to attend.
Sunday, October 29: Mississippi Gulf Coast Reformation Worship Service – Circuit 14 of the Southern District is hosting a special joint Reformation Worship Service on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 p.m. A light reception will follow the service. The service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Biloxi, MS. http://southernlcms.org/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation/
Sunday, October 29: Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. 10:00 a.m. Festival Divine Service with Luther’s Deutsche Messe (Rev. Christopher S. Esget and Rev. Peter J. Eckardt). More information at: http://immanuelalexandria.org/reformation
Sunday, October 29: South Wisconsin District: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM Community Reformation Gathering – Come join us for food, fellowship and games. Enjoy some brats and other delicious offerings at the Algoma Town Hall (15 N Oakwood Rd, Oshkosh, WI 54904). Face painting, pumpkin bowling, a bounce house, Topfschlagen and other German fun will also be happening. Sit and play Sheepshead with some new friends. Starting at 3:00 PM please join us at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Oshkosh for a joint South Wisconsin District Circuit 13 worship service. It will be a service full of dynamic preaching and beautiful choir music. All are welcome! http://www.goodshepherdinoshkosh.com/reformation-500-celebration.html
Sunday, October 29: Holy Cross in Collinsville, Ill will celebrate Reformation 500 with festival worship at 8:00 and 10:30, followed by a Reformation Walk Noon-2:30. At the Reformation Walk, participants will first be served a meal of sausage and ‘stew’, then will have the opportunity to visit 10 stations which will depict different sounds, tastes, and life events from the time of Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation. Crafts, games, food, education, musical instruments, fellowship and prayer will make this an event for the whole family to enjoy! Everyone who completes the walk will have a chance to enter their name in a drawing for fun Reformation 500 prizes. Due to generous Thrivent Action Grants, all events are free and open to the public. The address of the church is 304 South Street, Collinsville, IL 62234. Invite a friend and see you there! Please call the church office at 618-344-3145 or email HCLutherwalk@gmail.com for more information.
Sunday, October 29: The Lutheran Mission Federation of the Indiana district, circuits number 18( Brownstown) and 17(Seymour) – Reformation Church service at Immanuel Lutheran, Seymour starting at 4:00 PM with an Organ recital, featuring Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer as speaker followed by a supper, a performance by a local German band and finally a Reformation walk. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/lutheranmissionfederation/
Sunday, October 29: Reformation Celebration at Trinity Lutheran Church – 2:00 p.m. -250 S. Indiana Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307. Rev. Dan May, Indiana District President, will be the guest preacher.
Sunday, October 29: 2:00 p.m. – St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Merrill, WI. The congregations of Circuit 6 will come together and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Guest Preacher for this service will be 1st VP – Herbert Mueller, Jr. Guest Organist will be Irene Beethe with a brass Quartet and combined choir. Open to all. St. John is located at 1104 E. 3rd Street, Merrill, Wisconsin.
Monday, October 30: Concordia University Chicago with President Harrison on the program: https://www.cuchicago.edu/experience/faith/500th-anniversary-reformation/the-reformation-at-500-an-interdenominational-conversation/
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia University Irvine Reformation Event: “Why It Still Matters: The Theological and Political Legacy of the Protestant Reformation” (Dr. Adam Francisco and the Rev. Dr. Michael Middendorf), 9 a.m., CU Center.
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia University Irvine Reformation Event: Festival Worship (music provided by The Concordia Choir, organ and brass; sermon by the Rev. Dr. Steve Mueller, Dean of Christ College, 10:30 a.m., CU Center.
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia University Irvine Reformation Event: Luther’s Lunch: featuring great German food, root beer kegs, and a commemorative stein (lunch with stein is $12); visit the CUI Missions Activities Info Fair during lunch, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia University Irvine Reformation Event: Special Reformation Day performance of Symphony No. 5 (“Reformation”) by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Concordia Sinfonietta, Dr. Jeff Held, conductor, 1 p.m., CU Center
Tuesday, October 31: President Harrison at CTSFW to preach at their evening Reformation Service. http://www.ctsfw.edu/resources/reformation-500/500th-anniversary-of-the-reformation-service/
Tuesday, October 31: Northern Illinois District Circuit N-5 is planning a 500th anniversary Divine Service at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s, Elgin. Dr. Daniel Gard of Concordia University Chicago is preaching.
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia University Ann Arbor – CUAA Reformation Service. Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31: Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will host the 500th Anniversary Reformation Service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. The music-filled evening will feature two Seminary choirs. Performers also will include singers and musicians from Lutheran High School South and other area Lutheran schools and congregations. Selections will include traditional hymns as well as more contemporary and ethnically diverse arrangements. The service is free and open to the public and will be live streamed at www.csl.edu/live. Click here to download a concert poster or a bulletin insert. More information at: http://www.csl.edu/.
Tuesday, October 31: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) will host its first ever webinar, a 60-minute session entitled What Music is “Lutheran” and “Of the Reformation?” scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. Presented by Dr. David Cherwein, the session costs $25 for ALCM members, $39 for non-ALCM members. To register, or for more information, go to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary Day of the Reformation.
Late October: Ohio District – Lutheran Reformation Service to be scheduled for late October 2017 in Downtown Cleveland. Date and time TBD.
Wednesday, November 1: Concordia University Irvine Reformation Event: Reformation 500: An Evening of Word and Song. A hymn festival featuring organ, Concordia’s choirs, orchestras, and handbells with a Lutheran high school honors choir and combined chorus including local church choir members. In addition to memorable sacred music, the audience will join the choirs in singing beloved hymns in powerful settings in a program with special commentary. An evening of great Lutheran music and commentary not to be missed! Tickets available to purchase. Order tickets at scfta.org. 7 p.m., Segerstom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa.
Wednesday, November 1: Reformation Panel – 7:00 p.m. An ecumenical discussion on the legacy of the Reformation sponsored by Lutheran Student Fellowship of Pittsburgh and the PGH Christian Studies Program will include Roman Catholic, Anabaptist, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Eastern Orthodox participants. Pastor Eric R. Andrae (LCMS campus pastor; PCSP Advisory Council member) will be the Lutheran representative. On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Free and open the public, including refreshments. For more information, email EricAndrae@gmail.com.
November 2-4: Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation Through Music, Minneapolis, MN. The Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vanska, will perform the Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation Through Music, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2017, and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. Those not able to attend in person can listen on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. – nationally through live web-stream by going to https://www.mpr.org/ or locally by tuning into 91.5 FM. More information at http://www.lutheranarts.org/.
Saturday, November 4: Kansas District LLL Circuit event
Sunday, November 5: Change the World: One Life at a Time North Carolina – A 500th Reformation Celebration in the Southern Region – J.S. Dorton Arena (1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607). Area LCMS churches are planning a day for the entire family at Dorton Arena on November 5, 2017 in joyous thanks for the 500th Reformation anniversary. Initial plans are to hold a worship service followed by an afternoon of service to our neighbors. The main speaker for the 2017 event will be Rev. Greg Seltz, who is The Lutheran Hour Speaker. Volunteers will be need for kids zone and other areas of this special event . You won’t want to miss this celebration service and gathering as we bring together ALL of the LCMS churches in the area and praise God in one voice saying “It’s Still All About Jesus!” Questions can be directed to email@example.com or you can visit www.trianglefaith.org for more details.
Sunday, November 5: Huron Circuit (South Dakota)– Service at 3:00 p.m. (Central time), at Mount Calvary-Huron. Rev. Dr. Cameron McKenzie, preacher.
Tuesday, November 14: Concordia University Ann Arbor – Reformation Relived: After 500 Years. Kreft Center for the Arts, 7:00 p.m. The fourth and final speaker of the Reformation Relived: After 500 Years series will be led by Dr. David Maxwell of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, presenting “What the Reformation is Really About.” The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, November 28: Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) Webinar. ALCM will hold a webinar on Rehearsal Time Management: How to be ahead of the game when the clock runs out (and the clock ALWAYS runs out at 2 p.m. ET.
December 15-23: Folger Consort, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC. Folger Consort, the early music ensemble-in-residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, will celebrate the season with evocative Advent and holiday music from Germany, from the medieval majesty of the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the flower of the 17th-century German Baroque. The music of Praetorius, Schütz, Schein, and Scheidt will be performed, along with festive dances and canzonas, with lute, organ, viol consort Arcadia Viols and vocal ensemble Cathedra. Selections commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. For information and tickets, visit Folger Consort.
Friday, January 5: Free Reformation Konzertreihe concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA. 7:00 p.m. Choral Program of Evening Prayer with the Concordia Theological Seminary Kantorei (Kevin J. Hildebrand, Kantor). More information at: http://immanuelalexandria.org/reformation
Wednesday, January 18- Friday, January 20: Symposia Series 2017 Marks 500th Anniversary of the Reformation to www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia: 32nd Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology “The Spirit of Reformation Exegesis Today”; 40th Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions “The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Continuing the Celebration” In addition to many members of the CTSFW faculty, several prominent theologians, including the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will be presenting during this year’s Symposia Series. For online registration, schedule and speaker information, go to www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.