October 31, 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of the date Martin Luther posted his thoughts (95 Theses) about the current state of the medieval church on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. What started as an academic debate escalated into a religious war that also encompassed political, intellectual, scientific, and cultural aspects of society. As a result, there was not a reformation of the church, but a separation that splintered Catholic Europe and moved the continent out of the middle ages and into the modern era.
We at TCLC commemorated the Reformation during 2017.
Some of the celebrations and events for the year were:
Lenten Soup and Study, 6pm on Wednesdays during Lent. The program centers around Luther and the Reformation. Join us on March 8, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5.
Table Talk with Martin and Katie Luther, April 12, 6pm. We will have dinner in the Fellowship Hall and be joined by Martin and Katie for an evening of discussion, followed by Holy Communion. Wear any German style clothing that you have.
Vacation Bible School, July 17-20, 6-9pm. Relate the Bible's teachings to Luther's actions and learn about God's love for the world. Classes and activities for ages 3 - adult. Dinner included each evening.
"God's work. Our hands" Sunday on September 10, 2017. Martin Luther encouraged all people to help their neighbors. Perform some type of community service this week.
Oktoberfest, 6pm on October 25, 2017. Food and fun in the Fellowship Hall. Wear any German style clothing that you have.
Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017. Worship Service, 10am (Wear red!) Reformation Brunch to follow.