Celebration of Blessings Festival Breakfast will be Sunday, December 3rd at 10:15 AM in the Fellowship Hall.
A slide presentation of this past year's activities will be shown. Please sign up in the Gathering Area to attend so Marvin Sampson and Team know how much food to prepare.
This year's stewardship campaign is underway. Please respond by returning your estimate of giving card soon. Your generosity is needed and much appreciated.
Our deepest sympathy to Al Augustine and his family. Carol Augustine passed away October 9, 2017. Carol was a beautician and at one point owned her own beauty salon. She kept busy lending her talents to “Crafting for Christ” and volunteering with the American Legion Women’s Post 13.
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Jack Waters. Jack passed away October 7th, in Indiana. He was laid to rest with his wife Mary, in their hometown, Vincennes, Indiana.
Our deepest sympathy to Adele Vickers and family. Adele’s mother Rhea Vickers passed away October 17th, 2017.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From an Irish Headstone
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO BOB AND ANNE ERICKSON, for having “our painting” framed, and hung over the couch in the narthex. What a wonderful experience we had on August 6th of this year, when we watched Pastor Paul Oman paint an awesome Biblical scene right before our eyes!! It is something we will never forget.
A BIG Thank you from Gini!!!
Thank you all my beautiful church family! Your cards & notes & your wonderful thoughts were just what the Doctor ordered. You know when you get my age—I’ve been around the block a time or 2—well—this last block I do not want to repeat! I love you all!
A BIG THANK YOU to Marty Waite of the Banner Committee for the lovely banner with the Luther Symbol, which hangs behind the organ.
21 More Things You May Not Have Known about the Reformation
(See 1– 18 in the October Newsletter)
19. The first European colonists who came to North America were attempting to escape post-Reformation conflicts and persecution. They were 98 percent Protestant and a diverse mix of denominations, but their newfound freedom wasn’t without intense conflict and intolerance between denominations and religions.
20. In the late 1800s, some North American religious leaders voiced concern over what they feared was hero-worship of Reformation leaders. They encouraged refocusing on theological issues and teachings, the accomplishments and failings of reformers like Luther and Zwingli, and contributions of reformers prior to the 16th century.
21. While the Reformation gave birth to Protestantism, today only two of the 10 countries with the largest Protestant populations are European.
22. Today the United States has more Protestants than any other country, about 160 million. Nigeria is second, with nearly 60 million Protestants. China has the third-largest Protestant population, approximately 58 million.
23. About half of all Christians worldwide today are Catholic (50 percent), while more than one-third are Protestant (37 percent).
24. Recent research and surveys reveal that about one-third of mainstream Protestants believe eternal life depends on our actions and living a good life, despite the biblical understanding and teachings of the reformers that salvation is a gift from God received through faith in Christ, through no effort of our own. However, Luther did teach that a Christian produces good works like an apple tree naturally produces apples.
25. Reformation Day is a national holiday in Chile, and is officially called Día Nacional de las Iglesias Evangélicas y Protestantes—National Day of the Evangelical and Protestant Churches.
26. If Luther could have had his way, he would have probably deleted the books of Esther, Hebrews, James, Jude and Revelation from the Bible. They were among his least favorite books of the Bible.
27. There were reformers well before Luther and what became known as the Reformation, but Luther and other reformers of his time became the first to skillfully use the power of the printing press to give their ideas a wide audience.
28. During the religious wars that followed the Reformation, even family members were often pitted against one another. Both Catholics and Protestants were often convinced that the other was doing “the devil’s work.”
29. The Counter-Reformation—or Catholic Reformation—initiated vigorous efforts to condemn the teachings and influence of Protestant reformers, restore obedience and loyalty, reconvert the converted and establish new missions and influence globally in regions including Africa, Asia and South America.
30. The Catholic Society of Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits, was founded in 1534 and participated in the Counter-Reformation to stop Protestantism from spreading. Today they represent the largest single religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church.
31. The Council of Trent (1562) decreed that all bishops must “banish from churches all those kinds of music in which, whether by organ or in the singing, there is mixed up anything lascivious or impure, as also all secular actions; vain and therefore profane conversations, all walking about, noise, and clamor, that so the House of God may be seen to be, and may be called, truly, a house of prayer.”
32. On April 18, 1994, the Church Council of the ELCA officially repudiated and apologized for Luther’s words and teachings that have been appropriated by anti-Semites for the teaching of hatred and violence toward Judaism or toward the Jewish people. The ELCA also pledged to oppose such bigotry within the church and in society and to pray for the increasing cooperation and understanding between Lutheran Christians and the Jewish community.
33. The idea put forth during the Reformation that God sees all believers as spiritually equal had profound repercussions in the church—especially when the idea was applied to women.
34. Luther’s exhortation to read and interpret the Bible on one’s own and the impact of the printing press opened new doors for lay people that changed the church’s approach to faith formation and Christian education forever.
35. One of the far-reaching impacts of the Reformation was the promotion of applying the word of God to every area and endeavor of life, in the church and in society.
36. The early movement of Lutheranism quickly gained followers in the German states, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Scotland and portions of France.
37. While we associate the Reformation with Germany, broader reformation movements spread across Northern and Western Europe, including also England and Switzerland.
38. England went through its own religious and political reformation in the late 1500s through early 1600s. It was influenced by Luther and other reformers, but it was more deeply intertwined with the power, personal beliefs and political motives of England’s kings, queens and political leaders of the time.
39. In the 17th century, Lutherans from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark began to migrate to the United States, bringing their language, culture and Lutheran faith with them.
Taken from The Living Lutheran Magazine, June 2017