Reformation Sunday is October 29th. Because this is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we have special activities planned. Come be part of the celebration.
We keep in our prayers all who have lost a loved one.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
From an Irish Headstone
WE RECEIVED A “THANK YOU” from the Mountain View Core Knowledge Pre-School, for the soccer balls, basketballs, volley ball, playground ball, scissors, water color paints, markers, colored pencils, crayons, glue, a jump rope, plus a donation from the Crafting For Christ Group!! There were many pages of the kids’ hand prints in green paint!! They really appreciated our kindness!!
Becky Romano was selected to receive a bouquet of flowers from Thrivent Financial for “making a difference in our community.” The beautiful flowers came to the church office, and we in the office got to enjoy them, because Becky was out of the state at the moment!! She did, however, pick them up when she returned!!
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO…..The estates of Karen Hart and Tony Aron for remembering Shepherd of the Hills church in their estate planning. Thank you to their families for their generous donations.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO Marv and DeDe Waldmann, Susan Sandoval and Vonda Craig for folding and mailing this October newsletter. God Bless You!!!
A BIG THANK YOU TO…..Sandi Allen for watering the plants and A BIG THANK YOU TO….Charlene Coulson formaintaining the big office calendar.
Thank you to everyone who purchased Equal Exchange coffee. As you know by now, you’re supporting fair trade for small farmers, and enjoying great coffee. Sales also enabled us to donate $93.25 to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
18 Things You May Not Know About the Reformation
This list is not meant as an all-encompassing compendium of everything essential to the Reformation and its theology, but rather as a glimpse of the variety of ways the movement that Luther sparked in 1517 would influence the history of the world. Taken from the July 2017 issue of “Living Lutheran”.
1. The word “Protestant” was first used formally around 1529. “Protestant” originates from the Latin word protestari, meaning “declare publicly, testify, protest.”
2. The name “Lutheran” originated as a derogatory term used against Martin Luther by German scholastic theologian Johann Maier von Eck during the Leipzig Debate in 1519.
3. While reformers rejected marriage as a sacrament of the church, they expanded the role of the church in marriage. Couples took an oath before God and the ceremony was moved from outside the church on the doorstep—a medieval practice—to inside the sanctuary in front of the altar.
4. The Reformation created a demand for all kinds of religious writings. Readership was so great that the number of books printed in Germany increased from about 150 in 1518 to nearly 1,000 six years later.
5. By the time Luther died, 30 editions of the Small Catechism had been published. By the end of the 16th century, there were an additional 125 editions in circulation and approximately 100,000 copies in print.
6. An estimated 6,001,500,000 Bibles have been printed since the first one came off the press in the Middle Ages. The first Bible published in North America was printed in 1663.
7. The Luther rose (or Luther seal) was created at the request of printers to have a personal symbol representing the reformer’s faith that could serve as a mark indicating something was an authorized publication of Luther’s. It became widely recognized as the symbol for Lutheranism, and still is today.
8. With the invention of the printing press and the introduction of pamphlets and booklets to the public, women in the 16th century found increasing access to information they had been previously restricted from reading, studying, discussing or even listening to in public settings.
9. The Reformation paved the way for what we still refer to as a “Protestant work ethic.” Luther’s teachings about the “priesthood of all believers” helped dissolve the wall between “temporal” and “spiritual” realms. In doing so, everyday work and labor was affirmed and seen as pleasing to God; it was no longer considered an inferior life to that of a monastic life or the priesthood.
10. Education was set on a far-reaching course of reforming thanks in part to Luther’s advocacy and ideas that a proper, well-organized and broad education for all children—not just those of the wealthy elite—would benefit the state as well as the church.
11. The legacy of Luther’s ideas about education can be seen today in the Lutheran church’s concern for Christian education, early childhood education and schools, colleges and universities, lay schools for ministry and seminaries.
12. An emphasis on the involvement of laypeople during worship revolutionized the way space inside the parish church was used during the Reformation. Many of the physical barriers between priest and congregation were removed. Consequently, the interiors of local churches took on the appearance that many still have today.
13. Whether or not to use pipe organs and other musical instruments during worship became a hotly debated issue for many churches involved in the Reformation movement. Some went as far as banning the use of organs and instruments.
14. Prior to the Reformation, congregational singing—and even talking—during church services wasn’t standard practice in Germany.
15. Luther composed more than 40 hymns in his lifetime, and in 1529 wrote and composed the tune for what became known as “The Battle Hymn of the Reformation”—today called “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
16. Luther desired hymns to be modest and text-driven—derived from Scripture, expressing Christian values, illuminating faith and the gospel message and lending themselves to congregational singing.
17. The area of Germany where Luther’s story unfolded is now referred to as “LutherCountry.” This region of Reformation sites and history was part of East Germany for 40 years until the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
18. The Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555, despite its dissenters and many loopholes. This settlement represented a victory for state princes and granted recognition to both Lutheranism and Roman Catholicism in Germany, allowing each ruler to decide the religion to be practiced within his state, and permitting residents to migrate to a territory where their denomination was recognized.