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OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT THE HUNGER WALK

We’ve walked the walk. Now it’s time for you to support the food pantry. On September 16 two members of our church were among the 17,000 or so walkers that participated in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 32nd Annual Hunger Walk. But if you haven’t already contributed to it, you can still do so by October 22. You may use one of the specially marked “Hunger Walk” envelopes included with the newsletter or found on a table in the narthex.

THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION IS JUST DAYS AWAY

People have been waiting for 500 years to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and, fortunately for us, we are alive to be part of it. It all began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted 95 statements called theses to start a discussion about the role of indulgences in the church. Unfortunately, some thought that it was wrong to criticize the sale of indulgences and opposed Luther. A massive debate began about what Christianity should be like, and the debate has not stopped even now.

Last month’s newsletter mentioned several ways that the Reformation will be celebrated in the Chicago area. The conversation between President Matt Harrison of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Cardinal Blase Cupich is already sold out, but you can still attend one of the following events at Concordia University Chicago, 7400 W. Augusta Boulevard in River Forest, Illinois:

  • October 8 through 31, “Let the Books Tell the Story” will be on display in the Kretzmann Gallery. It is an exhibit of 15th and 16th century books, including part of the Gutenberg Bible (the first printed Bible), J.S. Bach’s personal Bible, and the first Spanish translation of the Bible (done by Casiodoro de Reina, a Lutheran no less!).
  • Sunday, October 8, at 2 p.m. will be the Grand Opening of “Let the Books Tell the Story,” complete with a concert featuring Bach’s music.
  • On Saturday, October 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Reformation 500 Celebration Day, which will include seminars for adults who want to explore the significance of the Reformation, plus fun activities for children of all ages, such as drama, falconry, and armor from Medieval Times and “lunch with Luther.” The day will be end with a festival worship service featuring a region-wide assembly of children’s choirs. The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children, and the fee covers lunch. You must pre-register to attend by going online to www.cuchicago.edu/Reformation.

For directions and explanations about parking on Concordia’s campus, ask Pastor Kellerman.

CATECHISM CLASS FOR YOUTH

Our youth catechism class meets every Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and at present has seven children. Keep the children in your prayers. Pray that God would use the instruction we give them to awaken a strong and abiding faith in Him.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

The Theology Today study group continues to work its way through the book The Church from Age to Age. On October 29 we will cover pages 409-452 (chapters 23 through 25), which cover the events leading up to the Reformation, the life of Martin Luther, and the growth of Lutheranism. In November we will discuss the Swiss, Dutch, English, and Scottish Reformations, and in January we will look at the Roman Catholic reaction and developments in all the churches in the 17th century.