500th Anniversary of Reformation… throughout the month of October we will be doing several special things to focus on the reformation which began in 1517 when Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his ninety-five Rome-challenging theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany as a public invitation for scholarly debate on the subject of indulgences. Luther’s studying of the Scriptures led him and other reformers, like Calvin, Zwingli, and Knox, to protest and stand up against the false teachings, superstitions, and moral decadence of their times. The light of the glorious gospel and God’s precious Word would pierce the millennium-old darkness of the Church of Rome. The famous five “solas” became the unifying cry of the great reformers. “Sola Scriptura,” that is “Scripture alone,” was the foundation that set the tone for the Protestant Reformation. These men believed that Scripture alone is our absolute authority for faith and practice. We will be learning a new hymn, short biographies will be inserted in the bulletins, and several night services will focus on aspects of the reformation.
No two Christians will ever meet for the last time.
Church Directory – updated directories are available today. Each year I have mixed emotions as I hit “delete” on my keyboard to remove those who are no longer attending our church. Yet, it is a joy to add others who have started attending. Copies can be found in the foyer. Inside the front cover are some words of encouragement regarding the benefit of a directory. It reads (in part): A directory like this can greatly assist you… In learning every person’s name in the church. In reaching out to express care and compassion, by sending a note in the mail, calling, or texting. In remembering a person on his/her birthday and/or anniversary. In praying for each person and family on a regular basis.