Central Conference Reformation 500 Gathering – October 15

Reformation Anniversary

An opportunity to commemorate together the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Sunday, October 15, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
1701 16th Ave
Sterling, IL 61081

2:30 Presentation by Prof Wanda Deifelt: “The Legacy of the Lutheran Reformation and its Influence in Shaping Current Ecumenical Dialog and Partnerships”

4:00 Worship with Bishop Jeffrey Clements featuring a hymn-sing: “Through the Church Year with Martin Luther”

followed by a light supper.

Reformation 500 Gathering

Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Wanda Deifelt is Professor of Church History at Luther College, Decorah IA. Prof. Deifelt is a pastor of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil and actively involved with the Lutheran World Federation. She is a participant in the Lutheran-Catholic Dialog and authored a major paper for last year’s publication From Conflict to Communion. The topic for her Central Conference presentation is “The Legacy of the Lutheran Reformation and its Influence in Shaping Current Ecumenical Dialog and Relationships.”

Worship: Pr. Jeffrey Clements, Bishop of the ELCA Northern Illinois Synod will preach. He was elected bishop in June of 2016. Prior to that he had served parishes at Massbach (St. John’s); Dixon, Immanuel; Prophetstown, First; and as Assistant to the Bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod.

The service will include a Festive Hymn Sing based on some of Martin Luther’s many hymns and move us through the Church Year. The Worship Planning Team is co-chaired by Beth Nelson Chase, Choir Director at St. James, rural Forreston, and Karen Larson, organist at Trinitiy, Mt. Morris.

An offering will be received designated for the Campaign for the ELCA and the synod’s “Nursing Project – Tanzania” to raise funds to build a much needed new nursing school building at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania. The Arusha Diocese is a companion synod of the Northern Illinois Synod.

Light Supper: Thanks to the generosity of a number of individual donors the meal will be complimentary and catered by Arthur’s Garden Deli.

Please come and celebrate together with sisters and brothers from our conference congregations at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling (16th & Lefevre) on Sunday, October 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Members of ecumenical partner congregations will be invited to join us.