South Conference Reformation Fair

Event Details

The congregations of the South Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod invite you to their Reformation Fair on Sunday, April 30 from 3-5pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 607 10th Avenue, Mendota.

See Martin Luther

Martin Luther will be present! Well, at least Roger Haeffner will be present at the Reformation Fair portraying the great reformer.

Reformation Art

Reformation art was significant in portraying the basic theological themes of the reformers. It was also a part of the propaganda of the times. Much of the art was by the official artist of reformation, Lucas Cranach the Elder. However, art went way beyond a painting in a frame. The art of the time also adorned pieces of furniture in the home and in churches. Pastor Tammy Anderson will show various examples of Reformation Art.

Reformation Choir

Want to sing in the choir? For those who would like to sing in the choir at the Closing Worship, there is a rehearsal at 4:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

Lutheran Pretzels

So, did you known National Pretzel Day is on April 26? There are several accounts of the origin of the pretzel, but most people agree that it does have a Christian background. Stop by the Pretzel Booth and learn about the origins of the pretzel. Join bakers Pastor William Weidenbach and Pastor Marilyn Hanson in baking your own pretzels in celebration of the Lutheran Reformation.

Luther’s Door

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Pastor Kim Lee-Brown is making and bringing a full sized door upon which participants can post matters of faith and church life they would like to see discussed and debated by the church. The door will also have a copy of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on it.

Print your own Luther’s Seal

Luther’s Seal (also called Luther’s Rose) is widely recognized as a symbol for Lutheranism. In 1530, John Frederick of Saxony, requested that such a symbol be designed and produced as a visible expression and summary of Luther’s theology. The emblem was simply produced, presented to Luther for his comments as to whether or not it served to express his theology and faith. Luther responded in a letter to Lazarus Spengler, dated July 8, 1530: “Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. ‘For one who believes from the heart will be justified’ (Romans 10:10).

Using a simplified “Printing Press” you will have the opportunity to press print an inked copy of Luther’s seal as a keepsake to take home with you. Pastor Tim Kenyon will assist you.

Luther’s Seal Craft Project

Did you know the colors in Luther’s Seal tell us about Lutheran beliefs? Members of St. John’s Mendota and Pastor Janet Lepp will help participants make a Luther’s Seal to take home as they learn what it all means.

Hymns of Luther

Martin Luther was an avid hymn writer. Under the music leadership of Pastor Kris Zierke the participants will have a chance to look at (and to also sing) some of Martin Luther’s hymns from A Mighty Fortress is Our God to Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9


Lemonade, coffee, and cookies will be served.

Closing Worship: Luther’s Chorale

The Reformation Fair will close with a Heritage Worship at 4:30 pm. The service will use part of Martin Luther’s Chorale Mass but as a Service of the Word. Participants will sing period hymns plus a choir will sing.

Sponsored by the South Conference Congregations

  • Bethany Lutheran Church – Leland
  • Emmaus Lutheran Church – McNabb
  • First Lutheran Church – Granville
  • First Lutheran Church – Ohio
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Earlville
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Marseilles
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church – Peru
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Seneca
  • St. John Lutheran Church on the Hill – Princeton
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Mendota
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Peru
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church – Somonauk
  • St. Matthews Lutheran Church – Princeton
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Streator
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Tonica
  • Trinity Lutheran Church – Ottawa

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