Reformation 500

Grace Changes Everything

In October, 2017, Mount Olivet will join with people around the world to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation – the day on which Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany. That act propelled the church and society into a new age, and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches.

How will Mount Olivet celebrate this momentous occasion? Glad you asked! The answer: With a year’s worth of very special events and activities, October 2016 to November 2017.

The 2016-17 stewardship theme, “Grace Changes Everything,” introduces it all in late August. Celebratory inaugural and closing events featuring prominent speakers will bookend the year. Special monthly organ preludes / postludes will lift up our musical heritage at worship. The first Sunday of most months in the 1700 Chapel, extended organ preludes featuring our own and guest organists will be followed by a service of Sung Prayer at the End of the Day. A unique devotional resource and Small Catechism will be available. The Small Catechism will be the year’s focus for our Confirmation classes as well as our Lenten services. Adult learning opportunities will feature top professors and theologians speaking on a wide variety of topics related to the Reformation and Lutheran understandings of our faith and scripture. Members will learn about and discover how to participate in special art exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Thrivent and be among the first to hear a new Reformation Symphony to be premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra. There’s more and it’s all very exciting! Details and a full calendar will be in upcoming Messengers and a special brochure sent late summer/early fall.

While some of these extraordinary events will be supported by our annual church budget, many items are tentative because of the need for special funding. If you would like to know more about opportunities and ways to give that will have an impact for our congregation as part of Reformation 500, please contact Mari Carlson, Director of Development, 612.821.3150 mcarlson@mtolivethomes.org. For questions about the programming, please contact Carol Throntveit, Director of Adult Ministries 612.767.2246 carolt@mtolivet.org.