Saint Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA) will observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with an open house for the community on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a German monk, nailed his “95 Thesis” to the door of his church in Wittenberg. By challenging the teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church, Luther started what has become known as the Reformation. Luther’s ideas and writings were at the core of the reform movement. He taught that the central message of Christianity is the good news that sinners become reconciled to God by grace through faith because of the saving work of Jesus Christ. Luther worked with other pastors and teachers who were part of the Reformation movement. The community is invited to this celebration of our shared Reformation history.
During the open house at Saint Andrew, the choir and hand bell choir will perform, Chrismons (Christian symbols used to decorate the church’s Christmas tree) made by members of the congregation will be displayed, information about the ministries of the congregation will be available, and historical facts about the Reformation and Martin Luther will be on hand. Refreshments will be served.
The mission of Saint Andrew Lutheran Church is to share the good news of God’s grace through prayer, worship, witness and service. The congregation provides a food ministry that distributes meals every Tuesday evening in downtown Mount Airy. The church also supports community resources including Grace’s Closet and Yokefellow.
Saint Andrew Lutheran Church is located at 1401 Fancy Gap Road in Mount Airy. This is just off Highway 52 North next to the National Guard Armory. Sunday worship service is at 10 a.m. with Sunday School at 9 a.m.
About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.7 million members in more than 9,300 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
As a church that believes the good news of Jesus Christ provides the freedom and the courage to boldly participate in what God is up to in the world, ELCA members from across the country will observe the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in October 2017.
More information about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is available at ELCA.org.
For open house information contact: Saint Andrew Lutheran Church at 336-789-4315 or www.standrewmtairy.org or Gay Matthews at GaithaMatthews@aol.com 336-368-4421