Upcoming Second Hours

Acknowledging the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s Reformation, there will be two lectures by Reformation Historian, Dr. Peter Starkenko.

The first is on Sunday, October 29, Luther After 500 Years, and the second on Sunday, November 5, Luther’s Revolutionary Children. The Second Hour lectures begin at 11:20 am, following a short coffee fellowship.

Luther sent the Theses enclosed with a letter to Albert of Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, on 31 October 1517, a date now considered the start of the Reformation and commemorated annually as Reformation Day. Luther may have also posted the Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church and other churches in Wittenberg in accordance with University custom.

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October 1st — Blessing of the Animals🐕🐈🐴🐰🐦🐢🐠🐝

A Blessing of the Animals will be held at First Church during the 10 am Sunday worship, on October 1, 2017. Everyone is invited to bring their dog, bird, hamster, or other animal friends to the church this Sunday for a our fall Blessing of the Animals. Bring a photo or a memento from a dear, departed animal friend, or children may bring a favorite stuffed animal. All will receive a blessing on this Communion Sunday.

Curious about the origins of the Blessing of the Animals? The Humane Society of the United States has a very detailed article about this faith tradition that goes all the way back to St. Francis of Assisi sometime around the year 1220 A.D.

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