500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The Southern District is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in a big way! If you have a special event to add to the list below, please send the details to d.olmstead@southernlcms.org.






Luther Movie Nights

Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World
This film tells the rousing adventure story that was Martin Luther’s life, following his bold quest for truth – a journey that would reshape the church and the world. Hugh Bonneville narrates the 108-minute film. Revisiting the birth of the Protestant Reformation, the film is a must-see for every Lutheran. It was filmed in historic locations throughout Europe, and it brings the adventurous life of Martin Luther to life. It tells a story filled with political intrigue, kidnappings, and life-or-death showdowns. At the same time, it is a story that deals with some of life’s most important questions, including “Who am I?” “What is my purpose?” and “How do I get right with God?”
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for the movie trailer.

Date: September 30 (hosted by Atonement – Metairie, LA)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Atonement Gym / Fellowship Center
Cost: None – This screening is free, and dinner will be provided by the Men’s Club
To RSVP: (504) 887-0225 (dial 9, then ext. 100) or email churchoffice@alcs.org
Date: Thursday, October 19 (St. Mark’s – Elberta, AL)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AMC Wharf 15
Tickets ($10): Click here
Date: Sunday, October 15
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Messiah Church – Prattville, AL
Cost: None
Brochure: PDF file
Date: Thursday, October 26 (hosted by the Lutheran churches of the Pensacola area)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AMC Bayou 15
Tickets ($11): Click here
Date: October 18 (hosted by Our Redeemer – Clinton, MS)
6:30 p.m.
Cinemark Tinseltown Pearl
Tickets ($10):
 Click here
Date: Thursday, October 26 (hosted by Mt. Olive – Metairie, LA)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: AMC Elmwood Palace 20
Tickets ($12): Click here
Date: Thursday, October 19 (hosted by Immanuel – Bossier City, LA)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Robinson Film Center
Tickets ($10): Click here
Bulletin Insert: PDF file


Reformation 500 – Praying it Forward

Everyone is invited to join in commemorating this wonderful moment in history and rediscovering the Gospel that was discovered in the Reformation 500 years ago. This event will be a partnership with all groups within our local congregations, whether circuit, elementary, or high school. There will be elements of networking fellowship, mercy, grace and salvation. We will reach out to cultural communities sharing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We pray that this event will reflect Christ’s love and passion for all people.

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lena Powell Convention Center – Camden Alabama
Flier: PDF file


God Is Great! Musical Celebration at St. Mark’s in Elberta

Jennie Williamson from AriSon Records will be featured in “God is Great!  A Musical Celebration” at St. Mark’s Lutheran in Elberta on Sunday morning, September 24 at 8:45 a.m.  Jennie Williamson brings an energy and excitement for Jesus that is contagious!  Her music and live events are filled with incredible messages of love and hope that reaches the hearts of every audience.  The community is invited to attend the event which is for all ages.

Jennie will also lead the singing at the 9:45 a.m. service that morning.  St. Mark’s is located at 13220 Main Street in Elberta.  For more information, call the church office at 986-8133.  The morning of special music is part of St. Mark’s 500thAnniversary of the Reformation events this fall.

Jennie was a Vocal Performance Major at Northwest Missouri State University and was a Choral Conducting major as a Graduate Student at Ohio University.  In graduate school, Jennie was a Top-8 National Finalist for the American Choral Directors Association Graduate-Student Conducting Competition.

In 2000, Jennie started her career in Christian Music.  In 2004, Jennie and her husband Brian created AriSon Records.  AriSon was created to share God’s love and His truths through music to people of all ages all over the world.

Singing, speaking and teaching are all very important to Jennie.  While she understands that words and text are good for the cognitive part of our brain, she feels the soul is sometimes left untouched.   So many people “hear” the “words” but the “words” may still not penetrate the heart.  Music is just one unique way of reaching, touching and communicating God’s love and truths to the deepest parts of our hearts.

Jennie travels across the country sharing her music and message.  This is Jennie’s third time to share her music with members and the community in Elberta.  Jennie and Brian live in Franklin, TN, a suburb of Nashville, with their two beautiful girls Emma Lou and Eva Jane.

Date: Sunday, September 24
Time: Worship Services – 7:30 and 9:45 a.m.; Concert – 8:45 a.m.
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – Elberta, AL
Photos: Jennie Williamson Photos


Dr. Paul Maier Seminar: “Martin Luther & the Reformation”

Circuit 4 has invited Dr. Paul Maier to present a one-day seminar on Saturday, October 21, at The Village Church in Lacombe, LA. The seminar will start with registration at 9:00 a.m. and be followed by a special Reformation Worship Service at 3:30 p.m., where Dr. Maier will be the guest preacher. The cost is $10 per person, which includes refreshments and a Louisiana lunch prepared by The Village Men’s Club. An RSVP to Rev. Louis Bolt is appreciated, for a meal head count. (pastor@stpaulhamond.org)

A block of hotel rooms will be available for the Dr. Paul Maier seminar in October, which is being hosted by Circuit 4. The room cost per night is $89 at the Holiday Inn Express in Slidell (985-888-1990). The rate of $89 will apply to the nights of October 20 and 21. The deadline for you to reserve a room in the block is September 1. (The weekend of the seminar, there is a soccer tournament in Slidell so rooms will fill quickly.)

Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: Registration – 9:00 a.m.; Worship Service – 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Village Church – Lacombe, LA
Cost: $10 (includes refreshments and lunch)
PDF file


Reformation 500 Celebration in Cullman

You are invited to a special Reformation 500 celebration, featuring guest speaker Dr. Erik Hermann and guest organist Benjamin A. Kolodziej. Dr. Hermann is associate professor of historical theology at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. Benjamin A. Kolodziej is full-time organist and director of worship at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Plano, TX, who has also performed in many countries including the UK, Germany, Austria, Norway, Italy, and Switzerland.

Date: Saturday, October 28
Seminar: 9:00 – 11:30
Organ Concert: 1:00 – 2:00
Worship: pre-service music at 3:15 p.m., with the service beginning at 3:30
Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Cullman, AL
Cost: $5.00
Postcard: PDF file


Reformation Hymn Fest

Zion in New Orleans is hosting a hymn fest in October, featuring glorious musical settings played on a new organ.

Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Zion Lutheran Church – New Orleans, LA


Reformation Service and Oktoberfest

Atonement in Metairie, LA, is holding a special Reformation service, followed by an Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 28.

Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Atonement – Metairie, LA


Messiah Celebrates the Reformation

October 2017 – 500 years in the making! The month of October has been designated the month of Reformation Celebration! We will celebrate our freedom found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the grace of God, founded on the Word of God. We believe that our salvation is found only by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, and we look only to the Word of God for the direction of our daily living.

Reformation Festival

Date: Saturday, October 28
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Messiah Church – Prattville, AL
Brochure: PDF file

Reformation Worship Celebration and German Potluck

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Messiah Church – Prattville, AL
Brochure: PDF flier


Reformation / Lamb of God Anniversary Celebration

Lamb of God in Slidell, LA, will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, plus the 20th anniversary of their congregation. On Sunday, October 29, you are invited to enjoy festivities for all ages, including wiener dog races, a German fair, oompah band, and great food!

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: Worship – 10:30; Oktoberfest – noon to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lamb of God – Slidell, LA
Flier: Click here
Dachshund Race Registration Form: Click here


Fort Walton Beach Reformation Festival

Fort Walton Beach is hosting a Reformation Festival on Sunday, October 29, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Highlights of the celebration will include: main stage live music, children’s activities, bounce houses, photo cut outs, marionettes, craft booths, and food vendors. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Walton Beach Landing
Flier: Click here


Reformation Celebration and Gemütlichkeit

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Panama City will be hosting the celebration of Divine Service to draw to remembrance and to give thanks for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. At this Circuit 15 joint celebration Rev. Dr. Kevin Wendt from Grace Destin will be the guest preacher for the day. There will be a German Supper and keg of German Dunkel provided.

Date:  October 29, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd – Panama City, FL
Please RSVP with the Good Shepherd’s church office (850-871-6600) if you can join us for this joyous celebration.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Reformation Worship Service

Circuit 14 is hosting a special joint Reformation Worship Service on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 p.m. A light reception will follow the service. The service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Biloxi, MS.

Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Good Shepherd – Biloxi, MS
Flier: Click here


Birmingham Area Reformation Festivities

Reformation Hymn Festival

Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: First Lutheran Church – Birmingham, AL
Bulletin InsertPDF Flier

Musicians are still welcome to rehearse and perform.  Please contact Hope Lutheran Church (www.hopebham.org) for
more information.

Mass Reformation Service

Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Samford University’s Beeson Divinity, Hodges Chapel – Birmingham, AL

Contact The Lutheran Church of Vestavia Hills for more information.


Celebrating Reformation 500 in Shreveport-Bossier

Oktoberfest Carnival
Date: Saturday, September 30
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Faith Lutheran Church – Shreveport, LA
Bulletin Insert: PDF Flier
Fun, food, and activities for the whole family!
Reformation Walk/Trunk or Treat
Date: Tuesday, October 31
Time: TBD
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church – Bossier City, LA
Bulletin Insert: PDF Flier
Journey back 500 years to follow Luther’s path to Reformation, step by step.
Reformation Worship Service
Date: Sunday, October 29
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church – Bossier City, LA
Bulletin Insert: PDF Flier
All the area LCMS churches will be joining together to give thanks that “It’s all still about Jesus.”