500th Anniversary of the Reformation Worship

It was an awesome privilege to join with 13,000 other believers in Jesus Christ to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation this past Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan. Below is a summary article about the event.

I thank God that Martin Luther kept our focus “up” on Jesus. I thank God that this same focus has continued down to our day in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I thank God for the privilege to continue to keep the focus “up” on Jesus through the work of this “Life in God’s Way” relationship ministry. Like Luther before, so I say now, “Here I stand! So help me God. Amen.”


A Report from The Communications Team of the Michigan District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

A wonderful grace-filled day was experienced this past Sunday by approximately 13,000 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Please click on the the recap blog and watch the video in this email. You have our permission to share this email and resources with your congregation through whatever communication means you have in place.
500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Worship Service Recap
During the service, participants were encouraged and challenged to continue to find ways to share Jesus with a “world that so desperately needs Him.” Here are a few ways you can get involved today:
  • Receive encouragement and practical ways to reach out to your neighbors and community by attending “Take Heart, Take Action,” the 2018 Theological Conference on February 24 at Our Savior, Lansing. Engaging speakers will share ways to bring Christ’s hope into our world. Sign up hereto be notified when registration is open. Click here for a full list of District events for laity and church workers.
  • Get involved in the Here We Stand campaign, as a congregation and/or as an individual. Learn more about the four campaign initiatives, avenues to pass on the life-saving message of the Gospel to the next generation while growing the Kingdom today. Learn more at herewestand.michigandistrict.org.
  • Do you have an idea for a new ministry to reach new people, but would like to explore what it takes to start? Check out the Michigan District StartNew Process and contact your Congregation Mission and Ministry Facilitator for more details.
The videos of the choir concert and worship service will be available soon! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to be notified of its release.
During the worship service, a thanksgiving offering was taken in support of the Michigan District’s Here We Stand campaign. The $50,929.63 will go into each of the four campaign initiatives: Church Worker Scholarships, Innovative Missional Ministry, the Michigan District Endowment Fund, and International Ministry. To learn more about the campaign, visit herewestand.michigandistrict.org.
Wow! You all really came through. Thank you to Wellspring Lutheran Services for coordinating this effort. Those in need in the greater Lansing-area were blessed.

Here is a video from Wellspring recapping the Ingathering. Please share!

We have received several inquiries about the possibility of using the historical exhibit. Because of copyright laws and permissions, we can display them at certain locations only for two years. Currently, they are on display at the District Office and will be next summer at the District Convention. Our blog and the November 2017 issue of Michigan In Touch (a supplement to the Lutheran Witness) will feature all four of them in 2-page spreads. The November issue will be available to download at michiganintouch.com by the end of next week to easily share with others.  The Reformation Door that became the altar on stage is also on display in the District Office. If you are in Ann Arbor, fell free to drop by.
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Again, we thank you for your participation! God’s blessings to you and your congregation as you continue to celebrate the grace of God to us through the Reformation and especially through His Son, Jesus Christ.
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