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April

April 1: Easter Sunday—No program

April 8: Women’s Retreat—No program

April 15 & 22: The Church—Always Reforming: 2017 was something of a Reformation and Martin Luther feast. Of course it is understandable that Lutherans would get excited about the Reformation, but did you notice that others did as well? The Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists, and Baptists, among others, also celebrated this day. These bodies reflect other but connected Reformations in Switzerland, England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Luther was hardly alone. There were many other voices which joined his in reforming the Church in the 16th century. These other reformations have had an outsized impact on the religious landscape in North America. You are invited to attend the adult study hour on April 15 and 22 to engage with Professor Phillip Brandt from Concordia University about these other reformations and learn a little about the roots of our fellow Protestant Christians.

April 15: The Swiss Reformation and its Children – While Luther was writing and reforming Germany, another towering figure of the Reformation was toiling away in Geneva: John Calvin. His reformation would take a different path than Luther’s as he aligned with a town council. Calvinist Geneva will become a training ground for like-minded folks to bring the Reformation ideas to France, the Lowlands, Scotland, and beyond. With Geneva roots, several familiar Christian bodies will arise: Presbyterian, Congregationalists, Dutch Reformed, United Church of Christ and many more. We explore Calvin and Calvin’s Reformation.

April 22: The English Reformation – We have often heard about Henry VIII’s marital troubles and are probably familiar with the fact that he had several of his wives executed. What is not as well-known is how those relationships were intertwined with the Reformation in England. Henry’s political and personal Reformation in the 1530s and ‘40s will result in the Episcopal/Anglican Church with which we are familiar. It also will solidify enmities in Ireland and expel a group of Congregationalists who will eventually make their way to Massachusetts and form the colonies of New England. We explore the English Reformation and the roots of Episcopalianism and Congregationalism.

April 29: Come and hear Phyllis Bekemeyer as she tell us about her recent visit to the Holy Land.


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