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Sunday School News
By Ruth Wietbrock, Education Director
Sunday School mission offerings collected third quarter will be given to the Eritrean School for the Deaf at Asmara as an additional offering from last quarter. We recently collected $835, making a grand total of $1585 given to this good cause! We have received a letter of thanks for our first donation saying these monies will be used for clothes and shoes for their kids in need. Thank you to all who donated! This fourth quarter’s mission offerings will go to the LCMS Disaster Relief Fund to help those in need after the recent hurricanes. Please help with this great cause as well!
Sunday school children and youth will participate in the special Reformation Sunday service on October 29. They will read the five Solas, share Bible verses, and sing their VBS songs. In VBS children learned about God’s love and protection as our Mighty Fortress and are happy to share this news with others. The “Victory is Won”!
Sunday School children and youth will also participate in one of this year’s Christmas services. A specific date and time as well as program details will be determined soon and children will then commence practice. They look forward to being a part of this wonderful celebration!
We had a successful Rummage Sale! People saw our announcement in Tucker Patch and on Craig's List, and some folks from St. Mark and our neighborhood came and shopped.
Mary-Martha would like to thank all of the people who helped set-up, pack-up, clean up and set-up for Sunday after the sale.
We sent the items that were left overs to FODAC. So many purposes were served by the Rummage Sale. The Mary-Martha Society raised funds for the bulk of their projects for the year. Finally, members of St. Mark had a place to get rid of things they no longer wanted
We made more than $1000 on the sale Thanks for supporting the Mary-Martha Society of the LWML!
We were thankful to God and all those who bought all the good 'junk' we had. THANK YOU AGAIN, ST. MARK!
Senior Ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church
- Larry Wenndt
Calendar of Planned Gatherings
Oct 5 Thurs: Program Planning
Nov 2 Thurs: Day trip: Columbus GA, Lunch with Sandra Ketchum Coordinator: Karen Wenndt
Dec 7 Thurs: Christmas Party w/ ‘White Elephant’ gift exchange
Jan 27 Sat-PM: Family Games Night
Feb 22 Thurs: Atl. Area Agency/Aging Speaker
Mar 22 Thurs: TBD
Apr 26 Thurs: Day trip: Biblical History Center, Lagrange, GA Coordinator: Marlene Richardson
May 24 Thurs: TBD
Members & Friends of JOY
Pastor Gebremichael & Nardos
Fisihaye Ogbazghi & Meaza
Howard & Carolyn Swanson
Larry & Karen Wenndt
Rev. Mark & Susan Stenbeck
Rev. & Mrs. Gary Dehnke
Monroe Hughes & MaryAnnie
John & Agnes Nelson
If you buy grocery (and other) products that come with 'Box tops for Education' they are valuable! We have several members who are saving them and then sending the coupons to not only Christian organizations but also many of our local schools. These groups gather them, submit them, and then receive money to purchase supplies of many types. If you are interested in finding out which products have these coupons, use this link to find out: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/ participating-products
Please place them into Suzie Mailman's or Carolyn Swanson's mailboxes when you bring them to church.
MARTIN LUTHER AND THE REFORMATION
One man stood against the corruption of the establishment. Luther’s fight was, of course, one of theology. But it was still one man, a monk, against the massive Holy Roman Empire. Luther was threatened, exiled, condemned and labeled a heretic. But his teaching grew in popularity throughout his life.
Luther’s writings on the freedom of the Christian to serve the government, and the role of the government to establish justice and to protect citizens, have greatly influenced our view of authority. Though he was a theologian, Luther wrote and thought about all of life. He was concerned for the children in his town. He was involved in the politics of his day. He was an academic. He was a family man. He was a revolutionary. He was involved in the lives of the poor and the common man.
The Reformation proclaimed that the solution to the problem is not in man, but in God. Luther and his followers taught that the Bible teaches salvation by God’s grace, through faith, because of Jesus. The message of the Reformation is that the Scriptures teach that God has grace on sinners. He gives forgiveness freely to all who believe in Him. This forgiveness is given through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. All who believe in Jesus as their Savior receive forgiveness and eternal life. All of this is a free gift from a loving God.
Luther’s teaching, and that of the Reformation, is often summarized in three “solas.” Sola gratia, sola fide and sola scriptura — by faith alone, by grace alone and by Scripture alone. The key to Reformation theology is found in God’s love for people.
By grace alone means that God gives His love freely. People can’t earn God’s love. People can’t earn forgiveness. God’s love is not gained by human efforts, but given freely by God’s grace.
By faith alone means that those who believe in Jesus as God’s Savior for all of mankind receive forgiveness and eternal life. Faith is something God gives to people through His Holy Spirit, working in the Word of God and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. People do nothing to earn God’s love, but receive it by grace through faith.
By Scripture alone means that God has revealed His truth through the Holy Bible. Scripture is the one trustworthy source for the truth about God. The Scriptures are properly read in light of Jesus as the Son of God in the flesh. The Bible teaches that His death and resurrection is the key event in all of history, because there, Jesus died to gain the forgiveness of everyone’s sins. This does not mean that Christians should only read the Bible. Sola scriptura means that the Bible is the only trustworthy source for doctrine and life.
The three solas: by GRACE ALONE, by FAITH ALONE, and by SCRIPTURE ALONE, are all summarized in one more phrase from the Reformation, solus Christus — through CHRIST ALONE.
This is really the focus of the Reformation. God’s grace, our faith and the Scriptures are all focused on Jesus Christ. The Reformation moved the focus from the Church to Jesus. Luther and the reformers taught that Jesus is how God relates to us and how we relate to Him. The reformers taught that Jesus is our salvation, that Jesus is the way that God loves.
Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses in Wittenberg, Germany, 500 years ago. Much has changed since then. Many things we encounter daily were influenced by the Reformation. The heart of the Reformation was theology. It was a return to God as the source of mankind’s salvation. It was a focus on God’s love. 500 years later, Lutherans still teach this theology, and rejoice in God’s love.
The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.
Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:
First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.
(From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)
Following are various versions of the seal as it has appeared over time since the Reformation.
The first version was used in Luther’s writings in the 1520s for the first time, and was in black and white, with Luther’s initials.
AUTUMN IS HERE
Autumn is officially here and is beginning to be cooler. Time for fall cleaning around the yard. For each bag of leaves you rake, put a nickel in your Mite box. For each pansy you plant, add a penny. Add a penny for each branch you pick up and take away. Count your blessings and add a little something extra to your mite box.
Mary-Martha members remember to bring your box to the October meeting or, anyone can drop his or her box off in the Narthex.
MITES ARE MIGHTY!
The Mite Box will be at the back of church the first Sunday of the month