2017 Confessions Conference – It’s Still All about Jesus

October 31st, 2017, will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. As it was five hundred years ago, the theme of the Reformation remains the same today: “it’s still all about Jesus.” This year’s Confessions Conference (at Zion, Friday, November 3rd & Saturday, November 4th) celebrates that theme and the anniversary of the Reformation. It happens to be the 10th Annual conference, too, so we want to make sure we celebrate to the fullest extent!

This year’s presenter is Dr. Wilhelm Torgerson, adjunct professor of Pastoral Theology at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. After serving the parish ministry for many years, he resigned it in April 2007, to take up a new ministry in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (Germany). This became known as the “Wittenberg Project”, which was a “campaign that set out to renovate the Old Latin School in Wittenberg” and turn it into a “multipurpose retreat and education center and outpost for the proclamation of the Gospel” (quoted from engage.lcms.org; check it out for more information). The intent was to provide a place for tourists to visit, learn, and worship in the city made famous by Martin Luther during the Reformation. It is a blessing, then, that we will get to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a Pastor Professor who has experience in the preparations for this celebration abroad. His great and resonating speaking voice, and fluent German accent is just the cherry on top!

I really encourage you to make an effort to join us in this opportunity for fellowship and education, which will take place beginning at 6:00 PM, on Friday, November 3rd with dinner, and concluding in the afternoon the following day. Registration and more information can be found at our conference’s web-site, www.augustanasociety.com. If you were wondering what the topics are going to be this year, Dr. Torgerson has written a brief synopsis of his three presentations:

The Wittenberg Project: An Attempt at Recovery
The Reformation left an indelible mark on the religious and political make-up of Germany. But theological, ideological and demographic upheavals since then have changed the churches as well as their theology. The establishment of a Lutheran center in the Old Latin School reestablishes confessional Lutheranism in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

How the Reformation Got Started and Why: It’s Still about Jesus
The medieval church as it presented itself around 1500. The newly founded University at Wittenberg, and especially the theological faculty there, begins to deal with the question of relics, indulgences and other church aberrations. Luther’s “tower experience”: What is “righteousness”? The establishment of a public school system and the increase in literacy.

Questions to Lutherans in North America: What Theological Issues are We Facing?
Transplanting European church dealings to the new world: customs, language, forms of church leadership, ethnic ministry outreach etc. Facing pioneer conditions on the American frontier. The attempt to establish an “American Lutheranism”. Lutherans today confront theological Liberalism in mainline churches and militant secularism in society.

Again, we hope you prayerfully consider participation in this year’s Confessions Conference! It will be a blessing to you and all who join us!


Your Servant in Christ, Pastor Hromowyk

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday Worship Services - 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.
Wednesday - 7:00 P.M.  Compline Service


 

COMMUNION SCHEDULE
 

8:00 A.M. First and Third Sundays

10:30 A.M. Second and Fourth Sundays

Fifth Sunday, Both Services

COMMUNION STATEMENT
Special note to our visitors and guests: Because those who eat and drink our Lord’s body and blood unworthily do so to their great harm and because Holy Communion is a confession of the faith which is confessed at this altar, any who are not yet instructed, in doubt, or who hold a confession differing from that of this congregation and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, are kindly asked to refrain from partaking of the Sacrament until first speaking with one of our Pastors.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE/BIBLE STUDY
The Wednesday Evening Service/Bible Study has resumed. On the First Wednesday of the month, the Service will be Divine Setting Three, with Holy Communion. This Service will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study, following the Service, in the Family Room. On the other Wednesdays, the Service will be Compline and will begin at 7:00 PM; there will be a Bible Study following the Compline, in the Family Room. Private Confession and Absolution will be available from 6:15-6:45 PM, in Pastor Hromowyk’s Office, all Wednesdays.