This edition of Congregational News & Events will feature the October
Reformation celebration services and events in the Ohio District.
LCMS Ohio District
September 26, 2017

Northwest Circuit III of the Ohio District is hosting a  Hymn Festival on
Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 4:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4560 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. The Festival will highlight hymns by Martin Luther with the theme "Our Victory Has Been Won" - A Festival of Hymns of Faith and Comfort on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. In addition to the singing of hymns, circuit adult and children choirs and an instrumental ensemble will add to the event. Scripture readings, meditations on how the hymns teach faith and provide comfort, and prayers will be part of the Festival. See  FLYER.

On  Sunday, October 29, 2017, Zion Lutheran Church, 20-141 Co Rd. X, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation with a worship service at 10:00 AM with a Bratwurst dinner following at 11:00 AM.  See FLYER for details

HymnFest  will take place at St. Stanislaus-Slavic Village, 3649 East 30th Street, Cleveland on  Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM .  See   FLYER  for details.

Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 2062 East 30th Street, Cleveland, Ohio will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with a special service on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM followed by an Octoberfest.  The Rev. Dr. David Buegler will preach and the Lutheran Wind Ensemble, the choirs of St. Paul-Westlake and Holy Cross-Cleveland , and the handbell Choir of Holy Cross will add to the worship as we give thanks to God for restoring His Word to His Church. Dinner seating is limited, so call the church office at 216.861.2179 for dinner reservations. There is secure parking.

Lutheran Reformation Music to Bach will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 18000 Van Aken Blvd, Shaker Heights, Ohio on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards. 


Martin Luther Movie Day will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willowick, Ohio.  2 Movies will be shown. See FLYER


FREE Reformation Concert will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 PM at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake, Ohio, featuring organist Matthew Ginter. Enjoy works for organ, choir and instruments by Bach, Videro, Hebble, Sweelinck and more.  A reception will follow this concert. A freewill offering supporting hurricane relief efforts will be received. 
Katie Luther - Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church, 6041 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio. In conjunction with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Bethany Lutheran Church's Women in God's Service (WinGS) will host a fun and informative program with "Katie Luther," a one-woman performance by local actress, Ruth Pangrace. All are invited to learn about the woman behind Martin Luther, the man who changed history forever. Call Bethany-Parma at 440-884-1230 with questions.
Hope Lutheran Church in Akron, Ohio is presenting an exclusive, one-night only viewing of "Martin Luther - The Idea that Changed the World" on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Tinseltown Theater in North Canton. This movie is also a fundraiser to assist Refuge of Hope and Haven of Rest. Visit this website for more information at: Those who do not wish to purchase tickets online can call the church office at 330-644-3522 to make reservations and get payment instructions. After the film, join Pastor Jack Kozak for a Q&A about the film and Reformation. For more information and to get tickets, CLICK HERE
500th Anniversary of the Reformation Celebrations at Royal Redeemer, 11680 Royalton Road, North Royalton, Ohio:
On  Friday, October 13, 2017: Fall Festival from 7:00-9:00 PM. Games, food, balloon animals, inflatables, and assorted treats for children (recommended ages 3-10). There will be various "Reformation" themed games at the Fall Festival, as well. Family friendly Halloween costumes allowed. Suggested entry fee: one food item for our food pantry.
Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15, 2017: Reformation Celebration with former LCMS President, Rev. Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick. Dr. Kieschnick will preach at all weekend worship services. Weekend services are on Saturday at 5:00 PM (traditional) and 6:00 PM (contemporary), and Sunday at 8:15 AM. (traditional), 9:45 AM (traditional & contemporary) and 11:15 AM (contemporary).
Saturday October 14, 2017: Brats, sauerkraut and other German style food will be served after both the 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM Saturday evening services. Free will donation.
Saturday, October 14, 2017: A FREE viewing of the new full-length film "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World". The movie will be shown at 7:30 PM in the Activity Center.
For more information, call 440-237-7958 or 

St. Mark Lutheran Church in Brunswick, Ohio will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 2:00-7:00 PM with a Renaissance-themed event.  Check out FLYER for details.


Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in worship at Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave, Tallmadge, OH on October 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Remember the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church doors of Wittenberg by Martin Luther 500 years ago and the movement that became the Reformation. Rev. David Zachrich will be preaching and the Kent State Men's Chorus will be providing special music. Pastors from the Akron area will be leading the worship service.


Grace Lutheran Church in Cincinnati, Ohio will have a special Reformation themed Trunk or Treat-type event on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM. There will be different stations including events and locations in the life of Luther. There will be short skits, mini-games, and mini-monologues both inside and outside of Grace's building. At every stop there will be candy, including the giving away of the 95 Reeses. Costumes are encouraged but not required, and Reformation themed costumes receive special distinction (and extra loot!). For more information, contact the church office at: (513) 661-5166.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1400 Concordia Drive, Lancaster, Ohio, will be showing the new Martin Luther movie "Martin Luther, The Idea that Changed the World" on October 29, 2017. Prior to the showing, the youth group will be hosting a spaghetti dinner for everyone attending. RSVPs are not needed but would be appreciated to accurately estimate the number attending. For more information please call the church at 740-653-4083 or e-mail:  


On Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 3:00 PM at the Weathervane Playhouse on 100 Price Road, the community is invited to see a new film about the life and times of Martin Luther. 500 years ago, Martin Luther triggered a seismic upheaval that rocked the western world with an impact that continues to reverberate to this day. This entertaining new film follows Luther's story. The movie is co-hosted by New Hope Lutheran and St. John's Lutheran churches. The cost is a $5 donation which will benefit the Newark Food Pantry and the Licking County Coalition of Care. For more information contact Diane Paetz at 740-281-0959.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1 Deerwalk Lane, Charleston, WV, invites you to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with their ReformationFest on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  At 9:00 AM, kick-off with a disc-golf tournament to benefit "Feed My Sheep" school food program.  At 11:00 AM, FREE food and beverages will be served and the obstacle course for the kids will be opened.  Also, a Reformation Walk will take place, tracing the events that led to the rediscovery of the Gospel and changed the world.  At 3:30 and 5:30 PM, a free screening of the movie "Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World."

Reformation 500th Anniversary Festival Worship Service on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3:30 PM at St. John Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio. Central Ohio Circuits  will host an area-wide Reformation worship service with Preacher Rev. Nathan Esala.  More details will be forthcoming. 

HymnFest 500  will be held at  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7960 State Route 38, Milford Center, Ohio on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Zion Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, IN, will host a presentation by Rev. Dr. Lawrence Brennan on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Fr. Brennan will speak on the topic "500 Years Later, The Reformation: A Roman Catholic Perspective." Fr. Brennan is Professor of Systematic Theology at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler, the Robert D. Preus Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Confessional Lutheran Studies at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, will offer a Lutheran response. Send your reservation checks to: Zion Lutheran Church, 2313 Hanna St., Fort Wayne, IN, 46803FLYER

Everyone is invited to the 500th Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation to be held at Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS SELC District), 13030 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4:00 PM. LCMS Active and Emeritus clergy are invited to vest. Our guest preacher for this historic celebration will be The Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, Emeritus Executive Director of Lutherans for Life. Active and Emeritus LCMS Clergy are invited to vest and wear a red stole. A catered dinner will follow the service at a cost of $13.50/person and if attending the dinner, please send check to: Grace Lutheran Church (memo line: Reformation Dinner). For more information go to: or contact the church office at: 216-221-4959.