Dear Parish family,

The Reformation was not about anything new, but about returning to the unchanged and unchanging truth. So it is still today. The celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is not a time for novelty. It is a time to return: to the truth, to the basics, to the foundation.

Do you remember the Small Catechism? Many of us were made to memorize the catechism (or at least part of it) during our Confirmation classes. Some of us might have even suffered through a public examination over its contents.

How much do you remember? Say it with me: “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him…” Can you finish? Do you remember where that is found? (It’s in Luther’s explanation of the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed.)

It’s time to return. Luther wrote the Small Catechism for the instruction of laypeople. Luther intended the Small Catechism to be used at church and in the home to instruct children in the faith and to reinforce the faith in the hearts and minds of adults.

There is no better time than in this year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation to review the catechism.

Read it for yourself. Refresh the theology in your mind. Pray the catechism daily. Memorize it.

But even more, teach it. If you are a parent, teach it to your children. As you have opportunity, share it with your friends and peers.

The catechism teaches the fundamentals of the Christian faith: the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar and the Office of the Keys and Confession. This small book is well worth your time and study.

Check out our “ANNIVERSARIES’ schedule for this month of October below.  We are celebrating Christ Lutheran’s 60th Anniversary and the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary in a variety of ways.  May this celebration of our ANNIVERSARIES be a time when we return to the Word and Sacraments, when we turn to Christ and His love. It’s still all about Jesus.

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Arnold

2017 Anniversaries…

Reformation – 500 Years          Christ Lutheran – 60 Years

Sunday, October 1st – Anniversaries “Kickoff” Celebration – Rev. David Petersen – Redeemer Lutheran, Fort Wayne, IN preaching.

Sunday, October 15th – 60th Anniversary Focus – Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan, Missouri District President preaching.  A dessert along with an Anniversary Program during Bible Class/Sunday School hour.

Also… on Sunday, October 15th @ 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – A special Reformation Lessons and Carols at the Kaufmann Center of Performing Arts hosted by the Kansas City area LCMS congregations.  Both events are currently sold out.

Sunday, October 22nd – Anniversary Brunch and Member Recognition.  The Anniversaries Committee will host a special brunch and a brief Anniversary program from 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

Saturday, October 28th -- A Walk Through the Reformation Community Outreach Event.  Let us take you 500 years back in time on a "Reformation Tour." Sign up for a tour time on the poster board in the fellowship commons area.  Hosted by our parish-family, we will have an event for our community, school, families and friends that display various elements of the Reformation, games for the kids, food and more!! 

Sunday, October 29th – Reformation 500 Celebration!  -- Rev. Dr. Rick Marrs, Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis will preach and lead Bible class.