The FPC Staff and Christian Education Committee are planning a special celebratory event(s) for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As you may recall from your Presbyterian history, the Protestant Reformation begun with Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses (or grievances with the Catholic church) on the Wittenburg Castle Church door Oct. 31, 1517. Through this call to discuss how to reform the church, Luther helped to launch what’s known as the Protestant Reformation that later developed into the Protestant faith. 500 years later, we continue to celebrate and claim that as Presbyterians we are “reformed and always being reformed.” In our liturgical calendar, we celebrate annually the Protestant Reformation on the last Sunday of October. This year, we will celebrate in a big way on the date of (but not limited to) October 29, 2017.
The Christian Education Committee moved that Session authorize the Christian Education Committee to recruit an ad-hoc committee of Sunday school teachers, committee representatives and interested church members to plan special worship, educational opportunities and fellowship events around the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
The Staff and CE has come up with numerous ideas but seeks further suggestions and support to make them happen. Anyone who is interested in joining the Task Force should contact Jacqui Horton or Lyndsey McCall for more information.
As a kick-off to our fall celebration leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, on Rally Day, September 10, our Presbyterian Scottish heritage will be celebrated with a Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan service. The Rev. Peter Marshall, a native of Coatbridge, Scotland, is believed to have originated this service when he was pastor at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., to raise funds for British war relief during World War II. The display of colorful tartans to the stirring sounds of bagpipes celebrates the struggle of our Scottish ancestors to affirm and establish that our Lord Jesus Christ alone is Head of the Kirk (the Scottish word for Church). There are plans to offer the purchase of commemorative tartans to be used in the processional at this service, but they are not completed at this time. Stay tuned in case you want to purchase the tartan of your Scottish ancestors or purchase a tartan to honor or remember someone special.