Local churches invite public to Reformation anniversary activities

Bethany Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and the LaPorte Catholic Churches are among congregations joining to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest and professor, launched a movement of reform in the Church, never intending to divide the Church but to reform it.

Here is information on some of the local congregations’ events:

Fish fry Oct. 27

In honor of the progress that has been made, the Bethany congregation has invited the Catholic Church members of LaPorte to join them for a Fish and Friars event on Friday, Oct. 27, at Bethany, 102 G St. The members of Bethany wanted to host a fun fellowship event, and Pastor Dennis Meyer reached out to Father Ian Williams to celebrate their ability to serve together in their community.

Service of celebration Oct. 29

Bethany will host a special service of celebration on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 10:45 a.m. with the Bethany Sanctuary Choir, The North American Brass Company with Charles Steck, Michael Scheck, William Browne, Gary Cooper, and Roger Lewis, Fran Milo and Mary Fridh (interim choir directors), and Cheryl Essling, Music Director and Organist. The public is invited to this 500th Anniversary Celebration.

Choral Evensong Nov. 5

A service of Choral Evensong will take place Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 Michigan Ave., from 5 to 6 p.m., held by St. Paul’s, Bethany and the LaPorte Catholic Churches. The service will begin at 5 p.m., following an organ recital at 4:40 p.m. by St. Paul Director of Music Trevis Young. The service will be sung in the English Cathedral tradition by an octet from the University of Notre Dame and Father Ian Williams will offer a homily drawing on the themes of Christian unity and ecumenism. The public is invited to attend.

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