Lutherans celebrate 500th anniversary of Reformation (Woodville, OH)

Solomon Lutheran Church in Woodville and St. John Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge will take part in the Reformation 500 Crawl on Saturday, October 21 and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville will host Reformation Day on Sunday, October 29.

The events celebrate 2017 as the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation initiated by Martin Luther in Germany in 1517.

On Oct. 21, the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will open churches all over the region from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. so that people can learn about local connections to the major historical event.

There will be opportunities to learn about everything from genealogy to beer brewing, Reformation art and music to a Germany travelogue, stained glass windows to the story of how shipwrecked Lutherans ended up in Ohio, Lutheran-Catholic relations then and now, plus a tour of the Lutheran Orphan and Old Folks Home at 2411 Seaman Street in East Toledo, just west of First St. John Lutheran Church.

During the four hour presentation, some sites will offer presentations at three starting times — 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge will hear a presentation about Martin Luther from expert speaker and historian Dave Polzin, a member at St. John Lutheran.

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