This story was submitted by Dorothy Sorrell, Synod Malaria Coordinator for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod. Thanks, Dorothy!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Virginia, has been celebrating LutherFest throughout the month of October. The special focus on Martin Luther is to commemorate the Reformation, and celebrate the Luther Decade leading up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation of 1517. The four weeks of the month provided opportunities for learning, growing in Lutheran heritage, and enjoying relaxed get‐togethers.
October 20th was declared Malaria Sunday, in recognition of the work of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Members of the congregation set up a Malaria Campaign display, including very colorful mosquitoes. (See picture) Temple talks were presented at all three worship services describing the Campaign, and a combined teen and adult class conducted to discuss the challenges and accomplishments of the Campaign. Members were asked to pray for and contribute to the Malaria Campaign.
Sunday School classes added an age‐appropriate focus on Luther throughout the month, and helped to promote awareness of the terrible toll malaria continues to take on many developing countries. The children made mosquitoes and mosquito netting as reminders of the ELCA Malaria Campaign.
Additional activities included “A Night with Katie Luther” for the women of the congregation; a book discussion of “Martin Luther”, written by Martin Marty; a one-act play entitled “Shattering the Myths of the Reformation” , written and performed by Dr. Paul Wee, ELCA Pastor; and a discussion of the causes leading to the Reformation led by the Rev. Dr Bob Prichard, Virginia Theological Seminary. A month long display of Luther-related prints, posters and books was provided by Pastor Wee.
Taking time away from heavy discussions, the congregation also held an Octoberfest complete with bratwurst and other international dishes, and a FairTrade store; a family movie night and pizza, with adult and children movies about Luther; and a Bier Stube Nacht at a local brewery to recognize Luther’s enjoyment of good beer and discussions.
See the complete list of events at www.gslutheran.net