Reformation 500
Last updated on January 28, 2017

REFORMATION 500 in 2017

          October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, a truly significant milestone. Lutherans all over the world, anticipating that this anniversary would occur in our lifetime, have been awaiting the observance of this anniversary, hoping that it will be very special.
And it will be. Our synod’s web site has a count-down clock until October 31, 1517. Grand Reformation worship festivals are being planned near the actual date next year. Books have been commissioned, and Bible studies are being prepared in anticipation of this event. We should plan on being a part of it too! 

        We have arranged for a tour of Luther sites, and you are invited to come along. Here are the basics:
  • Dates: September 27 – October 8, 2017 (in the fall, when the weather is perfect, and it feels like Reformation, but not too late in the fall so that we can get back here for all the special services)
  • Itinerary: Includes all the significant Luther sites such as Wittenberg, Augsburg, Eisenach, Wartburg Castle, Mansfeld, Eisleben, and Leipzig. We will also take a trip through picture book scenery in Bavaria, including a visit to the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle (“the Disney Cinderella castle), world-renowned Oberammergau, and Munich. Much more.
  • Cost: $4,295/per person (based on double occupancy) This price includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago, roundtrip transportation from Appleton to O’Hare, first class accommodations, all sightseeing including entrance fees as per the promotional brochure, meals as mentioned in the day-by-day itinerary, professional tour escort/guide throughout the program in Germany. Included in the tour price are US & Int’l. departure taxes, fuel & fees based on $714.70 and gratuities of $180 for your guide, driver, hoteliers, etc.
  • Information: Full color brochures will be available in November. Or you may email and I will send you all the details.
        Germany has been preparing for this anniversary for ten years. All the sites have been spiffed up, there will be special guest musicians, displays, and celebrations in most of the Luther cities. How exciting it will be to travel to the actual locations of the Reformation in this anniversary year! As we travel, we will share stories of Luther and his times, and we will have some special experiences to enrich our appreciation of our Lutheran heritage. It would be so much fun to travel with you. -- Pastor Balza