Our Lutheran heritage traces its roots back to the 16th Century, a disorderly time in the church, a time which has come to be called….

THE REFORMATION.

On Sunday, October 29th, Lutheran churches throughout the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a day set aside to remember the circumstances and events of the 16th Century which led to the formation of the Lutheran Church.

On October 31, 1517, a Roman Catholic monk named Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany.  This marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.  The 95 Theses was a document written against the selling of indulgences.  An indulgence was a lessening of punishment that was due for a sin after you had completed confession with a priest. This document, the 95 Theses, challenged many of the teachings and practices of the Catholic church of the day. Such a posting was relatively common in those days and simply invited others to debate the merits of the author’s views. However, this particular posting began a firestorm of reaction and action that would become the foundation for what Lutherans believe and teach even yet today.

During the turmoil and firestorm that this posting created, Martin Luther, who, by his words and his actions, lit a fire among the people of his day, a fire of faith that has continued to burn brightly up to our present day.  Luther loved the church, but he struggled with many of the practices of the Catholic tradition. Perhaps Luther’s greatest gift of the church, however, came out of his deep personal struggle with how he, a sinner, could ever be good enough to earn God’s favor. Luther finally came to understand that no one could ever be saved by works alone – by somehow being good enough – but that salvation was purely the gift of God’s extravagant grace bestowed on those who believe. This recognition by Luther would form the bedrock of Lutheran teaching and proclamation throughout the centuries to come.

Martin Luther knew and recognized the importance of teaching to youngsters.  Many of us can remember having to memorize the Small Catechism in confirmation. The Small Catechism was written by Martin Luther.  Luther was bound by the word of God…the scriptures. He believed that it was in the word of God that we find God’s purpose for us. He diligently worked to translate the Bible to German and in the vernacular that made it more accessible to all the people.

As the church today is also going through its own transformation or should we say reformation, let us look to one another for strength and embrace our saint/sinner tension and yet be the people of God who receive the gift of God’s grace and salvation without doing good works to receive it --- only by faith. Let our fire of faith continue to burn brightly.

Blessings,

Pastor Janel

On Reformation Sunday, there will be special pieces added to the worship services to celebrate this great day. Between services, there will also be cake served in celebration of the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Don’t miss out on the viewing of the “Luther and the Reformation” DVD during the Adult Forum on Oct 22 and 29 (see the article for the Adult Forum).

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October Health Minute!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The good news is that most can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

• If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

• If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years.  You may also choose to get them more often.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer.  Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Johns Hopkins Medical center states;
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

REDUCE YOUR BREAST CANCER RISK :

1. Maintain a healthy weight
2. Stay physically active
3. Eat fruits and vegetables
4. Do not smoke
5. Limit alcohol consumption
6. Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy
7. Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution

Most insurance companies pay for mammograms, Medicare covers yearly exams.
There are also free programs throughout the state.

Be vigilant about breast cancer detection. If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a new lump, skin changes, or nipple discharge- consult your doctor. Also, ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other screenings based on your personal history. Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a woman’s disease, male breast cancer does occur with the same symptoms. Early detection saves lives

“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”  Jeremiah 33:6 [NIV]

Linda Peterson, Parish Nurse Church • Office hours; Tuesdays 9am -2pm
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Email: linda.k.peterson@lakeview.org

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