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September is a month of transitions. School years begin and students transition into their academic schedules. Summer transitions into fall. Stores transition from displaying school supplies to Halloween decorations and candy. Coffee shops, stores and bakeries begin to make and sell all things pumpkin. I can remember as a young child how every fall I would watch the television show, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Every year I would wait in anticipation hoping that this would be the year that Linus would see the Great Pumpkin, and every year, I would be just as disappointed as Linus that the Great Pumpkin failed to appear again. The onslaught of everything pumpkin at this time of year makes me wonder if this is Linus' revenge.

We are so bombarded by the secular Halloween holiday and all the trappings that go with it, that it is easy to overlook the fact that a much more important event also takes place on October 31st, Reformation Day. Lutherans along with other Protestant denominations have celebrated this for centuries. This year is special because it is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Celebrations have been held around the world in anticipation of this great event. And now the day is finally upon us.

Here at Trinity we are doing things to help mark the anniversary. First, Janet, our church secretary, is organizing and planning a way to display the Traveling Luther pictures sent to us by members over the summer. Second, I have purchased two copies of Martin Marty's new book, October 31, 1517. According to the June 2016 edition of Living Lutheran, "This momentous moment in Christian history is captured and assessed by Martin E. Marty. His central point is that Luther's bold act of protest was a call for repentance or a change of heart." I will have these copies available for anyone who would like to read them (the book is only 92 pages long). Also, Concordia Publishing House will be releasing a new book on the Reformation titled, The Reformation, by Cameron MacKenzie. The intended release date is October 17th and the book is presented in coffee table style and is intended to be engaging and accessible to all readers. I will be sure to have copies available for anyone who would like to borrow this book. During Lent, I plan on dedicating one Mid-Week Wednesday program toward highlighting the Reformation.

As we head into this 500th anniversary, it is important to remember that the Reformation was a movement. It was a movement that not only forever changed the church, but forever changed society. The Reformation began at the end of the Middle Ages and became the force that propelled us into modem times. Although Reformation Day is officially on October 31st, it is normally celebrated on the last Sunday of October. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Remember, it is our tradition to wear red clothing on this day as part of the celebration.

Grace and Peace,