Stewarding talents for our reformation observance

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You are invited to use #historyfact social media posts and bulletin inserts as we approach Reformation Sunday in this 500th anniversary year. Learn how they came about…

Like many congregations, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, Virginia is looking at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation as an opportunity. Growing from their 500 Reformation Committee are many ideas… even an Oktoberfest home-brew.

Ronald Johnson and Abby Arthur Johnson

They’re sharing with all of us “short, factual and historical blogs on Luther’s life” leading up to October 31st Reformation observance.

Former academics and scholarly writers Abby Arthur Johnson and Ronald Johnson have compiled what they refer to as LutherFacts. We benefit by their research and writing chops, gained by experiences including contributions to the United States Capitol Historical Society’s Blog of History and careers at Georgetown University.

“We view Luther as the central historical figure in the unfolding of the Reformation. He took the first steps, then led and counseled others to follow,” says Ronald Johnson. “I do hope to explore the efforts of individuals who influenced Luther… so the contemporary reader of the Reformation gets a sense of the cost Luther and others paid for their actions.”

How will this work practically?

  • Use the list below to copy bulletin inserts for reproduction in your congregation. Topics will be made available in advance to facilitate a congregation’s usage.
  • The entry of the week will be posted to the synod’s Reformation 500 Countdown blog.
  • The entry of the week will be posted on Wednesdays on Facebook and Twitter. Congregations and individuals are encouraged to repost!

Thanks, Pr. Albert Triolo and St. Mark’s 500 Reformation Committee, for sending these contributions our way! And we thank the Johnsons for stewarding their gifts in this manner.


Reformation Sunday is only weeks away. The following bulletin inserts (all pdf files) will count us down to celebrations on October 29, 2017. Find social media posts at FB/metrodcelca and Twitter@metrodcelca.

Additional entries will be posted to the “Reformation 500 Countdown bulletin inserts” page.