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New and Noteworthy

We make a point to keep our doors open to you, our congregation and our community. We want to be that “city on a hill” that Jesus talked about, so we’ve dedicated this page to keeping you informed of all things new and noteworthy at Grace. While you’re here, be sure to check out our monthly newsletter. 

Reformation 2017

During the month of October we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation here at Grace in a number of ways. We will walk through a special four-week sermon series titled Here I Stand to consider the clarity of the Gospel brought about by the Reformation. We are also planning to highlight Reformation weekend on October 28-29 with a number of events and activities to celebrate the Gospel and celebrate the community that we have around it. The activities will include a color run/fun run on Friday, Be the Church service events and the October Festival on Saturday, and a special Reformation service on Sunday. Please set aside extra time that weekend to celebrate and serve with your church family. It will be a big deal!

Christian Book Club

The Christian book club meets in the church library at 10:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. The next reading selection is David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge. Please contact Millie Sallo via e-mail or phone at (256) 880.1128 for more information.

A Pint-Sized Bible Study

A pint-sized bible study meets at The Nook (3305 Bob Wallace Avenue) every Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Beginning in September, our study will be American Christianity Failed. On Facebook, search "A Pint Sized Bible Study" for more up-to-date information. Contact Pam Lowe via e-mail for more information. 

Movie - Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World

October 31 marks the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Martin Luther was a key person in the Reformation through his study and work of discovering the Gospel in the Scriptures. A new movie about Martin Luther has been produced.

PBS premieres the movie, Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World, nationwide on September 12 at 7:00 p.m. (central time zone). The two-hour film brings to life Luther's 16th century quest to reform the church — a journey that would profoundly reshape western civilization.

Historians rank Luther among the two or three most influential people of the last millennium. As an outcast who stood up to the world's dominant superpower, Luther's battle of ideas sparked reform of the church, the rise of individualism, a boon in universal education, and improved opportunities for women. Starring Padraic Delaney (The Tudors, Knightfall) in the title role, the film follows Luther through the emotional highs and lows that marked his eventful life. Along the way, scholars offer commentary to give context to the story. Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) narrates.

Luther stepped onto the world stage exactly 500 years ago this October, as he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The printing and distribution of the Theses—and other crowd-pleasing critiques of the powerful — quickly made him the most famous person in Europe. Overnight, Martin Luther became the world's first media celebrity.

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World follows this thread, and others, to offer an engaging look at the dramatic moments that shaped Luther's life: the massive lightning storm that nearly killed him, the bleak self-punishment of his time in the monastery, the corruption that unleashed his anger, his trial before the most powerful man in Europe, and the staged kidnapping that helped him escape the death penalty.

In a quest for authenticity, every word of Luther's dialogue in the film was taken verbatim from his actual writings and speeches. Similarly, all filming was done in the castles, monasteries, and ancient churches of Eastern Europe—chosen for their undisturbed 16th century heritage.

Local Showing at Cinemark Monaco 14 – Grace Lutheran and Ascension Lutheran are co-hosting a showing of Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World on Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. The theatre is located at 370 The Bridge Street in Huntsville (35806). Tickets may be purchased at cost of $11/ticket online.  

This is an excellent opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to view the movie.