Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Visiting Scholar Program & Octoberfest at Marco Lutheran Church


The Marco Lutheran Church Visiting Scholar Committee invites you to join us tomorrow, Thursday, November 16th for a very special celebration!

Marco Lutheran Church was very generously given an annual gift from an anonymous donor for the purpose of establishing a Visiting Scholar Program. The development of this endeavor is now in its second year and is headed by Pastor Kevin Koenig and a committee comprised of Peter Grund, Shelbe and Bob Lenam and Jacquielynn Wolff.

There will be German music by the great talent of Craig Greusel and John Davis, a traditional German supper visited by Martin Luther himself (portrayed by Gary Schuschke) and a Scholar’s presentation by Andreas Sturm!

Pastor Gary Schuschke as Martin Luther and Andreas Sturm, German Theologian come to Marco Lutheran Church to offer their scholarship towards the commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Pastor Gary Schuschke through his study, understands Martin Luther, the man very well. He offers a deeply appreciative and intimate perspective of Martin Luther’s very human struggle. This struggle was with what he was being taught parallel to Luther’s own brilliant mind as a scholar and what he was finding to be true. Pastor Schuschke will enlighten us about the man, his work, and his message!

Flying from Neulußheim, Germany, a city where he has served as an elected city councilor since 2009, Scholar and German Theologian Andreas Sturm comes to Marco Island. He is no stranger to our beautiful and vibrant cultural paradise. Andreas sits on the International Advisory Board of the Marco Island & Naples Shakespeare Festivals, Global.

Andreas is absolutely thrilled and delighted to join Marco Lutheran Church for the second Annual Visiting Scholar Program. In the spirit of the Visiting Scholar Program’s objectives Andreas will discuss the significant impact of places and journeys in particular in Martin Luther’s process and eventually Lutheranism for us today. From the lighting strike that pierced Luther’s heart and mind in 1505 to his journey to Rome, to his tower experience and nailing his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in 1517; the Diet of Worms where we learn about the connections between Martin Luther and Shakespeare’s appreciation for his experiences, to his “escape” to Wartburg with generous help from Fredrich the Wise.

“Lo, this is the fire with which they complain that all the world is now ablaze!” ~ Martin Luther to Pope Leo X, May 1518

Please join us for this wonderful celebration and fellowship in Marco Lutheran’s Second Annual Visiting Scholar Program. With dialogue we review, share, discuss, and commemorate 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on that fateful day in 1517.

Event Details:

The Visiting Scholar Program & Oktoberfest takes place Thursday, November 16th from 4:30 to 7 PM. There will be German music from 5 to 6:30 PM and an Oktoberfest, traditional German supper starting at 7 PM.

Marco Lutheran Church is located at 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For your free ticket please call 239-394-0332.

A special shout-out to Pastor Kevin Koenig from the Visiting Scholar Committee on behalf of Marco Lutheran Church – we are so grateful to have a leader that so deeply cares – thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

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