Reformation Day is recognized annually on October 31 following tradition after 1517 the German monk Martin Luther nailed his opposing theological arguments against the Catholic Church to the gates of Wittenberg Castle Church. The event started the Protestant religious movement.
The beautiful Lutheran Church of the Savior in Olive Branch honored the event by hosting a Reformation festival and an October festival on the church grounds today, October 30. The event took place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pastor Sawyer Meyers said the festival was a first for his congregation and also planned to have a spring event.
âWe had planned to do a clearance sale. A few people in our church here were moving across town and we had new members who had just moved into town, another who was trying to downsize, âMeyers said. âWe just decided to have some outdoor activities. Then we found out that the town of Olive Branch is not having its October party.
Meyers got the word out about the event and invited vendors to come, and then the Reformation Festival was put on.
Mississippi Ale House was on site serving German style beer. Food trucks Tacoholic and Top Dawgz were present as well as six other local vendors, including Athena Coffee Roasters. The excavation and baking sales were held inside the main church building as a fundraiser for the church. There were also garden games and inflatables for the children.
There was also a display available providing history and information on the Reformation movement.
âThe beer-serving church was of interest to a lot of people,â Meyers said. âThey really enjoyed it. The Mississippi Ale House wants to stay in touch with us. We talked about future events we could do together.
The church organized in 1972 in southern Memphis on Winchester Road. He moved to Olive Branch in 2003. Meyers has been pastor at the church since August of last year. Meyers said the church currently has an average of 45 members and is focused on missions and growth.
Meyers highlighted three main points of the mission of the church, which is the only Lutheran church in Olive Branch.
âWe’re Bible-based, everything we do is Bible-centered. It’s first and foremost, âMeyers said. âSecond, we are Christ-centered. Third, we are traditional in faith and practice.