Upcoming Events at CTSFW—November 2017

A view of Kramer chapel in the fall.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)— Check out the upcoming events offered by Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), 6600 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For additional information concerning all events, please go to www.ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2100. Please note that all times for campus events are Eastern Time.

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, CTSFW has collected a number of resources and events to help you learn more and celebrate with us. Go to www.ctsfw.edu/Reformation-500 to find lectures from our recent CTSFW Reformation Lecture Series, articles, sermons, details about our upcoming Reformation service and more.

Public Lecture Series
Sunday, October 22
Reading Martin Luther: Some Reflections on the Translation and Publication of Luther’s Works in English
Dr. Benjamin T.G. Mayes
Assistant Professor of Historical Theology
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne
4:00 p.m.
Luther Hall
If you can’t join us on campus, it will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/CTSFW.

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at CTSFW. The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, will serve as preacher for a special Reformation service on October 31, at 7:30 p.m. in Kramer Chapel.  If you can’t join us on campus, the service will be live streamed at www.ctsfw.edu/Daily-Chapel and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTSFW.

Luther Hostel, November 1–3, under the theme “Christ for Us: Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.” There will be presentations by CTSFW faculty, time to attend classes with current students and worship services in Kramer Chapel. For online registration go to www.ctsfw.edu/Luther-Hostel. For additional information, email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2204.

College students who are contemplating how they might serve the Church have a great option with Christ Academy/Phoebe Academy College taking place November 2–5.  This event affords attendees the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day life at CTSFW.  Days will be filled with classes led by extraordinary CTSFW faculty, worship with the CTSFW community in Kramer Chapel, plenty of time to ask questions of our Admission staff and social time with fellow attendees.  This event is free of charge and includes both housing and meals. Additional information and online registration can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/CAC.

To connect with a member of the CTSFW Admission staff email Admission@ctsfw.edu or call our Admission Office at 800.481.2155.

The 18th annual Good Shepherd Institute Conference will take place at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), November 5-7. The theme for 2017 is “Singing the Faith—Past, Present and Future.”
As the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Good Shepherd Institute Conference will take this opportunity to evaluate the past 500 years as we confess the faith in the present for the sake of the future. The conference will also serve as the kickoff for our second art exhibition, featuring artwork that depicts the theme of Sola, thus reflecting the themes of the Reformation.
For more information visit: www.ctsfw.edu/GSI, email GSI@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2224.

The following musical events will take place in Kramer Chapel as a part of the Good Shepherd Institute Conference:

Music Events
Sunday, November 5
4:30 p.m.
Organ Recital
Ken Cowan, organist

7:30 p.m.
All Saints’ Choral Vespers
Bach Cantata 79, “God the Lord Is Sun and Shield”
Concordia Lutheran High School, Fort Wayne, Chamber Choir
Seminary Schola Cantorum

Monday, November 6
5:00 p.m.
Choral Evening Prayer
Choristers of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School, Fort Wayne, Indiana

7:30 p.m.
Hymn Festival
Seminary Kantorei
Kantors Kevin Hildebrand and Matthew Machemer, organists

For more details about the musical offerings taking place on November 5 and 6, visit www.ctsfw.edu/GSI.

Saturday, December 9
4:00 p.m. in Kramer Chapel
Advent Candlelight Evening Prayer
Choirs of CTSFW

Advent Preaching Workshop
Prepare the Way–A Sermon Series Based Upon Meditatio, Oratio, Tentatio
November 7, 1:30–8:00 p.m.
Presenter: Prof. John T. Pless, CTSFW assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Each of the three Advent midweek sermons will be structured around Luther’s famous triad. Utilizing the Service of Prayer and Preaching in the Lutheran Service Book, the services will also incorporate the Introduction and first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer:

Midweek I Oratio–Introduction/First Petition
Midweek II Meditatio–Second Petition
Midweek III Tentatio–Third Petition

The workshop itself will explore Luther’s understanding of oratio, meditatio and tentatio. Suggestions for homiletical approaches that connect each of these words to the teaching of the Small and Large Catechisms will be presented through the lens of Advent. Liturgical materials for each week will also be provided to participants. It is suggested that participants read Luther’s “Preface to the Wittenberg Edition of Luther’s German Writings, 1539” (AE 34:279-288) and Praying Luther’s Small Catechism by John T. Pless, pp. 51-77 prior to the workshop.

1:30 – 5:00 p.m. Presentation
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation (continued)

The workshop costs $40 and includes the evening meal. To register online visit https://www.ctsfw.edu/ctsfw-events/advent-workshops/. For more information, contact Nayva Mulder at 260.452.224 or GSI@ctsfw.edu.

Seminary Guild
Seminary Guild Meeting with Rev. Matthew Wietfeldt, director of Admission, will take place on November 14 in Luther Hall at 1:00 p.m.

The last Seminary Guild meeting of the year, “Christmas with the Kantorei,” will be held in Kramer Chapel, December 12 at 1:00 p.m.


Music Events
Sunday, January 14
4:00 p.m.
Epiphany Evening Prayer
Seminary Kantorei

Wednesday, January 17
5:00 p.m.
Symposia Choral Vespers
Seminary Schola Cantorum

Thursday, January 18
5:00 p.m.
Symposia Vespers and Organ Recital
Rev. Timothy Frank

Symposia Series 2018
33rd Annual Symposium on Exegetical Theology
January 16–17
“The Communion of Saints: Called Into Fellowship”

41st Annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions
January 17–19
“Confessional Lutheran Reflections on the Moral Life”

For more information and online registration, go to www.ctsfw.edu/Symposia.