Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Celebration of Eucharist at Both Services
Luther's Lunch at 12:05
Each Friday Luther Memorial offers a simple meal from noon to about 1:00 at "The Well" (located off of Tom's Creek Road) for anyone in the community who would like to share food and friendly conversation. Come when you can, leave when you wish.
Visiting Theologian: Bishop James Mauney, March 26-27
James Mauney, Bishop of the Virginia Synod, ELCA, will be the 2107 Visiting Theologian at Luther Memorial. As part of the observance of the 500 anniversary of the Reformation, his theme wil be "The Christ Center: a 2017 Description of Luther's Discovery, Gift, Warning, Church, and Mission"
Bishop Mauney will preach at both worship services on March 26 and present in the Luther Forum between services. His topic there will be, "Why I Have a Love for Martin Luther in 2017!"
On Monday, March 27, he wil speak at a luncheon in the congregation's fellowship hall. His topic will be "Why My Next Mission Congregation would be called 'The Christ Center.'"
The Space Between:
A collaboration of artists on the 10th Anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech
The Space Between Collective invites all those interested to a series of events free to the public in March and April that offer a variety of ways of coming together for reflection, meditation, exchange, and artistic experiences as our communities approach the 10th anniversary of the April 16 tragedy.
A Theatrical Meditation
Saturday morning, March 25, from 10:00 AM to Noon, on Henderson Lawn.
A reading of What A Stranger May Know, a theatrical commemoration by noted playwright Erik Ehn. Not a narrative, the audience is invited to walk through the language, a meditative garden of text.
Reflections and exchanges about where we are, as individuals and as communities here in Blacksburg, now, 10 years after the shootings, and where our conversations and reflections might lead us into our futures.
Monday evening, March 27, 6:00 to 9:00 PM – The Well at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church – a potluck supper and dialogue
Saturday, April 1, 1:00 to 4:00 PM – The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Global Technologies Center – refreshments and dialogue
Tuesday evening, April 4 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM – The Great Room at the Newman Community Center – dessert and dialogue
Saturday afternoon, April 8 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM – The Fellowship Hall at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
Monday evening, April 10 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM – The Well at Luther Memorial Lutheran ChurchA review of our discoveries and plans for future activities, projects, actions.
FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP SHEETS FOR WORKSHOPS AND DIALOGUES SEE "THE SPACE BETWEEN" TAB UNDER "CHURCH CALENDAR."
All Bach Concert, April 9
Please join us for an all Bach concert, April 9, 3:00, in the Luther Memorial sanctuary. This concert is part of year-long observance of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. This event is free; an offering wil be taken.
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March 15 – Creed – Joe Carson, preacher. Host Church – Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1303 Gladewood Dr. / Northside Presbyterian Church. Text – Ezekiel 36:22-32
March 22 – Lord’s Prayer – Bill King preacher. Host Church – New Life Christian Fellowship, 130 Jackson St. NW Text – Matthew 9:6-15
March 29 – Baptism – Linda Dickerson, preacher. Host Church – Blacksburg Presbyterian, 701 Church St. SE. Text - Romans 6:1-14
April 5 – Holy Communion – Joe Racek, preacher, Host Church – Blacksburg United Methodist Church (Christian Life Center), 706 Harding Ave. Text – Matthew 26:26-29/ Luke 22:14-20
Holy Week Worship Opportunities
April 13, Maundy Thursday Worship--Noon in the chapel, 7:00 in the sanctuary.
April 14, Good Friday Tenebrae--Noon and 7:00.
April 15, Easter Vigil--7:00.
April 16, Resurrection of our Lord--8:30 and 11:00.
March 2017 - CHANGE FOR CHANGE
Refugee Resettlement Partnership
The Blacksburg Refugee Partnership came together in July 2016 when it had its first public meeting at the Blacksburg Library. The Partnership is made up of over 20 faith based and community organizations. Many individuals are also members. The original mission was to welcome refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War. The first family of seven arrived in October.
In the last two weeks, the mission was expanded to welcome refugees from any country. The Partnership works with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Roanoke since the BRP cannot receive refugees on its own. The CCC has the State Department contract to accept refugees. CCC has former refugees on staff in addition to social workers. CCC is very appreciative of the work that the BRP has provided toward the support of our first Syrian family. At this writing, the BRP will move a family of six originally from Afghanistan who have been in a camp in Pakistan for four years. This family is presently being housed in Roanoke. There is also a family from Somalia that is in a hotel in Roanoke while CCC and the BRP try to determine the best new home. Though Blacksburg has much to offer in terms of support, the family has expressed a desire to be located in Pennsylvania where there is a larger Somalian community and a distant relative.
A third family should at this writing, be enroute from Syria. This family of six was originally expected on February 2; a town home awaits them. But there is still a possibility that there may be another Executive Order issued that could prevent them from entering the country. If their travel is successful, they will be welcomed at the Roanoke Blacksburg Airport by members of the CCC, and BRP and the mother of the first Syrian family. This first family is excited to have another Syrian refugee family nearby. They are buying the food and stocking the pantry for them. Our first Syrian family has in fact become a member of the BRP.
Luther Memorial Church was the first to pledge funds to the BRP. We far exceeded our goal of $1200. LMC has also contributed furniture, and food gift cards. Some members have racked up many miles helping to transport the father to and from work. Funds and transportation are still needed. The BRP will be the recipient for the March Change for Change collection.
For more information:
or contact Wava Vigen email@example.com