The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
October 29-November 7, 2017

martin_lutherrobert moore preachingSonntag, October 29, 2017
Depart The U.S. from your city. 

Montag, October 30, 2017Erfurt_Augustinerkloster
Arrive Leipzig. This event begins in Leipzig and ends in Erfurt. 

Dienstag, October 31, 2017 – The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s Posting of the 95 Theses
Reformation Day Worship at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. J.S. Bach served as music director of the city of Leipzig. He is buried at St. Thomas. We may also visit St. Nicolas Church, where the prayers were said leading up to the fall of the communist regime.

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Mittwoch, November 1

In Eisleben we will see the house where Luther was born and the other house where he died. We will visit St. Peter’s Church, where Luther was baptized. 

Donnerstag, November 2, 2017
In Dresden we will see the Royal Residence and Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), with views of the Elba River. 

Freitag, November 3, 2017
Wittenberg is where Luther posted the 95 Theses. There we can choose from several options: Luther Museum and Melanchthon Museum, City Church and Castle Church. 

Samstag, November 4, 2017
Erfurt is home to the Augustinerkloster, where Luther lived as an Augustinian friar from 1505 to 1511. There may also be a shop at the Krämerbrücke (Merchants’ Bridge) and visit the Cathedral. 

Sonntag, November 5, 2017
We will worship at the Augustinerkloster and have our sabbath’s rest in Erfurt. 

Montag, November 6, 2017
From Eisenach we will visit the Wartburg Castle, where Luther was hidden, and where he translated the Bible into German. We will also have an opportunity to visit the Bach Museum. 

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Dienstag, November 7, 2017 

The tour ends in Erfurt. You are free to extend your stay or travel home. 

Group size: About 24 people.

Cost: $2,400 per person, double occupancy. And additional $500 for single occupancy. Costs include hotel, ground transportation once we are in Leipzig until we end in Erfurt, all meals except lunches any dinner if you eat separately from the group. Plan on some expenses for gratuities. Cost does not include airfare. The event begins in Leipzig and ends in Erfurt. 

Registration: Online registration will be available soon at GulfCoastSynod.org. A $500 refundable deposit is due upon registration. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 will be due April 10, 2017. Final payment is due September 15, 2017. This trip is open to all.

Mailing List: To be put on the mailing list, send an email to Synod@GulfCoastSynod.org indicating your interest in “Reformation Trip 2017.”

For more information:
TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod
12941 I-45 North Freeway, Suite 210
Houston, TX 77060
281-873-5665
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf of springtime. 

—Martin Luther





2014 Trip

In Search of Luther: June 6-16, 2014

Freitag, 6. Juni
Depart Houston IAH

Samstag, 7. Juni

Arrive Frankfurt and transfer by bus to Erfurt. Visit the Augustinerkloster in rfurt, where Luther lived as an Augustinian monk from 1505 to 1511.

Sonntag, 8. Juni

Go to Eisenach. Visit Wartburg Castle, Bach Museum, Cotta House, and St. George Church.

Montag, 9. Juni
Visit Erfurt, Augustinian Monastery, Merchants Bridge, Cathedral.

Left: The Wartburg Castle, where Luther was whisked to safety, and where he translated the New Testament into German.

Dienstag, 10. Juni

Visit the Holocaust memorial at Buchenwald.
Visit Naumburg historic Romanesque Cathedral.

Mittwoch, 11. Juni
Visit Wittenberg Luther Museum and Melanchthon Museum, City Church and Castle Church. Lunch at ELCA Wittenberg Center
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Wittenberg was the location of the new university where Luther taught. He posted the 95 Theses on the door of the chapel. Someone translated them from Latin into German, then printed and distributed them.

Donnerstag, 12. Juni
Drive to Eisleben. Visit the house where Luther was born and the other house where he died. Visit St. Peter’s Church where Luther was baptized. St. Peter’s Church is now a baptismal center.

Freitag, 13. Juni
Tour the city of Leipzig where J.S. Bach served as music director of the city. Visit St. Thomas Church where Bach is buried and St. Nicholas Church where the prayers were said leading up to the fall of the communist regime
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Attend the opening night of the Leipzig Bach Festival in St. Thomas Church.

17.00 Uhr Thomaskirche / Eröffnungskonzert
J. S. Bach: Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 ·
Magnificat D-Dur, BWV 243 · Sanctus D-Dur, BWV 232III ·
C. P. E. Bach: Magnificat D-Dur, Wq 215 · Heilig, Wq 217
Julia Sophie Wagner (Sopran), Susanne Krumbiegel (Mezzosopran),
Benno Schachtner (Altus), Martin Petzold (Tenor),
Andreas Scheibner (Bass), Thomanerchor Leipzig,
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,
Leitung: Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller

Mayor’s Reception following in the New City Hall. Overnight in Leipzig.

Samstag, 14. Juni
Excursion to Dresden. Royal Residence, Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), with views of the Elbe River.

Bach Festival Concert. Overnight in Leipzig.

20.00 Uhr Nikolaikirche / Oratorium und Kantate
C. P. E. Bach: Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Wq 238 ·
J. S. Bach: Du Hirte Israel, höre, BWV 104
Solisten, Chorus Musicus Köln, Das Neue Orchester,
Leitung: Christoph Spering

Sonntag, 15. Juni
Worship at St. Thomas Church. Afternoon visit to the Stasi Museum. Dinner together.

Montag, 16. Juni
Group departs for home.

For more information contact 281-873-5665.

Cost: $1995 per person, double occupancy. There is a single room occupant supplemental cost of $590. This trip is limited to 20 people. Costs include hotel, all meals except lunch and perhaps a dinner or two if we divide up. Plan on some expenses for gratuities.

Registration: $1,000 refundable deposit due in 2013. Second $1,000 deposit is due January 15. The second deposit is non-refundable. Final payment is due May 15, 2014.