Few events in history will extend to a 500th anniversary, so it shouldn’t be surprising that you’ll see a number of events, documentaries, articles and more on Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation this month, a half-millennia since he took on the orthodoxy of his day.

Next month you will be able to hear two lectures given by a scholar of that monk as Galveston’s First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave. G, hosts Mark U. Edwards, Jr. of St. Olaf College. At 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 Edwards will speak on “Living bound, living free.” And at 11 a.m. that same day he will address “Living free, living meaningfully.”

The Rev. Richard Rhoades, pastor of First, said, “Mark is a wonderful presenter. He has appeared in PBS documentaries dealing with Luther and is truly a scholar. I think folks will find it very fascinating and will leave with a new respect for Luther’s place in history and what it means today.”

For details, call 409-762-8477.

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Reader Karla Ross wrote in to share that her church is back up and running after Hurricane Harvey

“Texas City’s Trinity Full Gospel church, 3711 N. Logan has reopened their doors for worship with new pastors, the Rev. Timothy and Karla Ross and also new youth leaders,” she said. “We would like you to join us for worship at 11 a.m. and we are also seeking musicians who are willing to give of their time and talents to worship the Lord.”

For details, call 409-933-2831.

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It has been a long road to the release of Brandi Toatley’s first studio-recorded CD album of traditional hymns which will happen at 5 p.m. Sunday at Galveston’s God’s Kingdom & Restoration Ministries, 4628 Ave. Q. Admission is free. The album will be available for $10.

“I sang in my local church choir in Maryland for over 15 years and served as the praise and worship leader for five years before relocating to Texas a few months ago,” Toatley said. “I have a deep passion for God and the desires of His heart and that is to love people and share the good news of the gospel. I will be doing a mini-concert including songs from the album and popular contemporary Christians songs. Your heart will be captured by the presence and the love of God as we enter into worship through song. My next project will be an album of original, contemporary and gospel songs in 2018.”

For details, visit branditoatley.com or call 410-908-8527.

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Update: The Pew Research Forum has helped create a media storm over the rise of those they term the “Nones,” that is the increasing number of Americans who claim no formal religious ties. This week they reported the why behind the what by asking those unattached who left their previous faith tradition why they did so.

Their top answers? “I see organized religious groups as more divisive than uniting; I don’t think there is one particular religion that is right or wrong; I just basically stopped going to church when I went to college and never picked it back up.”

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