Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Peace Movie Night

We began having Movie Nights at our congregation a few years ago and I have always enjoyed them.  We haven't been able to have them the last couple of months because the projector we were using was borrowed and we no longer have it at the church.  So, one of our dear members, who happens to be the Librarian at Alma College, offered to host Movie Night in the Smith Room of the library.  And, as an added bonus, she volunteered to contact some of the religion/church history profs and extend the invitation to have their students join us, since we were going to be watching "Luther."  She also arranged to have pizza and pop available for everyone. 

What a treat this was!  The Smith Room was very comfortable and the audio/visual equipment was superb - what an ideal place to watch a movie.  And the pizza, which was made on campus, was some of the best pizza I've had in a long time.  And, to top it off, we had a full house, thanks be to God.  I was pleasantly surprised to see as many members from our congregation as were there (and some others wanted to be there, but had to cancel at the last minute), but even more surprised to see more than twenty students join us.  That was pretty cool.  I think their profs offered them extra credit to attend (and report?), but still, they didn't have to come.

After the movie, I led a discussion that lasted a little less than a half hour.  Some good questions were asked and it provided me the opportunity to touch on a few keys regarding the Reformation.  It was a lot of fun and, hopefully, informative for our members and the students.

This was the fourth or fifth time I have watched "Luther."  Overall, I really like the movie, and think that it does a good job of portraying the history from Luther's early struggles as an Augustinian monk to the reading of the Augsburg Confession in 1530.  A little dramatic license here and there, but pretty accurate and well done.

Thanks, Carol, for all your hard work in planning this and pulling it off.  It is much appreciated and couldn't have been any more enjoyable!    

2 comments:

radar1214 said...

Sorry I missed it, but thankful to hear what a great turn out and time everyone had.

Dave Lambert said...

I don't know if you realized it but this was a great way to spread the Gospel!