BAYONNE, NJ – As part of its year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the separation from the Roman Catholic Church initiated by Martin Luther, Grace Lutheran Church in Bayonne is offering two events this week.

The first is on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Professor Andrew Pettegree, founding director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute in Scotland, will speak.

Pettegree’s topic: “Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion: Did Printing Create Luther and the Protestant Reformation, or Did Luther Create Mass Media Through his Shrewd Manipulation and Adaptation of the Printing Industry to his Specific Needs?

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Following that, on Saturday, Dec. 10 at noon, also in the church hall, will be a presentation by Dr. Michael Krentz of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

Krentz’s topic: “There Will Be Singing!,” an overview of early and medieval church history, with emphasis on the special use of hymn texts to illustrate major movements, doctrines, cultures and individuals.

These two engagements are the latest offerings of Grace Lutheran’s 2016 Lunch & Lecture Series. Each are open to the public and include a free lunch or brunch with them.

This week’s events are the fifth and sixth in the church’s special series. More are planned for next year, and their synopses can be accessed by going to the Grace Lutheran Church of Bayonne website; gracebayonne.org. Click on the drop-down tab for the 500th Anniversary celebration and download the 2017 schedule known to this point.

Most events are presented around the Saturday noon hour. This Thursday’s is an exception.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 836 Avenue C, and is led by Pastor Gary Grindeland. The church can also be reached by calling (201) 339-3685.