Words Of Reformation

The Lutheran Movement at 500

Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod Assembly May 5-7, 2017

The Lutheran Ministry Center, 4803 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74105

…be transformed by the renewing of your minds,

 so that you may discern what is the will of God…

Romans 12:2


It is said that, almost 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed 95 thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and touched off the Reformation in Europe.  In truth, Luther never intended to start a revolution.  He merely wanted to call the faculty of the university in Wittenberg to a discussion of some of the practices within the Church that concerned him.  In his study of the scriptures, he had learned that words like faith and grace defined the relationship between the believer and God.  For Luther, the wonder of what God had done in Jesus Christ overcame his fear of judgement, and transformed the way he looked at his faith, his church and his world. 


This year, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are reminded that the Church of Jesus Christ is always being called to renewal, renovation and transformation as we seek to live out the Gospel and proclaim the Good News in each new age.  Still moved to wonder by the gift of God’s grace and drawn to faith by the power of the Holy Spirit, we lean forward to discern what God is calling us to do and to be as God’s children in this time and place.  The Reformation continues!


All voting members, non-voting guests and vendors need to fill out a registration form. Meals are by reservation only, so please be sure to mark your meal orders on the form.

Registration forms are here.

The agenda for the synod assembly is here.

You may send checks to the synod office at 4803 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, 74105 or pay online here.

Meal information

Groups and congregations were given the opportunity to provide the food for the AR-OK Synod Assembly. Moneys raised could benefit the group or congregation.

Here are groups/congregations providing meals:

Friday Night Dinner- Comunidad de Esperanza

Saturday Lunch-A-OK Via de Cristo

Saturday Night BBQ- Servant's Table/Cluster 5

Sunday Lunch- Cluster 5 Quilting Group

Breakfasts are provided at the Doubletree with your reservation.

Hotel information

Because the AR-OK Synod did not know of the gift of the Ascension Lutheran Church building two years ago, the synod had a contract to use the Doubletree Warren Place for 2017. They let us out of the contract for the use of the event rooms, but we still have to fill up our reserved block of hotel/sleeping rooms or the synod will have to pay for the unused rooms. This is the final year of our contract. Breakfast is included with your room.

The address of the hotel is 6110 S Yale Ave, Tulsa, 74136.

Our group name is AR-OK Synod

The link is:



We are now using an online application for synod assembly resources.  It is called Guidebook and will contain all pertinent information for the assembly including building maps, schedules, reports, bios, etc. After registering for the assembly with your clearly printed email address, we will send you the instructions to download the application or access our assembly Guide via the internet on your laptop.

  • If you are using a smartphone or tablet, please download the app before arriving at the assembly! Downloading it at the Lutheran Ministry Center will take quite a bit of our bandwidth and can slow down internet for others.
  • Please take time before the assembly to make sure it is downloaded and to get acquainted with the app.
  • During the assembly, you may access the Guide with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer. We will have internet information at the assembly.

If you would like a printed copy of the assembly packet, you may print it before you arrive.  The packet will be available on our website. If you need the synod to provide a printed packet, you must check it on your registration sheet and will cost $20.

Assembly information

The assembly will start on Friday, May 5. Registration is from 12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m. The assembly will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The Keynote speaker is Luther scholar Bishop Guy Erwin and the ELCA representative is Tulsa native William Horne II, ELCA Secretary. There is also a bishop election or re-election.

The location of the assembly will be at the new Lutheran Ministry Center, 4803 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa. (Nearest crossroads are 51st St and Lewis Ave.)

To access reports and resources for the assembly click here.



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