Lutheran Reformation500th Anniversary


Concordia University, St. Paul invites all Lutheran high school students and families to attend this special recruitment weekend in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!

Come visit our campus and see what life at Concordia is like. Events throughout the weekend will include:

Plan to join us for a special worship service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 at the Gangelhoff Center. It’s a once-in-500 years-experience!

There is no cost to register for the Destination 500 event. Families are responsible for their own travel, housing, and meals on Saturday and Sunday. Please see below for recommended hotel options.

Event Schedule

Friday, October 27, 2017
9:30am Campus Welcome, Office of Admissions, Lutheran Memorial Center (LMC)
10:30am Chapel, Graebner Memorial Chapel
11:00am Welcome from President Ries, Graebner Memorial Chapel
11:30am Lunch, Buenger Education Center (BEC)
12:50pm Attend Class
2:05pm Attend Class
3:30pm Campus Tour, LMC
4:30pm Free time for hotel check-in
6:00pm Dinner, BEC
7:15pm Reformation Trivia Night (led by CSP church work students)
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00am Breakfast at the hotel
9:30am Walk to Light Rail, meet at EM Pearson Theatre
10:30am Reformation Art Exhibit, Thrivent Financial Headquarters in Minneapolis
11:30am- 5:30pm Free time for family (Mall of America is accessible via light rail from Minneapolis)
5:30pm Optional pizza dinner and conversation with CSP Campus Ministry Staff, Graebner Memorial Chapel
7:30pm Luther by John Osborne, Tony-awarding winning play, EM Pearson Theatre
Discussion following led by CSP Theology faculty
Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:30am Breakfast and check out of hotel
Reformation worship options at local congregations
12:00pm Free time for lunch and fellowship

  • Display of Reformation artifacts in CSP library
  • “Reformation Reformed” art exhibit in CSP art galleries
  • Food trucks available for lunch at CSP
1:00pm CSP Women’s Soccer game, Seafoam Stadium
4:00pm Festival Reformation Celebration, Gangelhoff Center

  • Jointly sponsored by CSP and the Minnesota North & South LCMS Districts
  • Reverend Dr. Matthew Harrison, LCMS president, preaching
  • Mass children, youth, and adult choirs

Transportation and Maps


For this event, you are welcome to stay in any hotel of your choosing.  Below are some options for you to consider that are located near campus.

Historic Best Western Plus Como Park *Discounted Rate Available*

The Historic Best Western Plus Como Park has reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate ($109/night) for those attending Destination 500 from Friday, October 27-Sunday, October 29.

Reservations must be received no later than October 20, 2017 to secure the group rate.

Hotel address:
1010 Bandana Blvd West
St. Paul, MN 55108


Questions about this event? Contact the Office of Admissions at or

Reformation 500

Learn more about the Reformation 500 worship service taking place on Sunday, October 29, 2017.