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
9:30amCampus Welcome, Office of Admissions, Lutheran Memorial Center (LMC)
10:30amChapel, Graebner Memorial Chapel
11:00amWelcome from President Ries, Graebner Memorial Chapel
11:30amLunch, Buenger Education Center (BEC)
12:50pmAttend Class
2:05pmAttend Class
3:30pmCampus Tour, LMC
4:30pmFree time for hotel check-in
6:00pmDinner, BEC
7:15pmReformation Trivia Night (led by CSP church work students)
Saturday, October 28, 2017
8:00amBreakfast at the hotel
9:30amWalk to Light Rail, meet at EM Pearson Theatre
10:30amReformation Art Exhibit, Thrivent Financial Headquarters in Minneapolis
11:30am- 5:30pmFree time for family (Mall of America is accessible via light rail from Minneapolis)
5:30pmOptional pizza dinner and conversation with CSP Campus Ministry Staff, Graebner Memorial Chapel
7:30pmLuther by John Osborne, Tony-awarding winning play, EM Pearson Theatre
Discussion following led by CSP Theology faculty
Sunday, October 29, 2017
8:30amBreakfast and check out of hotel
Reformation worship options at local congregations
12:00pmFree 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
1:00pmCSP Women’s Soccer game, Seafoam Stadium
4:00pmFestival 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.