Pastor Steve and Melea Wachtman along with Minister of Music Josh and Katya Brodbeck of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be hosting a Lutheran Heritage and Music Tour of Europe next summer. The Wachtmans spent the 1990-1991 school year in Germany during Pastor Steve’s seminary internship. Josh Brodbeck has played concerts in Europe since the age of 12 and his wife Katya was born and raised in Russia. For more information and registration, please click here lutheran-music-pilgrimage-2017-pages-2
Traveling on a luxury coach bus, the group will be staying in 3-4 star hotels when visiting the cities that have played a meaningful role in the Protestant Reformation and church organ music throughout the centuries:
- Worms, where Luther made his stand of faith before the Pope and the Emperor
- Eisenach, where Luther translated the Bible into German while hiding in the Wartburg Castle
- Erfurt, where Luther enrolled in the Augustinian Monastery
- Eisleben, where Luther was born and died
- Schwerin, where we will worship with our partner congregation and attend a Reformation organ concert with the option of staying in host family homes
- Berlin, for the Check Point Charlie Museum and Brandenburg Gate
- Leipzig, where Bach served as organist at the Thomas Church
- Wittenberg, where Luther taught, preached, and posted the 95 theses, having dinner hosted by Martin and Katie Luther themselves
- Dresden, where the reconstructed Frauenkirche (with contributions from Holy Trinity) is the largest Protestant cathedral in Europe
- Prague and Vienna, which are cultural centers of Europe
- Slovenia, where Josh will play a concert in the city where he dedicated an organ at the age of 12
- Salzburg, where we will get a city tour with Elizabeth Von Trapp from the Sound of Music family
- Munich, where we will eat and dance in the Hofbrauhaus
- Dachau, where we will visit the concentration camp memorial
- Rothenburg, where we will shop in the centuries-old village and have our closing worship in the tower chapel of the Lutheran Palace Retreat Center.
Josh is also working to arrange demonstrations of as many church organs as possible in each city on the tour.
While final costs are still being determined, they appear to be less than $4000 per person including airfare from Columbus, all bus travel, overnight accommodations, museum and tour entrance fees, all breakfasts, 7 dinners and 3 lunches. Promotional material will be available early in January. Sign up on the All Good Gifts Card Ministry Opportunity A or at the Collection & Signup Corner in the Gathering Space if you’re interested to learn more.