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Thanks to all for Reformation event

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Sunday, Oct. 29, was a big day for Christians throughout the world as we commemorated 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church spent the entire day in celebration and remembrance, and were helped by many gifted people.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the day’s events, and especially thank those who shared their gifts.

Rev. Larry Sydow did so many things: reading the Epistle lesson in German, portraying Martin Luther in two skits he had written, playing organ in the concert, being a great resource for planning the day.

A number of local theologians and pastors joined us for a panel discussion on the Reformation in various traditions: Rev. John Guthrie, First Presbyterian Church, Rev. Fr. Dale Plummer, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Mr. John Umberger DCA, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Rev. Robert Williams, Presbyterian pastor, retired, Rev. Tina Cross, First United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Larry Lacher, First Nazarene Church.

Thanks also to the guest musicians who made the concert memorable: John Fuss directed both the Kabel Bell Choir from First UMC and the combined vocal choir from First and Trinity UMC churches, organ soloists Tim Howsare and Larry Sydow, organ and piano duets by Coleta Tipps and Larry Sydow. It was such a joy to hear music from Luther’s day to our own!

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Coleta Tipps, St. Mark’s organist, deserves special mention for all her efforts and talents in helping plan the day and executing it brilliantly. We at St. Mark’s are blessed by her!

The congregation and guests were privileged by sharing in the gifts of all those listed, and all the others who worked behind the scenes to make the long day a time of worship and joy. Thank you to all who participated, and all who attended! Blessings.

Rev. LaVonne Johnson-Holt
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church