LYTTON - Dr. Tim Schmidt will be playing piano and speaking at Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton on Sunday during the 11 a.m. service to celebrate the congregation's 125th anniversary. Schmidt is a professional pianist and will also be sharing about his recent trip to China.
The public is welcome to attend the celebration.
Schmidt has a doctorate of musical arts degree. He received the Holmen Award for Professional Excellence by Waldorf College and twice received faculty study grants by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Schmidt has four recordings. His recordings have won critical acclaim including the coveted Angel Award in Christian Broadcasting. Schmidt served as professor of music and piano at Waldorf College, Forest City, for more than 33 years, where he is now professor emeritus of music.
Following the worship service a dinner with free-will offering will be held in the fellowship hall. Emanuel-St. John is a Western Iowa Synod, ELCA congregation in Lytton with approximately 500 members. It offers Sunday School jointly with First Presbyterian Church of Lytton, as of Sept. 7.
Emanuel-St. John was formerly two rural churches, Emanuel and St. John had begun planning a merger when Emanuel's building burned down in 1928.
The two churches joined and built the building in Lytton. Two cemeteries still mark the location of the previous building locations, one north and the other south of Lytton.
The Rev. Wayne Pfannkuch serves Emanuel-St. John Lutheran as well as Lytton Presbyterian churches.