LEWISTOWN - On Oct. 28th, a young man dressed as Martin Luther will symbolically nail a scroll of Luther's 95 theses to a door inside St. John's Lutheran Church.
The act will kick off a musical recital in observance of the Protestant Reformation. Scott Price, publicity chairman of the church, said St. John's has been holding the annual Reformation Recital for 22 years.
During the event, Nathan Loudenslager, a young member of the church, will portray Luther as he nails the theses to the door. Luther's theses were propositions for theological debate written in protest of the church's sale of indulgences. The action he took in October of 1517 changed the world and is observed today through a recital featuring musicians from around the Juniata Valley.
Sentinel photo by JULIANNE CAHILL
Nathan Loudenslager will portray Martin Luther at a Reformation Recital to be held at 3:15 p.m. Oct. 28 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lewistown.
Price said the purpose of the event is community outreach.
This year, the recital will begin at 3:15 p.m. at the church, 120 N. Main St., Lewistown.
Featured musicians will include cello by Travis Thiel, violins by Emily Thiel and Serena and Abigail Sickler, piano by Judy Thiel and Joy Horning, handbells by Peter Marsh, flute by Jerry Stone and guitar by Mike Bratt; piano duets by Nellie Wilson and Patty Loudenslager, director of music; a piano and organ duet by Lynn Phillips and Loudenslager; and the St. John's Brass Quartet including Josie Baughman and Tracy Loucks on trumpet, Nancy Machmer on french horn and Terri Limes on baritone.
Vocal talent will include solos by Dave Hartsock, Noah Shepherd, Laurel Sanders, John Carpenter and Graham Sanders, with piano accompaniment by Jared Stufft and Vicki Fensterbush; In Joy acapella group including Chris Ferencz, Pauli Belfiore, Laura Buffington, Gayle Case, Beth Knepp, Candy Zimmerman, Cassie Campbell, Bruce Buffington, Rich Burns and Jim Hockenbrock; and a men's quartet by Dave Phillips, Robert Shaw, Lynn Phillips and Rev. Gary Roth.