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Reformation recital slated Oct. 31

LEWISTOWN — The 31st annual Reformation Recital will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lewistown.

The recital celebrates the 504th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and pays tribute to Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the Catholic church in Wittenburg.

This year’s recital also falls on St. John’s 225th anniversary.

Luther’s act started the Protestant Reformation, said Scott Price, publicity chair for St. John’s.

Price said Luther nailed the 95 Theses — or points of discussion — in an effort to begin a conversation about things he felt needed to be reformed in the Roman Catholic Church of that day.

“However, the church leaders of that day didn’t want to have any discussion. This led to the forming of the Protestant Church.”

The Recital will include a portrayal of Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the church door by Scott Price.

There will also be piano duets, a piano solo, piano/organ duets, flute ensemble, a hand bell solo, vocal solos and two guitar with vocal performances.

The event was organized, produced and directed by Patty Loudenslager, director of music at St. John’s.

A free will offering will be taken at the door. Donations will benefit the church’s music department.

Masks will be mandated during the event.

St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 120 N. Main St., Lewistown.

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