2017 is a milestone year in the history of First Lutheran Church with the congregation celebrating its 150th anniversary. Many special events are planned throughout the year. Among the highlight events are:
Sunday, April 23 at 3 pm Community Celebration with Vesper Service. Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod presiding. We invite our ecumenical partners, sister Lutheran congregations, civic leaders to join us in glorious celebration.
Saturday, April 29 at 3pm. 150th Anniversary Grand Concert featuring the Alliance Brass Quintet. Free and open to all with freewill donations appreciated.
Sunday, April 30 at 10 am. Festival Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving on the actual day of our founding. Special guest, The Reverend Dr. Maria Erling, professor of Modern Church History and Augustana Synod historian at the Lutheran theological seminary at Gettysburg.
Our 2017 Cornerstone Concert series will begin on Sunday, March 12 at 3 pm with a performance by world acclaimed organist, Jonathan Dimmock, organist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. The theme of Dimmock’s concert will be “Reformation 500” a tribute to 2017 being both the 150th anniversary of the founding of First Lutheran and the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the protestant reformation.
The concert is free and open to the public with freewill donations appreciated.
About our guest performer:
Organist, Jonathan Dimmock is well-known internationally as a recitalist, conductor, accompanist, ensemble musician, entrepreneur and writer. A graduate of Oberlin and Yale, he has the unique privilege to have been the only American Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey; he has also served three American cathedrals: St. John the Divine (New York), St. Mark’s (Minneapolis), and Grace (San Francisco). For over twelve years, he was Music Director at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco (the largest Jesuit church in the United States) and is currently the organist for the San Francisco Symphony, Accompanist at Congregation Sherith Israel (San Francisco), Principal Organist at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and Organ Instructor at Sonoma State University. He is one of the few organists in the world to tour on six continents. Mr. Dimmock has recorded more than forty CDs and can be heard on the Grammy-winning San Francisco Symphony recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8. His teachers and mentors include Olivier Messiaen, Gillian Weir, Simon Preston, Jean Langlais, Peter Hallock, Haskell Thomson, William Porter, Thomas Murray, Ton Koopman, Harald Vogel, J. Franklin Clark, Paul Halley, Naji Hakim, and Frédéric Blanc. He is co-founder of the highly acclaimed American Bach Soloists, founding director of Artists’ Vocal Ensemble (AVE), and founding President of Resonance – which uses music in international conflict resolution. He is deeply committed to healing our world through the beauty of music, and talks eagerly on the subjects of spirituality, psychology, aesthetics, and the Arts.