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The Lankford Arts Series: The Art of Faith was founded in 2017, thanks to an endowment bequest made by David and Susan Lankford to First Lutheran Church. David and Susan were dedicated stewards of the music program at First Lutheran, singing in the choir and giving of their time and talent to the congregation they loved.

Each year, First Lutheran Church will host events for the Sioux Falls community which seek to connect great art and faith. We hope to inspire coming generations through the music David and Susan loved and to enrich and enliven the community with the faith they shared.

Series Events


A Hymn Festival Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation
With Dr. John Schwandt, Organist and Dr. Steven Paulson, Luther Scholar

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The celebration begins with a hymn festival at First Lutheran Church in downtown Sioux Falls on Sunday, October 29, at 3 p.m. and you are invited to sing as part of the congregation!

Join the Sioux Falls community, along with a 100-voice mass choir, accompanied by brass, violin, flute and organ, in singing the faith we share! 


Support the Lankford Arts Series

Additional support of this series is always welcome. Your support will make it possible for First Lutheran to cover many expenses and - most importantly - your support will ensure that this and all other events will remain free to the public.

Your contribution to the Lankford Arts Series will help First Lutheran Church extend it’s sacred music ministry to the broader Sioux Falls community. Contributors will be recognized in the hymn festival bulletin and receive invitations to future Lankford Arts Series events. Contributions to the series may be:

  • Made online at

  • Mailed to First Lutheran Church at 327 S Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.  Please indicate “Lankford Arts Series” on the memo line.

     David and Susan Lankford

   David and Susan Lankford