LYTTON - The Lytton Presbyterian Church will disband this year, with its final worship service set for Oct. 28.
The congregation voted earlier this year to petition the Presbytery of Prospect Hill to dissolve their church.
"The session recommended it to the church, and we voted back in May," said the Rev. Wayne Pfannkuch. "The vote was to close it, so we've been working on it all summer. We had to meet with a special committee that the Presbytery put together to get the details for what we needed to do in that closing."
Part of the process is bookkeeping - turning over all bank accounts - and finding other congregations for the members.
"If they don't transfer before we close, then the Presbytery is responsible for them," said Pfannkuch. "That's in Storm Lake, the Presbytery of Prospect Hill."
Pfannkuch has been pastor of the church for 10 and a half years.
Of the decision to close, he said, "It's very painful for a lot of people."
The final service will be at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Current and past members of the church, friends from Lytton and neighboring churches, members of the Presbytery and pastors who have served the church will attend to celebrate the life and mission of the congregation, which has served the Lytton area community for more than 100 years.
The service will include the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Refreshments will follow.
Pfannkuch is also pastor of the Emanuel-St. John Lutheran Church in Lytton.