St. Paul once wrote, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21), embodying the fullness of our faith and our hope in the resurrection of the dead. He also encouraged all fellow believers to grieve but not “as those who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13), because we are confident that the resurrection of Jesus Christ promises bodily resurrection to all who trust in Him!
Without a doubt, throughout Pastor Karl Schmidt’s life and ministry, he taught and lived out that faith. Countless men and women, boys and girls, have been encouraged and strengthened by his life and his teaching.
That same faith gave him comfort in the face of his own mortality, as well as providing peace to his family and friends who would visit him and encourage him. Such is the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Visitation – Friday, May 19, 3-8 pm – Life Center
We invite you to join the family for a time of remembrance and storytelling (and there are plenty of stories to tell!) in the Life Center on Friday, May 19, from 3-8 pm.
Funeral – Saturday, May 20, 11 am – Sanctuary
We would also encourage you to attend his funeral service on Saturday, May 20, at 11 am. Following the service, all are invited to a light lunch in the Life Center, providing further opportunity to remember God’s grace in Pastor Schmidt’s life.
Pastor Schmidt will be laid to rest at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery in a private, family graveside service immediately after the funeral service.
Pastor Schmidt lived to remind us of the words of hope from Job: “I know that My Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)
Now he lives those words with Job and Jesus and all the faithful! And because Jesus lives, so shall we! Amen.