Christian Women's Clubs meet Thursday

Karen Pearson, of Canada, will speak at the Christian Women’s Club meetings on Thursday, December 14. Her theme is “The Gift of Christmas Love.”

The Brunch Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bismarck Eagle Club, 313 N. 26th St. Music will be provided by the River Rhapsody Sweet Adeline Chorus. The cost is $8 and reservations are necessary by noon Monday, December 11 by calling 701-258-3397.

The Midday Connection will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Municipal Country Club, 930 N. Griffin St. in Bismarck. The theme is “Christmas Melodies” and music will be provided by the River Rhapsody Sweet Adeline Chorus. The cost is $10 and reservations are necessary by noon on Tuesday by calling 701-751-2869.

The After 5 Group will meet at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Country Club. The theme is “Holiday Harmony” with Christmas musical tunes. The cost is $12 and reservations are necessary by calling 701-202-5570 or email  at dewanner_83@bis.midco.net.

Choir to perform Christmas concert

Faith Lutheran Choir, in conjunction with Ecumenical Partners, present "Morning Star: Celebrating the Everlasting Light of Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1402 E. Ave. C in Bismarck.

A freewill offering will be taken with proceeds going towards Bridges of Hope and the music ministry at Faith Lutheran Church.

Church members to share reflections

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., in Bismarck is offering "That 70s Service" at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Continuing the celebration of 65 years as a congregation, longtime members Pat Conrad, Dean Conrad, Janis Cheney and Steve Crane will share memories and reflections of the 1970s and 1980s.

Swedish association to host celebration

Three Crowns American Swedish Association is hosting a Santa Lucia Celebration at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 1143 N. 26th St. in Bismarck. The event is open to the public.

Santa Lucia coincides with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, so her feast day becomes a “Festival of Lights.” In celebration of Lucia, a young girl dressed in a white dress and a red sash wears a crown or wreath of candles on her head and carries a tray with hot coffee and Lucia buns “Lussekattor” for her parents and family.

MacKenzie Swenson, daughter of Mark and Stephanie, has been named Santa Lucia 2017. Santa Lucia leads a procession that includes white-clad attendants, Star Boys,  Apple Girl and several mischievous tomtes’.  Lucia attendants are Sophie Caldwell, Emma Walz and Allyson Geiger.

Swedish folk dancing, music and special children’s activities are being planned, including the “plundering” of the Christmas tree decked with julgranskaramel, which are candy treats. 

This event is open to the public, and attendees are invited to bring their special Christmas treats that will be served along with a variety of Scandinavian delicacies and coffee. A freewill offering will be donated to the Bismarck-Mandan area Salvation Army.  

-- Compiled from press releases. Send your information to kimberly.wynn@bismarcktribune.com.

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