UU service to  offer a cultural  exchange event

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., in Bismarck is offering service on "Reflections from Columbia to North Dakota" at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Originally from Columbia, speakers Sofia Agudelo and David Toledo are scholars, parents and lovers of life. Their reflections on the joys and challenges of North Dakota living will reflect on some of the big questions: the relationship between culture and place, the role of community and what it means to be human. Elicia Faul is music leader.

Swedish association to host Santa Lucia 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.  

Christian musicians to hold Christmas performance

Heart River Child will be performing a Christmas concert at Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1004 E. Highland Acres Road in Bismarck, at 7 p.m. Dec. 20. 

In addition to the live performance, the concert will be live streamed via the church's website at www.churchofthecross.org

Heart River Child is a group of Christian musicians who grew up in Heart River Lutheran Church in Mandan. They first began playing music together in their Sunday school class in 2008. It didn’t take long before they were sharing their music with the congregation during worship. As time passed, they picked up more instruments and began playing and singing more complex arrangements of music. They enjoy playing many different styles of Christian music, including bluegrass, folk, African American spirituals, global and contemporary music, as well as traditional hymns.