Church Calendar published Dec. 18, 2021

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Flickering candle

Bethel Lutheran

WILLMAR — The 69th annual Lucia Day Festival will be from 10:30 to noon Sunday, Dec. 19, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. The St. Lucia lighting ceremony will be in the fellowship hall where guests may enjoy coffee and treats.

First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake

NEW LONDON — A "Blue Christmas" service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at First Lutheran Church of Norway, west of New London. Held on the longest night of the year, this is a service acknowledging loss, including prayers for healing and hope. Anyone looking for comfort, hope, wholeness and renewal are invited to this time of quiet reflection, scripture, prayer, music and Holy Communion.

Calvary Lutheran

WILLMAR — The annual Lillejulaften (Little Christmas Eve) Norwegian language worship service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar. The service will feature Norwegian scripture readings, prayers and songs. The service folder will be in Norwegian with a full English translation. Those with Norwegian sweaters and/or bunads are invited to wear them.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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