Swedish Midsummer Celebration at SPJST in Elgin

Years ago, the Swedes would all come together in the Elgin Park to have a bar-b-que meal and celebration. Farmers would bring in cotton trailers to use as tables, and hay bales to use as seats. My o My, how times have changed. So, grab your chairs and come on out to our 68th annual Swedish Midsummer Celebration.
We would love to see you dressed in your best Swedish attire. The kids will have a big time dancing around the May pole and the adults will have their eyes on the silent auction items.

The fun filled evening will start at 5:00 p.m. with a social hour. At 6:30 p.m. the meal will be served.
A Swedish bakery will be open for your selection of a dessert.

More news to come on this event as we draw closer!

God and Country Program

Plans are being made at this time for our annual "God and Country" event. Hamburgers,chips, ect: will be served. There will be a silent auction and a cakewalk. Bring the entire family and your friends. Let us make beautiful music to the glory of God and our country. Patriotic sing a long with special numbers in the Sanctuary. Social afterwards in the parish hall. Starting time for this event is 5:00 p.m. The attendance at this event just keeps growing. Thank you for serving our country.

Santa Lucia...2018--December 09....7:00p.m.

Legend of Lucia
Santa Lucia was born of noble and wealthy parents in Sicily and was christened Lucia, from lux meaning light. Her father died when she was a infant and her mother raised her in the Christian faith. She vowed at a early age to remain a virgin and to devote her life to serving Christ an the poor. She did not tell anyone about this. Her mother wanted her to marry a man who was not a believer and Lucia resisted.
A story tells of Lucia bringing food to Christians hiding in caves. There are many accounts of miracles about her. One year when Sweden was going through a famine and people did not have much to eat,a brilliantly lit ship came sailing across the stormy waters of Lake Vannam. A beautiful young women dressed all in white stood at the helm and her face was radiant and a glow of light was all about her head. It was Lucia who came with a ship load of food for the hungry and she gave it to all who where in need.

Lucia would not renounce her faith. She was martyred on December 13 at the age of 20 years. Thus the celebration of Santa Lucia continues on December 13 in many places and the emphasis is on Christian love and sacrifice. In Sweden, The eldest daughter in the house plays the part of Lucia and brings coffee and food to members of the family early in the morning of December 13.
Santa Lucia is remembered for her sacrificial giving to the poor and her devotion to Christ.

Santa Lucia/Country Christmas Sing a Long...December 09,2018

Santa Lucia is a shared celebration with two other area churches with Swedish roots. In Sweden, St. Lucia Day, celebrated on December 13th, proclaims the arrival of the Christmas season.
Traditionally, St. Lucia, usually the eldest daughter, is dressed in a white gown with a red sash around her waist. She is adorned with a crown of lingonberry branches with four lighted candles. She carries coffee and a breakfast of sun-colored saffron buns and gingerbread cookies to her parents. Her sisters and brothers follow, all dressed in white. The girls carry lit candles and the boys (star boys) wear tall pointed hats.
Lucia is also known as the Queen of Light and she symbolizes hope during the darkest time of year.

Service begins at 7:00p.m.