October 2019 Highlights
What a busy, beautiful month!
We begin with two presentations from Danebod, the excellent annual Folk Meeting held in late August. First, Pastor Andres Albertsen, who now lives in Northfield, MN and is serving as an interim minister in Willmar, MN while teaching classes at St. Olaf University and Luther Seminary, presents a devotion based on scripture –– and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a story which has contemporary relevance.
Poul Bertelsen, a Danish Minneapolis-based architect, gave a slide-lecture presentation on a familiar quandary many Church and Life readers experience –– “Living Danish Values in an American Landscape.” The message of his lecture is best summarized in a quotation his wife Suzanne discovered on a Danish T-Shirt –– the theme for a good life –– “We all do better, when we ALL do better!”
Ship models continue to sail into the Church and Life harbor, and we are delighted to publish them. This month we have the ship model from St. Peder’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and two ships from Emanuel Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda, CA along with a message from Pastor A-Grethe Krogh Nielsen. We also have a ship called the Norwegian Lion from West Denmark Lutheran Church in Luck, WI by Henrik Strandskov with a recap from the builder of the model ship, Erling Grumstrup, who will be celebrating his 100th birthday in January and a ship from the Church at Ejerslov in Morsø Denmark from Marie Sorensen of Roseburg, OR. If you have a photo and description of a model ship from a Danish ship that you have not yet submitted, please send it to the editor! Sail on!
Hanna Broadbridge from Randers, Denmark shares important discussions which are now occurring among laity in Denmark about the Danish Lutheran Church –– regarding liturgy, type of music and sacraments. Is it time for modernization? If so, what changes should be made? How do people here in the United States feel about the same issues?
Finally, we have a photo page from the August 2019 Folk Camp at Danebod, another great family camp success as can be seen from the enjoyment overflowing from the photos. Camp directors this year, were Anna, Sheryl, and Peter Juhl from the Minneapolis area.
This month’s cover also comes from the August folk camp. “The Little Ole” tattoo belongs to the leg of Katie Brogan of Menomonie, who is a granddaughter of Dick and Rita Juhl. Katie is an advocate for victims of sexual assault and violence at The Bridge To Hope and also works with students at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. The photographer is Bill Nielsen from Savage, MN.
Save the Dates
Danevang Texas celebrates 125 years of history on October 19, 2019 from 10 am-5 pm. For information: Website: danevangtx.org
Facebook: Danish Heritage Society of Danevang
Danish Church and Cultural Center, Yorba Linda, CA Saturday October 26, 10 am - 2 pm: Fall Fashion Show and Champagne Lunch. Magnolia Boutique opens 10-11:30 am; fashion show followed by lunch, $25. website www.danishchurchsocal.com.
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