Sunday, October 15, 2017     
11:00 a.m.  Nordic Worship Service   


11:00 a.m. Nordic Worship Service

Ann Svennungsen was elected in 2012 to a six-year term as bishop by voting members of the Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly. The historic vote—held at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church in Prior Lake—made her the first woman to serve as bishop in any of the ELCA’s six Minnesota synods.
Rev. Svennungsen has been a leader in congregations and church-related organizations for more than 30 years.

Born and raised in Shelby, Montana, Svennungsen graduated summa cum laude in mathematics from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and received her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Trinity Seminary awarded Svennungsen the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2008.

She is married to Rev. Dr. William Russell, a Reformation specialist. They are parents to Sarah (Dan) Karlgaard, John Russell (deceased), and Mary (Geoff) Koslig; and grandparents to John and Annika Karlgaard. 

Greeting:  Honorary Vice Consul Katrín Sigurðardóttir
              Icelandic Honorary Consulate in Minneapolis

Preacher:  Bishop Ann Svennungsen
              Minneapolis Area Synod
              Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Special Music: Suomi Finland 100th Anniversary Choir
Choir Director: Eeva Savolainen

Liturgist: Tim Peterson
Organist: Jessica Schroeder

Nordic Flag Recessional  
Noon Kirkekaffe/Church Coffee (freewill donation )










Suomi Finland 100 Chorus Director
Eeva Savolainen



Katrín Sigurðardóttir was born in Reykjavík, Iceland.  In 1999 she moved to the U.S. with her husband, Tjörvi Perry, an anesthesiologist .  After 11 years in Boston they moved to Minnesota with their three children: Edda, Kári and Anja and a dog, Misty. Katrín is the appointed Honorary Vice Consul for Iceland in Minnesota.