Opening Nordic Festival Service Oct.10 at 11am
Sunday, October 10, 2021, 11:00am - 01:00pm
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SUNDAY,  OCTOBER 10,  11:00 AM

Greeting:              Honorary Consul of Finland, Elaine M. Kumpula
Preacher:              Swedish-American Pastor Mark A. Granquist of Luther Seminary
Pastor:                  Gunnar Kristiansen, Mindekirken Pastor
Organist:               Jordan Buchholtz
Announcements: Jeannette Henrikssen
Reader:                 Ingunn Henrikssen
Special Music:      Special Finnish Music by Sara Pajunen, violin and Eeva Savolainen, soprano
Flag Procession:  LEIF flag processional

Click below to view the video from the festival worship service

Gunnar Kristiansen, Mindekirken Pastor








Sara Pajunen is a violinist, composer and sound artist. Born and based in Northern Minnesota (USA), Pajunen's work is motivated by the interaction between a deep connection to her ancestral roots and her experience of current American culture.




Eeva Savolainen, soprano,

holds a master’s degree in Music education and Vocal Performance from Sibelius Academy in Finland. She immigrated to United States in 1995 and has been living in Twin Cities since 1996.A professional singer, she has performed all over the country as a recitalist and with Saana Ensemble, a Finnish women ensemble. 





Live Festival Worship at Mindekirken led by Pastor Kristiansen and featuring the procession of Nordic flags, greetings from Honorary Consul of Finland Elaine M. Kumpula, Finnish music, and the sermon by Pastor Mark A. Granquist. After the service, worshippers will gather outside (weather permitting) for coffee and Icelandic vinarterta (cake) during Kirkekaffe. 

It is vital to support the festival. We are making a special appeal to you to donate on our website by clicking on the Donate button below or you can mail your donation to Leif Eriksson International Festival, Attn: Mindekirken, 924 E 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55404.  Please make the check payable to Leif Eriksson International Festival.







Location Mindekirken Sanctuary
Picture of Mindekirken