Sunday, September 22, 2019     
11:00 a.m.  Nordic Worship Service   

Nordic Flag Processional

Greeting: Bruce Karstadt, Hon. Consul of Sweden 
Preacher: Pastor Alem Asmelash
Pastor Anne Brit AAsland

Organist: Jordan Buchholtz

Special Music:  Hakuna Matata Children's Choir

Noon Kirkekaffe/Church Coffee (Suggested Donation $5)

Pastor Anne Brit AAslandAnne Brit Aasland arrived in Minneapolis to become the  pastor at Mindekirken in December 2018.  Her previous pastoral experience was in the Church of Norway in the Bærum area. She is originally from Stavanger, Norway. She has three daughters and six grandchildren in Norway.

Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir is made up of children from Kenya, East Africa. Most of these children are from the slums and from a very poor background. Connect with a Child Children’s Choir is dedicated to spreading love, hope and joy while raising awareness for the desperate plight of orphans and other vulnerable children.

                 Their colourful clothing, pounding drums and sweet voices demonstrate their hope and dream for a brighter future. Their inspirational stories of resilience have instilled hope in the hearts of all those who have seen them perform.  Hakuna Matata Children’s Choir only consists of children that have been sponsored by different families who gave them the opportunity to better their future life through education over the years. Accompanied by a team of adults, the Choir present Connect with a Child vision and mission in every place they visit. The experience they acquire from travelling around the world gives the children exposure to other cultures, broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair. 

Jordan Buchholtz started serving  as the organist and accompanist at Mindekirken in August 2018,   She is a Minnesota native and enrolled in  a DMA (Ph.D) program at the University of Minnesota in collaborative piano. Jordan has worked as an organist/pianist in several Lutheran churches since she was 16.

 Alem Asmelash, ​Associate Pastor
Pastor Alem was called to Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Minneapolis, in April 2004 to strengthen the outreach to immigrant and refugee families. Speaking six languages, including Amharic, Tigrigna, and Swedish, empowers Pastor Alem's passion for outreach and evangelism.


Bruce Karstadt has been the President and CEO of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis since 1990. He has also served as the Honorary Consul and Consul General of Sweden for the State of Minnesota since 1994. Bruce was born and raised in Linds-borgKansas. His roots are in Värmland and Halland regions of Sweden.