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Multicultural Christmas

Posted November 14, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

Have a very merry multicultural Christmas at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church.

Some people in America believe the only way to celebrate Christmas is the way that we do it in the United States, with traditional carols and scriptures. But at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, a different perspective to how Christmas is celebrated throughout the world is offered, including a German Christmas service and a San Lucia pageant, which originated in Sweden. Because Capitol Hill has such a multicultural congregation — “from five continents,” according to Pastor Leighton Carlson says — its leaders strive to include everyone.

“We have German members of our congregation who remember the old country and enjoy a traditional German Christmas,” says Carlson. “But this is a community event, and everyone is welcome to join the celebration. Sometimes we even have more people from the community than our own congregation.”

The German Christmas service takes place on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. It is spoken entirely in German, including traditional German carols.

Accompanying that German Christmas service is the classic Swedish story of Santa Lucia, who the church commemorates through the Santa Lucia pageant. Santa Lucia was a martyr, who upon getting married, gave her dowry to the poor for which she was condemned. The high school members from Capitol Hill will present their take on the old tradition by dressing up and telling the legend through stories and carols. The pageant takes place between services at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

For more information on the multicultural events or other happenings at the church, visit, or stop in and at 511 Des Moines St.

The magical world of Walt Disney is something that can be experienced not only by taking a trip to Disney World but also right here at home during “Disney on Ice,” celebrating 100 years of Disney magic.

First United Methodist Church is inviting everyone to join in on this enchanting afternoon spent with Disney classics. The church trip to Wells Fargo is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25. Tickets are being offered through the church at a 20 percent discount, at about $16 each. Tickets may be reserve by calling the church (515) 244-6209. For more information go to, or stop in at 1001 Pleasant St.

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