The Syttende Mai Royalty was busy serving the Rømmegrøt. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
The Syttende Mai Royalty was busy serving the Rømmegrøt. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

WOODVILLE, WI – “Christ the Lord” was the presentation of beautiful music for the annual Christmas Choir Concert on Sunday afternoon, December 16, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Following the concert was the traditional splendid spectacular candle lit Norwegian “Kaffee Kallas,” in the Fellowship Hall. This is always a picture of breathtaking beauty with a delicious bountiful assortment of tasty Norwegian and traditional Christmas treats that are enjoyed over pleasant conversation in the afterglow of musical worship and a good cup of coffee.

The whole event sets the Spirit of the Season for all!

“Christ the Lord” the 2018 Zion Lutheran Church Choir Christmas Concert was a musical message of Jesus’ birth that was embellished by poetry readings along with solo vocalist John Terkelsen.

Zion’s Pastor Keith Anderson welcomed everyone to the concert and offered a prayer for the season. There were 11 songs in this lovely Christmas choir concert program and it was led again by Senior Choir Director Elizabeth Leon with Senior Choir Accompanist Judy Veenendaal,

The concert opened with the inspired “Light One Candle to Watch for the Messiah” a solo contemplative song that was sung by Kari Lyon-Irani.

Next were two moving songs that go together “The Annunciation” and “Magnificent” that featured Clinton Duval as the Angel Gabriel in “The Annunciation” and Jody Lantz is the soloist singing the part of Mary in “Magnificent.”

Zion member vocalist John Terkelsen did a solo with his guitar of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.” This was followed with a reading by choir member Keith Albrightson of “Peace on Earth.”

“Away in the Manger” featured a trio with Sarah Dodge, Eline Albrightson and Carol Hajicek. That beautiful number was followed with the equally beautiful “And There Were Shepherds” with the Choir and featuring Brenda Berquist, Suzette Hudson, Linda Stang and Marge Weiske.

The last song before the offering was the full Choir singing “The Friendly Beasts.”

The offering was taken with help from the Syttende Mai Court as Judy Veenendaal, played a most wonderful piano solo of “The Road to Bethlehem.”

Glen Hudson followed the offering with a reading of “the Beautiful Gift.”

Next the choir sang the traditional Christmas favorite, “What Child is this,” that was followed by “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” by the full choir and featured a solo by tenor Telford Norvold.

Choir member Randy Peterson read “Three Wise Men Journeyed” to be followed by the Choir singing the standard Christmas classic, “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

The Choir then departed a bit from the traditional with the “Et En Terr Pax” in Latin.

Victoria Lee despite a bit of a cold, read “There’ll always be a Christmas.”

In rousing conclusion, the Zion Lutheran Church Choir sang, “Joy to the World,” and as they departed the beautifully Christmas decorated sanctuary they received the applause of a full church audience.

Everyone then filed out to the Zion Fellowship Hall where the Choir members greeted all as they entered into the awe inspiring splendid candle lit Norwegian “Kaffee Kallas.”

The tradition of “Kaffe Kallas” is of good food and fellowship. And this one was a sumptuous array of a smorgasbord of Norwegian goodies that included herring fish, fresh fruit, sweet breads, all sorts of more Christmas cookies, and coffee served by members of the Harmony Hill 4-H Club. Also served up by the Syttende Mai Royalty was the yummy rich Rømmegrøt. It is the choir members that create all of this good food to share.

The Zion Lutheran Church Choir consists of the following sections and members: Sopranos: Elaine Albrightson, Sarah Dodge, Suzette Hudson, Kari Leon-Irani, Jodi Lantz and Linda Stang. Altos: Brenda Bergquist, Carol Hajicek, Victoria Lee and Marge Weiske. Tenors: Clinton Duval, Telford Norvold, Randy Peterson and Sylvia Sandvig. Basses: Keith Albrightson, Glen Hudson and Duane Veenendaal.

Rachel Terkelsen was in charge of lighting and was joined in Greeter/User Duties with the Syttende Mai Court of Queen Amber DeLong and first Princess Libby Whirry and Princess Abby Delong. David Leon was the Videographer once again. The beautiful concert decorations were by Kari Lion-Irani and programs were by Jill Boston.

The music was beautiful, the food was delicious and the fellowship priceless, Merry Christmas to all!