Annual WoRSHIP and EVENTS
We have four key events that we hold annually each year at Ryssby Church. We invite you to learn more below and join us for these events. We’d love to host you as a participant or have you as a volunteer.
Each year the Ryssby Committee schedules a Spring Cleanup Day and asks for volunteers to assist with the cleanup. In the event of inclement weather, the Spring Cleanup Day will normally be postponed to the following Saturday.
The Ryssby Committee provides lunch to all of the volunteers who devote their time to helping beautify the Ryssby Church and Cemetery.
Each year First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont hosts the annual Ryssby Midsummer Festival at the Ryssby Church. This event will be held on the 4th Sunday of June, which is close to the summer solstice or “Midsummer Celebration” traditionally celebrated in the Scandinavian countries each year. The event includes a traditional worship service using the old liturgy from the Lutheran Church, Augustana Synod Hymnal, a catered picnic lunch and many fun activities for the kids.
Schedule of Events
- 11:00 a.m. Worship
- 12: 00 p.m. Catered Picnic Lunch (Cost is TBD each year)
Afternoon Activities will include carnival games for the kids.
Lunch Reservations Appreciated
Call the First Lutheran Church Office at (303) 776-2800.
The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce and the Denver Chapter of Swedish Women’s Educational Association(SWEA) annually hosts a special Swedish Candlelight Service and Santa Lucia Festival at the Ryssby Church. This service is held on the first or second Sunday of December each year. Special music for the service is provided by the SWEA Choir. Sermons are given in both the Swedish(Rev. Pether Ström–Broman, Swedish Church, NY, read by Karin Strook)and English(Rev. Ron Swenson) languages. The service concludes with a traditional Santa Lucia procession.
The Ryssby Committee of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church is grateful for the offering given to the committee from this service to help with the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the church.
Tickets for this year’s service are still available.
For more information please contact: Karin Strook (303) 960-7309 or by email
Each year First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont hosts the annual Candlelight Services at the Ryssby Church. These services are held on the second Saturday and Sunday of December.
Ryssby Candlelight Services Schedule featuring music from the choirs of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Please visit the Photo Gallery of pictures from the 2018 Candlelight Services.
Saturday, December 14, 2019
4:00, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
4:00, 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.
Limited tickets can be distributed for this service. Please contact the
First Lutheran Church Office at (303) 776-2800 for availability.
The Ryssby Committee of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church oversees the care and maintenance of a cemetery and columbarium. Read more about both below.
The Ryssby Cemetery was dedicated on the same day as the Church – Midsummer Sunday, June 24, 1882. The Ryssby Swedish Cemetery Book has been written and compiled by the Longmont Genealogical Society about the Swedish cemetery. It contains pictures of all of the gravestones in the cemetery as well as a compilation of the obituaries that were printed in various newspapers for most of the persons buried at Ryssby. Also included in the book are several histories of the Ryssby Church.
Read the Ryssby Cemetery Rules & Regulations
In 2011, the installation and dedication of the Ryssby Columbarium in the cemetery was completed. The Columbarium contains 96 niches each containing room for the cremains of 2 people. Cemetery plots and niches in the new Columbarium are available for purchase.