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Hope Lutheran Church of (Seattle, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.19
  • Corporate body
  • 1944-2003

This congregation was started by the Board of Hope Missions of the ELC, who called Milton W. Nesse as the organizing pastor. In 1940 Reverend Ofstedal of Phinney Ridge and Shirley Christiansen conducted a survey of the area and a Sunday School was organized in January of 1942. Known as Trinity Sunday School, it met in a store at NE 148th and 15th Avenue NE and later moved to a community clubhouse.

There were 55 charter members on hand when the congregation was organized on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 1945, and a parsonage was purchased the following June. In 1948 a new site was purchased and construction began on the present church plant. The new church was dedicated on May 28, 1950, and an education unit was completed December 13, 1959. The congregation had their last service November 23, 2003.

Hope Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.29
  • Corporate body
  • 1906-2014

When the Northern Pacific Railway Company built their Northwest terminus repair shops in south Tacoma in 1892, there were a lot of Scandinavians among these who worked there. A group of families decided that a Norwegian church was needed, and established it in 1902 under the direction of pastors in the area. The church was organized with assistance from the Home Missions. Ground was purchased and a basement built where services were held for a number of years beginning in 1908. In 1917, the English language was introduced for services, supplanting Norwegian. The church debt was paid and the mortgage burned in May of 1927. Groundbreaking for the present church was held and the new sanctuary was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the congregation, November 18, 1956.

October 4, 1971 there was a fire at Hope Lutheran Church caused by arson. A statue of Jesus brought over from the original building was destroyed along with many records, and other artifacts. The building was remodeled to repair the damage caused by the fire.

The congregation dissolved in 2014. Their last service was March 9, 2014.

Immanuel Lutheran Church (Seattle, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.17
  • Corporate body
  • 1890-1957

On February 24, 1890, a group of 33 Norwegian immigrants and pioneers organized Immanuel Lutheran. The first church, located at Minor and Olive, was dedicated November 20, 1892. When Dr. and Mrs. H.A. Stub came in August of 1903, they began one of the longest pastorates in the history of the Pacific Northwest- 54 years. During those years, Immanuel became one of the largest congregations in the west. Attendance increased, and in 1907 a new church was built on Pontius and Thomas. It was dedicated June 30, 1912 with Dr. H.G. Stub, father of the pastor and president of the NLCA, as the dictator. It was dedicated before the largest assembly of Lutherans ever gathered in Puget Sound up until that time.

A pipe organ was installed in 1915 to which Andrew Carnegie contributed $1000. A gymnasium was added later, as well as a parsonage and Sunday school facilities. The church was again remolded and expanded in 1932.

Membership decreased and changed at Immanuel. Under Nyer Urness and others the program has changed to aid inner-city people. The church has converted its facilities to include a shelter program which houses people and provides meals for up to 50 persons each day. A food bank has been established and a center set up for an emergency feeding program.

Jurgensen Family

  • Family

Holger Jurgensen and Gunhild Felland Jurgensen's son Erling Jurgensen attended Pacific Lutheran College in the 1930s. Nicknamed "Snooky," Erling was the starting football fullback and team captain in 1938. He graduated from PLC in 1939. While attending PLC, he met fellow student Aagot Judy Gerde. The two were married and had two daughters, Nancy Carol Jurgensen and Janet Jurgensen. Both graduated from Pacific Lutheran University, Nancy in 1966 and Janet in 1969.

King of Kings Lutheran Church (Seattle, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.18
  • Corporate body
  • 1961-1964

King of Kings in Seattle, Washington, held its first service on October 8, 1961. It had its last service on February 9. 1964. This was a mission congregation serving the Burien area.

Lee, Frank J.

  • UA
  • Person

Addresses: 1516 Pacific, 1535 Commerce, California Building, Washington Building

Leraas, Harold J.

  • UA 4.1.1
  • Person
  • 1908-1985

Harold J. Leraas was born in Barrett, Minnesota on December 30, 1908. He attended Barrett High School in the mid-1920’s. In 1930 he graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He later attended the University of Michigan in 1932 and 1935, where he received his master’s degree and doctorate, respectively. The same year that he earned his doctorate, he married Helen Stein and joined the Pacific Lutheran University faculty as a biology professor. He is credited for establishing the strong reputation of the university’s pre-med and pre-dental programs. In the 1940’s he began practicing dentistry and maintained a practice in Parkland until 1960. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. He worked at Pacific Lutheran University for 39 years, retiring in 1974. Before his retirement he was presented with an Outstanding Teacher Award by the campus chapter of Blue Key. He died on Tuesday May 7, 1985 at the age of 76. Many of his former students contributed funds to the establishment of the Leraas Lecture Hall in his honor.

Lindahl, John Conrad

  • UA
  • Person

Addresses: 1017 Pacific , 919 C, California Block, 903 Tacoma Ave S

Living Branch Lutheran Church (Woodland, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.37
  • Corporate body
  • 1992-2008

Living Branch Lutheran Church began as a preaching point in 1992. It became a worshiping community in 1996. In 2000 it became a developing congregation. On December 14, 2008 they voted to disband the congregation.

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (Tacoma, Washington)

  • ELCA 7.2.30
  • Corporate body
  • 1891-2003

Luther Memorial was organized as Zion’s English Evangelical Lutheran Church by Reverend E.G. Lund on June 7, 1891. In 1892 the present site was purchased for $3,500 and a building was erected at a cost of $1,000 and dedicated in August of 1893.The congregation was admitted to the Evangelical Synod of the Northwest in August of 1893, and on September 1, 1901, the congregation withdrew its membership from the Synod of the Northwest to help form the Pacific Synod.

A new church was erected in 1909. On August 16, 1932, the congregation was merged with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the name of Luther Memorial was adopted. Since the newly merged congregations belonged to different synods, it was decided that the new congregation would remain independent. Not all of the members went into the merger, so Our Savior’s Lutheran Church also existed as a congregation in Tacoma. In 1937, Luther Memorial joined the Northwest District of the American Lutheran Church. The church voted to dissolve on November 14, 2004.

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