Bethany Lutheran Church

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Bethany Lutheran Church



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This folder contains a 70th anniversary booklet, a bulletin from the 75th anniversary, newspaper clippings, a bulletin from 1975, a 50th anniversary booklet, a 75th anniversary booklet, a congregational historical record, various letters, a field report form, a 1976 proposed budget, a 1974 annual report, installation service program for John W. Stevens 2000, installation service program for Erik A. Post 1991, and church constitution.

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On January 9, 1907, people from the Warren community gathered to organized a Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church to be affiliated with the Augustana Synod, choosing the name of Bethany. Worship and Sunday School were held in homes, a missionary society was organized, and within a year a class was confirmed. In 1908 C. J. Larson gave an acre of land for the church and the congregation purchased two more for a cemetery. The church was built in 1908 with 100 days of volunteer labor, and at a minimal cost. From 1908-1921 services were held one Sunday a month and one weekday a month. From 1921-1945 the pastors of Bethany also served First Lutheran in St. Helens.

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