Ebenezer Lutheran Church

0873E 0874E 90th Anniversary Booklet

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Ebenezer Lutheran Church



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This folder contains a congregational historical record, a bulletin from the dedication of the church, an informational flyer from the church, two booklets from the dedication, newspaper clippings about the church, a brief history of the church, two bulletins from 2000 (90th anniversary), and a copy of “Swede Town Stories of The People and Their Church”.

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The nineteen adults who signed the charter for Ebenezer were all Swedish-speaking people born in Finland (except two women born in Sweden). Most had settled in the Midwest before coming to Hartford, known as “Swede Town” for nearly forty years. The first pastor was the Rev. John Gullans. Zion Hall was the meeting place for many years, but the congregation desired to relocate to Lake Stevens. In 1949 they set a goal to become a single congregation parish. They established a building fund and sought assistance from the Board of American Missions. In July on 1953 construction began on a new site, and services were held in the partially completed building beginning on Christmas, 1953. Dedication was held October 24, 1954. Rev. Earl Anderson returned to serve Ebenezer in 1955.

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