First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon, Records, 1879-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

First Immanuel Lutheran Church (Portland, Or.)
First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon, Records
1879-2012 (inclusive)
2 files
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a4_213 (collection)
Collection contains the records of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Processing funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The beginning of the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Portland, Oregon, is the very beginning of Lutheran church work for the Augustana Synod on the Pacific Coast. The Synodical Mission Board in 1879 became aware of some 300 Scandinavians living in Portland. Casting about for a suitable pastor to do missionary work and eventually charter congregations, they called Pastor Peter Carlson, who had already pioneered missionary work in Illinois and Minnesota. Pastor Carlson arrived in Portland on September 13, 1879 and immediately started looking for Christian believers. He found 23 who would sign a charter and together they rented a small chapel which later grew into a church. Pastor Carlson traveled on horseback, boat and stage under severe hardship, organizing many congregations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Being an inner-city church, First Immanuel ha had its share of problems. In later years it has been involved in many outreach programs to better serve the community and go forward ecumenically.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Folder #1 contains a centennial celebration program, installation of Brian K. Beistel 1973, 95th anniversary program on the history of the church, 95th anniversary pamphlet on the pastors who have served, 90th anniversary program, 70th anniversary programs on the history of the church, booklet on church building and history, church history paper, church files index paper, obituary letter and negative, list of church plans and goals for 1980, 1979, 1978, status report 1978, letter regarding centennial, financial documentation, church correspondence, proposal for assistant pastor form, plans for church council retrat 1978,vita of Llano G. Thelin, financial records, letter to congregation from pastor Beistel 1977, from Nancy Nickel 1977, church council note from meeting in 1976, memorandum 1976,ministry profile for the first, second, and third quarter in 1976, ministry report for third quarter in 1974, two ministry profiles from 1976. Folder #2 contains church correspondence, application for program support 1974-1976, document on mortgages, annual report from 1975, pastor's report from 1974, department for special services report for first and second quarter of 1974, pastoral evaluation committee report for September 16, 1974, quarterly report from the Board of American Missions 1973, list of unpaid bills as of end of quarter, "Partners in Mission" covenant for 1974-1975, two revised ministry profiles for 1973, a ministry profile for 1974, Board of American Missions quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 1973, application for program support 1973, ministry profile for May 21, 1973, listings for the adjustments for the Pacific Northwest Synod for DMNA, application for program support for April 1-December 31, 1973, minutes of special congregational meeting 1973, program worksheet budget for period 1973, ministry profile for 1972, cover statement, summary of new ministry profile 1971, goals for the ministry and criteria for evaluation 1973, new ministry profile 1971, ministry profile 1971, application for support from American Missions 1971, budget 1972, summary of new ministry profile 1971, memo and letter on installation of Llano G. Thelin 1974, bulletin for the installation of Charles B. Haney 1975, letter of call 1975, program in memory of several members, letter regarding installation service 1975, bulletin of reports 1976, 1975, 1974, project description, constitution for the Northwest District Development Association, church directory 1959, a memento for cathechumens 1932, 60th anniversary booklet, 70th anniversary booklet.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

From the First Immanuel Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon, Records, OPVELCA7a4_213, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lutherans, Swedish
  • Church anniversaries
  • Lutherans--Oregon--History
  • Swedish American Lutherans
  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, A.V., 1917-1927
  • Beistel, Brian, 1972-1977
  • Carlson, Peter, 1879-1880; 1882-1883
  • Haney, Curtis B., 1969-1972
  • Johnson, Kenneth E., 1963-1967
  • Odell, Carl S., 1932-1940
  • Olson, Roger N., 1964-1968; 1972
  • Renhard, Carl J., 1904-1910
  • Samuelson, George, 1978-1980
  • Skans, John W., 1883-1904
  • Haney, Charles B., 1975-?
  • Johnson, H.P., 1927-1932
  • Olson, J. Richard, 1911-1916
  • Couch, Aaron J.
  • Sodergren, Carl W., 1941-1963
  • Thelin, Llano G., 1968-1974
  • Vender, Jonas, 1880-1881
  • Wagner, Melinda J.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Oregon Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland, (Or.)
  • Occupations :
  • Clergy