Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, Washington, Records, 1913-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Bethany Lutheran Church (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, Washington, Records
1913-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA 7a5_258 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Bethany Lutheran Church in Bainbridge Island, Washington.
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

When Mrs.August Larson, a member of Gethsemane in Seattle, moved to Bainbridge Island, she loved the wooded lands and the rollings hills of her new home, but she missed her church. She persuaded Pastor Martin Larson of Gethsemane in 1909 to come to her home and conduct worship services in the Swedish language. A Ladies’ Aid Society was soon organized and on May 10, 1913, Bethany Lutheran was formally organized with Pastor F. W. Kastman presiding. There were 10 charter members. A white frame church was erected in Port Blakely and served the congregation until 1962. But two eventful decisions had been made six years earlier: one, to become self-supporting; and the other, to locate a new house of worship in the central portion of the island, thus serving the entire island more efficiently. Under the leadership of Pastor Peterson a new church was dedicated on March 25, 1962. A 1967 parish education unit was completed and dedicated, and in 1974 a bell tower was erected at the entry way of the church. In 1978 the sanctuary was remodeled and new furnishings were added. In 1983 a second educational wing was completed.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a congregational historical record, a church timeline, a booklet from the dedication, a booklet from 1980 looking at the future of the church, a bulletin from 1982.

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 Bethany Lutheran Church, Bainbridge Island, Washington, Records, OPVELCA7a5_258, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lutherans--Washington (State)--History
  • Swedish Language
  • Personal Names :
  • Cornay, Luther, 1918-1923
  • Loreen, Albert, 1916-1917
  • Lundquist, Merton, 1941
  • Rizer, William, 1965-1975
  • Boe, Dwight, 1951
  • Loren, Gordon, 1943-1948
  • Aasen, A. O., 1950
  • Bengston, Carl A., 1928-1941
  • Erickson, Wayne, 1976-?
  • Frisk, C. E., 1914
  • Green, A. M., 1915
  • Herbert, G. A., 1923
  • Kastman, E. W., 1913-1914
  • Peterson, C. Stanton, 1955-1965
  • Sandeen, E., 1924
  • Stumme-Diers, Paul
  • Zimmerman, Jay, 1954-1955
  • Corporate Names :
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Northwest Washington Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Ladies’ Aid Society (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Bainbridge Island (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Occupations :
  • Clergy