First Lutheran Church, Astoria, Oregon, Records, 1884-2012  PDF

Overview of the Collection

First Lutheran Church (Astoria, Or.)
First Lutheran Church, Astoria, Oregon, Records
1884-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a4_148 (collection)
Collection contains the records of First Lutheran Church in Astoria, 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

From 1877-1879 there existed in the Astoria area a Scandinavian Lutheran congregation. On September 7, 1884 a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a Norwegian Lutheran congregation. They organized and called themselves the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation of Astoria. On May 8, 1893 the church, built at 29th and Grand Avenue, was used for the first time. During Rev. Sorenson’s ministry (1904-1906), the church was moved and a parsonage was built. In 1949 the official church title was changed to First Lutheran church. In 1950 the Brotherhood was organized. In 1951 the three Ladies’ groups, while retaining their individual organizations, joined together to form the Women’s Missionary Federation, which in 1961 became known as the First Lutheran Church Women. January 25, 1952 marked the laying of the cornerstone for the church. The first service was held there on Palm Sunday, April 10, 1954, with dedication following on September 26 of that year. During Rev. Strandjord’s ministry the congregation was served by six interns. The congregation now incorporates lay assistants in Lieu of interns.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a souvenir program from their 40th anniversary, a “life story of the church” (three copies), copies of newspaper articles about the church, a 75th anniversary bulletin, a bulletin from the service of dedication, a 100th anniversary booklet, various letters, a congregational historical record, a congregational statistical record, a letter of call, a list of people at the church who are alumni of PLU, a bulletin from 1981, a church constitution, a service for First Lutheran's merging with Immanuel Lutheran, and programs for an installation.

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 Lutheran Church, Astoria, Oregon, Records, OPVELCA7a4_148, 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 :
  • Interns
  • Lutherans--Oregon--History
  • Women--Societies and clubs
  • Personal Names :
  • Carson, 1884
  • Strandjord, A., 1971-1979
  • Levorson, John, 1891
  • Tonnesen, Theodor, 1894-1896
  • Aaberg, Ole, 1904-1906
  • Bull, Rasmus, 1884
  • Christensen, M. A., 1927-1936
  • Christiansen, Emil, 1877-1879
  • Ellefson, 1884
  • Engh, H., 1884
  • Gulhaugen, T., 1936-1948
  • Hoikka, 1884
  • Holden, O. M., 1897-1904
  • Hove, Elling, 1890
  • Johnson, Chester, 1980-
  • Losen, C., 1921-1927
  • Martinson, R., 1963-1970
  • McCallum, Ronald W.
  • Neste, T., 1906-1921
  • Nissen, Lauritz, 1893
  • Sorenson, H. W., 1904-1906
  • Storaasli, H., 1948-1963
  • Corporate Names :
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Oregon Synod
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • First Lutheran Church Women (Astoria, Or.)
  • Lutheran Brotherhood
  • Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
  • Geographical Names :
  • Astoria (Or.)
  • Occupations :
  • Clergy