Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church

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Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church
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Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church is located in Oregon
Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church
Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church is located in the US
Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church
Nearest city Adams, Oregon
Coordinates 45°46′32″N 118°39′47″W / 45.77556°N 118.66306°W / 45.77556; -118.66306Coordinates: 45°46′32″N 118°39′47″W / 45.77556°N 118.66306°W / 45.77556; -118.66306
Area less than one acre
Built 1884 (1884)
Architectural style Gothic
NRHP Reference # 88001041[1]
Added to NRHP July 14, 1988

Greasewood Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church is a historic pioneer church located five miles west of Adams, Oregon. It was built by volunteers on donated land in 1884 to serve the immigrant Finnish Laestadian community. Services were held in Finnish both for the immigrants and their children, whose mother tongue was also Finnish. After breakups within the Laestadian community, this church affiliated with the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America. Due to the remote location, preachers from surrounding areas as well as the American Midwest, and even as far away as Finland, were brought in to speak.[2]

As noted in an article published in the East Oregonian, "The ministers who served the congregation are remembered for preaching the [A]postolic [Lutheran] faith which stressed confession, repentance and forgiveness."[2]

The church was added to the National Register in 1988.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Greasewood Church was center of Finnish life". March 23, 2004. Retrieved October 20, 2014.