In 1894, Norwegian immigrants and Norwegian-Americans, young and old, working class and academic, came together in a rented room on Franklin Avenue. They found hope and renewal, worshipped in Norwegian, and called themselves Bethlehem Lutheran. Strengthened by the support of their sacred community, congregants helped form the Ebenezer Society, Lutheran Social Service and Fairview Hospital.
The family grew, merging with Golgotha Lutheran. The language switched to English. The location moved to the current sanctuary on Lyndale Avenue and 41st Street. Yet in worship, Bethlehem congregants continued to experience God’s unending love. Hearing God’s call outward, they sent missionaries to China, formed two daughter churches in Minneapolis, and built lasting relationships in Argentina, India and central Africa.
Today, Bethlehem is an open Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation where young and old are welcome to come and worship together. Strengthened by our heritage and the vibrancy of our community, we go from this place renewed to share God’s love with others. Join us.