125th Anniversary


On December 17, Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate the congregation’s 125th Anniversary.

Our guest preacher is Laura Everett, the director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Jim Hazelwood, the bishop of the New England Synod of the ELCA, will also pay a visit and speak a blessing.

After worship, we will swap stories and share in a sumptuous feast, giving thanks to God for 125 years of faithfulness and grace.



Faith Lutheran was founded on December 18, 1892 as The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Back then, we had only 23 members. The congregation did not have a building until 1909, so for over 17 years, we met at rented halls in the Central Square area. The hall we used the longest (from 1894 to 1909) was Prospect Hall at 40 Prospect St — the current address of ImprovBoston.

The Home Mission Board of the Augustana Synod‘s New York Conference called theology student Henning Jacobson as a missionary to Cambridge, based in the newly founded Swedish church in Waltham (now First Lutheran). He visited the Swedish immigrants in apartment buildings, on the docks, in boarding homes and in factories. Slowly, a community was built that has been a lasting presence in Cambridge for 125 years.



So much has happened over one-and-a-quarter centuries that we couldn’t possibly mention it all in one page. That is why we will keep adding new pieces of history, stories, videos and juicy tidbits between now and Dec 17 at: