Worcester,Mass - Places of the Past, Laurel St. Church
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Diane Mohieldin - Report this comment
This church is now a mosque and house the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester.
Bill Brown - Report this comment
Ok. I am not positive but I am pretty sure that this church is just off Pleasant Street to the right about 1/4 of a mile from Newton Square when you are headed toward Tatnuck Square. Close to where Coffee Kingdom used to be. Don't qoute me but it looks really familiar.
Steven Taylor - Report this comment
I grew up in Plumley Village in Worcester. My family moved there in 1972 when I was 4 years old. I moved out of the area around 1983 but my mother lived there until 1996. My siblings and I attended Gage St. School and since we lived so close we walked to school each day and would pass the Finnish Lutheran Church on our way. I had forgotten about that church until I saw the picture you have here and it brought back many memories of those walks to school and playing in the neighborhood. Thank you.
Joe Donovan- April 05, 2008 - Report this comment
This church is still on laurel street and is now a muslim church,it was however the first armenian church in the united states and am surprised armenians have not purchased this church for there history.
Pete- October 06, 2008 - Report this comment
My family belonged to that church. It was called Faith Lutheran Church.My cousin and I were the last two to receive Confirmation there.
jim sadowski- March 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Loural Street church, has many ties and links. One Loural street church dates to 1851 Methodist church, another Loural street church is an Armenian church dedicated 1891. The Armenian people came to Worcester for freedom and to escape genicide. An area still at war. I remember the bizar, a sort of flee market. Armenian set up booths on one side of street near Polish church once a year in late 1950's
Hannu- March 27, 2012 - Report this comment
Same as Pete above, my family belonged to Faith Lutheran in the early 70's. My brother and I were confirmed there in 1974 with Pastor Viljo Heiman presiding. Church services were held in english and finnish languages. According to an online source, which agrees with my personal recollections: "The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church (later Faith Lutheran Church) of Worcester, Massachusetts (57 Laurel Street) , was founded in 1894 by immigrants to the area from Finland. After the retirement of Rev. Viljo Heiman on October 14, 1977, the congregation was disbanded, and the last service was held on December 24, 1978. The church building was sold on March 20, 1979, to the North American Islamic Trust, Inc. " I have fond memories of Sunday school classes with Pastor Heiman and church social events...where my brother and I could speak finnish with other ethnic finnish children. SOURCE: The Faith Lutheran Church, Worcester, Massachusetts Records, Finnish American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota RELATED COLLECTIONS: Vital records and other archival materials of the church deposited at the Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan.
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