• Sept. 29, 1867: On that date, St. John’s Lutheran Church held its first worship service at 9th and K Streets. It was led by Pastor Matthias Goethe.

  • Dec. 1, 1867: Twenty-three members signed St. John’s first charter.

  • Sept. 1873: The congregation grew so rapidly that the original space was too small and the church moved to 12th and K.

  • 1877: The Church purchased two large bells, reportedly the first in the city. Today, those bells still ring majestically.

  • 1910: St. John’s growing congregation prepared for the future again, purchasing the site at 17th and L for $27,000. Many believed it was too far from downtown.

  • Dec. 10, 1911: Workers laid the cornerstone for the building in which we worship today.

  • Oct. 6, 1912: The new church was dedicated, including the beautiful sanctuary we enjoy today. The cost was $106,000, about $2 million in today’s dollars.

  • Oct. 12, 1912: St. John’s Lutheran Church at 17th and L was dedicated.

  • 1949: A remodeling project added the pulpit, the new front steps, and improved lighting and heating.

  • 1957: The education wing was added.

  • 1967: The church’s 100th anniversary. A major project was completed, including remodeling of the sanctuary, installing a new organ, and the purchase of the lot and building which is now Goethe Hall.

  • 1972: Goethe Hall was remodeled and dedicated.

  • 1977: New parking space was added.

  • 2002: A Master Site Plan was overwhelmingly approved by the congregation.

  • June 15, 2008: The refurbished sanctuary was dedicated with Bishop David Mullen joining Pastors Sorensen, Espegren and LaTorre in the worship services.

  • July 12, 2008: St. John’s hosted the Installation of Rev. Mark W. Holmerud as Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA with Bishop Mark Hanson presiding.


We are attentive to God's word, prayerfully discerning God's will to do God's work with grace, in trust, by faith, through action.

st. john's lutheran church

1701 L Street

Sacramento, CA 95811
916-444-0874 | contact@stjohnslc.org

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