University of Minnesota

Christ Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Records

Finding Aid


Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Christ Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mpls, MN
Dates: 1972-2003
Abstract: Collection consists of three microfilm reels holding the church records since its inception in 1972. Included are the governing documents of the congregation, congregational register, annual reports, meeting minutes, anniversary booklets and church bulletins. A large segment of the records document the congregation's activities and programs such as the Sunday School, pilgrimages, choir practices and performances, retreats, and also its involvement in political events and movements aimed at the support of independence for Latvia and other Baltic states during the Cold War era as well as building the newly independent Latvia after 1990.
Quantity: 3 microfilm reels
Language: Latvian, English
Collection ID: IHRC3250


Collection acquired from Nicholas Berkholtz of Minnetonka, MN, in March 2004.


Christ Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church came into being on June 18, 1972, by separating itself from the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Minneapolis and Saint Paul on 17th Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Initially, the congregation rented worship facilities from Lebanon Lutheran Church on East 36th Street in Minneapolis, later it moved to Saint Luke's Lutheran Church on 17th Avenue South in Minneapolis. The parsonge and church office was established at 4025 Chowen Avenue South in Minneapolis, the official address of the congregation. Since its beginnings the congregation was active in building relationships with other churches and also in supporting the cause of freedom for Latvia. Rev. Dr. M.K. Gulbis served as the first and only pastor during the entire existence of the church which discontinued its functions in 2003 and the majority of the remaining membership joined the Minneapolis-St. Paul Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church.



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Index Terms

Religious life
Political activity

Description of Series

This section briefly describes each series in the collection. A more detailed description of the contents of each series may be found in the following section.

SERIES 1. Organizational records

Detailed Description of the Collection

SERIES 1. Organizational records

BOX 1.
FOLDER 1. Beginnings
FOLDER 2. Continuation
FOLDER 3. The Governing Documents of the Congregation
FOLDER 4. Parsonage
FOLDER 5. Congregational Register
FOLDER 6. Two Anniversary Booklets
FOLDER 7. Annual Reports
FOLDER 8. Annual Reports - ALC and ELCA
FOLDER 9. Annual Congregational Meetings - Minutes
BOX 2.
FOLDER 10. Church Council Minutes
FOLDER 11. "Vestis"
FOLDER 12. Women's Auxiliary
FOLDER 13. English Language Ministry
BOX 3.
FOLDER 14. Sunday School
FOLDER 15. Aid to Latvia
FOLDER 16. Publications Committee
FOLDER 17. Pilgrimages
FOLDER 18. Worship Bulletins
FOLDER 19. Political Actions
FOLDER 20. Days of Inspiration
FOLDER 21. Home Meetings
FOLDER 22. Retreats
FOLDER 23. Bible Studies
FOLDER 24. Fellowship Hour
FOLDER 25. Confirmation Instruction
FOLDER 26. Choir and Women's Vocal Group
FOLDER 27. Other Activities - Projects
FOLDER 28. Congregational History

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