Historic church has 100th anniversary

Port Madison Lutheran Church will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its pioneer chapel on Bainbridge Island later this month.

A festival worship service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 20 with two special guests.

Minnie Sorenson O’Brien, the first baby baptized at Port Madison’s dedication worship service on May 19, 1912, will be present for Port Madison’s celebration.

O’Brien was the third child born to Andrew Sorensen, a fisherman, and his wife Inga. Born and raised on Bainbridge Island, she remembers living next door to her aunt and uncle in a home that was hauled across land by horse and sled to its location. She graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1930.

O’Brien recently celebrated her 100th birthday in Yelm, and plans to come with her daughter Joanne, who was also baptized at Port Madison Lutheran.

The Rev. John Bradosky, Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church, will travel from Columbus, Ohio for the celebration worship service and will offer the sermon.

The North American Lutheran Church was established in 2011 and Port Madison Lutheran Church affiliated with the NALC this year.

A centennial concert featuring “The Four Seasons” String Quartet will begin at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary followed by a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

The congregation extends a warm welcome to all friends and neighbors to meet our special guests and join in the celebration.

For more information, contact Reverend Lori Hoyum at 206-842-4746 or visit

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