Our History

October 25, 1956

The first meeting of the Chancel Choir in the church parsonage.  This was the first group organized in the new congregation.

November 11, 1956

First worship service of East Whittier Lutheran Mission (later named St. Andrew Lutheran Church) held at Clock Country Club; 138 persons present.

November 25, 1956

Commissioning service for Pastor Verner Carlsen held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norwalk, California.

December 2, 1956

First Sunday School held; 63 children enrolled.

December 23. 1956

Charger Sunday; 83 adults sign church charter.

January 27, 1957

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new church building (the current Fellowship Hall)

March 2, 1957

First meeting of the women of the church; 32 women present.

March 3, 1957

“Organization Sunday” services held; 268 members received.

May 26, 1957

First service held in new building (the current Fellowship Hall) although not complete; 267 present.

June 30, 1957

First youth confirmation class held; 10 young people enrolled.

July 7, 1957

Dedication of first church building.  Dr. William Larsen, Synod president, officiated, assisted by Reverend Christian Justesen, president, Pacific District, and local UELC pastors.

August 20, 1957

First Altar Guild formed to prepare and care for the sacramental appointments.

October 6, 1957

Second Sunday worship service added at 8:30 am due to increased attendance (initial 10:45 am service moved to 11:00 am)

December 7, 1957

Youth choir formed for 7th-12th graders; first performance held the following Sunday.

May 30, 1964

Groundbreaking for present sanctuary.

April 25, 1965

Laying and blessing of the cornerstone for the new sanctuary.

June 20, 1965

Dedication of present sanctuary.

October 24, 1965

New pipe organ dedication and recital.

September 1972

St. Andrew Lutheran Church Preschool opens under directorship of Pauline Scholes; 20 children initially enrolled.


Lutheran Book of Worship dedicated.

September 30, 1982

Children’s choir organized; ultimately encompasses children in grades 4-8

January 1983

Cherub choir formed; includes children in grades K-3.