Our mission is to provide a welcoming worship experience
and a supportive community that cares for creation
and shares God's love, justice and compassion in the world.
The Lutheran Church in the San Juans celebrates a rich and diverse tradition and always proclaims the Good News of God in Christ Jesus. Join us for weekly worship at the times listed below with Holy Communion offered every Sunday.
Children are always welcome at our worship services.
For location of each service, please see the map of the Branch you are interested in.
Sunday Worship Schedule and Locations
Lopez Island (Center Church) - 9:00 am service, 10:00 am social hour
Location: Center Church (map)
San Juan Island (Friday Harbor) - 11:00 am service, Noon social hour
Location: St. David's Episcopal Church (map)
Orcas Island (East Sound) - 1:15 pm service, 2:15 pm social hour
Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Eastsound (map)
Visitors welcome at all services. And please stay for social hour after the service if you are able.
Congregational Core Values
A Reconciling in Christ Congregation
As Christ welcomed all people unconditionally, we also desire to welcome people without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, culture, language, or political views; seeking to be a diverse community rooted in God’s gracious love.
Living as we do on the San Juan Islands, we are ONE congregation with THREE island branches
Meet Our Pastor
Pastor Beth Purdum Eden is a native of Seattle, Washington who delights in the people and landscapes of the San Juan Islands. Pr. Beth earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from Western Washington University and the MDiv degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. She has served congregations in Colorado and New Mexico.
Pr. Beth particularly enjoys working with youth, worship planning, preaching, mission outreach, and teaching. Her hobbies include music, bicycling, kayaking in the Salish Sea and travelling with her husband Dr. David Eden..
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our church (including weddings and baptisms), please click here.
Congregational Life / Opportunities to Serve
- Altar Guild
- Snacks (Coffee Hour)
- Worship Assistance
- Scripture Readers
- Leadership Team
- Committee Work (Episcopal-Lutheran Coordinating Committee,, etc.)
The Congregation Council has general oversight of the life and activities of the congregation, including long-range planning, financial responsibility, and administration. It is made up of members from each of the congregations three island Branches, as well as the Pastor.
Our current Congregational Council and Leadership consists of:
Bea vonTobel (Orcas), President
Gordon Eustis (Lopez), Vice-president
Cole Arendt, (Friday Harbor) Secretary
Bob Nieman, (Friday Harbor) Treasurer
Pastor Beth Eden
Susan Corbin (Lpz), Laura Evans (Lpz), Ted Whitley (Lpz),
Pat Nieman (FH), Evelyn Satterlee (FH)
In addition to the Council (and participating with it), each Branch has developed a team of leaders for local programmatic and pastoral ministry. This team may consist of a deacon and co-deacons, or other lay leadership structures that are responsible (in partnership with the pastor) for the over-all, more day-to-day programmatic and pastoral ministry in their branch. See the individual Branch pages for contacting the Deacon’s responsible for those communities.
Lopez Community Concerns Committee
Meets every first Monday of the month at the home of Jan Sundquist.
at 1:00 pm.
Friday Harbor Adult Education
Meets weekly on Wednesdays at St. Davids at 10:00 am in Gryphon Hall.
Orcas Island Activities
We are a diverse and welcoming group. Our primary activity is worship supplemented with casual gatherings. We also participate with our ecumenical partner, the Episcopal congregation in occasional special studies and seasonal community happenings. Our future plans have room for your ideas. Join us! Please see the calendar for our current activities.
On Lopez Island we meet for monthly movie nights, provide access to fresh farm produce for people in need, and advocate for wisdom and justice on the island and beyond. Women's and men's groups gather for meals, conversation or study. We take part in island community life, offer special study and social opportunities, and join with other spiritual communities for activities. Please see the calendar to learn what's going on now.
Friday Harbor Women's & Men's Groups
Talk, share, and socialize with your friends and neighbors over lunch. Women meet every third Wednesday of the month and men, the last Wednesday of the month. See the calendar for more details.
Study of Islam Class
Friday Harbor: Study of Islam lead by Pastor Beth, Sundays, 5:00 p.m. at the Public Library Conference Room. Starts July 10 and continues for 6 weeks. All are welcome.
Our congregation is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (or ELCA), a denomination of 5 million members and more than 11,000 congregations in the United States and the Caribbean. The ELCA is a part of the Lutheran World Federation which includes some 66 million Lutherans around the globe.
Lutherans are strongly committed to Christian unity and to partnerships with people of different faiths and all people of good will as we seek to bring about greater compassion and justice for all people and for the creation itself.
Our national denomination. ELCA contacts and information includes a daily devotional section
and messages from the ELCA's Presiding Bishop Mark C. Hanson
An ecumenical retreat center rooted in the Lutheran tradition
Reaching out through global partnerships
ELCA NW Synod puts out The Echo monthly. Email Nancy Quale, editor, to subscribe