American Lutheran Congregation of Oslo celebrates 50
The American Lutheran Congregation (ALC) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in Oslo
The ALC of Oslo is an English-speaking, ecumenical congregation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Its ministry is directed to the permanent English-speaking residents of the city, as well as short-term residents, embassy personnel, foreign students, refugees, and tourists.
The first service at ALC was held in October, 1958. The work of organizing the new congregation was placed in the hands of Dr. Oscar C. Hanson. His dedicated labors through two years of work laid a strong foundation for the congregation, writes ALC on its website.
The congregation was founded following World War II to provide for the many Americans in the Oslo area. The mission of the congregation is “to share the good news of Jesus Christ by serving spiritual, social, family, and personal needs — providing experiences that foster spiritual growth.” Life together is rooted in Bible study and prayer, with a strong emphasis on adult education and small group ministry.
As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations a concert, featuring the Oslo Chamber Orchestra (Oslo Kammerorkester) and guest singers from the Chorus of the Norwegian Opera, was held on Oct. 9. Works by Ole Bull and Giacomo Puccini, plus a new Cantata composed especially for the celebration by Átila Mellilo were also on the program.
Source: American Lutheran Congregation