Tag Archives: Church

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We went to Patty’s Burgers for milkshakes and I admired the light reflecting off the steeple of the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 3314 South 58th Street, Tacoma. The church was dedicated in 1913, the school in 1924 and the addition to the school in 1949.


Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Today I went to say goodbye to a friend at Immanuel Presbyterian Church at 901 North J Street in Tacoma. The church, which was constructed in 1909, is beautiful with its mission styling and stained glass windows. It’s long history is explained on the congregation’s website http://www.ipctacoma.org/about.php?id=4


Kurt Cobain’s first public show was here

The theater then church at 5441 South M Street has seen better days. It was constructed in 1924 as an early movie theater with 500 seats. Their first movie was Lights Out. On October 6, 1930 there was extensive damage when a bomb went off (there must be a story there!). Per the Tacoma Public Library, Kurt Cobain and the rock band Skid Row (later Nirvana) played their first public show here! Online information indicates that Templo Maranatha now owns the space.

Go here to see photographs of the property when it was new, http://search.tacomapubliclibrary.org/buildings/bldg1up.asp?n=19979

Thanks Tacoma Public Library!

The Epicenter of Hope

I love big claims… the world’s best pizza, burgers, etc.  I love that Wallingford claims to be the center of the universe and I also love that Tacoma’s First Church of the Nazarene at 3640 South M is the Epicenter of Hope. So on this snowy day I drove over to the church to snap a photo. Their sign says that they have English and Latino Gatherings and that there is a Samoan Service at 2:00 on Sundays.


Kilworth Memorial Chapel at the UPS

UPS Church by Gexydaf

The Kilworth Memorial Chapel at the University of Puget Sound was dedicated March 9, 1967. The bell at Kilworth Chapel was cast in 1718 in Sheffield, England and had been a signal bell on the steamship Frontier.

Hilltop Christian Center

On my way to a holiday gathering, I stopped at Johnson’s Candy for treats to share. Drat, I’ve already used Johnson’s Candy! Oh, look, an interesting church just kitty corner from where I’m standing. That will do! The Hilltop Christian Center is on the corner of 10th & M.L.K. Jr. Way in the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington. 1016 S. 10th. Street, Tacoma, WA 98405. The assessor’s office indicates that the building was constructed in 1950.

Their website says “We are a non-denominational church that’s committed to loving Christ. Our congregation is ethnically diverse and committed to the unity of all the saints of God.”

I thought it was interesting that their website has audio sermons. This week’s sermon is “Sexual Immorality is Killing the Church”.


Voting at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

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Ok, I really didn’t need to go to the polls because I had already voted by mail. But I wanted to take a photo of a polling place and the one at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 3315 S. 19th Street in Tacoma was handy. I watched many voters coming and going and it made me happy to see so many taking this seriously.

As far as the church itself, it has very little internet presence, so I still don’t know much about it. I can say that it has a lovely building and a well tended yard!

The website for the Pierce County Auditor’s Office is http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/aud/elections/main.htm

 I also received another FourSquare badge for voting!  http://foursquare.com/

St. Rita of Cascia Italy Catholic Church

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Well, this new place of the day was more fun than I originally expected! I thought I would just take a quick photo of a small church that I admired. But when I looked up St. Rita of Cascia, she has quite a story!

She was married at 12 (yes, 12!) to an awful man who was eventually killed.

Her two sons planned to avenge their father’s murder, but Rita knew that murder was wrong, so she prayed for her sons to die instead. They did.

While praying to suffer like Jesus, a thorn from a crucifixion figure fell from the crown of thorns and left a deep wound in her forehead. This wound never healed.

Originally she was wanted to enter the monastery, but she was denied because of her husband’s deserved reputation. She was transported into the convent (though locked doors) by her three patron saints, including John the Baptist. At that point she was allowed to stay.

The church itself is simple and lovely. I was particularly impressed with the steeple and the mural over the entry door. The address is 1403 South Ainsworth, Tacoma.  The building was constructed in 1922 and is on the historic register.

The website Places of Worship states “A number of Jesuit parishes began as ministries to distinct ethnic communities. A good example is St. Rita of Cascia in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 1922 to serve specifically the area’s Italian immigrants, it became a geographical parish in 1979. While the congregation is still predominantly Italian-American, it has welcomed a number of Vietnamese families. With 283 registered households, affording a real chance for members of the community to get to know one another, St. Rita has a genuine sense of a family.”  http://www.companymagazine.org/v222/placesofworship.htm

The website includes more information about services and mission. http://www.stritatacoma.org/index.php

Note:  The picture of Rita is not from the church.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

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Today’s new place of the day is Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 101 E 38th St., Tacoma, WA 98404. The church has been at this location since 1948. They have two services, Saturday night at 5 pm and Sunday morning at 10 am. I’ve not been to a service, but I did go here to vote a while back. If you look carefully at the photo, it even has today’s date on it.

They have a Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tacoma-WA/Bethlehem-Lutheran-Church-Tacoma/98183396875