Communities of Faith

Religious traditions are an important aspect of Finnish heritage, and our local FinnFest celebrates the faith communities that sustain us. See below for information on special services and open houses hosted by local churches. 


Evangel Baptist Church

Finnish Coffee Oasis
Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22
10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
1114 College Avenue, Houghton.
"Jesus Film" (in Finnish), coffee, Finnish goodies, parking, bathrooms. (no charge.)

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

“Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving”
Recognizing the 50-year Mission and Ministry of the Finnish (Suomi) Special Interest Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Sunday, June 23rd
10:00 AM
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
1000 Quincy Street, Hancock
Finlandia University and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church are pleased to host a special worship experience to recognize and celebrate the Suomi Conference’s 50 years of mission and ministry. The preacher for this special occasion is Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Other special guests and musicians will be on hand for this Sunday morning worship, including Rev. Tom Skrenes, Bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod (NGLS) of the ELCA. The Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving is being coordinated by Finlandia University’s Office of the President, Finlandia’s Office of the Chaplain, the Office of the Bishop of the Northern Great Lakes Synod, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.   

Laestadian Lutheran Church

Traditional Laestadian Lutheran worship service in Finnish with side-by-side English translation
Sunday, June 23
10:00 AM
Finnish American Heritage Center
435 Quincy Street, Hancock
Chaplain Juhani Liukkonen of Oulu, Finland, a recently retired Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland-ordained military chaplain, will conduct a traditional Laestadian Lutheran church service in the Finnish language with a skilled side-by-side interpreter rendering the sermon in English. In addition to read Scripture, the service will also include prayers, Finnish hymns, and characteristic Laestadian Lutheran songs, accompanied by Sibelius Academy-trained cantors from the Espoo Cathedral, Sheldon Ylioja and Lea Waaraniemi.
For more information, call Randy Herrala, LLC Executive Director, 612-327-6100.

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Open House
Thursday, June 20 and Friday, June 21
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
47281 Adventure Street, Atlantic Mine
Join us for an open house. Refreshments will be available. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, a historic site, is the first Suomi Synod congregation south of the bridge, and is celebrating  its 123rd year serving the community.