Spencer Creek Lutheran Church Near Eugene in Lane County, Oregon

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Spencer Creek Lutheran Church

Standing proudly at the northwest corner of Gimpl Hill and Pine Grove Roads in Lane County, Oregon is the Spencer Creek Lutheran Church.

It stands at a crossroads in the midst of a rural countryside seemingly sparsely inhabited of human population, but full of wild turkey, deer, sheep, cattle, and many other animals.

Yet thus church has sheltered congregants since 1903 when this part of the Willamette Valley was just being settled by ranchers and farmers attracted by the rich soils and moderate temperatures.

Cattle in Lane County, Oregon

Today, the building hearkens back to bygone days, church potlucks, weekly social gatherings with neighbors, conversation and gossip, and a strong sense of community where neighbors know and look out for each other.

Every time that I drive by the Spencer Creek Lutheran Church building, in an Oregon county full of local farms, ranches, and vineyards, I appreciate again how fortunate I am to live here.Spencer Creek Lutheran Church, Lane County, Oregon



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Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

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Comments (3)

Jackie Cross
Real Living All Florida Realty - Port St Lucie, FL

It is good to see the older church is still in good repair and usable.  So many do not make it.  Beautiful setting too.  Have a great new year.

Dec 27, 2014 12:54 AM
Retired from ActiveRain
Baker, OR

Jackie, There are several churches in the Eugene and Springfield area that were built in the early part of the 20th century that are still standing.

Dec 27, 2014 01:33 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a great story and I like your photographs. 

Life is good in Eugene!

Jan 09, 2015 01:02 AM