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Our Background


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at Swan's Trail has a long history of ministry in our location. The congregation began in 1908 with nine family of Norwegian descent. We still have one family in the congregation, whose grandparents were part of the original nine families.

Worship services were originally conducted in Norwegian. The original name of the congregation was the Oslo Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church. It was later changed to Swan's Trail Lutheran Church to reflect the area in which the Church was located. The area was named for one of the locals, Charlie Swan, who cut a trail down to the Snohomish River to pick up supplies.


Many people still know the Church and the area by its local name, "Swan's Trail." The Church was later changed to Good Shepherd, but we continue to hold on to "at Swan's Trail."

Our Beliefs


  • We believe that God acts first

  • We believe that the biblical witness is clear that God always acts first then humans are called to respond to God's action.

  • God never waits for us to make the first move.

  • God is always coming to us in love and grace.

  • We believe in the Word of God.

  • We believe that God has spoken to us in many ways, in the recorded words of the Bible but mostly in Jesus Christ.

  • Apart from the revelation of God in Christ, God remains hidden and mysterious.

  • We believe in the Sacramental presence of God.

  • We believe that God has willed to meet us in the bread and wine of Holy Communion and the water of Holy Baptism. Through these two sacraments of the Church, God gives us His gifts of grace in a way that we cannot miss that they are "for us."

Our Partnership


​We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denomination in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island.

They are a church that walks by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel and knowing that we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. They proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. Please visit their website for additional information.

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