WAHKIAKUM COUNTY, Wash. - The Deep River Pioneer Apostolic Lutheran Church is off the map for most people, a mile from the former town of Deep River, Wash., located on an isolated stretch of State Route 4 between Naselle and Rosburg, Wash. To increase knowledge of the historic church, the two-year-old Wahkiakum Interfaith Network is sponsoring a centennial series of Sunday afternoon vespers services. From 3 to 4 p.m. each Sunday through Aug. 22, one of eight congregations from Naselle to Cathlamet, Wash., will host an hour of music and liturgy from their faith tradition. Musicians from as far north as Port Orchard will bring their sound into the simple wooden sanctuary with a high pulpit, the original interior paint, and seating for between 80 and 90 people.
Residents and guests from inside and outside the county are welcome to attend any program. A free will offering during each music program will aid in the restoration of the church roof, which the Wahkiakum County Community Foundation began working on earlier this year.
To find the Deep River Pioneer Apostolic Lutheran Church, look for signs on State Route 4 at East Deep River Road and continue for two miles. Carpooling is advised, because parking is limited along the road near the church building.
Sunday, July 4, Pastor Barbara Bate of Grays River United Methodist Church officiates at a patriotic singalong. Upcoming speakers and musicians include the Finn Fest Choir, Lyrica Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound and Pastor Ben Moor of the Cathlamet Seventh-day Adventist Church.
For information on the church and the vespers series, call Karen Bertroch at (360) 795-8805, or Glenrose Hedlund at (360) 465-2617. Hedlund's father, Erik Lindgren, was one of the builders of the Deep River Church during the 1890s.