The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Church was organized in the I.O.G.T. Hall on Ekman Street in Worcester, MA, on July 21, 1896. Only 36 were present at the organizational meeting: 16 communicants and 20 children.
The congregration was incorporated under the laws of Massachusetts, February 19, 1898. The cornerstone of the original Emanuel Lutheran Church on Greenwood Street was laid on Sunday, September 18, 1898, by Dr. C.F. Johansson, President of the Boston District, assisted by Pastor Frans A. Engstrand. When the congregation assembled for the first time, it was only in the vestry. But shortly after the vestry was finished, the main auditorium was also completed.
On Sunday, November 19, 1899, that church, located just down the street from its current location, was dedicated.