Lake Oswego Neighborhoods
Places of Worship
Roman Catholicism: Our Lady of the Lake Church and School
In a recent “25 year flash back” retrospective, local newspaper The Willamette Week reported that way back in 1985 “rock-and-roll's most eligible bachelor, Bruce Springsteen, and local girl Julianne Phillips outwit vigilant paparazzi and pull off their midnight nuptials without the flash of cameras at Lake Oswego's Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church. Copies of the Boss' Clackamas County marriage record later sizzled on the auction block back East.”
Family friendly and located conveniently on the “main drag” of picturesque downtown Lake Oswego (an affluent suburb of Portland, OR), both church and school are highly regarded in the community. Our Lady of the Lake Elementary School offers Roman Catholic education for grades Kindergarten through 8 th. Children attend an impressive 7 hours per day, as opposed to 6 at local public elementary schools. Enrollment is approximately 260 students.
Masses at this welcoming church are available in both English and Spanish.
Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Elementary School is located at 716 A Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034 and Our Lake of the Lake Parish is located at 650 A Avenue, Lake Oswego. You can reach the church at (503)636-7687 or the school at (503)636-2121.
Protestant: Christ Church Episcopal Parish
Elegant and oh-so-British in its feeling, Christ Church Episcopal Parish is nestled in the quiet, tree-lined street of Chandler Road just a minute from the shops and restaurants of downtown Lake Oswego. Encompassing a beautiful church that features a traditional sanctuary filled with exquisite stained glass windows, the church hall is unexpectedly modern yet serene. Its beautiful contemporary woodwork soars to a ceiling of great heights, and through the many windows you can drink in views of quiet greenery outdoors.
But come December, this hall is the scene of a much rowdier event indeed. Dress in your best frock, put on your pearls, and bring your daughters and your girlfriends, because no lady will want to miss the best traditional British High Tea in Lake Oswego or even all of Portland. You’ll be standing on line for quite a while if you dare to arrive anything but extremely early, as tickets to this pre-Christmas event are quite coveted. Waiting to be seated in the beautiful church hall, you’ll browse in the great bazaar of hand-made Christmas items along the way. Peeking into the hall, you’ll find a sea of table at which the well-heeled are enjoying fancy plates of open-faced sandwiches, pastries, cream scones, and cakes.
These bite-sized delicacies are served by ever so proper women from all over Great Britain (many of them elderly and dressed in adorably authentic kilts).
Tea is served from proper Brown Betty tea pots, poured into gorgeous china tea cups. (Each is unique – they come from the ladies’ own private collections). Children are offered a choice of tea or lemonade, but the choice of the former elicits a sharp intake of breath and a severely raised eyebrow, accompanied by pursed lips. Should your little darlings choose tea, however, they shall be treated to a happy smile and sugary praise…”Oh, well done, darling – that’s the spirit!”
Christ Church Episcopal Parish and Pre-school are located at 1060 Chandler Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034. For more information, please telephone (503) 636-5618.
The annual high tea at the church is put on for charity by the Daughters of the British Empire, an association of women who are of British or Commonwealth ancestry.
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