First Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are a caring community with a rich history and a bright future, and all are welcome in this house. Our identity is rooted in Christ and the Word. We are called to proclaim God's amazing grace as revealed in Jesus Christ. We are called to live out our mission in our daily lives as we reach out to others and proclaim God's love.

First Lutheran Church is a Stephen Ministry congregation. Stephen Ministers are available to walk beside anyone in our community going through a difficult time - loss of a loved one, spiritual crisis, illness, divorce, job loss, loneliness, or any other challenge. Caring, trained members of our congregation stand ready to meet with you confidentially to encourage and support you through these tough times. If you'd like to know more, please contact the church office.

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Saturday 5:00pm & Sunday 10:00am

Holy Communion is served at both services each week. 

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Children's Sunday School (infants through 5th grade) 

Sunday, 9:00am

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Confirmation Classes (6th-7th grades)

Sunday, 11:15am

Youth Room

Luther League (8th-12th grades)

Sunday, 12:30pm

Youth Room

Adult Bible Study

Sunday, 9:00am

Room 30

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Rooted in Christ, we are growing in faith to bear fruit in the world

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In Response to Recent Events

Dear Friends,

We have suffered another mass killing in our country, this time in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on concert-goers and killed 59 and wounded over 500. As Christians, we blur the line between church and state at a time of national tragedy and instead feel the truth of 1 Cor 12:26: “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it … .” Today, we all are suffering.

Please join me in praying for the families and loved ones of those whose lives were so cruelly cut short and for those who have been injured. Below is a pastoral letter on violence that was released by our Conference of Bishops following the Sandy Hook murders. Its content is still painfully relevant today.

 – Bishop Roger Gustafson

A Pastoral Letter on Violence

Adopted by the ELCA Conference of Bishops

March 4, 2013

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

Jeremiah 31.15 and Matthew 2:18

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Every faithful caregiver who sits with victims of violence knows what we know–as God's church, we are called to reduce violence and should, in most cases, restrain ourselves from using violence. Whether or not statistics show that overall violence has declined in recent years, every person wounded or killed is a precious child of God.

As bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we lament the tragedy of gun violence in our country. We are grieved by the way violence threatens and destroys life. We affirm the current soul searching and shared striving to find a way to a better future. While the church grapples with this call to reduce violence, and make our communities safer, we recognize that before God we are neither more righteous because we have guns nor are we more righteous when we favor significant restrictions. Brokenness and sin are not somehow outside of us. Even the best of us are capable of great evil.

As people of God we begin by confessing our own brokenness – revealed in both our actions and our failure to act. We trust that God will set us free and renew us in our life's work to love our neighbors. In this time of public attention to gun violence, local communities of faith have a unique opportunity to engage this work. As bishops, we were thankful to recognize the many resources our church has already developed (see below). We begin by listening: listening to God, to Scripture, and to each other. Providing a safe place for people to share their own stories, together we discern courses of action. Together we act. And together we return to listening – to assess the effectiveness of our efforts to reduce violence.

In the Large Catechism Luther says,“We must not kill, either by hand, heart, or word, by signs or gestures, or by aiding and abetting.” Violence begins in the human heart. Words can harm or heal. To focus only on guns is to miss the depth of our vocation. Yet, guns and access are keys to the challenges we face. We recognize that we serve in different contexts and have different perspectives regarding what can and should be done. But as we live out our common vocations, knowing that the work will take many forms, we are committed to the work of reducing and restraining violence. This shared work is a sign of our unity in Christ.

We invite you, our sisters and brothers, to join us in this work:

  • The work of lament – creating safe space for naming, praying, grieving, caring for one another, and sharing the hope in God’s promise of faithfulness  
  • The work of moral formation and discernment – listening to scripture, repenting, modeling conflict resolution in daily life, addressing bullying, conducting respectful conversations, and discerning constructive strategies to reduce violence  
  • The work of advocacy – acting to address the causes and effects of violence, knowing that we are not saved by this work, we undertake it trusting in Christ Jesus, who laid down his life for the world and who calls us to be peacemakers, to pursue justice, and to protect the vulnerable. In this, as in all things, Christ is with us. Thanks be to God.  

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