The mission of First Evangelical Lutheran Church is: to live and grow together, following Christ’s calling to love, serve, and welcome our neighbors.
As sinners drenched in God’s grace, we are a vibrant family of faith seeking a deeper connection with Jesus, each other, and the world.
Our 2017 Goals
- Participate with other ELCA congregations in our area in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
- Charge our Stewardship Ministry to address debt reduction, support for our youth attending the National Youth Gathering in 2018, and funding our involvement in the internship program.
- Expand our efforts to create a culture of service in our congregation.
- Continue our efforts at long-term planning, particularly in relationship to our facilities and our land, attending to our care of God’s creation through these gifts.
- We believe that the church has deep roots but always must be open to change. We are rooted in tradition but hospitable to reformation.
- We trust that God in Christ is hospitable to the world and that the center of our calling is hospitality and the fellowship that accompanies hospitality.
- We know that the journey to follow Jesus involves a life-long commitment to learning.
- We value diversity in all of its forms, thriving particularly on the interaction between the generations and between those from different socio-economic backgrounds.
- We treasure the gifts that come from the visual, dramatic, and musical arts.
- We think that the faith is too much of a gift from God for us to take ourselves or our opinions too seriously. We want a sense of holy hilarity to characterize our life together.
- We believe that the church is most faithfully the church when it is deeply connected to its community and oriented toward the world.
- We are convinced that the journey outward into service in the community is best accompanied by the inward journey of prayer and theological reflection.
What We Believe
First Lutheran is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the largest Lutheran body in our country. It is a vibrant and energetic body of believers that focuses its life on the graciousness of God that is rooted in the crucified and raised Jesus. Since our focus is discovered there, we believe that all are welcome here.
We believe the church to be a hospital for sinners, not a country club for those who have it all together. We believe that our congregation is a place where all are free to search for answers and free to ask tough questions admitting sometimes that the answers will evade us. We, as a community of believers, believe that a vital Christian life is served by a regular confrontation with the Word of God that meets us in the Bible and with the sacraments (baptism and communion), tangible expressions of the goodness of God. In response to that goodness, we believe that we are called to be servants to one another and to the community we are a part of. We believe strongly that our facility should be used not only by ourselves but also by the community that surrounds our building. We believe, too, that we are called to reach out to a hurting world with a message of hope and with concrete signs of God’s love. Service for us comes out of a joyful response to the God who has loved us first.