Community reaches out and helps others

We are blessed by a great cloud of witnesses who support the good work being done in our corner of the kingdom of God. We are thankful for the friends, partners, and congregations who share of their time, energy, and resources.

If you will take a moment and look around, we think you will find a great number of ways to reach out to First Lutheran, from simple prayer, to meals, to donations of clothing, to estate gifts. Thank you; simply by visiting this page, you show you care enough to give of your time. Consider a gift today. Not only does your gift go to a vibrant ministry, but gifts are also tax deductible.

We thank you for your gift, but most of all we thank you for your partnership in the gospel. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Grace and peace!

 

A church is a community

We are also a bridge-building church, engaged in ecumenical dialogue and partnership to heal the wounds of division in the Chrisitan community. The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — our national church body) has entered into cooperative “full communion” agreements (sharing common convictions about theology, mission and worship) with several other Protestant denominations, including the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Church, and others.

All that to say: Lutherans have one foot in both worlds. We embrace our catholic tradition, and we also embrace the spirit of the Reformation to constantly make the grace of God relevant and accessible to the world. We’d love to invite you to come and see!

 

From many we become one

There is nothing we can do to earn God’s love, or a place in the Christian community. God has already accepted us just as we are. We believe that God’s gift of grace is received by faith. That doesn’t mean we don’t believe in the importance of doing good in the world! It simply means that good works are the fruit of faith, not a kind of barter system for heavenly favors. And while we celebrate the great traditions of the Church, our ultimate authority is scripture, interpreted in the context of the community. There is no tradition so sacred that it cannot be changed for the sake of the gospel. And sometimes change is necessary for God’s love to be known in a changing world.