Visit the Building Updates page of our website (also accessible under the News and Events menu) for ongoing information about our building and its future repairs/renovations.


First Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

First Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation as an affirmation of our welcome to LGBTQI+ individuals and families.


Due to recent news about our building and the closure of our sanctuary, we are worshiping off-site beginning December 9. All are welcome!

Join us Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Noble recital hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music at Luther College.

No Saturday evening worship in December.

No Wednesday evening Advent worship in December.

Community Thanksgiving Worship

Decorah’s community Thanksgiving worship service takes places this Monday evening, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. here at First Lutheran Church, with treats and coffee to follow. A special offering will be taken in worship to benefit ministries providing relief work during and after the California wildfires. A volunteer choir will rehearse at 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside...

Fair Trade Sale

The Mission and Outreach committee is sponsoring a fair trade sale the weekends of December 2 and December 9. Purchase a variety of handmade goods and delicious chocolates, and know that you are helping support artisans around the world with a fair wage. Profits from our fair trade sale will be used to support the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program.

Gift Tree

Visit the gift tree in the fellowship hall to help provide Christmas gifts to families in need. Select a tag, purchase the gift and wrap it, and attach the tag to the top. Return all gifts to the church office by December 1.

Widening Our Welcome, Deepening Our Relationships

Thank you thank you thank you! We received more than 100 Statements of Intent last weekend, and are nearly halfway to our goal of 250 or more Statements of Intent. There’s a $5000 challenge gift on the line, thanks to a group of donors in the congregation. Help us reach our goal! After December 2, our stewardship team will make check-in phone calls to households from whom we have not received...

About the Bible Book Club

Our next "About the Bible" book club session meets Monday night, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Java John's. November's book is Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation by Alice Connor. Copies are available at Dragonfly Books. All are welcome to join the conversation!

Adult Forum

This year's adult forums focus on benevolence as an expression of faith – and a discipline for spiritual growth.  Join us Sundays in the Fireside Room from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Nov 25: Thanksgiving, no adult forum. Dec 2: All are invited to come and hear about the amazing ministry of YAGM, Young Adults in Global Mission.Lily Brondyke, a 2017 Luther graduate and current Wartburg Seminary Student...

Worship, Witness, Grow, Serve

The mission of First Lutheran Church, rooted in the Gospel of God’s grace, is to be a community of worship, witness, and spiritual growth in ecumenical service to God and God’s people.

First Lutheran Church is committed to being a loving and welcoming community centered in the good news of Jesus Christ. In faithfulness to the Christian Gospel, in reflection of our Lutheran emphasis on grace, and in celebration of our shared baptismal journey, we promise to enter into ministry with all who seek God here. We invite you to join us for worship and take up your place with us in ministry for you are welcome at First Lutheran Church.


First Lutheran Church
604 W. Broadway
Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 382-2638



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1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.