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.


Saturday 5:00 p.m. – Casual Worship (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday 8:30 a.m.  Traditional Worship

Sunday 11:00 a.m. – New Song Worship

Sunday 9:45 a.m.  – Fellowship & Education 

Blessing of the Animals – October 6

Join us at 9:00 a.m. at the Decorah Fish Hatchery, along with your pets of all varieties, for a celebration of God’s grace shown to us in all living things! Blessings and treats (for humans and animals) will abound!

Peace at the Last – Visitation with the Dying

In times of illness, crisis, and transition into end-of-life, the church offers a variety of ministries to support you and your loved ones. Pastors are always available at any stage in this journey. We have also started a new ministry called Peace at the Last. This is a short ritual of blessing and anointing that a team of trained visitors bring to you in your home, hospital, or care center....

About the Bible Book Club

Our next "About the Bible" book club session meets Monday night, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Java John's. October's book is The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns. Copies are available at Dragonfly Books. All are welcome to join the conversation!

Orange you glad to be part of our children’s ministries?

Wink, wink. Sunday morning children's faith formation continues each week, 9:45-10:45 a.m., using the Orange curriculum. A brand new parent resource center has been set up in the atrium outside the main church office. Be sure to check it out! Follow this link to register for Orange and for Wednesday after school...

Monday Bible Study

Monday morning Bible study takes place each week from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room. All are welcome to this weekly Bible study discussion of the week’s Sunday lectionary texts. It's a great place for informal conversation and an open space for questions!

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. September 30 – Adrian Walter and our FLC youth share stories about how your gifts and support of our youth programs have resulted in deeply faith-forming experiences for our student October 7 -- In October we begin a series...

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



8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.