Welcome to First Lutheran Church!

Here are a few FAQs to make your visit a little easier.

I haven’t been to church in a while (or ever) and am nervous. Will I fit in?
You are welcome here! Our worshiping congregation each week includes a wide range of young families, established members, visitors, lifelong Lutherans, transplants from other denominations and backgrounds, people who love to sing, people who hate to sing, people with varying physical abilities, people who dress up, people who wear casual clothes…whoever you are, there is a place for you. You “fit in” simply by being YOU!
I identify as LGBTQIA+ -- am I welcome?
YES! First Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation, which means that we commit to being an open, affirming, welcoming, safe space for all who enter our doors. You are a beloved child of God, and you have gifts to share in this place.
You have lots of doors. Which door should I use?
That depends.

  • Looking for the church office? Use the glass double doors off of West Broadway.
  • Coming to worship on Sunday? Go in the big red doors, the single glass door at the corner of Mill and Broadway, or the single glass door on the east side of the courtyard.
  • Coming to worship on Saturday evening or need handicap access? Go in the glass door at the corner of Mill and Broadway.
  • Coming for the food pantry? Use the glass doors on the west side of the courtyard.
What is worship like?
Saturday evening and Sunday 8:30 a.m. worship both follow a straightforward Lutheran liturgy.

  • You will receive a bulletin containing all the liturgy, prayers, and responses.
  • Most songs will come out of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the red hymnal.
  • Saturday worship is led by piano. Sunday 8:30 a.m. worship is led by organ, piano, and choir.
  • Services include prayers, songs, responses, readings, a sermon, offering, and communion.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. worship follows the shape of the Lutheran liturgy, but with more flexibility within the form.

  • This service is casual and led by our New Song praise band.
  • Instead of bulletins and a hymnal, the elements of the service are projected on the wall.
  • Music ranges from familiar hymns to songs that you’d hear on Christian radio.
  • Service includes prayers, songs, conversation, readings, a sermon, offering, and communion.

No matter what your worship background or style, you have a place at FLC. Try out all three and see which you like best! Don’t worry if it seems like there are lots of moving parts – we’ll help you through.

Do I have to be Lutheran to take communion?
Nope. The communion table is not First Lutheran Church’s table, nor is it the ELCA’s table. It is Christ’s table, and he invites all who believe to join in the meal. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to talk to our pastors.
What about my children?
  • Children are welcome at all of our worship services – we encourage families to participate together in all the elements of worship.
  • A children’s play area is available for families in the back of the sanctuary.
  • We have a staffed nursery during both Sunday services; follow the signs out the door at the front right of the sanctuary.
  • During the school year, Children’s Chapel is offered as part of 8:30 a.m. worship. Interested children are dismissed prior to the sermon for age-appropriate activities based on the day’s Bible readings. They return to the sanctuary in time for communion.
  • Children are welcome at communion! We do formal communion education as a milestone in fifth grade, but we let parents and kids make the decision that is right for their family about when children begin taking communion. Pastor Chad and Pastor Melissa would love to talk to you about this if you have questions or need advice!
I’d like to talk to somebody about church, faith, doubts, questions, volunteer opportunities, etc. Who can I contact?

Pastor Chad and Pastor Melissa are always happy to talk to you! They can help you out or point you in the right direction. Email them using the links above or call the church office (563-382-2638). If you are interested in learning more about children’s and youth ministry, contact Adrian Walter, our Director of Youth and Family Ministries.

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