First Lutheran Church

You are welcome here!


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.



Welcome to First Lutheran Church!

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.

Join us for worship


Saturday 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

Holy Communion at all services.
Nursery care available Sundays

You are welcome here

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


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

Upcoming Events

December 2019

2020 Vision: Open Eyes, Open Hearts, Open Hands

Many many thanks to you for your thoughtfulness and generosity in responding to this fall’s stewardship campaign. Please return all Statements of Intent to the church office by December 8. After that date, we will begin follow-up communications. SPECIAL THANKS to Vicky Jaeger and Susan Nelson for all of their work as the leaders of our stewardship taskforce. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU!!

December 1 & 8, 2019

SERRV Fair Trade Sale

The Mission and Outreach Committee will be hosting a Serrv Fair Trade Sale the weekends of December 1 and 8. Items include baskets, jewelry, scarves, Christmas decorations, home goods, CHOCOLATE, and more! This event serves as our main fundraiser for Young Adults in Global Mission. Thank you for your support of the project, it helps so many people in so many ways.

December 19, 2019

Book Club – Let’s Talk: Faith and…

Let’s get brave and talk together about the way that our faith relates to important, timely, and even tricky topics: race, sex, food, death, climate change, mental health, immigration. Join us this year as we dig deep, listen to diverse voices, and explore how our faith drives us to deeper engagement with the world around us. Copies are available at Dragonfly Books. For more information, contact Pastor Melissa.

December 19: Food – Eat with Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food (Rachel Marie Stone, Norman Wirzba)

Join us for discussion at 7:00 p.m. at Impact Coffee.


December 21, 2019

Longest Night Worship

For many people, however, the approaching holidays are not a joyous time. As families gather, the pain of lost family and friends is felt more sharply. Other losses of relationships, health or jobs cloud our minds.

We gather on Saturday, December 21 for a service of Longest Night Worship, a quiet service of song, prayer, and reflection. This service is for all who need a word of comfort and hope in this holy season. There will be time for healing prayer and time to light candles for our own griefs and our own prayers.

Please make plans to join us, and invite all those in your life who need a safe space to acknowledge their grief, pain, or fear in this season of hope.

News and Updates

Stay connected to the latest FLC happenings! For more information, check out the First Word newsletter, the weekly e-newsletter, and our church calendar.

Ministry Assessment Profile Survey

Our consulting partner, Kairos and Associates, has developed an assessment instrument that we will use as a part of our discernment for the future. It is an instrument designed to provide for us a clear picture of how our faith community experiences our mission, the...

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Building Update – November 27, 2019

The Building Task Force has been meeting regularly, having conversation with individuals and groups within the congregation about building needs related to our current and future ministries, and relaying their findings to our architect from Kueny Architects, LLC. At a...

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Congregational Meeting

The Council has called a special meeting of the congregation for Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall for the purpose of approving the expenditure of $41,500 to engage Kairos and Associates in planning a capital appeal for First Lutheran Church. The...

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Daylight Savings Time

Remember to change your clocks this Saturday evening, November 2! Turn them back an hour, and rejoice in the extra hour of sleep.

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November First Word Newsletter

The November First Word Newsletter is available. Click this link to download the newsletter. Visit the First Word page on our website to read previous editions and to sign up to receive the newsletter via email.

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Adult Forum

Join us Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in the fireside room for coffee, fellowship, and growing together in faith! Because of a number of events and activities at church, Adult Forum will take a three-week break in November, picking up again on November 24 for five weeks of...

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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!

Visit Us

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

Church Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.