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

October & November 2019

2020 Vision: Open Eyes, Open Hearts, Open Hands

Fall stewardship is off and running! Each week in worship, we celebrate your generosity and the direct impact your giving has on ministry. Watch your mail for a letter to arrive at the end of the week, sharing more gratitude and more information about our theme and goals. We are grateful for you, and we look forward to your help in setting a vision for mission, ministry, and generosity in 2020!

November 10, 2019

New Member Orientation

We will receive new members in worship on Sunday, November 17 at 8:30 a.m. All those interested in membership should plan to attend a short orientation session at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 10 in the fireside room. Please contact the church office (563-382-2638) for more information.

October 24, 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.

November 21: Race – Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US (Lenny Duncan)
December 19: Food – Eat with Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food (Rachel Marie Stone, Norman Wirzba)

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! Today, November 3, is the LAST DAY for pre-orders. Otherwise, come browse a beautiful selection of items during the sale in December! Contact Carol Edmondson at or call or text 563-468-7777 if you have any questions.  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.

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!

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.

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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First Lutheran Travelers & Friends

You can now pick up an informational flier for the 2-day New Year's Eve trip planned to Fireside Dinner Theatre. Invite your friends for an interesting, festive, and delicious 2 days to bring in the new year. Everything is included: 3 meals, transportation, show,...

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Affirmation of Baptism – November 3

We celebrate with the following students who will be affirming their baptisms during 11:00 a.m. worship next Sunday, November 3: Joe Hjelle, Caleb Huebner, Cole Huebner, Brendan Hunter, Nolan Jacobsen, Sam Kleiner, MiKenna Martin, Simon Mumford, Ashlee Numedahl, and...

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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.