All are Welcome Here!

For over 160 years, our church has been in the heart of Poughkeepsie, striving to be faithful to our prophetic calling to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8), and to love God with all our hearts, souls and minds, and our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37, 39).

Living Our Mission as a Christian Faith Community

We believe that the Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities throughout the world and caring for the creation that God has entrusted to us.

We are a Reconciling in Christ Faith Community

As members of God’s family in mission together, we are part of the whole complicated, colorful spectrum of God’s creation in all its diversity, practicing our faith and putting it into action as we strive to make a difference, in big and small ways, through God’s grace. We recognize that we are all called to be one body with many members, from infants to seniors. We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, shapes and sizes; of every marital status, political affiliation, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression; of different faith traditions, different physical, mental and emotional abilities, and those in recovery or struggling with addiction. We know that no matter who you are, Jesus accepts you, and so do we.

Join Us for Worship

Worship is at 10:00 am in our sanctuary. Our worship is a traditional Lutheran service that includes readings, prayers, and singing. Please join us! If you are unable to join is in person, you are invited to watch the sermon using the You Tube link below.

Join Us in Ministry


At First Lutheran we have made an intentional faith decision to continue to be an anchor in this North Poughkeepsie neighborhood by responding to the needs expressed by those who live in this community.

In some respects we are very traditional, and in other ways, we are learning to let go and trust God to lead us forward in faith to some surprising new places and people. As members of God’s family in mission together, we are part of the whole, complicated, colorful spectrum of God’s beautiful creation of humanity in all its diversity. And there’s always room for more at the Lord’s Table, which is at the heart of this family’s home!

Wherever you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome here!

Getting to Our Church and Parking

Please click on the Google map on the left for directions. 
When arriving to the church, there is parking on Catharine Street or in the parking lots circled on the right hand map below. Many thanks to our neighbors across Catharine who allow us to use their parking lots on Sundays.

We trust that you will catch the excitement as we journey forward in faith and life together – joyfully offering each other God’s love, care and hospitality along the way. Come join us!

Blessings of God’s Peace and Joy

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