Join us for Virtual Worship every week by visiting First Lutheran Poughkeepsie’s YouTube channel. Our Sunday service is posted on Saturday evenings and available to view at your convenience thereafter.
All are welcome
For over 160 years, our church has stood at the corner of Mill and Catharine Streets in the heart of downtown 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 follow the new commandment of Jesus, which is to love God and our neighbors as ourselves (John 13:34).
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Our Mission Statement
As members of God’s family in mission together, we are part of the who 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, ethnicity, 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.
Part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the ELCA’s Metropolitan New York Synod, we are one of 10,000 congregations and 4.2 million members across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands – part of a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God’s grace in our lives. We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways.
Committed to our neighborhood
Here 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 Mission together
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!
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
The Rev. Deborah Hafner DeWinter, Pastor
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
325 Mill Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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