Who we are

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

We trust that you will catch the excitement we are experiencing 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!

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.

 

Our members include:

  • Second, third and fourth generation descendants of refugees and immigrants who came from Germany and other parts of Europe to escape revolution and war, in search of peace and opportunity for their families
  • those who were uprooted from homelands as the result of more recent conflicts in Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and Africa
  • others whose ancestors were brought to this country against their will
  • and still others who came because of opportunities for employment or education
  • those who have deep roots as Lutherans and others who come from different branches of the Christian family
  • some who are young, others who are in mid-life, and still others who are retirees
  • those who are working, others who are under-employed, and still others who need a job
  • there are straight people in our congregation and there are gay people who worship here
  • people whose politics may differ, but whose love and care for each other as sisters and brothers in Christ, transcends all else
  • roll-up-your-sleeve workers, roof repairers, prayer shawl knitters, fellowship dinner chefs and bakers, gardeners and mowers, altar guild members, Monday morning quilters, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teachers, Eucharistic Visitors, singing-their-hearts-out-choir-members and musicians, special events organizers – and so much more!

Our Congregation’s Constitution

Click to view/print the First Evangelical Lutheran Constitution.

What We Believe

As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe in the one, triue God, who is the Creator and Parent of us all. We believe that God is present with us, today, still actively creating; that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is our example for living and relating to others in this world, and through whose death and resurrection we have received the grace of forgiveness and the promise of fullness of life; we also believe in the Holy Spirit, who sustains and inspires us in faith to be active and alive and hopeful.

We believe that the Bible is God’s Living Word, which speaks to us today, and calls us to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. And we believe that the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper shape our life together, providing forgiveness, new life and strengthening for service in Christ’s name.

 

Our Mission

Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world.