The mission of First Evangelical Lutheran Church is to glorify God by cheerfully engaging in service to the spiritual and physical needs of our members and the community.
To accomplish this mission we as members will:
———— WORSHIP ————
Hold regular worship services where the word of God is
taught in truth and purity, and celebrate the sacrament of
Holy Communion frequently.
Receive new members through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, affirmation of their Christian faith,, and by transfer from other Lutheran churches.
———— LEARNING ————
Make Bible Study available on Sunday and during the Week.
Offer Sunday School classes for all ages.
Women's Circle Bible Study meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Large Meeting Room at 9:30 am. Bring your Bible and a Friend.
———— WITNESS ————
Welcome those who visit our church with Christian
love and fellowship.
Share our love for Christ with those who seek His forgiving grace.
Seek out and invite the unchurched to worship and study
God’s Word with us.
Pray for each other and forgive each other as God forgives us.
———— SERVICE ————
Use our gifts of time, talent and money willingly to further the Kingdom of God in our church, our community, and throughout the world.
Be attuned to the physical needs of others.
Cooperate with other denominations in our community for the common good of God’s People.
Stress our benevolent concern for God’s children everywhere by sharing in the ministries of The American Lutheran Church.
———— CHURCH SERVICE ————
Kingdom work and the fulfillment of pray petition
“Thy will be done on earth” AND BY ME.
When the pastor faces the people he is God’s spokesman to them.
When the pastor faces the altar he joins and leads God’s people in worship to our Heavenly Father.
The Lessons are new each week. They are arranged according to the Church Year Cycle. In one complete church year cycle they confront the listener with a summary of God’s acts of love for His children – the need of salvation through Jesus Christ – challenge to surrender to Christ as Savior – guidance to walk as His children through Christ.
We rise and are seated, sing and say responses to give a variety to the service and to avoid monotony which is vital to meaningful worship. We kneel in confession because it is a sign of sincerity and repentance.
Our hymns are often paraphrases of what we have voiced in the various parts of the service. They can become meaningless if not thought out. Sometimes they find us being hypocritical as we sing words but do not back them up in life i.e. Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold. They are included to challenge and move us to positive reaction – not just fill in the hour.