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April 5th, 2020 Palm Sunday Service Bulletin


Many members have reached out about how to still get their gift to the church. There are many ways you can still give to the church when the doors are closed.

1. Mail in your envelope

2. Drop off your envelope in the secured, locked mailbox located on 1st Avenue by the doors

3. Give online


Updated 3/24/2020

Dear Members and Friends of First Lutheran Church

How are you doing in the midst of such strange and irregular times?  Has anyone seen anything like this in your lifetime?  We need to keep on remembering that God is still God and all things are in His control.  We do not need to always understand everything or know the timing of His plans.  We just need to know that He has a plan and He is working.  Just in case you do not know it yet, my favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28:  “For we know that in all things, God works together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”  I urge you to memorize this verse and cling to it for comfort, encouragement, and stability.

We have been encouraged to see a good response to our electronic forms of sharing God’s word in worship last Sunday.  Our website is flcgr.org and you can view our services there.  You can also  view the television broadcasts on ICTV, shown at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday or 12 noon on Wednesday.  Mediacom is on channel 2 or Paul Bunyan on channel 32.

While we are separated from one another and restricted from contact we also encourage you to use your telephone to contact one another to “check up” on others.  This communication helps to break the isolation that seems so drawn out.  Let’s be there for one another.  Keep loving God and know that you are in the center of His purpose for your life.  Then you can be confident that all this is somehow being worked out for the good of God’s will, the good of our world, and our own welfare.  Be strong and of good courage.

In Jesus’ name,

Pastor Bill Zeige

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We have two services every Sunday - traditional service and a family/contempory service. Join the service that best fits your style, both services have the same message to make sure we are all learning as a family. Life can be busy, but at worship you can slow down and accept God's Word and Sacraments.   

We are a part of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids - Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God:

The Father, creator of all that exists;

Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and

the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments.

The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

We accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. 

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Eternal Life

Eternal Life

 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in HIm should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 


Eternal Life

Eternal Life

 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 


Eternal Life


 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 


 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. . . For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9, 13 

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 

Mark 16:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

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