The purpose of this congregation shall be to share the love of Jesus. We do this by giving honor and glory to the Triune God, to carry out His will, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world, to manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, to foster Christian fellowship and love, to extend a helping hand to human need, and to achieve its objectives by the preaching of the Word of God, by the administration of the sacraments, and by the religious instruction of all its members according to the confessional standard of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Board of Elders - Assist the Pastor in the spiritual life of the congregation.
Board of Trustees - Responsible for the physical properties of the congregation.
Board for Christian Education - Responsible for the nurture and Christian growth of the members of the congregation.
Board of Missions and Outreach - Lead the members of the congregation in outreach into the community.
Board of Stewardship - Teaching and promoting proper stewardship of time, talents, and treasures.
Board for Human Care - Caring for the members of the church and the community.
Board of Youth - Responsible for the nurture and Christian growth of the youth of the Church.
Our 8:00 a.m. service uses a variety of traditional liturgies as found in The Lutheran Service Book, along with our favorite hymns from the past and present. Many love to sing these hymns to God’s glory accompanied by our rich sounding pipe organ.
Our 10:30 a.m. Family Service has all the beautiful components of our Lutheran heritage using a more blended style of music supported by an electronic piano and guitar with song leaders. Our youth tend to be more engaged and involved in this worship style.
The praise team sings and plays at the family service with uplifting and contemporary music. The team consists of a piano, guitar, and several voices. Even the children know the songs and partake in singing.
A sacrament is a holy action started by Jesus in which He brings His invisible grace into our lives through visible signs.
- In Baptism Jesus brings His gifts to us through the common element of water connected with His words and promises.
- In the Lord’s Supper He brings forgiveness, life, and salvation as He offers His body and blood through the bread and wine. We believe in the “Real Presence,” that is, He is really present with us.
The third Sunday of the month is Youth Sunday. The youth of all ages have the choice to be a greeter, usher, acolyte, or a reader. By being a part of the service they are learning more about Jesus' Love.
TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST:
RELAX! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome.
Sit toward the front where it is easier to see and hear what is going on. Children tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads.
If they are old enough, quietly explain the parts of the service and the actions of the pastor, musicians, elders and ushers. Read the Kids in the Divine Service to them .
Sing the hymns, pray and say the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you feel you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back.
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me”.
Remember, the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to church, to God and to one another. Let them know they are at home in this house of worship.
*Activity bags are located by the ushers when you walk in.
Pastor Steve Breitbarth is a jack of all trades. He brings welcomed energy to the services. He has been trained in Disaster/Crisis Response, Greif Counselor, Emergency Response Chaplain and he also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. We couldn't have asked for a better vacancy pastor during this time.
Hello Families! My name is Jessica Pellinen and I am the Family Ministry Program Director at First Lutheran. I have been a member since 2006 and been employed since February 2018. I am so blessed to be able to work with families and be a resource to help them grow spiritually. I work with the Board of Education and the Board of Youth to provide quality ministries for the children. I am also a part of the Audio Video team by working directly in the service to social media. We offer monthly activities for families and the youth.
Meet Shirley Mattfield. Shirley has been the secretary since June of 2018. She is in charge of creating the beautiful bulletins, slideshows for the service and takes care of the day to day business.
First Lutheran is blessed to have her!
Brad Bensen keeps the church looking meticulous. He is always working on a project whether upkeep, cleaning, or maintaining the property. No matter the size of the job, he will find a way to fix it. He is also a member of the Board of Elders.
First Lutheran couldn't find a better janitor!
Meet Heather Angell. When she is not working her job, or going to school you can find her in the organist loft practicing and coming up with new songs for the Praise Team. She is a leader and goes above and beyond to make sure the church services have the proper music to go with the lessons. God surely speaks to her when finding the music.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
735 Northeast 1st Avenue, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744, United States
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