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About First Evangelical Lutheran Church About First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Our Staff

Brad Bensen

Pastor Bill Zeige
    Interim Pastor

Shirley Mattfield
    Church Secretary

Jessica Pellinen
    Youth Ministry Program Coordinator

LogoFirst Evangelical Lutheran Church
735 1st Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-326-5453

Service times:

Traditional Service 8:00 A.M 

Adult Bible Study 9:20 10:15

Children's Sunday School 9:20 A.M to 10:15 A.M.

Family Service 10:30 A.M.


 Church office hours are

Monday through Thursday 8:00 to 4:00 pm.


The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., founded on the teachings of Martin Luther. 


Bible Studies

First Lutheran encourages all of its members to be in the Word by attending worship
services and by attending one or more Bible study groups. Call the church office
for more information. (326-5453)

Sunday Morning Bible Study - 9:15 to 10:15 in the Fellowship Hall
Men's Bible Study - meets on Wednesday at 6:45 a,m, at Forest Lake Restaurant
Wednesday Morning Bible Study 9 am to 10 am at the Church, in the Felowship Hall
Pokegama Bible Study - meets on 1st and 3rd Monday each month at 9:30 am at
Pleasant Seasons. Arlyce Harms 326-5257
Manor House Bible Study - Wednesday at 10:30am

Participation Opportunities


First Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids MN offers many
opportunities for participation. Organizations, groups and
event leaders welcome volunteers... men, women and children.
If you have questions about how to get involved at
First Lutheran, please call the church office at 326-5453.
Library - Materials for children and adults can be signed out with
a name and phone number. The library is open when the building is open.
Care Groups - Meet twice a month in homes of members
Mature Christians - Meet on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30pm
for friendship, potluck meal, and program.
Mission Quilters - Meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10am to 2:30pm
 (except December).
Support Group - Visit shut-ins and call on people in the hospital.
Opportunities for Men - Serve on boards and committees of the
congregation, officer, Mens Club, Ushers, Men's Bible study.
Opportunities for Women - Serve on boards and ccommittees of
the congregation, home Bible studies, LWML, altar guild, work units,
prayer chain, Women's Bible study.
Greeters - Greet members and visitors at the start of services.
Teachers and Helpers - Teach youth from the congregation and
the community or serve as a helper for teachers. Volunteers are
needed for Sunday School, Vacation Bible School (VBS), and
Release Time classes.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) - Meets 4 or 5 times a year.
Watch weekly bulletin for programs.
Men's Club - meets during fall, winter, and spring months.
Altar Guild - take care of altar for worship services.
Craft Circle - make crafts for Holiday Fair.
Prayer Chain - a group of members praying for those in need.
Work Units - men and women who serve at funerals.
Adult Information Class - offered twice a year.




What We Believe

We at First Lutheran firmly believe the great doctrines of

historic Christianity as they are revealed in the Bible

and the Lutheran Confessions. A brief summary is as follows:

LCMS - Lutherans Believe: (The Bible) That the Bible

is the source of knowledge about God and His forgiveness.

And it is through the Bible He speaks to us today. The Bible

was written by men who were inspired (inspiration) by the

Holy Spirit and so every word in the Bible is true and without

error. We also believe that all the facts related in it are

absolutely true and without error (infallible and inerrant).

We believe that all we hold to be true, teach and

confess must be in agreement with this same Word.

2 Timothy 3:16-17