Lord of Life Escape Room Experience

January 3rd-5th

The Lord of Life Escape Room will challenge your brain on all levels. Solve riddles, crack codes and find clues before the time runs out! Work together with your friends or family and find out who has it in them to keep going and not give up!

An elderly pastor has just passed away. His family is going through his study when they find a note from him sitting on his desk. In the note he writes his goodbye, but also reveals that he has hidden his original Bible from when he was in seminary somewhere in the room and his family must solve a series of puzzles and riddles to find it.

$10 per person and there is no limit on participants. 

Located at 735 NE 1st Ave Grand Rapids, MN 55744

For more information contact Jessica Pellinen at 218-326-5453

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. (Wikipedia)

Upcoming Events

Cookies and Caroling


Youth and their families are invited to join us for decoating cookies for the shut-ins and then we will deliver them together while caroling. 

December 15th after the second service.

All are welcomed!

Bell Choir


Youth bells will start on October 13th.

Practice days:

December 8th

December 15th

Play on December 18th at 6:30

Directed by Jennifer Flem

Youth and Family Announcements

Every Sunday

Join us for Sunday School and Youth Group from 9:15 - 10:15. 

From 2 year olds up to 12th grade

Toddler: Nursery Room; Teacher: Jessica Pellinen

Pre-k/K: Room 206; Teacher: Jeanne Benton

1st-3rd: Room 2004; Teachers: Bill and Marcia Hodgson

4th&5th: Room 106; Teacher: Sue Thorson

Youth Group: Youth Room; Teacher: Heidi Clairmont, Greg Robertson and Jessica Pellinen


Congratulations Confirmands!


Madelynn Rose Broberg

Hayden William Davis

Abigail Jo Serfling

Alexa Rose Urevig

Alexander Caiden VanHout

Shara Marie Venditto


Vacation Bible School

June 17th-21st, 2019

Lift off for an intergalactic adventure and learn about God’s plan of salvation from creation to the cross! Just as the earth revolves around the sun, our faith revolves around God’s Word. Keep Jesus and His Gospel at the center of your children’s VBS experience with Miraculous Mission

Who are the Youth of First Lutheran?

Family Events

Family Camp 2018

All Ages

Every other month the families of First Lutheran get together for a fun project. We have made May baskets for our shut-ins, played games, swam at Timberlake, valleyfair trips, and so much more! 

Youth Group


6th - 12th graders

Starting this Fall the Youth Group will meet on Sunday's from 9:15-10:15 to partake in Bible Study, how to use God's Word in everyday situations, and help the Sunday Schoolers. 

2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering

About the Gathering July 11-15, 2019

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will e exalted in the earth!" The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our fortress." Psalm 46:10-11 ESV

Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God's people to learn more about  Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. 

In 2019 the Gathering will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. How blessed are we that it is in our own backyard. 

Youth ages 14 at the time of the Gathering or going into 9th grade can attend the Gathering. 

For more information on the Gathering visit

Fundraising will start in August, 2018 with a garage sale for those that are attending. Garage sale will be August 16-17. Donations are accepted at the parsonage until August 15th. 



2019 NYG Commitment form

Let's Stay Connected

First Lutheran Family Ministry Program Updates

Family Ministry Program Director

Jessica Pellinen