Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Missions

As a congregation affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, First Lutheran joins together every day with millions of Lutherans across the country dedicated to making a difference in our world.


ELCA National Youth Gathering

Every three years, thousands of Lutheran young people gather together to sing, worship, dance, and serve at the ELCA National Youth Gathering . In summer of 2012, our high school youth went to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans for the 2012 “Citizens with the Saints” National Youth Gathering to continue the work of rebuilding that great and historic city. In 2009 we spent time painting and repairing a school, interacting with the many young kids who called this school "home", and touring this magnificent city.


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ELCA News Service

You won’t want to miss this exciting news site! All the current developments in the national and global life of the ELCA are chronicled in a timely fashion. If a particular story catches your interest, this site allows you to get all the back story information you would need. Amazing things are happening throughout the ELCA – don’t miss out!

Click here to access the ELCA News Service.

National Mission Trips

Our High School Ministry includes opportunities for students to participate in mission trips during the summer at various places in the United States. We have served in many places, from urban settings to American Indian reservations. The trips consist of: time spent in devotions, teaching children about Jesus, minor home improvements, leadership in team building, and other community opportunities.


To learn more about serving on a mission trip, please contact Pastor Amy Odgren.