Coming together to Worship & Grow

At First Lutheran Church, we are called to connection with God, each other, and our neighbors in and beyond Columbia Heights. God connects with us through the reconciling act of Jesus Christ and the daily ministry of God’s Spirit. 

We connect to God as a spiritual community through worship and prayer, study and the sacraments, and mutual support and service. This sacred connection calls us into relationship with our neighbors with whom God’s love has knit us together. We connect especially to the neighborhood and its youth who have been an essential part of our story from the very beginning when a rural ministry to immigrant children evolved into a long-standing and ever-present calling to love, nurture and mentor young people in our community.

As our neighborhood and world changes we commit to adjust as well, making space for growth, healing, generosity and community-building. We will honor each other's diverse stories and continue living connected to God and to each other. We rely on God's Spirit to guide us.

We are a welcoming community that encourages people to come as they are. Some of us come in jeans others in suits. All ages, cultural backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to worship God, grow in faith, and eat together. We follow a pattern of worship that is an ancient tradition, but with varied types of music and modern preaching.

You’ll find that we enjoy sharing meals together, whether in Communion during worship, Wednesday nights, or at our Sunday Community Meal. We appreciate that children are part of worship, but on occasion, everyone needs a break. We have a Nursery Nook where parents may still listen to the service while children play quietly.

First Lutheran strives to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone in our church, our community, and our partner organizations. We seek to connect with and serve our neighbors wherever they are on their faith and life journey. We aim to support people of every race and culture, age and ability, family structure and economic status, and every sexual orientation and gender.

We partner with our community to serve our neighbors, including Anoka County's Memory Care 'The Gathering' Program, Sheridan Story, Southern Anoka County Assistance (SACA), and the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA.


8:45 AM Chapel Worship (Sept. - May)

10AM Family Friendly In-Person and Online Service
many styles of music, sermon, and creative drama series.
Holy Communion served the first Sunday of the month.

11:15 AM-12:30PM Community Meal 
home cooked meals served each Sunday (resumes Sept. 11, 2022) —everyone is welcome
free-will offerings accepted