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We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, "yo no habla Ingles." We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or find yourself musical challenged to carry a tune. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Lutheran than Martin Luther or more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, treehuggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the casino or on the lottery, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!

Service Schedule

Worship is the heart of our ministry and mission. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at the morning (10:30 am) and Lenten evening (5:30 pm, February 14 until March 13) services. Our morning service is available online as well via live webcast which  goes on air at around 10:25 am and in recording on our YouTube channel. Here are videos of some of our evening services.

Living Anew Easter Evening services Featuring Brad Langerudís original liturgy at 5:30 pm on
April 10, 17, 24
May 1
Evening services will recess after May 1 for the spring and summer, and will resume in the fall.


Join us for a 6-week small group study over coffee and snacks on Sunday mornings 9:30am-10:15am before worship in the lower level.

April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15

This small group will be an open and safe place for prayer and inquiry, to learn more about and to experience our Lutheran tradition, and to be supported by a faith sponsor.

Please contact Pastor Sylvia Schmidt or Pastor Lori -Anne if you are interested in joining the study.

Sunday School for children ages 3-12 begins at 10:45 a.m. every second Sunday. Schedule for the 2016 school year:
February 14, 21
March 6
April 3, 17
May 1, 15, 29

Confirmation class for 2016 begins at 4:30 pm on the following dates:
February 21
March 13
April 3, 17
May 8
Students and families are enthusiastically invited to stay for the evening service as part of formation.

The youth and adult studies for Animate Faith 2016 are on the following dates:

Youth Study Adult Study
February 14th February 28th
March 6th March 20th
April 10th April 24th
May 15th May 22th
June 5th June 12th

On Mondays at 7:00 pm we are open for Centering Prayer. Twice a month on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm we meet for Book Study. 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings is our Choir time.

How to find us

First Lutheran Church is located at 5745 Wales Street in East Vancouver (at the corner of East 42nd Avenue and Wales Street—and Wales is six blocks east of Victoria Drive and three blocks west of Rupert Street—see map).

Video of the week

Quote of the week

By Godís grace, you are water that flows from this spring of life,
not for yourself, but for the people around you, for the world around us.
In every part of your lifeó
at work, at home, at church, in the community, in nature,
with your family, your friends, with the enemy and the stranger.
You are the water that flows indiscriminately,
that crashes through meaningless boundaries.
You are the water of love, that washes away tears,
and nourishes the thirsty soil around you.
You are the water of new life that springs forth from Christ Jesus.

And if you think, nahóthatís not me, that cannot possibly be me.
I am not enough to be that kind of water.
Well, I can only share with you the words of Peter:
Who was I that I could hinder God?
Who am I that I could hinder God?
Who are we that we could possibly hinder God?

Who are we that we could possibly hinder God?


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