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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.

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

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

We all seek mountain experiences with God, because we all need God.

However we seek these experiences,
we all want to be wowed by a God who can really change this world,we all want to be wowed by a God who can really change this world,
and change the way we see ourselves, and one another.
We all want to believe that God is powerful, and can heal us and our
broken world.

We may be tempted to wear veils,
not convinced that Godís glory can be witnessed in this world,
especially when there is evil or suffering around us.

But Godís glory is seen in Christís transforming work shining in us
and through us.
Godís glory in seen in the valley,
in the tender gifts of love, mercy, and grace through our neighbors,
through each other, and in the gifts of our owns hands.

Donít look away. Donít veil your eyes. Donít lose heart.
God is found in the valley. You donít have to climb a mountain to see
Godís glory.
For Christís gracious glory has the last say in this world, especially
here with us in the valley.


 

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