First Lutheran Church  Vancouver, Canada

Winter Newsletter

 

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Who is Welcome:

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 contemporary evening (6:30 pm, from September till May) services. Our morning service is available online as well via live webcast which  goes on air at around 10:20 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. Here is Sunday School Schedule for the 2014/2015 school year:
No Sunday School in December
January 4, 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 22
no Sunday School during Spring break
April 12, 26, May 10, 24, June 7, 21

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. This Fall-Winter season we'll be discussing "Inner Compass" by Margaret Silf. 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings is our Choir time.

For more detail please check our events calendar.

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

“Follow me.”

Two words we hear from Jesus that aren’t always the easiest to hear. We don’t get an agenda. We don’t even get a road map. We don’t hear what the journey is going to be like, or even where we are going to go for that matter. We just hear the words, “Follow me.”

And somehow, those two words seem to be enough—enough to stir our hearts, enough to draw us to this God who lived a human life, who understands us from the inside out.

Some days, we may have the strength to rise, and see where these two words will lead us. Some days, we may rise with joy, with hearts bursting with the hope of where it is we may go.

And other days, we would rather stay curled up in bed, with the blankets pulled over our heads, not wanting to peek our heads out, not wanting to surrender to what may come if we do manage to crawl out of bed, and try to wipe the sleep and fear out of our eyes.

But those two words, “Follow me,” still whisper in our hears, still echo in our hearts, whether we may feel like it or not.



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