First Lutheran Church is a congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Our Missoula congregation was founded in 1900, and three years later a school was started by the pastor who personally taught the 27 students. This school eventually closed, but the heritage of Lutheran valuation of parochial education was established, eventually resulting in the establishment of a preschool and, for a period, a kindergarten.
Current congregational children’s ministries include childcare, three preschool classes, and a classical Christian parochial school (established in 2009), as well as Sunday School education for ages 3 to adult. A two-year course of study of major biblical doctrine using Luther’s Small Catechism is held weekly during the school year for middle school youth. Youth groups are offered for middle and high school youth. Periodic nine-week Faith Renewal courses are offered for adults wishing to learn about the Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith.
Our congregation has worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, with an educational hour for all ages beginning at 9:45 a.m. Worship musical offerings feature organ, piano, choir, praise team, handbell choirs, individuals, and congregational singing.
Bible study is encouraged on Sunday mornings as well as throughout the week, and opportunities are offered for men, women, and mixed groups. Many opportunities exist for service, including through the women’s mission outreach group (LWML), Miller Boys (church property care), Ronald McDonald House support, blood mobiles on site, mission trips to orphanages in Mexico, pro-life ministry, and various other community, national, and international mission and human care projects.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”