Welcome to First Lutheran "One in spirit and purpose"
– Philippians 2:2
you for visiting us at First Lutheran, and welcome! We hope you
will take some time to learn more about us, and pray this will
lead you to come meet and worship with us. We would love to make
you feel right at home. Whether you're a long-time Christian or
have never set foot in a church, whether 2 years old or 92, you
are welcomed with open arms and hearts; there is a place for everyone
One of our guiding scriptures here is
the one listed above, Philippians 2:2. In a time when anyone can
connect (technologically speaking) anywhere in the world, many
feel disconnected, personally and spiritually. But our church
is a family whose goal it is to provide those connections, through
Christ and His boundless love. We strive to support and love one
another, and to seek and follow God's calling for us as His family.
We strive to be "one in spirit and purpose", and that
is a great comfort in this world of distances and uncertainties.
We are a Bible-based church, and we worship the God who loves
us so much, He sent His only and perfect Son to die for us, that
we might be ensured of an eternal life in heaven. We find great
joy in His promises to us, in His desire to have a personal relationship
with each of us, and in His desire to bless our lives richly with
His love and deep mercies.
We invite you to come and meet us at First Lutheran Church. We
are a vital, growing congregation, gathered around God's Word
and His gifts of baptism and communion.
Explore our website, then come join us for a worship service,
bible study and/or special event; it'll be our sincere pleasure
to have you with us.
"If you have any encouragement
from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if
any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same
love, being one in spirit and purpose." - Philippians
We are a friendly,
family-oriented, Bible-studying church, reaching out to our community
in the name of Christ, our Savior. First Lutheran has served the
spiritual needs of people in the Pioneer Valley for more than 140
years. Many today are looking for a church that teaches God's rich
grace in Jesus Christ as the answer to the most pressing issues
of our age.
First Lutheran is a member of a nationwide association of congregations
known as “The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod”. The L.C.M.S.
has long been known for its strong emphasis on God's law and grace.
Member congregations are involved in compassionate outreach locally
and around the world. We invite you to worship and grow with us.
First Lutheran Church & School is located one block north of the
Yankee Pedlar in Holyoke, at 1810 Northampton Street between the
traffic lights of Beech and Sargeant Streets.
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church--Missouri
Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father,
creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human
to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to
life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the
Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments.
The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one
Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach Bible-based
teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the
Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and
the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases:
Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
God loves the people of the world, even though they
are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent
Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word,
in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus
Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for
all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and
eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe
it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ
and gives people forgiveness through Him.
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from
the Greek words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning
in our church body,because the congregations voluntarily choose
to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations
hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture
and the Lutheran Confessions. The congregations of the Synod are
"confessional." They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct
interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained
in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church
leaders during the 16th century. (The simplest of these is Luther's
Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what
Lutherans believe. Links to the full text of all the Lutheran Confessions
are listed below.
Adapted from A Week in the Life of The Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod, copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House.
In grateful response to God's grace and empowered
by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love
of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and
Overview | Lutheran
Confessions | General Information | Specific Issues | Worship Practices
more info on anything listed here,
please call our office: 413/534-7071,
or send an email.
Scroll down for days/times of
worship services and Bible studies.
Randall Bessette: A man who loves the Lord, lives to serve,
and loves to call Holyoke his home. WHAT'S HAPPENING...
Breakfast & Bible Study:
At First Lutheran,
The First Saturday of Every Month!
Pastor serves up free
pancakes, sausage, bacon & drinks 10-11am: Men and Women break into
separate Bible study groups.
Worship Schedule: Sundays
9:00 & 11:15am
Something for Everyone! Jesus
Says: "If you abide in my word,
you are truly my disciples." John 8:31 Join us for our ongoing Bible Studies,
and grow in faith and fellowship!
need to bring a thing. Just come.
Bibles, coffee and snacks will be provided...
Weekday Bible Study in Fellowship Hall: The First and Third Thursday
of Every Month @ 10am.
Weeknight Bible Study at Pastor's: Thursdays @ 7pm
Call the office to RSVP: 413.534.7071 *Weeknight
Adult Instruction Class: Fundamentals of the Lutheran Faith,
Weds. in Fellowship Hall @ 7pm.
*Sunday Morning @ 10:15, for All Ages: Sunday School for Children/Youth
Teen Bible Study
Adult Bible Study in Fellowship Hall
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Request to send an email.
Your request will be added to our weekly First
Lutheran Email Prayer Circle, and will be prayed for
by more than 50 prayer circle members. There's power in
the prayers of many; allow us to bring your requests to
the Lord, many times over.