serving at first lutheran church

Sometimes we need a small circle of companions striving to follow Jesus' way. At First Lutheran Church we have many opportunities for persons of any age to find your place of service. First Lutheran Church encourages all members of the congregation to join a small group and to meet others in a small group setting. Groups at First Lutheran Church are designed to meet the needs of all members of the congregation while providing outreach to the community.

Outreach Ministries:

Outreach ministries are designed to meet the needs of the Astoria and Knappa communities, to extend service of the church into the community.

Food Bank

Food Bank and Pantries
First Lutheran helps support Astoria and Knappa Food Pantries with donations of food and money. We support food pantries through monthly financial offerings. Additionally, a food barrel is located in the main entrance foyer where members can place non-perishable items for distribution to the pantries.

Community Garden

Community Garden
Located on the property of First Lutheran Church, the community garden provides space for families to grow fresh vegetables. Space in the garden is provided free of cost to anyone in the community wanting the opportunity to garden for their family.


Stewardship Sewing
This group meets at 10:00 am Tuesday. It meets the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of each month (sometimes the 5th Tuesday). Newcomers are welcome! Please bring a sack lunch. Each year the stewardship sewing group makes hundreds of quilts to support ELCA missions around the world.


Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School is provided each summer as a way of providing children in the community with a day camp experience. First Lutheran typically holds vacation Bible School during the month of July. Experienced counselors from Camp Lutherwood lead children in a week of learning experiences.

Hope house

Hope House
Offers individual, family, and group counseling and education to children, adolescents, and adults. Hope House offers licensed counselors to help with:adjusting to major life changes, depression and anxiety, trauma grief and loss, unhealthy relationships, struggling in school, relationship or family problems, and healing from abuse.

Ministries to Strengthen the Congregation:

First Lutheran Church provides many activities throughout the week designed to meet the spiritual and educational needs of various age groups within the congregation.

Women's group

Women's Groups
First Lutheran Church Women (FLCW) have monthly events and programs.Hope Circle: Meets the second Tuesday of the month, at 1:30 pm, usually at church.

Men's Group

Men's Group
Lutheran Men in Mission meets the last Thursday or 4th Thursday of most months for an evening meal, fellowship, support and a program of interest to all. Various projects of the congregation are supported through the work of the men.

Care Team

Care Team
The Care Team is a group of men and women who minister to families during difficult times. Throughout the year the team visits the sick, sends greeting cards for important milestones and comforts those who are grieving. The purpose of the team is to connect those unable to attend services and members in times of need.

Kaye Weimer

Prayer Team
The Prayer Team is a group of individuals who uplift members of the congregation in prayer. The team support all members of the congregation through cards, letters and prayers throughout the year. Additionally, the team pays particular attention to members in difficult times in their lives and the lives of their family. For more information, contact Kaye Weimer at (503) 325-6252.

Bible study

Bible Studies
Men and women are invited to the 8:00am Thursday morning Prayer Breakfast and Bible Study. Join us for a simple breakfast, fellowship, study, and prayers. The Sunday morning Adult Study is 9:50am, between services .Women's monthly Bible Study meets the 4th Wednesday, 6:15pm. Prayer Circle meets most Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the downstairs Chapel.

Senior Choir

Music Ministry
Music is important in the life of the congregation. The purpose of the Music Ministry at First Lutheran Church is to praise God with a Joyful Noise! Contact music director, Laurie Drage, for more information…   (503) 791-5917.Senior Choir: meets Wednesday nights at 7:30pm, Sept. – May.


Children and Youth Groups
Young Families are important at First Lutheran Church. They get together at least once a month for dinner, crafts and fellowship. Any families with children are invited! Children's Sunday School is held each week from 9:45 am to 10:45 am in the Children's area in the lower level of the church. Additional activities are scheduled throughout the year to meet the needs of different age groups.

Men and Bell

Service in the Church
Throughout the year all members of the congregation are encouraged to serve in various roles and capacities in the church, including: Greeters and Readers, Communion Preparers and Servers, Ushers and Acolytes, Refreshment and Fellowship Preparation, and Church Council and Committees