Welcome To First Lutheran Church! 

We are so glad that you are here!

Here at First Lutheran Church, we foster a sense of family and strive to not only strengthen our relationships with God, but to strengthen our bonds as a congregation while doing it.  Our Mission is to “Renew Hope In Our Community Through Christ," and we would love to help you and your family renew and/or deepen your hope in Christ, our savior. To learn more about us, you can click here, or go to the about us page on the top right corner of this page.

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126 North Jefferson, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

First Lutheran Church Worship 

  • Sundays: 9:30 am Worship Service, Holy Communion is celebrated every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month. 
  • Sundays: Before & After Worship Coffee, Treats, & Fellowship in the Library Lounge  
  • Wednesdays February 14 - March 20: 5:30 pm Soup Suppers, 6:30 pm Lenten Worship
  • Wednesdays beginning April 3: 5:30 pm Chapel with Holy Communion every week 

Bible Study

  • Mondays: noon. Connexus 2.0                                                                                                                                             
  • Tuesdays: 10 am. Connexus Bible Study                                                                                                                         
  • 1st & 3rd Tuesdays: 6 pm. Women's Bible Study                                                                                                                 
  • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays: 11 am. Women's Bible Study                                                                                                     


  • 1st & 3rd Sundays: 11 am Confirmation Class                                                                                                                     
  • Wednesdays: 6:30 pm. High School Small Group Bible Study                                                                                         

Click here for more info on small groups

Click here for more info on Youth Group

Monthly Bible Challenge

Invest a few minutes a day to deepen your understanding of Scripture. Take the “Monthly Bible Challenge.”  Whether it’s on your own for personal devotions or with your family for a God-Time routine, it’s an ideal way share in the process of learning the Bible and growing in the Word. Click here for the  Monthly Bible Challenge.

Root-Wilson-Kirkland Scholarship

Root-Wilson-Kirkland Scholarship The Mabel Root-Pat Wilson Scholarship Fund was instituted by two women who put money in a trust to be used for active members of First Lutheran Church who desire to pursue their education beyond the high school level.  The fund was started in 1954 by Oscar Root in memory of his sister, Mabel Clara Root.  When Patricia Wilson, an active member of First Lutheran Church, died in 1999, she added to that trust and committed that the income be used for scholarships for post-secondary education or post-secondary technical education of students who are active members of First Lutheran Church in Ottumwa, Iowa.  These women, through their established trusts and visions, have provided many young people a chance to further their education.

This Scholarship Fund was recently made a beneficiary by Pauline Kirkland in her Will.  Her generous gift of $100,000 was added to and invested with existing funds held in the Patricia Wilson Trust at the South Ottumwa Savings Bank.   On the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee, the Scholarship will reflect Pauline’s gift by adding her name  -  Root-Wilson-Kirkland. 

This scholarship is reserved for applicants who are active in First Lutheran Church, Ottumwa Iowa, and are limited to undergraduates & Seminary students. NOTE: Please mail in your completed applications. You may also scan and email a copy to the church. Contact the office for more details. 

Click here for the Scholarship Application