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Calling all kiddos! We love it when children walk through our doors. As someone once said, it is better to have crying children in church than sleeping saints! We also recognize the importance of bringing children to church where they can hear God's Word and build relationships with fellow believers. Due to COVID, we will not be having children's church for the time being. But we hope to start it up as things return to normal. Meanwhile we invite and encourage families to sit together.

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Summer Events

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, our activities are limited. We hope that this fall we will be able to resume some of our gathering activities. Enjoy your summer with family and friends and stay safe! hope to see you in the Fall!


This year, our goal has been to intentionally grow in the Word by directly engaging in it. Our weekly gathering is guided by the W's in the Connexus (small group) format. Welcome, Word, Worship, Witness. We read and discuss the upcoming Sunday sermon text and its relevance to us and our setting. We also have many social and fun activities through out the year that let us engage in our community.

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Serve on Sundays

Giving back is so important. We have a need to give of our time, of our talents and our our resources. Members have many opportunities to serve at First Lutheran. Whatever, gift God has given you, we can use it. You can serve on Sunday mornings by being a reader, communion assistant, acolyte, usher, choir, drama, or as a musician. You are also invited to serve on different committees and ministries that help run the church. If you have a willing heart, we can use you! contact Geri for more ways you can serve.

Summer Mission Trips

We offer our high school youth the opportunity to attend mission trips for a week during the summer. It’s more than just a week experience. Our teams meet monthly from October – July getting ready for our journey. Establishing relationships, growing in God’s Word, and praying for our trip and the people that we will encounter. The week of our trip we experience hands-on mission projects, exciting music and programs, and group-building activities. Our goal is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. There is something unique about taking 10 to 20 kids and adults across the country in a van that truly brings people together in a special way. Although we go to work, we also go to grow in Christ through Worship, digging into God’s Word, and growing together as a mission family.

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First Wednesday, Third Wednesday of the month, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM|126 North Jefferson, Ottumwa, IA US 52501

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