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August 1, 2020 12:00 am

Start Dates Set for Fall Programming
Start Dates Set for Fall Programming

REGISTER FOR YOUTH PROGRAMMING HERE  Please complete the registration form to sign up for youth programming such as Sunday School and FROG. This programming is open to kids from Pre-K through 5th grade. We encourage the youngest among us to learn more about God through participating in Sunday school, Mid-Week programming (FROG), and Vacation...

August 31, 2020 12:00 am

September Worship Schedule Announced
September Worship Schedule Announced

VIEW ELCA GUIDELINES FOR RESUMING WORSHIP   The First Lutheran leadership team has referenced this document as a guide for decision making. We will have an expanded Worship Schedule in September.  Here is a listing of remaining worship service times and places for September. September 5/6  •No Worship service at 6 p.m. •8:45 a.m. on

September 2, 2020 7:02 pm

Reading with Pastor Michelle
Reading with Pastor Michelle

Reading with Pastor Michelle Wednesday evenings | 7:02pm | Currently Taking Place Through Zoom Pastor Michelle leads this book study each Wednesday evening. All are welcome to participate. Once a book study is complete, a new one begins. Currently, this group is reading “Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith” by Kathleen Norris. Contact the...


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Connecting People to Jesus and One Another

First Lutheran Church in Kearney, Nebraska, is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). This is Christ’s Church. There is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.

Regular Worship Times

SATURDAY  |  6:00pm

SUNDAY  |  8:45 a.m.  & 11:00 a.m.

All are welcome to worship at First Lutheran. We offer open communion at every service to those who believe.

Education Hour

SUNDAY  |  9:55 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.

Sunday School for kids Pre-K through grade 12. We also have occasional adult Bible studies and forums. See the calendar for more.

5th Sunday – Unity Service

For months that include a fifth Sunday, that day will feature ONE Unity Service at 10:30 a.m. with a fellowship event or service project to follow. No Saturday night service or early Sunday worship on these weekends.

We Are Church Together

Learn more about First Lutheran Ministries

Volunteer Opportunities

View opportunities to give back to God through service projects, committees, events, and more.


There’s a lot happening at First Lutheran. See our newsletter for a full list events and activities, plus important messages regarding each phase of ministry.

Faith + Family

No matter what stage of life you’re in, we have programming to help guide your faith journey. From Pre-K to age 99+ we are ALL children of God.

Electronic Giving

We are church together! Help First Lutheran change lives. Giving is meaningful, simple, and fast through our electronic options.

Our Co-Pastors

Leading Ministry

Rev. Dr. Michelle Carlson and Rev. Dr. Rick Carlson

We are grateful to be called to serve First Lutheran Church and the Kearney community. We have a passion for preaching and teaching. Our goal is to be the Spirit’s conduit so that people can experience the fullness of God’s grace through Word and Sacrament, while being empowered to live out their baptismal vocation in daily life.

Contact the pastors at 308-237-5544 or [email protected]

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Phone Number


Church Location

3315 Avenue G
Kearney, NE  68847

Office e-mail

[email protected]