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July 26, 2020 12:00 am

First Lutheran Calls New Associate Pastor – Elisabeth Himmelman
First Lutheran Calls New Associate Pastor – Elisabeth Himmelman

At a congregational meeting on Wednesday, June 29th members of First Lutheran voted to call Elisabeth Himmelman as our new Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Himmelman, who will soon be ordained, will be moving to Kearney with her family in the coming weeks. The call to First Lutheran is part of a

July 31, 2020 12:00 am

August Worship Schedule Includes Saturday In-Person Services
August Worship Schedule Includes Saturday In-Person Services

We will have an expanded Worship Schedule in August. Here is a listing of Worship Service times and places for August. Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2 •6 p.m. in Sanctuary •8:45 a.m. on radio and online August 8 – 9 •6 p.m. in Sanctuary •8:45 a.m. on radio and online August 15 – August

August 1, 2020 12:00 am

Registration for Sunday School, FROG Now Open
Registration for Sunday School, FROG Now Open

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 Bible School. Through games, music, and...

August 3, 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 “Learning to Walk in the Dark” by Barbara Brown Taylor. 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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Church Location

3315 Avenue G
Kearney, NE  68847

Office e-mail

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