From the Desk of the Pastor

First Lutheran has been blessed with the service and guidance of four Pastors in its 75 year history in Concord.  Last year Rev Jedidiah Maschke, our pastor since 2008, was extended and accepted a Holy Call to serve as Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School in Carson City, Nevada.

We are greatful for the dedicated service of Pastor Maschke, for the support given by his wife, Anna, and the cheerfulness and joy of their childeon, Ali, Jerimiah, and Abi.

We are most fortunate to have Reverend Dann Ettner serving as interim Pastor.  Reverend Ettner has served many years as a congregational Pastor, and recently retired as a senior Army Chaplain.

First Lutheran is well into the process to Call a new permanent Pastor; please call the church office with any questions you may have.  Thank you for your prayers as we seek the man God has planned fo our congregaion.

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First Lutheran Church worship service sermons are available online for your listening pleasure!

Recent Podcasts are available at the right.  Click here to access Pastor Maschke's sermon Podcast series as well as sermons from interim pastors. The podcast is also listed on the News Feed page of the Resources tab.  You may directly subscribe to our site feed by clicking on the "feed" icon in the upper right hand corner of this site or through your browser's "subscribe to feed" feature.

And these audio files are available free through the iTunes Store; subscribe to "Messages from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concord, CA".

Additionally, transcripts of Pastor's 2009 sermon series on The Lord's Prayer are available in our site's WordPress Blog; click here to view that series.

We believe in the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross and rose again for our Salvation.

We believe that God offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who sincerely believe in Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives and strengthens faith through the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. This faith is a joyous faith that offers strength and courage to the disheartened and provides real purpose for living and certain hope for the dying.

We believe that Christians express their faith in a life of regular worship, prayer, Bible study, witnessing, serving, and fellowship.


You are invited to talk with Pastor Ettner or our members to learn more about the trust and peace we have in Christ.

To learn more from reference material on the Web site of our administrative organization, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, please click here.

Luther_RoseThe Luther Rose, also known as the Luther Seal, is easily the most recognized symbol for Lutheranism, and for good reason. Martin Luther personally oversaw the creation of this symbol. It provides a beautiful summary of his faith, a faith that is common to all Christians, of every place and every time. Here is how Luther explained the meaning of his seal:

Read more: The Luther Rose

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