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First Lutheran Church
10 Pleasant Ave
PO Box 98
Akeley, MN 56433

Sunday Worship
Sunday School - 9:15 am
(Fall to Spring)
Worship - 10:00 am
Fellowship - 11:00 am

Church Office
Hours: 9-Noon, Tu-Th

Our Church

We proudly celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2009!

First Lutheran Church was incorporated September 28, 1908 and conducted services in English and Norwegian. In 1919, we joined with Bethel and Dorset,and in 1921, Nevis. This merger re-split in 1982 when Nevis needed a full-time pastor.

Our church building was totally destroyed by fire in 1943. Thanks to Bethel Lutheran on the Hubbard Prairie, for $500 we received a new building and a bell in 1954. The bell tower was added in the 1990's. In 2002, thanks to many hard-working members, we dedicated our addition, complete with Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and office, class, and meeting spaces.


The sanctuary of First Lutheran's building is a marvelous example of "Old World" charm.  The space is filled with light during the day and cozy with candle-light for evening worship.  Our organ produces a wonderful sound.  But perhaps our greatest physical space-related feature is our beautiful rerdos - the sculpture of the risen Christ, which stands behind the Table.  Jesus' hands reach out in blessing and welcome, encouraging us to remember that everything in our lives is in those welcome, loving hands of God.

First Lutheran's Fellowship Hall is spacious, light and flexible.  We can seat over 125 people at tables, if necessary, but can also meet in smaller groups for conversation and fun.  Our Quilters meet in the Fellowship Hall and enjoy its light - and its access to the kitchen for their coffee break!

The Sunday school rooms are easily accessible and cheerful.  The children helped a local artist paint the mural of Noah's ark on the "big wall".  The Sunday school room is filled with crafting materials, story prompts, and engaging ideas for learning and sharing faith.

Our other two study rooms have been retooled to accomodate UCAN and an annual Free Tax Preparation Service.  UCAN utilizes the room that was meant for whatever community service ministry developed.  The second study room is available for Bible study, adult forums, small group meetings and confirmation classes.

The kitchen, just off the Fellowship Hall, houses two stoves/ovens, a commercial dishwasher, a hand sink and a cooking/clean-up sink, a large refrigerator, and of course, several coffee pots!  The coffee is just about always on at First Lutheran.

In the addition, we also house a modest library, which is great for medium-sized meetings, the church office, which houses our friendly volunteers, and the pastor's office.

Building Usage Policy.


First Lutheran is located on the corner of Highway 34 and Pleasant Ave in Akeley.