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Photo: Therese Guise (taken in front of First Evangelical Lutheran Church)



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Donate to the Thanksgiving in July Drive

During the entire month of July, First Lutheran is participating in Churches United’s Thanksgiving in July Drive to help replenish the food banks in our area.

You may bring your items to the church where there are boxes in the Narthex below the bulletin board. On the bulletin board, there is a list of the food and other items that are needed. Also, there are two boxes in the Parish House entry where you may bring your donations on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the Parish House office is open. If you would like to make a monetary donation, make your check out to First Lutheran Church; there is a container in the Narthex for monetary donations.

All food, essential items and monetary donations will be given to the food pantry at Church of Peace, Rock Island.

Also, a reminder: non-perishable food donations are accepted all year!


Photo by Therese Guise

St. Joe’s Open Mic Coffeehouse: August

Hello dear friends of the St. Joe’s coffeehouse!

The return of the St. Joe’s Open Mic Coffeehouse will be on Friday, August 13th. Because of continued COVID-19 caution, it will take place outdoors, not inside the Parish House as it used to be. It will have an earlier start time at 6:00 p.m. with plans to finish around 8:00 p.m., to finish up before it gets dark. Donations to support the St. Joe’s Evening Meal are greatly appreciated! The St. Joe’s coffeehouse is still under the guidance of Chris Dunn. It will take place on the back patio of the Parish House and around the fire pit, instead of in the parlor. If you bring snacks to share, please make sure they are individually wrapped. Some seating will be available, but feel free to bring your own chair, blanket, bug spray, etc.. See you there!

Facebook link to the event:



23 June 2021

Sylvia Collins, a long time member of First has passed. Visitation and funeral will be Friday, June 25.

Merciful Creator, your Holy Spirit intercedes for us even when we do not know how to pray. Send your Spirit now to comfort us in these days of need and loss, and help us to commend Sylvia to your merciful care;

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.




Pastor Chris Lee

John Deere Tractor

Thank you to all who donated towards the cost of the new John Deere tractor.  We are still in need of donations to cover the entire cost of the tractor and snow blade. If you find some extra pennies laying around when you spring clean, please consider donating towards your property costs.  If you would like to see it in action, any morning between 8am and 10 a.m., you can usually find Art working diligently. He will gladly give you a demonstration!


Pack the Pantry Photos 

An extra thank you to these Pack the Pantry workers on December 12th and 18th, 2020! Attached are photos including Pastor delivering food to the pantry window; the First Lutheran “Live Generously” team; and Art clearing snow. So many great helpers!
Also, a reminder: non-perishable food donations are accepted all year!
Peace to you and your loved ones as we head into the new year!

The December Pack the Pantry event was very successful! Thank you to all who took part. You can read more about it in this post:

Church of Peace Food Pantry Delivery: 18 December 2020


Thank you to all who took part in the Gospel Animals Meal/ DVD to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. There are still DVDs available. Contact the Parish Office or Pam if you would like a DVD. Read more about the history of First in the Quad-City Times write-up.


The First Lutheran office email is: office@firstlutheranri.org

I believe all the issues with using this email have been worked out. You may use use office@firstlutheranri.org or firstlutheranri@sbcglobal.net for communicating with the Parish Office. I am checking email on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Therese, Secretary, First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Parish House Office Hours

The Parish House office will have limited regular hours:

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please note, per the CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, masks are required in the Parish House, in addition to physical distancing of at least 6 feet. Thank you for keeping yourself and everyone safe!


Welcome to First Lutheran Church, located in Rock Island, IL. (map)

We worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

You may contact the pastor or the church office via email:

office@firstlutheranri.org or  firstlutheranri@sbcglobal.net or at 309-788-9661.

Free image: crocus, jooinn.com