First Lutheran Church of Glendale Circa 2002 -2008


For a number of years this was the official site for the First Lutheran Church of Glendale. The website has seen several different iterations over the years. At some point the domain's registration expired.
The new owner of the domain has chosen to keep some of the original content of the site  while  directing visitors looking for the First Lutheran Church and School of Glendale to call the numbers listed below for more information about the church and school (

Please note: Content is from the site's 2002 - 2008 archived pages.



An aside: When I first saw this website saying the content was from circa 2002 - 2008 I panicked. Our family was planning a move to Glendale and I was looking for a church and a school that my kids could attend. The First Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran School had been highly recommended by my second cousin who use to attend the church before moving to Baltimore, Maryland. Fortunately I saw that there was at least a way to get in touch with the school. Meanwhile our lives were proceeding at a frantic rate with the move and all that involved. One of the reassuring constants was I would still be able to order all my cleaning needs from my favorite online store CleanItSupply. They offer all sorts of janitorial cleaning supplies from professional mop buckets to paper products for nt only wholesale customers, but also retail customers like myself. I wonder if the First Lutheran Church and the First Lutheran School are aware of this great online resource. I guess I am jumping ahead of my self. I need to order some packing supplies from CleanItSupply, yes, they also sell all sorts of office supplies, for the move. Once we are settled in Glendale we plan on attending some services at the church and taking a look at the First Lutheran School. Update: We are happily ensconced in Glendale, attending both church and school. I highly recommend that you check out both if you are planning on moving to this area in California.




First Lutheran Church and School
1300 East Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Church: 818-240-9000
School:  818-244-7319

About Us

First Lutheran Church of Glendale was founded in 1910 and moved to its present location in 1956. The second story was aped the early 1970s.

Our elementary school was started as a headstart school and has grown to a full service elementary

Our Mission

Our mission is to welcome all into an environment of personal and spiritual growth through the worship of God; to foster a caring, friendly and inviting ministry of people who are committed to knowing God, God's will and the teachings of Jesus Christ; to reach out to all with respect and love; and to represent Christ to the world as a sign of healing and hope.

Welcome To First Lutheran Church of Glendale!

Please join us for Worship this Sunday: 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary.

First Lutheran has been accepted as a mission redevelopment site in partnership with our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America! (Summer 2001)

Jazz Celebrations - the second Sunday of each month, at 5:00 p.m. Join jazz lovers from all over Southern California to hear a different group each month as they provide music for our Vesper Service. For more information open our JAZZ CELEBRATION page.

First Lutheran School - a Christian School serving Pre-School through Sixth Grades. Check out our PHOTO TOUR!

We celebrate over two years of partnership as The Lutheran Center: The Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America headquarters include The Trinity Conference, Resource, and Retreat Centers, and Bishop Dean Nelson and his staff.

First and foremost, to be a Lutheran means to be a Christian. To say, "I believe," taught Luther, is the same as saying "I trust."  He stated, "Show me what you trust, what your heart clings to, and I will show you your God."  He wanted us to understand that ultimate trust belongs to God.  He taught us that the only thing our hearts should cling to is Jesus Christ, who brings God's love to us in person.

Being a Christian is not just about being "saved."  God has already taken care of that through the life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Now God asks us to follow Jesus, to be apprentices of Jesus, by reaching out to others and showing God's love in the lives we lead and the commitments we make.  To be a Christian means that I surrender myself to Jesus Christ in every part of my life.

Martin Luther left law school shortly before graduation in order to become an Augustinian monk.  He was deeply troubled by important questions of sin, guilt, forgiveness, and how all this related to a God who was, above all, both loving and just.   Luther became a priest, then was sent to the university to study the scriptures.  He earned his Doctorate and began teaching at Wittenberg University.  During his studies and his teaching, he discovered in the Bible some things which were at ops with what the Roman Catholic Church was teaching.  In 1517, Luther called for a discussion within the church about these issues.

It was not his desire to start a new church, but the Pope, the Cardinals and the Emperor were not open to a Council on church theology and practices.  They ordered him to recant" – to take back – all that he had written on the subject.  He replied, "If you show me by common reason and the Scriptures that I am in error, I will recant.  But if you cannot, I cannot and will not recant.  To do so would be to go against my own conscience and the Word of God.  Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise."  Many Christians broke away from the Roman Church and began to call themselves Lutheran. Martin Luther objected to this at first, insisting that Christ is the head of the Church and we should all wear the label "Christian."  As the conflict deepened, however, the label "Lutheran" stuck with the breakaway churches.  And so the Reformation was begun.

Our Core Values...

1. Jesus is Lord!
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will
never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2. Everyone is Welcome!
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to
listen to him, but the Pharisees and scribes were grumbling
saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them!”
Luke 15:1-2

3. Love Changes People!
Love is patient. Love is kind. It is not envious or boastful or
arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not
irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice in wrong, but in truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never ends.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

4. Everyone Has Something to Offer!
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:4

5. The World Needs What We Have!
I came that you might have life and have it abundantly!
John 10:10



Lutheran Theology is built around the four "onlys" which Dr. Luther first spelled out in 1520.


Martin Luther taught that the Word of God comes to us in 5 ways:

1. The Living Word – First and foremost, Jesus Christ is the Living Word  (John 1 - The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

2. Secondly, the Word of God comes to us through the Bible – ("The scriptures are the cradle in which the Christ child is rocked" - Luther);

3. Third, the Word of God comes to us through Proclamation (preaching and teaching);

4. The Word of God comes to us in the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion;

5. The Word of God comes to when as we gather together as the body of Christ because Jesus promised, "when two or more are gathered in my name, I am with you." (Matthew 18:20)

Today the Lutheran Church is the world's largest Protestant denomination.  The Lutheran World Federation has 133 member denominations in 73 countries, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – the ELCA (  The ELCA has more than 5 million members in 10,852 congregations.  There are 28 ELCA colleges and universities and 8 ELCA seminaries for training our pastors, theologians and teachers.

To help heal divisions in Christ's church, the ELCA has established full communion with the Episcopal Church USA, the Moravian Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ.  We have also reached a landmark agreement with the Roman Catholic Church on the doctrine of Justification by Grace.

The ELCA is working to battle hunger, injustice and poverty here in the US and throughout the world through Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and Lutheran Social Services.

The oldest ELCA congregation was founded in 1649.  We began here in Glendale in 1912 and moved to our current site in 1954.  Consider joining us and a worldwide team of people who look forward to all that God can do!



Luke 16:19-31 (NRSV

Lazarus comforted by Abraham

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, 'Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house - for I have five brothers - that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, 'No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' "




From the Golden State Freeway (5) traveling North:
Transition to the Glendale Freeway (2) North
Go 3 miles to the Colorado Street exit
Exit at Colorado and turn left on Colorado Street
Travel 1/2 mile to First Lutheran Church/Lutheran Center on the left
Drive past the church and turn left onto Wing Street
Turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot.

Exit at Colorado Street (just past the 134 split)
Stay on Colorado for about 3 miles
The Lutheran Center is on the right just past Chevy Chase Drive
Turn right onto Wing Street and turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot.

Just before the Glendale Freeway (2), exit at Glendale Avenue
Turn right (south) on Glendale Avenue and go 1 mile to Colorado Street
Turn left on Colorado Street
Go 1/2 mile to the Lutheran Center just past Chevy Chase Drive
Turn right onto Wing Street and turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot.

Just after the Glendale Freeway (2), exit at Harvey Street
Turn left (south) on Harvey and stay on Harvey as it merges into Broadway
Go past the Glendale High School and turn left onto Verdugo Road
Go two blocks to Colorado Street and turn right
First Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Center will be on the left
Drive past the church and turn left onto Wing Street
Turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot.

Just before the Ventura Freeway (134), exit at Holly
Turn right, then turn left at the light onto Harvey Street
Stay on Harvey which merges into Broadway
Go past the Glendale High School and turn left onto Verdugo Road
Go two blocks to Colorado Street and turn right
First Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Center will be on the left
Drive past the church and turn left onto Wing Street
Turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot

Take the Colorado Street exit, right before the 134 exit
Turn left on Colorado Street and go less than a mile
First Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Center will be on the left
Drive past the church and turn left onto Wing Street
Turn left into the Lutheran Center parking lot.



First Lutheran Church at the Lutheran Center: Ministries


Traditional Worship
Contempory Worship
Adult Bible Study
Youth Sunday School

World Missions
Lord's Kitchen
Women's Bible Studies
Quilting Ministry

Elementry School - First through Sixth

Narcotics Anonymous
TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly)

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