About First Lutheran

ELCA Mission &
Vision Statements

Growing in Christ, we are learning to embody these principles.

Mission

Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully. 

Vision

A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.

Values

Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.

Dignity, Compassion, and Justice

Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.

Inclusion & Diversity

As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and Openness to Change

Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful Stewardship of God's Creation & Gifts

As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.

First Lutheran Church, Portland Maine is a member of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Family Friendly ~ Community Centered

We are a vibrant congregation serving
Greater Portland Maine.

We offer three worship services each Sunday, plus a variety of Christian education, fellowship, and community outreach activities for all ages.