Witness & Welcome

Jesus said to the disciples, "Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24:45b-48)

Living God’s word

We proclaim the good news of God in Christ through words and deeds that make visible God’s love, faithfulness, grace, and hospitality. First Lutheran Church commits itself to the radical welcome of Christ, inviting all to know God and to become part of our community.


Faith in Public

Staying connected

There are many ways to stay connected to FLC. Newsletter, email, website, social media – find the ways that work best for you!

We also have an active prayer chain that prays for our congregation and its special needs. Submit a prayer request here.

Reconciling in Christ

First Lutheran Church is a Reconciling in Christ congregation as an affirmation of welcome to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families.

FLC is pleased to participate in and sponsor the annual Decorah Pride weekend festivities!


We witness to God’s compassion & generosity through weekly coffee fellowship, home communion visits, delivery of bulletins and visitations to members in care centers, greeting card ministry, funeral lunches, and other acts of hospitality in our congregation and community.

Fellowship & Fun

We like to have fun together! Look for information about FLC Travelers trips, 50+ Club activities, Nordic Fest activities, concerts, church meals, family events, small groups, off-site & collaborative worship opportunities, and other ways to connect with the congregation and community.

Our Building, Our Community

We're a community center!

Our church building isn’t just ours, it is the community’s as well. We love our partnerships with the following organizations & events who also utilize our building: Decorah Community Free Clinic, Lutheran Services in Iowa, Northern Lights Women’s Choir, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Elections, Luther College International Student Potlucks, Helping Services for Youth and Family, Upper Iowa River Conference of the NEIA Synod, and more!

Building & Rebuilding

In December 2018, we discovered some structural concerns with our 140+ year old sanctuary roof. We vacated the sanctuary for about six months while work could be done to stabilize the sanctuary roof and walls in order to make it safe to occupy once again.

We are grateful that our building is stabilized and we can use it for worship, but this stabilization isn’t a permanent fix.

We are working toward a capital campaign and major building project to fix our building and update it for our ministry needs now and into the future.

You can read more about our building’s journey on our building updates page.