About Our Congregation

First Lutheran Church – “Putting Christ First.” First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pecatonica is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Northern Illinois Synod. Our 428-member congregation serves people in the town of Pecatonica and nearby communities. Surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation and the bounty of the fields, we are blessed with a quality of life that is sought by many people today. Our congregation is known for its family atmosphere, its friendly and welcoming nature and for offering a unique blend of traditional and contemporary aspects of worship and ministry.

Our young people are very important to us. Our worship involves young musicians and singers and makes use of audio-visual technology operated by our youth. Our Sunday School ministry involves our children in weekly workshops including drama, crafts, puppets, storytelling, computers, cooking and music. All this takes place in “Creation Station” – our children’s ministry center adjacent to the church building. 5th through 8th grade Christian education seeks to help our students negotiate the transition from child to adult member through confirmation ministry. Our youth ministry is housed in its own building (renovated and decorated by the youth group) called “The D.O.G. House (Depend On God.) Our adult ministries focus on discipleship and spiritual growth through Bible study and small group activities. We view Christian education as a life-long process of growth.

The traditions of Lutheran worship and ministry continue to provide the foundation for First Lutheran. We offer traditional worship each week; Holy Communion is offered at every worship service of the congregation; We walk together in Christ-centered relationship, striving to serve others as Christ’s Body in our world today.