meet the inspiration behind our new banners

Kristen Gilje in the Luther Fellowship Center, 10 a.m. Oct. 2

Artist Kristen Gilje travels all the way from the state of Washington to describe what inspired her to create our new sanctuary artwork including “The Iowa Tree of Life” and our other beautiful paraments. Learn about the different colors of the seasons and the deep meaning behind each brushstroke.

Presbyterians and the American Revolution

Bruce Gore on video in the chapel

10 a.m. Oct. 2

Bruce W. Gore M.A., J.D., adjunct professor of biblical studies at Whitworth University, Spokane walks us through the American Revolution and the vital role colonial Christians, mostly Presbyterians, in shaping our nation.

Is the 2nd Amendment Still Relevant?

Pr. Craig Brown in the Luther Fellowship Center, 10 a.m. Oct. 9

In light of daily mass shootings, many of us are wondering how did our country go from minute men farmers with a single shot muskets to assault rifles that can shoot hundreds of bullets a minute? Pr. Craig turns back the clock 200 years to walk us through this critical amendment to our nation’s birth and ponders its effectiveness today.

Seeds of Revolution in Calvin's Thought

Bruce Gore on video in the chapel

10 a.m. Oct. 9

Professor Bruce Gore takes a historical look at the church’s role in the founding of our great nation. The theology of John Calvin put in motion a collection of ideas that would eventually bear fruit in the American Colonies as a justification for separation from England.

expanding diversity in hawkeye sports

Lew Montgomery in the Luther Fellowship Center, 10 a.m. Oct. 16

Former Iowa Hawkeye Fullback and friend of First Lutheran Lew Montgomery will talk about his new role at the University of Iowa Athletics Department as the interim support of athletic’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. In July he was honored as a Big 10 Black Alumni of the Year representing the UI as one “who has made a significant and lasting impact in their professional field, outstanding service to their community, exhibiting a significant commitment to their community, or overcoming substantial obstacles in their personal life.”


Touching Hearts in Black and Gold

Pr. Sarah Goettsch in the Luther Fellowship Center, 10 a.m. Oct. 23

U of I Campus Pastor and friend of FLC Pr. Sarah Goettsch talks about the challenge of staying connected to college students throughout the pandemic and how the ministry begins to re-emerge in the hearts of young adults from our congregations.

state of the city

Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell in the Luther Fellowship Center, 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6

First Lutheran Church Member and current Cedar Rapids Mayor Tiffany O’Donnell gives us a state of the city and wants to hear from you about what you are passionate about as people of faith.