Many Nations ; One Savior
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 (KJV)
To carry this Gospel, this Good News, to all the World, just as Jesus Himself dwelt among us, God's Family is called to be "Street Saints" to the hurting people of this world.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Historic First Lutheran Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
To welcome all people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and into responsible church membership through the power of the Word and prayer followed by action of faith.
Historic First Lutheran
Adult Bible Study
Sunday Morning Service
Historic First Lutheran
"Prayer Force One"
Followed by Prayer Walk each week to meet and share God's love with our neighbors.
Please see below
schedules, locations and reservations.
Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration.
God's Family During Crises
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Historic First Lutheran and the COVID-19 Pandemic
As our nation and the peoples of the world struggle to deal with the impacts of the novel coronavirus, we continue to look in faith to our loving God for strength, guidance and deliverance.
News Regarding Indoor and Outdoor Worship!
Our goal is to maintain full compliance with requirements as we begin to re-open corporate worship inside the church, as well as provide outdoor services. The City of Pasadena continues to allow us to gather for outdoor worship with fewer restrictions . These restrictions have been issued by the State of California, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena.
Note: During this period of re-opening, to assist our members and our community in avoiding, slowing and, eventually, eliminating the virus' spread, we continue to - temporarily - suspend Sunday School, Bible classes, Wednesday Services, meetings and other group events in accordance with directives from the City of Pasadena and the State of California.
As conditions change, we will adapt and provide updates.
Worship Protocols for Indoor and Outdoor Worship
Both Indoor and Outdoor Services:
1) Please perform a personal health screening prior to coming to church. Please stay home if you are not feeling well for any reason.
2) Covid vaccinations are highly recommended.
3) A weekly worship reservation system will continue to be used for both indoor and outdoor services.
4) Properly worn face coverings – covering both the nose and mouth - are required on the church campus at all times. The church will provide face coverings, as needed.
5) Physical distancing of 6 feet at all times on the church campus is highly recommended.
6) The entrance for worship shall be through the Center Courtyard. Indoor worship will enter through the double doors at the Northeast corner of the church. Other doors will remain closed.
7) There will be no access to water fountains or water dispensers.
8) The Church Narthex restroom will be available for limited use, as will the restrooms in Koch Hall (preferred).
9) Individual, contact-less, distanced communion will be practiced.
10) Padded folding chairs will be available for outdoor worship services.
11) Outdoor worship seating should utilize the distanced white markings on the grass and / or sidewalk. Indoor worship seating should use only open pews (closed pews will be roped off for distancing), with a maximum of two family groups per pew, sitting on opposite ends of the pew, with a minimum of 6 feet in-between.
Please Note: Historic First Lutheran will always do its best to create the safest environment for all staff and worshipers, including providing indoor and outdoor worship alternatives with distanced seating, in addition to providing gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, etc., upon request. However, due to the changing nature of Covid and due to circumstances beyond the control of Historic First Lutheran, there remains a small potential possibility of infection and each worshiper voluntarily accepts that personal risk.
Come, Celebrate Jesus!
8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Indoor Worship* - (Sanctuary)
*Reservations are required. See below.
9:30 a.m. - Fellowship Hour in the Parish Hall
"He is not here; he has risen, just as He said."
He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations..."
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
We use a reservation system to ensure we do not exceed the maximum allowable capacity.
You will need to make a reservation and receive a confirmation response.
PLEASE contact the church office at Firstpasa@aol.com or 626.793.1139 by 3 p.m. the day before the scheduled service you would like to attend (i.e. by Saturday for Sunday ).
Also, PLEASE NOTE that masking & distancing protocols remain in effect.
Private communion services are available in the Fackler Garden by appointment. Contact Pastor Schaar.
Front Porch communion services continue to be available at your home. Contact Pastor Schaar.
Emailed devotions will continue to be circulated every Wednesday.
These devotions are also posted as soon as possible on this website for access on your computer, your tablet, or your smartphone.
Continued Ministry at Historic First Lutheran:
-- Our Pastor will be on campus every day and can be reached,
by both members and non-members, by telephone or email
(see this website's Visit/Contact Us tab).
-- If you desire to watch online streaming worship services from a Lutheran church,
links are available at psd-lcms.org/live-streamed-listing.
Services are available at a variety of times in either traditional
or contemporary styles.
-- We will continue to search for ways to serve God and our community and, as our Lord said, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
As Jesus Himself said, “The gates of hell shall not prevail” [Matthew 16:18].
Inspired by this, Martin Luther wrote, “Though devils all the world may fill, all eager to devour us, we tremble not; we fear no ill; they shall not overpow’r us!”
Even with the heavy burdens of this time and situation, we have opportunities to seek
God in prayer, to carry His love and reassurance to others through the many means of communication we have available, to support caregivers and workers, both frontline and in the background, and to study the insights He has given us in His Word.
May God's love and blessings be on you and upon all those whom you hold dear.
Pastor Christopher Schaar's long anticipated book on the Symbolism
of Historic First Lutheran
is finally in print !
The book starts the story of the church building standing on Los Robles Ave. and walks all the way through the Sanctuary right up to the Altar, telling about ALL the symbolism hidden in the building itself -- a silent sermon in stucco, wood, and glass. There are 33 color photos (plus the cover compilation of all the stained glass) as well as some 15,000 words (78 pages) and over 150 Scripture references. The book has been a dream in the making for over 10 years!
The book is available for $25 from Amazon,
or personalized, autographed copies are available for $20 directly from Pastor Schaar.
To obtain ordering information, please send an email to Firstpasa@aol.com .
100% of the profits benefit Historic First Lutheran.