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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.

Our Mission


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.



Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration.



Historic First Lutheran

Sunday School


Adult Bible Study

9:00 AM  (Holy Cross Hall - Gym)

Sunday Morning Service

10:00 AM  (Sanctuary) 

Historic First Lutheran

Weekday Prayer

"Prayer Force One"


Followed by Prayer Walk each week to meet and share God's love with our neighbors.


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.

Our goal is to maintain full compliance with requirements as we joyfully re-open corporate worship inside the church.  These requirements are by the City of Pasadena, the State of California, and the County of Los Angeles.

 Note: During the earlier stages of the pandemic, in order to assist our members and our community in avoiding, slowing and, eventually, eliminating the virus' spread, we temporarily suspended our 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 the situation continues to improve, we are carefully re-starting these important parts of our church life and will provide updates.

Health Protocols for All Services and Activities:

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 all activities and services.

4)  Properly worn face coverings – covering both the nose and mouth - are recommended 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 Church Narthex restroom will be available for limited use, as will the restrooms in Koch Hall (preferred).

7)  Individual, contact-less, distanced communion will continue to be practiced.

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.                      

In the Name of Jesus!

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Sunday Service*

10:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)

*Reservations are required. See below.

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We use a reservation system to ensure we do not exceed the maximum allowable capacity. 

PLEASE contact the church office at 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 ).


Note: You will need to  receive a confirmation response to ensure that the reservation has been made

Private communion services are available in the Fackler Garden by appointment. 

Front Porch communion services continue to be available at your home.

For either communion service, please contact Pastor Schaar at the church office (see above.) 

Continued Ministry at Historic First Lutheran: 

-- Our Pastor will be on campus 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  

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 .

100% of the profits benefit Historic First Lutheran.

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