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Heartland Community Parish

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Pastor Carleton Smee

First Lutheran Church
10 Pleasant Ave
PO Box 98
Akeley, MN 56433

Sunday Worship
Sunday School - 9:15 am
(Fall to Spring)
Fellowship - 9:30 am
Worship - 10:30 am

Church Office
Hours: 9-Noon, Tu-Th

Bethany Lutheran Church
100 3rd Ave
Nevis, MN 56467

Sunday Worship
Worship - 9:00 am
Fellowship - 10:00 am

Church Office
Hours: 9-Noon, Tu-Fr

First Lutheran Church
About Us

First LutheranWelcome to First Lutheran Church!  We are a welcoming community of people actively living out our faith in Jesus Christ.  Our worship services share uplifting messages that are relevant to today's world, and offer an open and inviting atmosphere where adults and children are welcome and included.  Through activities for people of all ages we experience God's love and grow in faith.

We invite you to join in worship this weekend - and in serving our neighbors throughout the week!

Listen to Sunday's Sermon

We are now recording sermons and other special events!

Listen to Sunday's sermon

Previous recordings may be found under the Media/Recordings menu.

Daily Devotion

Upcoming Sundays In Worship


June Worship Schedule

Sundays at 10:30 AM

Sunday, June 3: This will be a traditional worship service, with service music provided by Beth Grafenstein.  We will share in Holy Communion at the altar rail.  Plan to stay after the service for a fun potluck meal and warm fellowship.

Sunday, June 10: Pastor Carleton Smee will lead us in a traditional worship service, with service music provided by Barb Hanson.  We will share in Holy Communion through intinction.  Plan to come at 9:30 for coffee, treats, and warm fellowship.

Guitar pictureSunday, June 17: Pastor Carleton will lead us in a contemporary worship service with music provided by our parish worship band.  Our youth will serve as worship assistants.  Come early for coffee fellowship.

Paul BunyanSunday, June 24: Paul Bunyan Days, 10:00 AM: Come and join us for our annual outdoor ecumenical community worship service as Akeley celebrates "Paul Bunyan Days".  We will meet at "Paul's Patio" in downtown Akeley as we join with Akeley United Methodist and Bethany Lutheran churches.  Music will be provided by Frank Lamb, so be ready to tap your toes!


First Lutheran is a friendly, relaxed community of God's people.

ALL are welcome!

What's Happening at First Lutheran
Spotlight on Mission

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America


Our Mission Statement

Blessed with the Spirit's gifts; Growing in Christ's grace; Caring for God's creation