"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

At First we live out our mission to share the love of God in service to others. We join with our neighbors to serve those around us.  Find out more about opportunities to serve with us.



Serving our Neighbors At first we make an intentional effort to get out into the community and serve our neighbors in OTR and the downtown area. Some months it means serving a meal, while other months it means pulling weeds. It always means serving in Jesus' name. Interested in volunteering? E-mail firstelutheran@fuse.net


Community Meal Last Monday of each month @ 12 noon We believe in the power of a shared meal. Our meals aren’t just about getting good food into bellies – they are about building relationships and coming together. Interested in volunteering? E-mail firstelutheran@fuse.net 


Clothing Closet 2nd Monday each month @ noon We believe that all people deserve good clean clothes and that by pooling our resources together we can make a big impact. Not to mention, Jesus thinks this is important: Matthew 25:36. 


Narcotics Anonymous A strong NA group has been meeting at First for two decades. The home group meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5:30-7:00, with 60-100 people gathering for each meeting.


We are stronger together. First partners with many organizations throughout Cincinnati to share the love.

The purpose of First is to


We are a beautiful collection of people from all corners of the city. We are single, married, widowed, and divorced. We are day laborers, artists, construction workers, professionals, unemployed, children of all ages, and stay-at- home parents. Above all, we are all beggars needing the love and grace of God found in Jesus.

Wherever you are on your faith journey, whether you are committed to following Jesus Christ, are skeptical, or are just mildly curious about Christianity, we welcome you.

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Worship: Sundays @ 11 AM

Coffee and Fellowship @ 12:15 PM



1208 Race Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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