Update on Status of the First Lutheran Church Bell Tower


First Lutheran's Leadership Team has made the difficult decision to move towards the demolition of our bell tower. Earlier last year we paused the demolition process the third time in hopes that the City of Cincinnati would be able to secure $1 million in the 2022 Budget funding to help save the tower. We later learned that sufficient funds were not available in the City Budget.


We would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received these many months. Cincinnati Preservation, OTR ADOPT, City Council Members, contractors, engineers, members of the media, members of First Lutheran, and numerous residents of Over-the-Rhine and the Greater Cincinnati community have passionately worked to find a way to save the bell tower. Thank You.


Click Here to read more about our decision.

Click Here to listen to Pastor Brian on WVXU Cincinnati Edition

Ongoing Efforts: Our community partners will continue their efforts to save the bell tower as long as the bell tolls. It is a testimony to their passion and commitment.


Click Here to learn more about the efforts of our community partners.

History of the First Lutheran Bell Tower: The 179-year-old church has deep roots in the community it serves. The original 2,000-pound bell that hangs in the Tower was manufactured by the Verdin Bell Company, many members were born or live within blocks of FLC, and it serves as a meeting and performance space for dozens of arts and community organizations each year.


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WLWT, April 2021

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Cincinnati Business Courier, May 2021

Pastoral Letter: Bell Tower Decision
June 25, 2021

Due to our building being closed for safety, worship at First Lutheran is currently at Philippus UCC. See Worship for details.