Website Move Complete!

First Lutheran Church has completed the move to its new website domain.  Visit us at

Our old domain and site will remain operational for a short time as we give time for our Podcast feed to properly migrate to the new site.  After that, will redirect visits to our new site.

Email to the old domain will similarly be forwarded to the corresponding new address.

Welcome and enjoy!  Please let us know what you think of the new site and how it may be improved to better serve you.

First Lutheran Web Presence is Moving

To more effectively communciate with our community and members, First Lutheran Church is moving its web presence, email and blogs to a new provider and domain.

Still under development, the church website will be at  Email accounts have already been converted to the new domain, but our long-time “” addresses will continue to work indefinitely.  Mail to an old address will automatically forward to the corresponding new address.

The church WordPress blog, which you are viewing, has already been moved to the new domain; its address is

The Preschool website has been successfully moved to the Preschool’s new domain; the school’s web address is  As with the church, old email is automatically forwarded to the corresponding new address.

If you have any questions please contact our webmaster at; he’ll be glad to discuss the conversion and tools being used, and questions you may have on our web presence.

Sermon Podcast

Starting in 2011, First Lutheran Church worship service sermons are available online for your listening pleasure!

Click here to access Pastor Maschke’s sermon Podcast. The podcast is also listed on the News Feed page of the Resources tab.

You may directly subscribe to our site feed by clicking on the “feed” icon in the upper right hand corner of this site or through your browser’s “subscribe to feed” feature.

And these audio files are available free through the iTunes Store; subscribe to “Messages from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concord, CA”.

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving

(Originally published on Blogger, Dec 17, 2008)

People of various ages and circumstances flowed into and out of First Lutheran Church’s gym. A local reporter stopped one man who was leaving and asked why he’d come. Nodding back towards the building, the man smiled and replied, “I wouldn’t have celebrated Thanksgiving at all today if it wasn’t for this meal.”

The meal to which he referred that had brightened his holiday so much was part of a special event called Giving Thanks At Thanksgiving. This diner and many others enjoyed a full turkey dinner with all the traditional trimmings. Bibles and other Christian materials lined a nearby table waiting to be handed out to anyone interested. After the people finished their meals, volunteers led them to a room filled with neatly arranged stacks of clothing and blankets where they could pick out and take with them much needed items.

This project came into existence three years ago when a nearby church asked First Lutheran if we would be interested in partnering with them to prepare a home cooked hot meal and serve it with love to those in need. We agreed and our two churches joined together, and went to work forming a plan and pooling our resources including financial help from Thrivent.