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Camp Downtown Registration Open!

Camp Downtown 2019: United in Christ will be from June 24 to 28! We will spend a week looking at how the different denominations of the Downtown Ministerium are all united in Jesus Christ. We will look at the parts of the church that unite us together: Music, Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, Worship and the Cross. Register online at or by contacting Pastor Hanssen at or calling 412-471-8125.

Please also contact Pastor Hanssen if you are interested in volunteering for Camp Downtown. The cost for Camp Downtown this year will be $50 for the first camper, decreasing by $10 for each additional camper per family. Camp Downtown is open to children who will be entering kindergarten to those who will be entering 6th Grade. Youth entering 7th Grade to those who will be entering 12th Grade are invited to participate as Youth Counselors.

Laudate Dominum: 2018/2019 Season

LAUDATE DOMINUM:                              Music in the Beauty of Holiness


ALL SAINTS DAY CHORAL  CONCERT                                              Featuring the Pan-Orthodox Choir of Pittsburgh under the direction of Father Thomas Soroka.                                                                                   SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 at 4:00 PM


LIGHT-UP NIGHT CHORAL  VESPERS                                                       Featuring the children and youth choirs of First Church offering prayers for the City of Pittsburgh.                                                                 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 at 6:00 PM


SECOND ANNUAL VICTORIAN  VESPERS                                Celebrating Advent and the 19th Century heritage of First Church with organ and choral music of the Victorian Era.                               SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 at 4:00 PM


GERMAN CHRISTMAS SERVICE (WEINACHTGOTTESDIENST) Featuring the Gloria Dei Ringers and traditional German choral and instrumental music.                                                                                        SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 at 4:00 PM


ORGAN RECITAL: METRO MUSICALE                                               Featuring the musicians of Downtown Pittsburgh’s historic houses of worship.                                                                                                                        SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 at 4:00 PM


TRANSFIGURATION CHORAL  VESPERS                                                      Featuring the Pittsburgh Compline Choir, Dr. Mark A. Boyle, Musical Director.                                                                                                                           SUNDAY, MARCH 3 at 4:00 PM


HAVERFORD HIGH CHORAL  CONCERT                                                Featuring the award-winning concert choir of Haverford High School, Philadelphia.                                                                                              SUNDAY, APRIL 7 at 2:00 PM




On January 31, 2016, the congregation of First Lutheran Church began the important work of preserving our nearly 130-year-old church building through the five-year, $1.5 million capital campaign, Reverence My Sanctuary.  Together in love, we embark on this journey to tend to the physical needs of our sanctuary.

Our 180-year history as a congregation reflects a welcoming community of faith that proclaims the Good News of Jesus in word and deed. We look forward to the preservation of this holy house, and the creation of new and innovative spaces within it, that will enable us to expand our ministry to the city for many years to come.

Please take a few minutes to review our plans and consider how you can help. And check back often for project updates.

Click here to watch video and learn more about our Capital Campaign

FLC Capital Campaignbrochure

May God give us glad and generous hearts that we may pledge to this work the gifts he has given to each of us.

Check out our progress below: