Welcome to Grace First Lutheran

Hi – and welcome to our website. I’m Pastor Joel LiaBraaten and I’ve been pastor here at Grace First Lutheran for 18 years….still loving it. I feel blessed by this community of faith and tickled to be a part of its vibrant ministry. We are made up of all ages and interests, warm-hearted and fun-loving people who rally around the gracious love of God.

We are blessed with many young families and wonderful children who energize our life and worship. And, we are blessed with caring people of all ages. We take God’s Word and our mission seriously, but don’t take ourselves too seriously.¬† Although we are ELCA Lutheran Christians by designation, we actually some together from a wide variety of Christian backgrounds and are very much enriched by the mix.

Our congregation has been in Bend since 1916 and in our new facility since 2008. We are a lively, loving¬†and growing congregation that has room for you. We would love to have you check us out further if you’d like. Please consider this an invitation to worship with us or give me a call and we’ll chat.


Pr. Joel LiaBraaten



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