Welcome!  We know people can be uneasy when they first visit a church.  At FLC (First Lutheran Church) you will be greeted warmly.  It gives us joy to meet people who bring a variety of experiences, interests, struggles and gifts.  

We, the community of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, proclaim that Christ, in grace, draws all people to himself. We welcome the full participation of people of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, physical and mental abilities, educational backgrounds, and economic conditions. We value families in their many, diverse forms and we support marriage equality for all couples. We embrace people from diverse faith backgrounds, Christians from every tradition and people new to faith.

That’s a statement of welcome we as a congregation stand behind, voting to approve these words in a congregational meeting.  Since 1991 we have been a Reconciling in Christ  (RIC) congregation. RIC recognizes Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.