We have many opportunities to help the less fortunate in our neighborhoods and throughout the world. One of our Extended Ministries is El Camino de Emaus, in Burlington, WA and we also help support the mission of Gospel for Asia.

     We are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and through their agencies we fight illiteracy, oppression, poverty and hunger.  Locally we do much of the same through our membership in the Church Council of Greater Seattle.

      In West Seattle we support:  The West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline which both provide a wide variety of assistance for our neighbors in need.

St. Nicholas Faire

Watch for our annual St. Nicholas Faire!  It is an event to put on your calendar.  Watch for updated information each fall.



Acolytes:  Church Youth who are trained to assist at the altar during the liturgy.



The Ministry of Acolyte

First Lutheran Church of West Seattle


2012 marked the 65th anniversary of the Ministry of Acolytes in our parish.  This ministry was begun in 1947 by the Rev. Norris R. Halvorson our 7th pastor (1945-1959).  Pastor Halvorson trained the acolytes the years he served as our pastor.  He also formed the Altar Guild and the Altar Sewing Guild.

    In 1959 the Rev. M. Donald Hinderlie was called as our 8th pastor. Pastor Hinderlie continued the acolyte program but assigned the teaching to the interns (seminarians) serving our parish.  In the summer of 1968 Rev. Hinderlie asked Dean Hard, our then Assistant Choirmaster and Youth Advisor, to take over the training of acolytes.  Forty plus years later Dean continues this teaching ministry.

   Most Lutheran church’s have acolytes.  In most cases the acolytes are shown how to light candles in "one easy lesson" and little else.  Our program is unique in the Lutheran Church in that it requires of each student a commitment of eight 1˝ hour classes of instruction, required reading, practice time, and the satisfactory completion of a two hour written exam.  The subjects covered are:

  Acolytes:  The Who, What, Why and How.

  Lutheran Worship:  A Historical Overview.

  Vestments:  The Things We Wear.

  The Sacraments:  Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.

  Church Architecture/Liturgical Space/Holy Ground.

  Holy Objects:  How We Handle Them.

Our best estimation is that over 200 of the youth from First Lutheran Church of West Seattle have been instructed by our Parish Deacon to serve at the altar of our church as acolytes. 



Altar Guild:  A group of people who care for and set the altar for worship.

Altar Sewing:  Volunteers who care for, mend and restore linens and vestments.

Church Choirs:  Singing hymns and choral anthems to support and enrich the worship.

Community Meals:  Meal preparation and serving those in need.

Congregational Council:  Elected officers who meet monthly to discuss the business and workings of the church.

Lutheran Compass Center:  Meal preparation, delivery, serving, hygiene gifts and monetary support.

Scrappers (Quilting Group): 
Ten months out of the year sewing quilts for the homeless.

Service Teams:  Rotating teams that carry out the reception duties of the church in monthly stints.

Sister Parishes:

        El Camino de Emmaus in the Skagit Valley - 

          Fund Raiser Donations and monetary support.

Sunday Church School Teachers: To teach the children of the church through scripture, lessons and music.