First Lutheran Church of Boston
This large congregation has a number of members who drive from out-of-state to attend services each Sunday. As the only Boston-based Missouri Synod Lutheran church, it also attracts college students, especially those from the Midwest, and offers a number of youth programs and service projects for its young population. Bible studies are Sunday mornings and Monday evenings, and students have partnered with organizations like the Charles River Clean-up and Project Bread.
The church also offers Brazilian worship services for its Portuguese-speaking community, and the Blind Ministry supports two local outreach programs: Boston Light of the World and Lutheran Braille Workers.
Music is an important part of the congregation, and Balint Karosi, a native of Hungary, leads a traditional organ-based program during services and concert series.
The church itself was built in 1956 by Pietro Belluschi, who designed a modern building that would fit in with the historical character of Back Bay. Visitors enter the church through a gateway and private courtyard, which leads to the warm, wood-paneled sanctuary.
- Hours: Office: Mon - Thu, 10am - 6pm; Friday, 10am - 4pm. Worship services: Sunday, 8am, 11am; Brazilian service: Saturday, 7:15pm
- Handicap Accessible: Handicapped ramp to sanctuary
- Founding Date: 1836
- What makes this community special?: People drive from places like Maine on a regular basis, but everyone in the large congregation still knows each other.
- Parking: On-street: metered
- Denomination: Lutheran
- Congregation size: 800
- Services: Child care, Choir/music programs, Missionary programs, Study groups, Youth programs