First St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Discovering, sharing and connecting people to the love and truth of Jesus Christ. Hastings, NE
  • First St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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501 N Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE 68901-5036

(402) 463-1329


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Who We Are

We are committed to working together in an honest and positive way for mutual benefit.
We embrace diversity and recognize that different viewpoints are helpful.
In fulfilling our mission, we will consider new ideas, encourage creativity and be open to change.
Everything we do will be God-centered.

Casual, Traditional Liturgy, Friendly, Multigenerational, Young families, Lots of kids

Community Service, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Nursery, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Preschool

Traditional Hymns, Organ, Chanting, Contemporary

Lutheran (LCMC)




501 N Burlington Ave
Hastings, NE 68901-5036

(402) 463-1329


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Our Services

What are services like?
Our "traditional" services occur in the Sanctuary, a beautiful space bathed in light through the stained glass. Chanted prayers and organ provide the backdrop for an encounter with God and Scripture. The services lend themselves to rest and contemplation. Our "contemporary" service occurs in the Celebration Center, a multi-purpose room with state-of-the-art sound and video capabilities. A contemporary worship band provides the congregation with upbeat, stand-up-and-clap music. The service is attended by all demographics and is particularly friendly towards families with young children.

What is the community like?
Our community is warm and welcoming without being overbearing. We have members of all generations. We feature fellowship for seniors as well as a phenomenal children's program. Our midweek meals are open to the community and stem from our focus on relationships being foundational to being church. We are very active in our community, providing both monetary support and countless volunteer hours to local organizations including Open Table, a free meal program. Many organizations also use our space for meetings, including the Boy Scouts, Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS) and teenMOPS.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are welcome and you are in the right place. We won't hound you with endless visits or send a missionary to your doorstep. If you are interested in learning more about Christianity, more about Jesus or just want to be around nice people, we have many different goings on. Please join in on our events; you are welcome at the table.


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Joel Remmers

Rev. Joel Remmers was called by First St. Paul’s in August 2005. Pastor Joel graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary (MDiv),and was ordained in the summer of 1990. He has served in parishes in Texas, Ohio, and Kansas. However, Pastor Joel is not new to Nebraska. Although he grew up in Illinois, his grandparents lived near Beatrice throughout his childhood. Pastor Joel has three children with his wife, Kim. Pastor Joel enjoys camping, and loves the opportunity ministry gives him to meet new people.

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