First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Xenia, Ohio

Most of the time, we want God to open doors for us. However, God wants us to open doors for Him. 

Virtual Ministry is the outreach platform for First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Xenia, Ohio during the Coronavirus Pandemic  We are a body of believers from all walks of life living in many locations throughout the world.


This online Ministry supports the body of Christ and other ministries as a ready resource for the purpose of encouraging the Christian Saints of God to engage in practical and actionable doctrine for living the Christian life whether in a “regular church” or not.


We encourage our visitors and members to be a part of a “brick and mortar” church however we also realize that for various reasons this may not be possible.  So we endeavor to serve Christ in modern times by providing this resource so no Saint is left behind.

July 5, 2020 Worship Service

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June 28, 2020 Worship Service

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June 21, 2020 Worship Service

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June 14, 2020 2nd Sunday in Pentecost

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June 7, 2020 Holy Trinity Sunday

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May 31, 2020 Worship Service

Pentecost Sunday

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May 24, 2020 Worship Service

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Virtual Children's Ministry

Special Memorial Day Edition

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May 17, 2020 Worship Service

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May 10, 2020 Worship Service

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May 10, 2020 Children Virtual Ministry

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May 3, 2020 Worship Service

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April 26, 2020 Worship Service

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The staff and leadership of First Evangelical Lutheran Church has spent time in prayer and conversation about the best course of action for our community with regard to public worship in the face of efforts to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect the most vulnerable people in our community.

We have wrestled mightily with what to do and we have decided that the best course of action is to follow the county's recommendation and to postpone gatherings until further notice. This includes public worship and our Wednesday gatherings.

We elected to have one ministry exception; the Caring Place 6:00pm to 7:00pm every Thursday, with our partners will conduct a take-out, no people contact (no one other than the Caring Place volunteers will enter our Church) meal service at least for this Thursday. We will purchase pizza's, and prepackage a take-out meal for those in need, we are a partner with Bridges of Hope. We are asking the AA and NA folks to not meet in our building until further notice.

This decision is based upon love, not fear. It is based upon the clear biblical mandate to protect and honor the most fragile in our midst (See 1 Corinthians 13). It is a way for us to model love to our community as we Share the Love of Jesus.

Any questions or concerns please contact our church office at 937-372-7421




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First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Xenia, Ohio

The Congregation Council and Call Committee

is pleased to announce the Installation of:

The Rev. William O. Schwochow to the Office of Pastor.

The Rev. Robert Abrams, Assistant to the Bishop,

The Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt,

will preach the Gospel and officiate the Installation.

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We are a community of Christian faith that has been located and serving in the City of Xenia for over 175 years. Maybe you are visiting our website to get the latest information on worship times, to see our calendar of events, to listen to the weekly sermons, or to view the activities and ministries of our church. Perhaps you came here because you are seeking a place of peace and hope amidst a broken and troubled world. We believe that our only true hope for the future comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whose life, death, and resurrection we have been reconciled to God. Regardless of why you are here, we invite you to be a part of our faith community, to worship with us, and to join in the fellowship that is First Lutheran.

When you decide to visit us on Sunday morning, this is what you will find: a congregation that is warm and welcoming an active and joyous congregation with a servant's heart.  We, the people of First Lutheran desire to live out the Gospel in our lives by helping those in need and spreading the Good News to all who need to hear.  We are a congregation that longs to welcome you into the family of Jesus Christ at First Lutheran Church.  Come and see!

Yours in the love of Christ, Reverend William Schwochow


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Worship Service


Sunday Worhip and Holy Communion 9:30 AM

 All baptized, are welcome and invited to the Lord's table

Holy Communion is the Sacrament of the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ

The true blood and body of Christ is present together with the bread and the wine.  (For those who desire, grape juice is available)

Quiet Activity Bags are available for the young members of the congregation


Look at Our Photos

Photo Gallery of our wonderful community, and get a glimpse of some of the many activities that take place at First Lutheran.


Meet First Evangelical Lutheran Church

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