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FIRST Ministry Teams


"Jesus said to them, Follow me and I will make you fish for people."
Mark 1:17FIRST Lutheran VistaFirst Lutheran Vista
  • Promote Jesus FIRST by bringing the Gospel to all people outside the church and "Celebrating our diversity"
  • Celebrate FIRST as a warm, welcoming, Spirit Filled place to which we can invite our friends and their families!
  • Strengthen the families in our congregation and community by providing a safe environment for our children to grow and FIRST learn about God's love!
  • Inspire our whole congregation to be compassionate followers of Jesus Christ FIRST!
Mission Purpose Groups that Change Lives! Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life small groups
  • Noah's Ark Learning Center
  • Latino Outreach Mission Primera Iglesia Lutherana
  • Invisible Children
  • Advocacy


"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together."
Psalm 34:3FIRST Lutheran VistaFirst Lutheran Vista
  • Create a positive environment where everyone is welcome to worship.
  • Offer a variety of ways to come into the presence of God and to praise God through the preaching of the Word and administration of the Sacraments.
  • Invite all people to share their gifts of leadership, speaking, music, dance, drama, hospitality, and creative artistry.
  • Enhance the cross-cultural nature of worship by celebrating the diversity of our community.
  • Strive to live a crossed-shaped life of discipleship in our daily lives.
Worship Purpose Groups for "Celebrating our diversity"Worship
  • Worship and Celebration 9:00 AM, Bilingual Servicio 11:30AM and a variety of creative services
  • Celebration Choir, Chapel Bells, Praise Team, and Coro Latino
  • Altar Guild / Ushers / Greeters / Communion helpers / Readers
  • Dramas and Musicals
  • Special Music Events
  • Beach Services in Oceanside
  • Lent / Holy Week Worship Services
  • Noah's Ark Chapel Times


"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you."
Romans 15:7FIRST Lutheran Vista

FIRST Lutheran welcomes all people into our family of faith. Through God's love and grace, we work to assist and encourage each and every member in their hopes and support them in their hurts. We seek to build a trusting community that celebrates diversity and overcomes the barriers of language and culture that often divide people. We intend to always grow in our faith and teach our children to follow the model of Jesus in being accepting of all people.

Fellowship Purpose Groups to build trusting CommUNITY! Fellowship

  • After worship fellowship time for everyone to get together and socialize
  • Youth Groups that work on homes with Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Builds and Vistans ROC, feed the hungry and activities for children to build up Christian relationships with other youngsters
  • Lots of fun group activities for men, women and our families
  • Men's and Women's groups for study, activities and friendship
  • All Church Events


"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path."
Psalm 119:105First Lutheran Vista

Discipleship Purpose Groups for growing in grace!Decipleship

  • Sunday School and Escuela Dominical during both worship times
    Preschool - 5th grade children learn bible stories .
    Middle School and High School youth gather for "Table Talk"
  • Adult Small Groups
    Sunday School classes; Escuela Dominical; Estudio Biblia;Thursday Morning Bible Study; WELCA Women's Groups; Empty Nesters; other need-based-short term small groups
  • Keeping the Promise
    A monthly gathering of families growing in faith together as they reflect on Luther's Small Catechism
  • Confirmation Ministry
    An individually designed program for middle school youth and families
  • Vacation Bible Experience
    An exciting (and loud) summer week of learning fun!
  • Retreats, Camps and Conferences
    Programs for all ages
  • Young Adult Ministry
    A monthly gathering for Bible study, conversation and service projects
  • Library / Resource Center
    Materials in English and Spanish


"I tell you the truth, what ever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Matthew 25:31-40First Lutheran VistaFirst Lutheran Vista

  • Micah 6:8 - What does the Lord require of you
    Jesus chose to serve others. He held children in his arms, healed the sick, washed the disciples feet, and died for the sins of the world. As believers, we are called to serve others and to do justice in Christ's name.
  • Community Partnerships with MAAC Project Head Start, Interfaith Community Services, Foothill - Oak Elementary School, Vista Community Clinic, Operation HOPE, Thrivent Builds, and Hospice by-the-Sea
    We have forged a partnership with these agencies to work together with them and make a difference in people's lives that a congregation can not do alone.

    • MAAC Project Head Start - affordable childcare for low income families
    • Interfaith Community Services - helping people help themselves
    • Foothill - Oak Elementary School - neighborhood public school
    • Operation H.O.P.E - community health issues
    • Solutions for Change - community shelter program
    • Hospice by-the-Sea - local caring organization
    • Thrivent Builds - house building

Ministry Purpose Groups that really work!Ministry

  • Hearts and Hands
    • Craft projects
  • Prayer Ministry
    • Prayer Chain
    • Prayer Partners
    • Prayer Seminars
  • Social Concerns
    • Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds House Building
    • Food Cart
    • Christmas Baskets
    • Community Clinic Baby Shower
    • Interfaith Community Services
    • Vistans ROC (Revitalizing Our Community)
  • Caring Ministry
    • Support for homebound
    • Recovery groups
    • Card ministry


"There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit; there are many different ways of serving, but it is always the same Lord."
1 Corinthians 12:4-5First Lutheran Vista

We use the four basic concepts of Total Quality Management - continuous improvement, a focus on processes, measurement, and empowerment of people to work toward becoming a twenty-FIRST-century Total Quality Ministry.

Management Purpose Groups for Total Quality Ministry! Management

  • S.H.A.P.E.: to help people understand their
    piritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences and to grow in using their gifts: "The Right people in the Right places for the Right reasons"

  • Generous Giving: to demonstrate that stewardship is both faith in action and that tithing and gift giving is a weekly part of our worship experience and provides for the accomplishment of FIRST'S ministries and missions.

  • Building and Grounds: facility management, maintaining our grounds and building to support our growing congregation and ministries.

For further information, refer to our Ministry Teams Chart.
FIRST Lutheran Vista
First Lutheran Vista
1410 Foothill Dr., Vista, CA 92083