About First Lutheran
   Rooted in the Bible and looking to Christ, we at First Lutheran seek to follow God’s call in this world in conversation with the ancient liturgy and historical confessions of the Church. Gathered as the Body of Christ, we worship God, serve our neighbors, enjoy community fellowship, and deepen faith through education. We understand that doubt and wrestling are part of the journey of faith, and seek to make safe space where life and faith can be honestly engaged.

   We are connected with the wider Church as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Links that might be found helpful:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America:


Montana Synod, ELCA:


Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp:


Immanuel Lutheran Communities:


Enter the Bible:


D365 Devotions:


To learn more about Our Savior's Lutheran Church, our sister congregation in Thompson Falls, MT, go to


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The Prayer Shawl Ministry at First Lutheran

"Shawls ... made for centuries universal and embracing, symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving, God. They wrap, enfold, comfort, cover, give solace, mother, hug, shelter, and beautify. Those who have received these shawls have been uplifted and affirmed as if given wings to fly above their troubles..." Janet Severi Bristow, 1998 (Copyright ©2016)

    Prayer shawls are knit, crocheted, or woven by members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team, with prayers woven into them as they are created. Prayer shawls can be given to new members or someone undergoing medical procedures; at the death of a loved one or for comfort in times of stress - the possibilities are endless.  If you are in need of prayer shawl, or know someone who is, please feel free to pick one up from the church narthex. 


About Pastor Carol
   Pastor Carol Seilhymer is the pastor for the two-point parish of First Lutheran Church in Plains, MT, and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Thompson Falls, MT. This is her first call since graduating in May 2016 from Luther Seminary with a Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family (CYF)! She and her husband Steve are excited about the new call in Carol’s life and their journey to Montana together.

   Carol is a “second career” person with previous callings in customer service, hotel management, and commercial lines insurance. A common thread among all her careers is her connection with people, and even now when Carol is not studying or working, you will usually find her around people. She loves to talk and listen to the stories of how Christ meets us in our lives, encouraging all of us to make a difference. Not one to be idle, Carol can also be found hanging out with friends—shopping, singing, dancing, knitting prayer shawls, or meeting new people.

   She grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, WI, one of five children. She has been married to Steve for over 30 years, and they most recently resided in Woodbury, MN, with their cat, Aleksei. The states of Connecticut and Washington were home for them before settling in Minnesota. Steve has taken early retirement from Xcel Energy in Red Wing, MN, and is a committed partner and supporter of Carol’s calling into ministry.

Please check out Pr. Carol's personal website: http://carolseilhymer.weebly.com