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Welcome to First Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church & Schools
Missouri Synod

If you're living in Las Vegas or just visiting, we would love to have you worship with us. We have three worship times to fit your schedule:


5:00 PM Saturday afternoon & 8:15 AM Sunday morning
11:00 AM Sunday morning - "211" blended service

Contact Pastor Toby at 523-6210 or Contact church office at 384-6106

Contact the school and preschool at 702-382-8610

Email: or Church office at

We are located at 301 South Maryland Parkway on the corner of Bridger & Maryland Parkway between Charleston & Fremont Streets. The physical address is 301 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas NV 89101. Our church phone is 702-384-6106. Our school and preschool phone is 702-382-8610.
Our fax is 702-384-2080.

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Who we are

When the city of Las Vegas was incorporated as county seat for Clark County, Nevada, in 1905, there were fewer than 800 residents in a county larger in land area than half a dozen states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Thirty years later in 1935, following the completion of Hoover Dam, the population had grown to just over 8,000, and the California-Nevada district of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod determined that the time was right to establish the preaching station which would become First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Why the funny name? The congregation was incorporated in 1940 as The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. When we added a school to our ministries in the 1950s, we officially shortened our name to First Good Shepherd, figuring that First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School was as long a moniker as most people would be able to handle.

Established as a mission start, First Good Shepherd has always understood that part of her mission is to start missions, so that now she is the happy mother of a large family of daughter congregations in Las Vegas, southern Nevada and western Arizona, as well as the home base for New Life Ministries
of Las Vegas.

God has blessed this downtown location with a congregation that is progressive in attitude but traditional in worship, conservative in theology yet entrepreneurial in spirit.


Connecting all people to Christ and one another.


We will love and nurture all people through service, study, witness, and worship.


1. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God; this we believe, teach, and confess.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21)

2. Our worship is liturgical, Christ-centered, and gives glory to God.
(Hebrews 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:26, 40)

3. Outreach is the responsibilty of every member.

4. All people matter to God, therefore they matter to FGSLC. (John 3:16)

5. Every baptized believer is a minister of God, equipped with talents and gifts to be used in the body of Christ - the Church. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

6. We value an environment that strengthens families, where Biblical values are taught, nurtured, and lived out in everyday life. (Acts 2:42-47)

7. We honor God through excellence in ministry. (1 Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:17, 23)

Order of Service

First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church uses the Lutheran Service Book and CPH Creative Worship for Divine Service Settings and hymns. An outline of the Traditional Order of Service for our Saturday 5:00 pm and Sunday 8:15 am is included below.

Order of Service-Eighteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, October 11-12, 2014

Selected Sermons

Pastor Toby Joeckel
Phone: 702-523-6210 ... Email:

"Defining the Relationship-DTR", John 17, Thirteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, Sept. 11, 2011

"Unity in Community", John 17, Fourteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, Sept. 18, 2011

"The Invitation of Celebration", or "If you're not coming to the Party, better bring a flashlight and mouth guard!", Matthew 22:1-14 with references to Philippians 4:4-13 and Isaiah 25:6-9, Seventeenth Sunday a. Pentecost, October 9, 2011

"The Story of David and Nathan", 2 Samuel 12:1-15, Nineteeth Sunday a. Pentecost, Oct. 23, 2011

"Blessed are the Poor in Spirit", Matthew 5:3, All Saints' Day, November 6, 2011

"QUESTION MARK", Matthew 25:31-46, Last Sunday in the Church Year, November 19-20, 2011

"Give Thanks All the Time", Psalm 100, Thanksgiving Day, 2011

"Stirred But Not Shaken", Mark 1:1-8, Second Sunday in Advent, December 3-4, 2011

"Identity", Matthew 1:1-17, Christmas Day, 2011

"What's In The Name", Luke 2:21, New Year's Day, 2012

"What will you do with the Body?", 1Corinthians 6:12-20, Second Sunday a. the Epiphany, Jan. 15, 2012

"God's Scandalous Love for the Sinner", 2Kings 5:1-14, Sixth Sunday a. the Epiphany, Feb. 12, 2012

"DTR - Defining the Relationship", Mark 8:27-38, Second Sunday of Lent, March 3-4, 2012

"Speaking Plainly", John 15:26-27, 16:4b-16, The Day of Pentecost, May 26-27, 2012

"Jesus! Savior! COME!", Genesis 3:8-15, Second Sunday a. Pentecost, June 10, 2012

"The Fear of Inadequacy", Mark 6:30-44, Eighth Sunday a. Pentecost, July 21-22, 2012

"The Bread of Life; It's About Relationship", Tenth Sunday a. Pentecost, August 4-5, 2012

"The Cleansing of a Heart", Fifteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, September 8-9, 2012

"A Marriage to Die For", Nineteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, October 6-7, 2012

"Who Do YouTrust?", Twenty-first Sunday a. Pentecost, October 20-21, 2012

"Birth Pangs", twenty-fifth Sunday a. Pentecost, Mark 13:1-13, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012, November 22, 2012

"Not Yet", First Sunday in Advent, December 1-2, 2012

"Silent Night, Holy Night"? Isaiah 9:4, Christmas Eve 2012

"Exposing the 'Me First' Mindset", Second Sunday a. the Epiphany, January 19-20-2013

"My God is a Reject", Third Sunday a. the Epiphany, Luke 4:16-30, January 26-27, 2013

"Unlimited Access", Lent Three, February 27, 2013

"Two Reasons Why You Should Participate in the Great Commission" Fourth Sunday in Lent,
March 10, 2013

"Unlimited Access", Lent 3, March 6, 2013

Third Sunday of Easter, April 14, 2013, John 21:1-19

"Get Up!", The Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 5, 2013

"A Mother's Love", The Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2013

"Words for the Heart", Pentecost, Confirmation, May 19, 2013

"Who Do You Trust?", Second Sunday a. Pentecost, June 2, 2013

Number one of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; "introduction and greeting", verses 1-5, June 23, 2013

Number two of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; Chapter 1:6-9, June 30, 2013

Number three of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; Chapter 1:10-12, July 7, 2013

Number four of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chapter 1:13-24

Number five of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chapter 2:1-10, 8/25/13

Number six of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chapter 2:11-14

Number seven of a series of exposititory sermons on the book of Galatians; chap. 2:15-21 "Understanding Grace".

Number eight of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; Chap. 3:1-14, "Who Do You Trust", Eighteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, September 21-22, 2013

Number Nine of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; Chap. 3:15-29, "A Promise Is A Promise!", Nineteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, September 28-29, 2013

Number Ten of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chap. 4:1-7, "From Children to

Heirs", Twenty-first Sunday a. Pentecost, October 13, 2013

Number eleven of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chap. 4:8-20, "Religious Bondage", Twenty-second Sunday a. Pentecost, October 20, 2013

Number twelve of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; chap. 4:21-31, :Slave or Free", Reformation Sunday, October 27, 2013

Number thirteen of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians; Chap. 5:1-15: Paul's Battle Cry of Freedom, 25th Sunday a. Pentecost, November 10, 2013

Number fourteen of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians: Chapter 5:16-26: Finding Joy in a World of Trouble, Last Sunday of the Church Year, November 24, 2013

"Thanksgiving" Thanksgiving Eve, November 27, 2013

Number Fifteenth of a series of expository sermons on the book of Galatians 6:1-10, "Bearing one another's burdens", First Sunday in Advent, December 1, 2013

"Scars", Second Sunday in Advent, December 8, 2013

"A Christmas sermon based on hymns", Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22nd, 2013

"Adopted in Love", Second Sunday after Christmas, January 5, 2014

"Baptism, an Epiphany", Matthew 3:13-17, The Baptism of Our Lord, January 12, 2014

"Fear & Mercy for generations" Luke 1:50, Life Sunday, The Third Sunday a. the Epiphany

"Where is God?", Luke 2:22-32, The Presentation of Our Lord, February 1/2, 2014

"Christ in You", Matthew 5:13-20, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 9, 2014

"Transfiguration Sunday", Matthew 17:1-9, The Transfiguration of our Lord, March 2. 2014

"What Faith Is and What Faith Is Not", John 3:1-17, Second Sunday in Lent, March16, 201

"The Problem with Humility", John 4:5-26, Third Sunday in Lent, March 23, 2014

"Hope", Ezekiel 37:1-10, Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 6, 2014

"A Resurrection Treasure, the Grace of God", Easter Sunday, 2014

"You're Never Alone On the Emmaus Road", Third Sunday of Easter, May 3-4, 2014

"Living Generously", Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 10-11, 2014

"Deciding What to Decide", Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 17-18, 2014

"Thirsty For What?", Day of Pentecost, June 7-8, 2014

"Love Takes a Detour", The Holy Trinity, June 14-15, 2014

"It's the Small Stuff!", Third Sunday a. Pentecost, June 28-29, 2014

"Christianity in it's simplest form", Fifth Sunday a. Pentecost, July 12-13, 2014

"Building a Good Foundation", Sixth Sunday a. Pentecost, July 19-20, 2014

"The Net Church", Seventh Sunday a. Pentecost, July 26-27, 2014

"The Power of a Meal", Eighth Sunday a. Pentecost, August 2-3, 2014

"I'll Take the Crumbs", Tenth Sunday a. Pentecost, Matthew 15:21-28, August 16-17, 2014

"The Three Great Ism's, Christianity's Greatest Competition", Twelfth Sunday a. Pentecost, August 30-31, 2014

"Worlds in Collision," Fourteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, Sept. 14, 2014

"Worlds in Collision II," Sixteenth Sunday a. Pentecost, Sept. 28, 2014

Our regular Service times are Saturday 5pm, and Sunday Morning at 8:15am & 11am.

Sunday School & Bible Class for all ages 9:45am Sunday
Wednesday Morning adult Bible Study 10:30am


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