First Lutheran Church in Decorah will hold December worship services in the Noble Recital Hall in the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther College campus.

Services will be held Sundays at 9 a.m., beginning this Sunday, Dec. 9. Parking should be readily available next to and near the building. Those looking to share rides should meet in the First Lutheran Church parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services also will be held in this location, with times announced at a later date.

“We are, first and foremost, a community of faith that gathers around God's Word and Christ's table for nourishment in our lives of faith. We are committed to sustaining our worship life while we face discernment about our church building. We are grateful for the ability to worship together, beginning this weekend,” said Pastor Melissa Bills, associate pastor at First Lutheran.

“We are grateful for the support of President Paula Carlson, the Cabinet and the Luther College community, and their welcome and hospitality,” said Bills. “The outpouring of support from the Decorah faith community and other organizations, along with the many individuals who have offered help and prayers has been affirming and restoring.”

First Lutheran announced this week it would be closing its sanctuary and fellowship hall after a scheduled facilities review revealed structural issues with the oldest parts of the building.

First Lutheran has canceled Wednesday Advent services, Saturday 5 p.m. services and youth and adult education programming for the month of December.

The education wing, which houses the church offices, remains open. The Decorah Food Pantry and Free Clinic ministries that are held at First Lutheran are continuing uninterrupted.

“We continue to thank our congregation and our community for their presence, prayers, and flexibility,” said Bills. “We look forward to gathering to sing songs of Advent hope and experiencing the love of God through our shared commitment to one another and our community of faith.”