In the mid 1960s, Senior Pastor James Homme asked parishioners to consider and deliberate the merits of a Foundation at First Lutheran. It was determined the Foundation would offer three significant advantages:
- it would serve as an investment and estate planning vehicle for saints who would prefer to further God’s work than to pay additional taxes.
- it would provide a mechanism for facilitating and wisely investing funds not intended to be spent immediately.
- it would provide an ability to better utilize the gifts in accordance with the wishes of the giver.
Initial fund-raising efforts for the Foundation had moderate success. The first substantial gift was from the Ellie Otteson estate in 1992 with the directions to use the gift for the care, comfort, and entertainment of the elderly. These funds provided the seed money for The Meadows, a 36-unit independent living facility for older adults, fully funds visitation pastor, and supports other initiatives to serve seniors.
After the merger of First Lutheran Church and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in 2015, the Foundation reflected the union by renaming First Lutheran Founation to Spirit Lutheran Foundation.