Sunday Worship: 8:00am | 9:30am Education Hour | 10:45am
Ash Wednesday Service - February 26th – 6:00 p.m. Divine Worship with Communion & Ashes. Meal to follow.

Welcome! First English Lutheran Church, Spencer, Iowa

On behalf of our congregation, we welcome you to our website and are glad that you have found us! Here are at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa, we have three missions — congregational worship and life; First English Christian Preschool; and Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School grades K-6. Our vision for ministry is found in our mission statement: "Three Missions — One Goal: to reach out, transform, and educate disciples for Christ."

It is our mission, as God's family, to be people of Christ, who share the love of Christ. We do that through both word and deed. This site will help you to understand how we as a congregation are striving to live out this mission. We are hoping, that perhaps, you might join us as "the people of Christ sharing the love of Christ."

The Lord has placed us here to bring people to salvation in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the faithful preaching and teaching of God's holy Word, and through the proper administration of the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We are here that the Holy Spirit might accomplish His life-saving work among us by creating faith in the hearts of unbelievers and strengthening faith in the hearts of our members.

As Christians, the Lord has called us to share His love: first, to the members of our congregation, then to the members of our community here in Spencer, Iowa, and then to the world abroad through mission support (see Acts 1:8). God has called us (His holy Church) to share the love of Christ in both word and deed.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact me about our congregation, or either of our schools. I would love to answer any questions you might have about the Christian faith. Please don’t hesitate to call or write.

May God bless and keep you,
Pastor Paul Kaldahl

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It’s what we believe. Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

Grace alone

God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith alone

By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture alone

The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

Keeping you informed and up-to-date. Announcements & Events


  • Lenten Services

    Ash Wednesday –February 26th – 6:00 p.m. Divine Worship with Communion & Ashes.
    Meal to follow by Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School -...

  • Ladies Bible Study Resumes

    Ladies Bible Class Resumes Tuesday – March 3rd  at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room at Grand Ave. Comm. Outreach. We are continuing the...

  • IGLLS Trivia Night

    Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School Trivia Night - February 28th from 7-9 pm in the school gym. Think you know a bunch of useless information?...


    WELCOME GREETERS / AMBASSADORS NEEDED FOR PRESCHOOL CELEBRATION SUNDAY, MARCH 8th – We are looking for people to act as hosts for those...

  • VBS 2020 - June 15-19

    Save the date! Our Vacation Bible School is planned for M-F June 15-19. Parents, please put these dates on your summer calendars.  If you are...

  • Thrivent Choice Update

    Thrivent Choice Update - Thrivent Choice dollars for 2019 will be expiring soon! If you are a Thrivent member, you may be eligible to participate and...

  • On-line Giving is Now Available

    First English is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring...

Event Highlights

  • Wednesday Feb 26 2020
    Ash Wednesday
    6:00 PM - Ash Wednesday Service
    7:00 PM - Lenten Meal
    7:00 PM - LYF
  • Thursday Feb 27 2020
    9:45 AM - Preschool Chapel
  • Friday Feb 28 2020
    Pastor's Day Off
    7:00 PM - IGLLS Trivia Night
  • Saturday Feb 29 2020
    Bonnie's Day Off
    9:00 AM - COFFEE Bible Study
    10:00 AM - Bridal Shower-Katie Kladstrup
  • Sunday Mar 1 2020
    1st Sunday of Lent
    8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service with Communion
    9:00 AM - Fellowship
    9:15 AM - Childcare
    9:30 AM - Sunday School & Bible Class
    10:45 AM - Blended Worship with Communion
    2:00 PM - St. Luke Annual Meeting
    4:45 PM - Longhouse / Northshire Services
  • Monday Mar 2 2020
    1:00 PM - Quilt Tying
    1:30 PM - Guild Topic
    6:00 PM - Preschool Board
  • Tuesday Mar 3 2020
    7:00 AM - Spirit Lifter's Bible Study
    8:05 AM - Preschool Staff Devotions
    9:45 AM - Ladies' Bible Study
  • Wednesday Mar 4 2020
    No Pre-K Class in Afternoon
    6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
    8:30 AM - Finance Board Meets
    8:45 AM - IGLLS Chapel
    3:45 PM - G.I.F.T.
    6:00 PM - Lenten Service
Three Missions - One Goal Building God’s Kingdom Today
The biblical mission of every Christain church on earth is to preach and teach, law and gospel, in such a way that sinners will repent and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin and from eternal death.  We do that by supporting the three missions.  All three of these mission ministries are located on our campus: First English Lutheran Church, Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School grades K-6, and First English Christian Preschool.  Indeed, our three ministries have one goal: to preach salvation through Christ Jesus our Lord.  And all three missions fall under one mission statement, "Three Missions — One Goal: to reach out, transform and educate disciples for Christ."
FELC Christian Education
Our VISION STATEMENT is: Three Missions (FELC, IGLLS, and First English Christian Preschool) One Goal: to reach out, transform and educate...
First English Christian Preschool

Let the little children come to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14

First English Christian...

Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School
We invite you to consider Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran School (K-6) as your school of choice.  Our classrooms, gym, and stage are located in the...