Sunday Worship: 8:00am | 9:30am Education Hour | 10:45am

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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Live Stream Worship & Bible Study

September 24, 2023

Sunday morning worship is live streamed on YouTube at 8:00am. Pastors adult Bible study will be live streamed on Facebook at 9:40am.

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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


  • GIFT Kickoff & Parent Meeting
    G.I.F.T. Begins September 27th at 5:30 p.m. The first meeting will be a shortened schedule. We will meet with kids and parents at 5:30. The...
  • GIFT & Sunday School Registration
    Parents of 3 yr. olds to 6th Grade: You can sign your kids up for Sunday School and G.I.F.T. this year with an online form at...
  • Annual Preschool Fundraiser
    The First English Christian Preschool is again selling Butter Braid Pastries, frozen pizzas, cookie dough and an assortment of other food and gift...
  • Fall Bible Studies
    Please join us on Sun. October 1st for Bible study hour at 9:30 as we kick off our fall adult Bible studies with Bible Trivia. Join this fun...
  • Save The Date
    The IGLLS Annual Auction will be held Saturday, November 11. You won't want to miss
  • Word of Hope Hotline
    Lutherans For Life offers help, healing, and forgiveness for anyone who bears the burden of overwhelming guilt through our 24-hour Word of...
    Iowa Lutheran School Tuition Organization (ILSTO) - Please help ILSTO be fully funded for 2023! For the 2023 tax year, the legislature has allocated...
  • Christian Estate Planning
    Have you written a will or a trust?  You may contact our congregation’s Christian Estate Planning Counselor Jim Schroeder. Jim can help...
  • Live Streaming Sunday Worship Services
    Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. services, and Pastor Kaldahl's Bible Class at 9:30 a.m. will be Livestreamed. Find the link on our church website halfway...

Event Highlights

  • Sunday Sep 24 2023
    8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service
    9:00 AM - Fellowship - Coffee & Donuts
    9:15 AM - Childcare Available
    9:30 AM - Sunday School
    9:30 AM - Adult Bible Class
    10:45 AM - Divine Worship
    6:00 PM - LYF fall kickoff activity and meal
  • Monday Sep 25 2023
    IDW Pastors' Conference-Urbandale
    6:30 PM - Bible Study-Fellowship Hall
  • Tuesday Sep 26 2023
    8:00 PM - Sunday's Service Broadcast
  • Wednesday Sep 27 2023
    6:30 AM - Men’s Bible Study – Library
    8:20 AM - IGLLS Chapel
    8:30 AM - Finance Board Meets
    9:45 AM - Preschool chapel
    2:00 PM - Sunday's Service Broadcast
    5:30 PM - GIFT Opening Night/Parent Meeting
    7:15 PM - Confirmation Class
  • Thursday Sep 28 2023
    7:00 AM - Spirit Lifters at S. Crew's Home
    9:45 AM - Preschool chapel
  • Friday Sep 29 2023
    Pastor's Day Off
  • Saturday Sep 30 2023
    10:30 AM - Hope Haven Group
  • Sunday Oct 1 2023
    8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service with Communion
    9:00 AM - Fellowship - Coffee & Donuts
    9:03 AM - Bible Trivia small group Bible study kickoff
    9:15 AM - Childcare Available
    9:30 AM - Sunday School
    10:45 AM - Divine Worship with Communion
    7:00 PM - LYF
  • Monday Oct 2 2023
    1:30 PM - Guild Topic
    6:00 PM - Preschool Board
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...