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

December 10, 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


  • Children's Christmas Program
    Please join us as our students tell the story of Jesus’ birth through song and scripture. The FELC Christmas program, “Love Came...
  • Mid Advent III - Service & Meal
    Dec. 20th Mid-Advent III – Service at 6:00 p.m.Meal to Follow served by G.I.F.T. - maid rites, baked beans and
  • Special Service Times
    Advent I, Dec. 6  6:00 pm  – Orphan Grain Train Advent II, Dec. 13  6:00 pm - Children’s Christmas Program – Iowa...
  • RMD to ILSTO
    RMD TO ILSTO: Tired of taxes on your Required Minimum Distribution? If you have an RMD on your own account or an inherited account and you do...
  • 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...
  • 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 Dec 10 2023
    7:00 PM - LYF
  • Monday Dec 11 2023
    No School-IGLLS / Preschool
  • Tuesday Dec 12 2023
    5:30 PM - M. Brown Fellowship Hall
    6:00 PM - Board of Ed
    7:00 PM - Trustees Board Meeting
    8:00 PM - Sunday's Service Broadcast
  • Wednesday Dec 13 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
    10:00 AM - Ladies Bible Study
    11:30 AM - Preschool Staff Meeting - Library
    2:00 PM - Sunday's Service Broadcast
    4:00 PM - GIFT - Midweek
    6:00 PM - The children's Christmas program
    6:30 PM - Advent Meal
    7:15 PM - Confirmation Class
  • Thursday Dec 14 2023
    7:00 AM - Spirit Lifters at S. Crew's Home
    9:45 AM - Preschool Chapel
    10:30 AM - PS Tu/Th 3-yr-olds Christmas Program
    7:00 PM - Elders Board Meeting
  • Friday Dec 15 2023
    Pastor's Day Off
    M-W 3's Make-up Day
    10:30 AM - PS M-W 3-yr-olds Christmas Program
  • Sunday Dec 17 2023
    8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service with Communion
    9:00 AM - Fellowship - Coffee & Donuts
    9:00 AM - Childcare Available
    9:30 AM - Sunday School
    9:30 AM - Adult Bible Class
    10:45 AM - Divine Worship w/ Communion
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...