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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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


  • Omelet Breakfast Fundraiser
    Fundraising Omelet Breakfast – Sunday, March 24 for First English Christian Preschool, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. We are raising funds for next year...
  • Preschool Celebration Sunday
    Join us as we kickoff the 40th Year Celebration for First English Christian Preschool
    Sunday, March 24, 2019       ...
  • Young at Heart
    Band Soloists At Young At Heart! YaH senior fellowship will meet for their monthly potluck and Bible study on Monday, March 25th, at 11:30. IGLLS 6th...
  • Lenten Schedule
    Lenten Services

    Mid Lent III— Wednesday, March 20th —6:00 p.m. Meal to follow by the LYF and Board of Youth – Ham, Potatoes, Lettuce...

  • LWML Spring Rally

    We will share rides to an exciting Rally at Immanuel Lutheran at Terril on Saturday morning April 6th. Leaving the church parking lot at 9 AM we will...

  • Missionaries at FELC
    We are excited to announce that Missionaries Craig & Christi Gabhart will be at First English on Palm Sunday, April 14th. Please join us that...
  • Palm Sunday / Unity Sunday
    Palm Sunday / Unity Sunday
    April 14, 2019
    8:30 Fellowship
    9:00 Haiti Mission Presentation
    by Craig & Christi Gabhart
    9:00 Sunday School
    10:00 a.m....

  • Good Friday Prayer Vigil
    God tells us to bring all things to Him in prayer. We would hope that you would consider taking a few minutes or, as much time you would like, to...
  • Holy Week & Easter Sunday

    Maundy Thursday, April 18th - 7:30 p.m. Divine Worship with Communiion
    Good Friday, April 19th
    - Prayer Vigil 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    - 7:30 p.m....

  • Coffee with the Savior

    New C.O.F.F.E.E. Bible study for women has just begun! We meet at Terrazzo Coffee House (Grand Ave.) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays. Our study is...

Event Highlights

  • Sunday Mar 24 2019
    Preschool Celebration Sunday
    8:00 AM - Traditional Worship Service
    9:00 AM - Omelet Breakfast-Preschool Fundraiser
    9:00 AM - Fellowship
    9:15 AM - Childcare
    9:30 AM - Sunday School & Pastor's Bible Class
    10:45 AM - Preschool Celebration Service
  • Monday Mar 25 2019
    11:30 AM - Young at Heart
    6:30 PM - IGLLS Auction Committee Meeting
  • Tuesday Mar 26 2019
    7:00 AM - Spirit Lifter's Bible Study
    9:30 AM - Ladies Bible Study
  • Wednesday Mar 27 2019
    6:30 AM - Men's Bible Study
    8:30 AM - Finance Board Meets
    8:45 AM - IGLLS Chapel
    9:45 AM - Preschool Chapel
    3:45 PM - G.I.F.T. Grades 1-6
    6:00 PM - Lenten Worship Service
    6:30 PM - Lenten Meal
    7:00 PM - LYF
    7:00 PM - Choir Rehearsal
    7:15 PM - Confirmation Class
  • Thursday Mar 28 2019
    Bonnie Vacation
    9:45 AM - Preschool Chapel
  • Friday Mar 29 2019
    Pastor's Day Off
  • Saturday Mar 30 2019
    9:00 AM - Coffee with Jesus Bible Study
    10:00 AM - Dixie Rigby Visitation & Funeral
  • Sunday Mar 31 2019
    8:00 AM - Divine Worship Service
    9:00 AM - Fellowship
    9:15 AM - Childcare
    9:30 AM - Sunday School & Pastor's Bible Class
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...