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Thanks again for checking us out through our website. Joining us for a worship service would be a great way for us to get to know each other better. 


Gathering Plans:


Regular Sunday Schedule (changes effective Sunday, February 14).


9:00am-Simplified Worship Service 

If you are currently more comfortable in a smaller gathering, this service averages about 20 people. There will not be singing. We ask that everyone wear a mask at this service and the sanctuary is set up for social distancing. 


9:00am-Sunday School for preschool-12th grade

Masks welcome, but not required. We will social distance in classes.


10:15am- Worship Service 

During this service, we will sing. You are welcome to wear a mask,

but they are not required.

Our sanctuary is set up with 6 feet between rows of chairs, but as the number of people at this service continues to increase, social distancing within the rows may not always be possible. 


For Both Worship Services:

Symptoms? Exposed? Please stay home and join us via the livestream. Thank you!


Online

Our worship service will be livestreamed at 10:15am every Sunday. Click here to be taken to our YouTube channel to watch the service online.

What to expect

We Sing

We usually begin with a welcome and some music.  Our singing is led by a worship team but it is not a performance.  It’s just a time for us to fix our eyes and hearts on God together.  We use songs that were written last year and songs that were written 400 years ago.  If you know them, you can sing with us.  The words will be projected on a screen.  If you’d rather just listen, you can do that, too.  

We Pray
We will likely pray a few times during our worship service.  Prayer is an incredible privilege and we look forward to opportunities to pray together.  Sometimes a worship leader will pray and sometimes our pastor will pray and sometimes you’ll have an opportunity to pray silently in your seat.  

We Give

Part of our worship includes giving our money to be used for the spread of the gospel in Iowa Falls and beyond.  If you’re just visiting, don’t feel compelled to give.  

We Hear

God’s Word is central to our time together.  If you have a Bible, bring it with you.  If not, ask one of our leaders and we’ll get one for you. The words are usually projected on the screen as well.  We usually stand together as the Bible is read.  Sermons are "expository" which simply means that they are rooted deep in the Word so that the point of the Scripture text is the point of the message.  Expect to be encouraged, challenged, and transformed by God’s Word.  Click here to listen to a sermon.  

We Remember
Usually on the first Sunday of each month, we remember the death of Jesus by taking communion together.  All who have repented of their sin and trusted in Christ alone for salvation are invited to join us.  You don’t have to be a member of Iowa Falls Evangelical Free Church to participate.  We also occasionally have the privilege of witnessing the life-transforming power of the gospel as people publicly profess their faith in Jesus through baptism.  

What we believe

As a church, we desire to be molded by God's Word and motivated by God's glory as we make disciples throughout God's world.

Our official doctrinal statement can be found by clicking here.


Nuestra declaración doctrinal oficial puede encontrarse hacienda clic aquí.


Read a brief history of our church by clicking here. 


Molded by God's Word


Because God’s Word is inspired, authoritative, and inerrant, we desire to be a people rooted and grounded in the Word of God.  God’s Word is living and active and we trust that the Holy Spirit, working through God's Word, will accomplish God’s will for our church.  Therefore, the Bible will be the foundation of our preaching, our singing, our praying, our discipleship, our mission, and our fellowship.

 

Motivated by God's Glory


God is full of glory and we desire to be a church who delights in the glory of God.  The glory of God will be our motivation for everything we do in life.  We see the glory of God most clearly in the gospel of Jesus Christ and we will therefore center our lives on the gospel.


Making Disciples throughout God's World


Because God deserves the worship of all people, we desire to be a church that knows Jesus and makes Him known.  We want to see the gospel transform us deeply and spread widely.  Because He first loved us we want to grow in our love for one another, serve one another in the name of Jesus, and proclaim the good news often.  

the gospel

If you are around our church for long, you’ll probably hear the word gospel used a lot.  It simply means good news.  So what is the good news?  It begins with the holy God creating humans in His image and creating all things for His glory.  Yet due to our  rebellion and disobedience, all of creation is cursed and we actually prefer the temporary pleasures of sin over the eternal pleasures of God!  As a result we stand condemned before our holy God. 

But because of His great love and mercy, God prepares a way for spiritually dead, broken image-bearers to be made alive.  God sends His eternal Son, Jesus, to live the obedient life we failed to live and to suffer on the cross the punishment that we deserved to suffer.  Three days after His death, Jesus was resurrected, breaking the power of sin and death.  He promises to return to be the final Judge and to set up His eternal Kingdom.  


Our eternity depends on how we respond to this good news.  


Click here to look at the choice we all face.  


Our hope is that, by God’s grace you will repent of your sin and put your faith in Christ alone.  He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  

Our Leaders and staff


  • Our Lead Pastor

    My name is Jeremy Nelson and I began serving as the pastor of IFEFC in January of 2013.  I grew up in MN in a loving, Christian family.  At the age of 19, God rescued me from a life of self-glorification and gave me a new heart as I repented of my sin and trusted in Jesus.  Aside from my salvation, God's greatest gift to me is my wife, Kirstin.  I've had the privilege of being her husband since 2001 and God has blessed our marriage with 3 incredible children (Annika, Isaiah, and Mariah). This isn't my first time in Iowa as I graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with a degree in sociology and secondary education.  But following God’s call to pastoral ministry, we moved back to Minnesota so I could attend seminary at Bethel University where I received my Master of Divinity.  Prior to coming to Iowa Falls, I served as a youth pastor for seven and a half years in South Dakota.  I am passionate about God’s glory and am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to love, lead, and serve the people here as we together fix our eyes on Jesus.  I would love to get together with you for a cup of coffee (if you don't drink coffee, I'll just have to drink my cup and your cup!).  

    Click here to find my contact info.

  • Our (soon-to-be) Associate Pastor

    We are excited to introduce our new associate pastor, Nick Dykema! Pastor Nick is currently finishing school and will begin working in his new role at IFEFC on July 1, 2021. Pastor Nick and his wife, Jen, look forward to meeting those in our community soon! We praise God for His provision in filling this role.

  • Our Elders

    Our elders serve the church by providing spiritual oversight of the whole church family.  You can contact Mark Guy, the chairman of the elders, via email or by phone at 641.521.5924.

  • Our Deacons

    While many in our church family serve us in many ways, we have two teams of servants who give extra time and attention to take care of many details to “keep things running.”  The deacons are one of those two teams. The co-chairmen of the deacons for 2021 are Steve Campbell (641.373.6066) and Bret Roeske (641.373.1267). 

  • Our Deaconesses

    The second team of servants who gives extra time and attention to take care of many details to “keep things running” are the deaconesses. The chairwoman of the deaconesses for 2021 is Mary Vieth (641.640.4524).

  • Our Secretary

    Kirstin Nelson has been in the church office since the summer of 2019 serving as our church secretary. And yes, if you noticed the last name, she is married to Jeremy! You'll find Kirstin in the office Monday-Thursday of each week from 8:30-noon. If you have questions about ministries or need assistance with something, she'd love to help. You can contact Kirstin at office@ifefree.org or by calling 641.648.3305.

  • Our Custodians

    Our custodians, Chad and Rachel Fincham, started in this role in February 2021. Besides the hours they spend cleaning the church building, Chad and Rachel currently keep busy with a variety of other jobs and raising their 3 young boys. We are thankful for their work keeping the church building clean!

  • Our Assistant Custodian

    Devi Brekke serves our church body as an assistant custodian and comes in on Monday mornings to tidy up the church building after the weekend. You will rarely find Devi without a smile on her face and her joy is contagious!