Elk Horn Lutheran Church
Know Jesus. Serve God. Spread the Gospel.
About Us

Elk Horn Lutheran church is a congregation of the Lutheran Churches in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

Our fundamental Christian mission is to bring the Gospel to ALL people, within and outside of the church.

"For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to His purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth." -Ephesians 1:9-10

This is accomplished through preaching, teaching, the administration of the sacraments, and by encouraging our members to be living examples of Christ's grace.

Our congregation accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired and revealed Word of God, and all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of the year 1580, as the correct presentation and true exposition of Christian Doctrine drawn from the Holy Scriptures. 

  • The Three Ecumenical Creeds: the Apostolic, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
  • The Unaltered Augsburg Confession
  • The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
  • The Smalcald Articles
  • Luther's Large Catechism
  • Luther's Small Catechism
  • The Formula of Concord

 

Church Timeline:

1875
Founded on April 25 as Denish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation

1876
First Pstor called - O.L. Kirkeberg.  Cemetery started. First communion, baptism, marriage, burial

1878
Danish Folk High School begun

1882
Church building constructed and dedicated

1890
Elim Children's Home founded. First Sunday School classes held


1891
First organ purchased

1914
Parsonage built

1918
English church services required by the state

1920
Elk Horn College closed

1926
Voting rights given to women and confirmants

1932
Salem Old People's Home founded by Rev. Anders Hansen

1948
First non-immigrant pastor Clarence Jensen.  Last regularly scheduled Danish service.  Salem Nursing Hom begun

1950
New church dedicated

1955
Parkijuli Church of Bbutan dedicated

1961
Elim Children's Home closed

1962
Salem Retirement Home built (Old Fold School building torn down)

1963
Educational wing added to the church

1974
New parsonage built.  Pipe Organ Purchased

1975
Church centennial

1975
Lutheran Book of Worship adopted

1988
Elk Horn Joins the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

1991
Contemporary service added

1994
Elevator installed

1996
Baldwin Grand piano purchased.  Sunday School classes began sponsorship of Andik Putro Sektiona, 6 yr. old boy from  Indonesia

1998
Called Associate in Ministry, Celeste Waymire

2000
125th Anniversary celebrated

2001
Became a founding member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ


2005
Called Rev. Keith Menter as Pastor

2007

Program to help families in need over Thanksgiving and Christmas implemented

2009
Joined Food for the Poor. "Person in Need" fund started to help the local needy

2010
Elk Horn-Exira Food Pantry was established. Scaled up contributions to Open Door Mission


          
712-764-5678
4313 Main St., Elk Horn, Iowa, 51531, United States
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