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Pastoral Care

If you wish to speak with a pastor you are invited to contact the church office or contact the pastor directly via email. We continue to pray for each member and their families.


Pastoral care happens throughout our lives. You may have a need such as requesting a visit while in the hospital, care center, school, at home or at work. For specific needs including baptisms, Holy Communion, weddings, and funerals, it is best to contact the church office to schedule a conversation with one of our pastors. See information below.

Matthew 22:36-40 The Message (MSG)

34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?” 37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

Please note: Because of hospital privacy laws and guidelines, pastors are not notified when members of the congregation are admitted. A patient may request a nurse, social worker or call the office directly to reach a pastor to schedule a conversation with one of the pastors. 

Emergency Health and Well-Being, please dial 911 or 988.

Immediate pastoral assistance

For immediate assistance, please call the church office or pastor.

  • Office: (319) 665-2200

  • Pastor Tim: (319) 743-8483

funerals & Celebrations of life


We will walk alongside you during this difficult time of grief. We will help you plan and implement a funeral service for your loved one and celebrate the promise of God’s gift of mercy and grace. Please contact the church office or one of the pastors for immediate assistance.

Crisis or life Transition

Life transitions and crises are never easy to go through. We are here to support you through trying times in any way we can. Please reach out if you need prayer or guidance. Fill out our prayer request form or email Pastor Tim at

End of life care

Visitation and education are available for those with terminal illness and their families. Email Pastor Tim at

hospital visits

Unfortunately, hospitals no longer automatically notify congregations when their members are admitted, unless requested. If you are in the hospital or have an upcoming surgery, please let us know and we will gladly respond. Contact the church office to notify us at (319) 665-2200 or

senior care facility visits

Unfortunately, senior care facilities no longer notify congregations when their members are admitted, unless requested. Please contact the church office to notify us at (319) 665-2200 or

Small group conversations

You may benefit best by connecting with a friend who will offer a compassion ear as is found in a small group or simply between caring participants within the community. We offer a variety of small groups for all ages. Please go to our Ministry Page for more information.


Jesus commands his followers to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19). This passage from the Gospel of Matthew 28:19 compels each of us to take up the invitation to be baptized and to desire this gift to our entire household and to our neighbors. We are not to force the washing clean of our sins but to welcome this personal yet public act of forgiveness and mercy.  

We are baptized not as a final test or finish line but instead as our faith is growing. Our practice is to baptize infants not because they understand God’s gift of grace but so that they will live into a faith-filled life with sisters and brothers in Christ.

Holy communion

The sacraments are commanded by Jesus, shared through earthly elements (water, bread and wine) and participation in the sacraments draw us closer to a relationship with God. 

Affirmation of faith or Confirmation

Students in 7th grade and 8th grade gather weekly (usually on Wednesday evenings) throughout the school year for worship, teaching, and conversation! In large group/small group we tackle many topics and practices of being Lutheran as we prepare students to take on the responsibility of what it means to grow in our faith.

Currently we have over 30 students with 10 small group leaders. Our Confirmation ministry is vibrant! We teach using a variety of techniques to reach students where they are at! In our world - we believe every student is gifted by God! We have a unique focus on building a personal relationship with God and with others while stirring our hearts to respond with love! We rotate our two-year program with 7-8th grade students learning all together.

Lutheran Year

  • Teachings of Dr and Pastor Martin Luther

  • Lutheran History and the ELCA

  • Sacraments, Creeds and Commandments


Year of the Bible

  • General Bible overview so everyone has their own Bible and knows how to find things in it.

  • Specific study from the Hebrew Texts (Old Testament) and the Greek Text (New Testament)

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