Many people ask “What does the name Elim mean?” It is mentioned in Exodus 15 as an oasis that the people of Israel found in the desert of Sinai. The founding families of Elim in the 19th century were Norwegian immigrants to Marshalltown and found the church an oasis for them in a new and strange land.
Now, in the 21st century, we at Elim strive to make this congregation an oasis of refreshment for anyone and everyone who comes to us, through our worship, education and fellowship but also for our community in a variety of social ministries. We invite you to come, be refreshed, nourished for your spiritual journey and in turn, join us in helping others to receive that same aid and comfort.



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Sunday Morning Radio Ministry broadcast from 11:05 AM until noon. Tune into KFJB 1230AM 
For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face. — Psalm 11:7











            ABOUT OUR CHURCH

2023 Holiday Concert

     This year Elim hosted the 2023 Holiday Concert. Below is a little bit about the musicians. We hope you enjoy!
     The organist is Hudson Lourenço-Feld, a Brazilian native of São Paulo. He completed his bachelor’s degree in organ performance at The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In 2019, he earned a master’s degree in organ performance at The University of Iowa and moved to Marshalltown. As a professional organist, Hudson serves the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Waterloo and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Cedar Falls. In Marshalltown, he plays for Trinity Lutheran Church. Hudson is also the Resident Artist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he plays solo concerts along with mixed ensembles featuring guest artists from the community.
     The pianist is Josh Grimes of Marshalltown. Josh has been playing some type of keyboard since the age of three. He is quite proficient on piano, organ and the accordion. His talents are now regularly displayed with his musical family (The Seymours) who are a popular gospel music group in this area. Josh also plays regularly at Elim Lutheran Church and for special occasions.
     Handbell players from several Marshalltown churches have come together to create a ‘community’ handbell choir for this concert. Those participating are Todd Metge from Trinity Lutheran; Vickie Unferth from First Presbyterian; Cathy Underwood and Pat Kirner from St Francis Parish/St Henry’s Church; Krystal Randall, Gary Heggen, Lynn Maas and Jody Brintnall from First Congregational; and Deb Allen, Brenda Ellefson, Mark Proescholdt, Ann Pfantz and Larry Pfantz from Elim Lutheran. The choir has been able to mold a variety of experiences and techniques into a cohesive handbell ensemble.
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Just Josh
Program No 1
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
A Wonderful Savior
All Creatures of Our God and King
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Battle Hymn of the Republic
Be Still My Soul
Go, My Children, with My Blessing
Amazing Grace
Remember and Rejoice
Abide with Me
God Will Take Care of You
Just Josh
Program No 2

      Crown Him with Many Crowns
Be Thou My Vision
      Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
      Count Your Blessings
      Come, Thou Almighty King
      Come, Christians, Join to Sing
      Blessed Assurance
      Down in My Heart
      Day by Day
      Beautiful Savior (Organ)
      Beautiful Savior (Keyboard)
      Blest Be the Tie That Binds w/God Be With You

Just Josh
Program No 3
Holy, Holy, Holy w/Holy Is the Lord
Jesus Loves Me w/Jesus Loves the Little Children
Rock of Ages
Softly and Tenderly
I Love to Tell the Story
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
This Is My Father’s World
Faith of Our Fathers w/My Faith Looks Up to Thee
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
I Come to Garden Alone
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Just Josh
Program No 4
Revive Us Again
Leaning on the Everlasting Arm
The Church in the Wildwood
Sweet By and By
When We All Get to Heaven
Onward, Christian Soldiers

Whispering Hope
It’s Me (Standin’ in the Need of Prayer)
Sweet Hour of Prayer
To God Be the Glory
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Just Josh
Program No 5
      All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
O Thou Fount of Every Blessing
      Canon in D
      At the Cross

      Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
      When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
      Fur Elise
      How Firm a Foundation
      It Is Well with My Soul
      Moonlight Sonata
      All Creatures of Our God and King
      A Mighty Fortress

Just Josh
Program No 6
Just Josh
Program No 7
    O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Joy to the World
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Brightest and Best of the Stars
Jesus Paid It All
All Glory, Laud and Honor
Where You There
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty
A Mighty Fortress
O Worship the King
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

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