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Traditional Beliefs

Posted September 12, 2012 in Community Featured, Norwalk

A congregation of the Southeastern Iowa Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), New Life Lutheran Church follows the doctrine set forth in the Doctrinal Position set forth of the Missouri Synod which was adopted in 1932.

The ELCA teaches that the  that the Holy Scriptures are the very word of God and, therefore, are the sole source from which all doctrines proclaimed in the Christian Church must be taken and taught. In addition, the ELCA believes in the Holy Trinity, that there is one true God, and that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are three distinct persons, but with the same divine essence, equal in power, equal in eternity and equal in majesty.

With these beliefs laying the foundation of its teachings, New Life Lutheran Church lives its mission to grow in faith and bring Christ to all through regular Sunday services and education, as well as programs of growth, community and education throughout the week for members.

Two Sunday services are offered each week at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school programs are offered between services for all ages from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Led by Pastor Nate Liedtke, Sunday services follow a liturgical calendar, with Easter and Christmas as high points in the cycle of the year.

Ongoing programs for members include educational, spiritual and social options throughout the week. Each Sunday’s bulletin is full of announcements of upcoming events and gatherings for all ages. Examples for adult parishioners include an early morning Bible study, a Men’s Breakfast and a weekly “New Members Class” to help initiate new members in both the doctrine of ELCA and in the social community of the church.

New Life Lutheran Church is also active supporting the greater community. A group helps at the local food pantry on a weekly basis, bringing and serving food to those in need. A monthly commitment to the Connection Café, Des Moines’ ecumenical eatery, is one other opportunity for New Life members to serve the needs of others.

Notable is the after-school program offered for members of the community at the church. Twenty children, from third through fifth grade, are offered structured after-school care throughout the school year. The purpose is to simply provide adult supervised care for area youth. Trained adult volunteers and staff are available to help with homework, provide recreational programing and games or just allow kids to be kids by offering time for unstructured play with same-age peers.

Norwalk’s New Life Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Highway 28 and Wakonda Drive on the north side of town. Information can be found on the website: or by calling Pastor Nate Liedke at 515-285-5965.

New Life Lutheran Church
4380 Wakonda Drive
Pastor Nate Liedtke
Sunday services: 8:15, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday school: 9:30 a.m.

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