Click on the years below to journey through some of our church's history.


  • St. John’s Evangelical Church was established by early settlers most of whom had roots in the Evangelical Church of Germany. 
  • A church building and parsonage were built the next year.


  • First Presbyterian Church established in Le Mars by pioneer settlers rooted in the Church of Scotland. 
  • The church building and manse were built.


  • Presbyterian Church building remodeled and enlarged.


  • St. John’s Church remodeled and enlarged.


  • The Evangelical Synod of North America and the Reformed Church in the United States merged to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church.


  • The E. and R. Church joined with the Congregational Christian Church to form the United Church of Christ.


  • January Congregational meeting of the First Presbyterian Church ordered the appointment of an Investigation Committee to determine
         the extent and critical nature of need for physical expansion of the mission of the church.


  • September- Conversations began between St. John’s United Church of Christ and First Presbyterian Church
         investigating the possibility of worshiping together.
  • October 23- The two congregations voted unanimously to yoke together—worshiping in separate buildings
  • November, First service together.  Thanksgiving Service conducted by the men of the two congregations in St. John’s Church.


  • 1968-January, St. John’s buildings sold.  The two congregations federated, worshiping in the Presbyterian Building.
                               One pastor, one treasury, one set of officers, but maintaining two membership rolls.
  • 1968-1969 – Plans were developed for a new building.


  •  February 6, Signed contract with Hersom Construction Co. of Laurens, IA, to build a new building to cost $240,000.00.
  •  June, Construction began.


  • May 23, Transition Sunday.  The church service was begun in the old building, then the congregation walked to the new building and completed the service there.
  • June 11, Dedication of the new building.


  • Auction held at old Presbyterian Church to get rid of fixtures, windows, weather vane, and anything which could be salvaged.
  • Click on the link to read a fun story about the weather vane: Weather Vane Story


  • “100 Years and United Together into His Future” – Centennial Celebration began, Men & Boys Dinner, Vaudeville Night, Hillview Picnic, Trivet tiles sold for $5.00


  • Centennial Celebration formally ended with Pentecost Communion Service


  • Noah’s Ark Preschool began


  • October, A special organ fund was started to raise $25,000 toward the organ project


  • A dedication and installation service and recital were held for the Alta Werth Memorial Organ
  • English as a Second Language project initiated


  • Supper Club was organized


  • Stephen Ministry Program was implemented


  • Heifer Ranch Mission Trip
  • Sanctuary décor—decorative wood bands were installed on the back wall of the sanctuary early in the year.  A new sound booth was installed at the back of the sanctuary to facilitate the new sound system and projection equipment. Fellowship Hall – New operable partition walls on tracks were installed in late summer providing space for up to four smaller functions.


  •  Updated the Chapel so that it is a more pleasant and usable space for small worship services and weddings.


  • 22 Member’s Mission project in Playa del Carmen


  • The LOGOS for Youth Ministry program was initiated for children and youth from pre-school through high school age. Many adult volunteers were involved.


  • Both men’s and women’s restrooms were renovated to make them more handicap friendly


  • The JOY (Jesus, Others & You) program was initiated for children and youth from pre-school through high school age. Many adult volunteers were involved.
  • Living Waters of the World, 2 members sent to Haiti


  • September, Celebrated 125th Quasquicentennial
  • Children’s Chapel began using the Godly Play Program


  • New “Come & Share Your Sunday With Us” church float constructed with replica of Church building 


  • Installed steel Roof


  • Annual Chili Cook-0ff began
  • Summer, New Crismons were made and decorated
  • August 2, Jill Miller Concert
  • September, Rally Sunday Car Show
  • December 21 First Longest Night Service held


  • Pastor 3-month Sabbatical
  • Upgrade to the church offices


  • Upgrade to fellowship hall
  • April, Living Last Supper performed by Sheldon Methodist Men


  • November 11, Josh’s Ride special needs bike given to a local girl with special needs as part of the VBS Mission Project
  • December 23, Deacon’s gift member with a special needs bike


  • March 26, Friendship Circle celebrated 50+ years


  • March 15~ The Session held a special meeting due to rising concerns of the approaching pandemic.  It was decided to take put certain precautions in place and to remain open as long as possible. That evening, the governor of Iowa, closed all schools.  Our preschool year came to an abrupt halt. A few days later restrictions made it impossible for our congregation to gather for worship
  • March 22~ Our building was closed for worship and began offering worship on Facebook. Our deacons began reaching out to members in need, getting groceries, calling to check in, and generally making themselves available.
  • July 12~ Worship resumed on the front lawn of the church.  People brought lawn chairs and spread out at a safe distance, wore masks, and loved being together!  We even held a baptism!
  • October 4~ We returned to the sanctuary for World Communion Sunday.  Communion was served using individually communion pods that included a tiny wafer and a sip of grape juice!  Masks continued to be required and social distancing was encouraged by making alternate pews available for use.
  • December 24~ A lovely Christmas Eve service was held in our sanctuary. Our center aisle, windows sills and chancel area were filled with candles which were lit for the traditional singing of “Silent Night” at the end of the service.  We missed the choir, but the worship touched our hearts in a special way.
  • We received a grant during the pandemic for technology through the Presbytery of Prospect Hill.
  • We also received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) grant to assist us in continuing to employ staff.