St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Altar Guild


The Altar Guild is entrusted with the privilege of preparing the chancel and its furnishings for worship—both to glorify God and to provide a setting which enables the congregation to worship in a meaningful way.   St. John’s Altar Guild has served the church since 1978.

Members of the Guild are servants of the liturgy and provide their support in the following areas:

Communion – each week the vessels must be filled with bread and wine and placed on the altar in preparation for upcoming services. 

Housekeeping – the chancel and its furnishings (altar, pulpit and lectern) are kept clean and linens are changed, cleaned and pressed in readiness for worship.

Paraments – paraments adorn the furnishing of the chancel in colors of the liturgical day or season and with symbols reminding worshipers of various aspects of the Christian faith.  

Vestments - acolyte vestments in the appropriate liturgical color or season must be ready and in good repair for use in services.

Preparations – in addition to weekly services, Altar Guild is also responsible for preparations for Holy Baptism, weddings and funerals.

St. John’s Altar Guild meets on the third Saturday of each month (excluding July and August).  If you would like more information or would like to visit with a current member of the Guild, contact St. John’s Lutheran at (515) 243-7691 or

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America