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.


Fine Arts

St. John’s carries a rich history of the Arts in worship and as an outreach to artists and the greater community. The current program year continues this tradition with a full schedule of programs and events including visual art, music and dance. In addition to the long-standing programs including Midweek Music Series new events are consistently being added to the schedule. Unless otherwise noted all Fine Arts events are free and open to the public. St. John’s also provides opportunities for involvement in the Arts, including vocal choirs, handbell choirs and instrumental ensembles.

Arts Events at St. John’s

Sm Groups in homes horiz.jpg

The Arts Visioning Team invites all in the St. John’s community to host and/or attend a small-group dinner. Several dates are available for hosts and guests to share a meal and an evening to get acquainted and socialize. Sign up by September 8 to host, and look for the guest sign-up sheets in Fireside Lounge. A few dinners will be scheduled outside of the two designated weekends (September 27-28-29 and October 4-5). For more information, see the poster in this Eagle Call, and to sign up as a host, please contact Beth Ann Edwards (515.490.9408 mobile).

“A shared meal is a social event where thoughts, experiences, and emotions are shared. Sharing a meal with someone, eating and drinking together behind the same table — is one of the most important manifestations of sociality in all cultures. Eating together confirms the sense of belonging, being part of a community.” (

Collaborative Art Exhibit: The Church Year

This collaborative art exhibit is found in the Fireside Lounge. Each week of the church year is represented by a narrow piece of wood, painted and decorated in the color of the liturgical season. The pieces of wood are lined up and give a visual representation of the church year, starting with the first Sunday of Advent.


Friends of the Arts at St. John’s

The Friends of the Arts at St. John’s supports the Arts in worship and as an outreach to artists and the greater community. All Fine Arts events are free and open to the public. If you have questions about the Friends of the Arts or would like to be active in Arts programming at St. John’s, please contact Beth Ann Edwards, Director of Arts, Handbells, and Youth Choirs ( or Larry Hanson, chair of the Arts Visioning Team ( more information about the Arts at St. John’s, please visit our website:

This valuable ministry is funded not by the general budget, but by donations from supporters and friends. Donations can be made online at or mailed to St. John’s at 600 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines 50309 (please indicate “Friends of the Arts” on the memo line). All donors who contribute $50 or more will be recognized in future programs and receive special invitations to Fine Arts events.

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