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


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Arts Events at St. John’s

Des Moines Concert Handbells Concert
Friday, December 14, 7:00 pm

Des Moines Concert Handbells (DMCH) is a collaboration of 17 advanced handbell musicians from the metro and surrounding areas. The group will offer its annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s. The performance, led by Beth Ann Edwards, Julie Murphy, and Patrick Gagnon, will feature transcriptions of holiday favorites as well as original music composed for handbells. The performance is open to the public and a free-will offering will be collected.

TubaChristmas Concert
Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful, rich, organ-like sound from a mass low brass choir playing your favorite Christmas carol melodies. Over 60 tuba and euphonium players will gather in the St. John’s sanctuary for this unique sound. Low brass players are welcome to take part in a walk-in rehearsal, have lunch, and then play a concert. ALL ages and skill levels are welcome. This concert is free and open to the public.

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