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

Music of Mozart on Sunday, May 6

Welcome spring with the music of Mozart and his contemporaries at 11:15 am, following the 10:00 worship service. St. John's String Scholars will perform Giuseppe Tartini's Sinfonie in A, Movement 1. High School senior Nathan Joy will join the String Scholars in performing two movements of Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Nathan will graduate from Southeast Polk High School in May, and will head to the University of Northern Iowa this fall to major in music. The String Scholars will conclude their program year on May 6 and will begin rehearsals in early September. The 2017-18 String Scholars are Adrienne Stratton, Katie Schulz, violins; Vaughn Hommerding, viola; David Ryu, cello.

Music at the 10 am worship service on May 6 includes Cathedral Choir, Susie Stageberg, soprano, & string scholars presenting Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum.” The newly formed St. John's Youth Vocal Choir will sing Michael Praetorius' We will Praise You. Guest keyboardist Dr. Joby Bell will offer Mozart’s “Sonata in D,” K. 311 for piano as the prelude and the “Allegro in F” for organ, as the postlude.

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Download the 2017-18 Arts Brochure

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