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.

Global Mission

Serving Around the World

St. John's has been blessed with opportunities to support various missionary projects throughout the years. 

Global Mission Ministry Team

St. John's has been blessed with opportunities to support various missionary projects throughout the years. St. John’s is committed to being a part of the Global Mission Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our Ministry team (pictured) is active in the following ways:

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Global Mission Education

We organize congregational events each year that illustrate and inform the congregation about the Global Mission activities of the ELCA.

Current Projects

  • Sponsorship of a Missionary – currently supporting Brian Palmer in Liberia
  • Lutheran World Relief projects – make quilts, collect school supplies for distribution around the world
  • Advocate to feed the hungry – writing letters to Congress.
  • Education – provide speakers for the congregation and attend Glocal Mission Gatherings. 
During the Advent season St. John's hosts a Fair Trade Fair.

During the Advent season St. John's hosts a Fair Trade Fair.

Quilts made by members of St. John's and sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to be give to needy people around the world.

Quilts made by members of St. John's and sent to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to be give to needy people around the world.

St. John's is currently supporting Brian Palmer as he does mission work in LIberia.

St. John's is currently supporting Brian Palmer as he does mission work in LIberia.

Fair Trade Emphasis

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We believe that the local producers should receive a fair amount for the products they grow; direct marketing from small producers to people who use the products. Every Sunday, these high quality Fair Trade products are offered for sale. Coffee, Tea, Chocolate, Olive Oil, and Olive Oil Soap are available. Also, once a year we sponsor a Fair Trade Market in which a variety of hand-crafted products from various places in the world are available for purchase.

Mission Sponsorship

School Kits assembled at St. John's and sent overseas to help support children's education around the world.

School Kits assembled at St. John's and sent overseas to help support children's education around the world.

As a congregation, we sponsor mission projects that help improve the daily lives of others in the world. Projects may include such things as: sending needed medical supplies; providing for safe water supplies; or supporting children’s education. Current projects underway will be announced.

Please consider supporting a designated mission project for a day, a week or a month. Individual sponsorship costs as little as three dollars per day. Pick a day or month that has special meaning to you; for example: a birthday or anniversary. Make all checks payable to St. John’s Lutheran Church with “Global Mission” on the memo line.

Ask yourself: How can I take part in this ministry?

  • Pray for the work of the Ministry Team.
  • Join our Ministry Team. Contact one of the pastors or Phyllis Olson at paolson@mchsi.com.
  • Contribute financially to one or more Global Mission projects.
  • Learn about the culture and life in foreign lands.
  • Take a mission trip to visit our companion congregation, Mramba, in Tanzania

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