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.

What's Happening at St. John's

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Capital Campaign Update

Thank you for returning your Bless This House capital campaign Commitment Cards! If you have not returned your pledge, please return it to the office as soon as possible!

Campaign update as of September 19:
Pledged to Date: $1,726,569.16  /  % of Goal 96.08%  /  Pledges Received: 254  /  Households Pledging: 72.36%

Children's Ministry

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All children are invited to attend Sunday School this Sunday from 8:45-9:45. Preschool-Room 6; Kindergarten-Room 7. Grades 1-5 will start in Room 205. They will then transition to their classrooms after our opening time together. Parents, please remember to sign your child in and out of their classroom. Thank you!

Sunday School Giving Tree: This year, we are adding some new components to our existing Sunday School curriculum. Sunday School teachers will have access to “Making Connections” activities and games right at their fingertips! To do this, we are seeking some additional materials. These materials can be newly purchased or gently used! If you are interested in donating one or more items for our Sunday School classrooms (3 years-5th grade), please use the following link to sign up through our Giving Tree! The link will continually be updated as we need new supplies. Thank you in advance! If you have any questions, please contact Alicia at

Sunday Morning Education Forum

Sept. 23: No Forum today. Please join us for Coffee with the Council in Weertz.

Sept. 30: Join our Grade 10 confirmation students who will be confirming their baptismal vows on Reformation Sunday as share their capstone projects and how their confirmation experience has helped to shape their faith.

Small Groups

  • Mah Jongg: Sept 24, 6 p.m. at Smokey Row, weather permitting.

  • Quilting: Sept. 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 308.

  • Recreational Reading: Sept. 26 in Rose Holm at 4:30 p.m. We are reading Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.

  • EAGLES: Traveling to Kalona on Sept. 28. Please contact Dave Miller at 277-1161 if you have questions.

  • Scrapbooking/Card Making: Meet Sept. 29, 10 – 2, in Room 8. All are welcome to join a fun working group for whatever time they like. Please bring your project, supplies, and ideas you want to share with the group. Please feel free to contact Delaine Marker with any questions. Email or 515-238-0094.

  • WIRED Book Discussion: Meet at the home of Pam Hanna (3739 155 Ct, Urbandale) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. We’re reading Bear Town by Fredrick Backman. Bring an hors d’oeuvre to share if you have time. Let Pam know if you will attend by emailing her at or with questions contact Pam or Deb Donald at

  • WIRED Retreat: Sunday, Sept. 30, is retreat day at Lake Ahquabi, 35 minutes south of Des Moines (south of Indianola). A lodge is reserved for our use. The park has extensive trails to explore and you may bring kayaks. Sloppy joes will be available for an evening meal. Please bring a snack or side dish to share. To carpool from the church meet at 1 p.m. to leave at 1:15 p.m. Arrive at the park at 2 p.m. with departure at 6 p.m. Signup sheets are available through Sept. 23 in the narthex.

  • WIRED Yoga: The fall session will run Thursdays, Oct. 4 - Nov. 15, 5:45-6:45 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Cost is $10/class or $60 for all classes. There are some yoga mats and chairs for those who don’t want to use a mat on the floor. Those who have not attended a class may try it once at no cost. Scholarships are available. Contact Corrine Lambert if you can attend or have questions.

  • WIRED Cooking Group: We have a special dinner scheduled for Nov. 1, 6 p.m. at Jacque Warming’s home for an Italian Dinner with a special chef. Save the date and we will look for RSVP’s in October.Beloved Community Returns Wednesday, September 5!

Do you want to Receive the Eagle Call via Email?

Are you interested in receiving the monthly Eagle Call by email? Did you think you were supposed to received but haven’t? Please let Katie know by calling the office (243-7691) or email We may have an incorrect email address or can add you to the list if you wish to receive it electronically.

Parking Update for St. John’s

The City of Des Moines has increased active times for street parking meters. They are now in effect Monday–Saturday until 9 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday events, please remember you may park behind the church and also in the lot across Park Street, as well as the Principal lot to our west.


September Artist of the Month

Lyne Neymeyer, Photographer: After Cartier-Bresson

Photographer Lyne Neymeyer has created a body of work based on the inventive work of Henri Cartier-Bresson in the 1930s. Cartier-Bresson helped to define modern photography and the ability to capture life on the run in one “decisive moment.” Ms. Neymeyer’s photographs displayed in Weertz Hall originated from two series: one from the 2016 Iowa State Fair and the other from her work with horses.

Youth Ministry Update

The September 26th Confirmation class will be at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church, 1240 66th St., for an interfaith youth discussion panel. Please arrive by 6:40 pm. If you need a ride from St. John’s to Windsor Heights Lutheran please let Maggie or Pastor Bob know before the 26th. We will be finished at 8 p.m.

Midweek Music 2018-19 Series Begins October 3

Please join us each Wednesday, beginning October 3, 2018, for performances by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians. A variety of classical, folk, pop, and jazz concerts will be presented throughout the season. Each 30-minute concert begins at 12:05 pm in the Sanctuary and all performances are free and open to all. A light lunch, priced at $6 each, is available in Weertz Hall, following the concert. The full season’s schedule can be found on the Arts page on the St. John’s website, and the October schedule is listed below.

  • October 3 - The Des Moines Tango Ensemble

  • October 10 - Ray Songayllo, piano

  • October 17 - Kennedy-Reynolds Guitar Duo with Steven Kennedy & Dave Reynolds

  • October 24 - Adrienne Stratton & Vaughn Hommerding, violin and viola duo

  • October 31- Lyric Winds (Kimberly Helton, flute; Sue Odem, oboe; Kariann Voigts, clarinet)

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