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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Children's Ministry

ALL children are invited to attend Sunday School, Sunday, May 12 at 8:45. This is the final session of our 2018-2019 program year! All ages gather in Room 205 for an end-of-the-year celebration! Thank you again for sharing your children with us! It has been my pleasure to learn with each of them.

Last call for our Sunday School service project - Uniforms for Tanzania: We are in our final weeks of collecting donations for our Sunday School service project which provides necessary school uniforms to allow our brothers and sisters in Tanzania to attend school. Remember that through the generosity of an anonymous donor, from now until the end of May, any donations brought in by our children will be matched up to $400!!!!

Registration for VBS at St. John’s is now open and forms are located in the narthex! Day Camp will be held at St. John’s July 29-Aug. 1 and is open to all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade! Volunteers are needed to run this programming. Please email Alicia at if you are interested in helping!

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Plans to meet May 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. in Neumann.

Quilting: All are welcome on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in Room 308.

Lunch Bunch II: Wednesday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested or would like additional information please contact Ann Moeller ( or 515-277-7339). All are welcome!

Lunch Bunch I: Thursday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. We meet the third Thursday of the month. Coordinators: May-Mary Liechty; June-Blanca Hanson; July-Barb Hyler. With questions, please contact Mary Liechty ( All are welcome.

Photography: We will meet Sunday May 19 following the 10 a.m. service. The theme is “BIG LOOK SMALL”. Next month’s meeting is Sunday June 16 at which time we will hold the photo lottery drawing for the group. Check bulletins for additional details. For questions, contact Paul Meyer at

Recreational Book Club: We’ll meet Wednesday, May 22 and discuss Educated by Tara Westover. All meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month and meet in Rose Holm at 4:30 unless other plans are made.

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Saturday, May, 25, 10-2, Room 8. All are welcome to join a fun working group for whatever time they like on the 4th Saturday of the month. Bring your project, supplies, and ideas to share with the group. Contact Delaine Marker with any questions at or 515-238-0094.

WIRED Yoga: Next session runs through May 30; $10 per class or $60 for 7 sessions. Those who have not attended a class may try it once at no cost. Some yoga mats are available as are some chair. Scholarships are available. To attend or with questions, contact Corrine Lambert at

The Social Club: The May Event will take place on June 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Smash Park, 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines (just east of Jordan Creek). Please come play a couple games with us. We will provide a couple games for an hour. Games rent for $15 per hour. They have shuffleboard, cornhole, pickle ball, etc. If the weather is nice, we will be outside. Otherwise, if inclement weather, we will be inside. You are on your own for food and drinks (food here is good and they have a full bar also). Hope to see you on June 2! Please RSVP by MAY 30th to Jacque Warming (240-0848 or or Neil or Diane Wheeler (657-1987; 480-9459; or

Amanda Landers-Each is St. John’s Christian Involvement Coordinator. She is available to discuss all our small group opportunities and looks forward to connecting and hearing your ideas! Contact Amanda at or 243-7691.

St. John’s Foundation Annual Meeting

The St. John’s Foundation annual meeting is scheduled for June 2 at 9 a.m. in Weertz. Voting members are all persons who are active confirmed members of the congregation of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Please plan on attending, ask questions and participate in the conversation.

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

May 12: Part 3 of Theology and Other Things. Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology and Religion at Grand View University will present two sessions in which discussion will be led by those in attendance. They will be encouraged to ask questions regarding theology, the Church, church history and any other topics of faith.

Youth News

Graduation Recognition Reception is Sunday, May 19: High School Graduates will be recognized at the 10 a.m. service with a reception following. Please share your continued support, prayers and good wishes by joining us for the graduation recognition service and cake reception. All are invited!

Help Needed with Capstone Project: Zander Kehoe, third year confirmation student, is asking for summer-time items to be donated to the Early Learning Center located near Zander’s school and home. These items will be given to the daycare center and enjoyed by the children throughout the summer. Items needed: sunscreen, pool towels, small pool toys, hand wipes, sidewalk chalk. Look for the donation box (pool) in the Fireside Lounge. Last day to donate is June 2nd. Thank you for your generosity!

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Artist of the Month: Peggy Leonardo

Peggy’s quilts express her love of fabrics found at estate sales, antique stores and through friends who have gifted her with fabric treasures. Twentieth century art and memories from her childhood inspire her color choices. When she quilts a piece she chooses the irregularities of hand-quilting. Her goal is to combine objects of the past with the aesthetic of the present.Peggy came to Des Moines to attend Drake University and earned a BFA in art education and an MFA in printmaking. Her love of fabrics is a life-long passion, beginning as a child with making clothes for her doll. Now retired, she has time to devote to her art practice on a regular basis.

Midweek Music Series presents John Benoit and the Foxtrot Hotshots on May 15

Please join us on Wednesday when the Foxtrot Hotshots perform at Midweek Music Series at 12:05 pm. The FOXTROT HOT SHOTS is a band made up of central Iowa’s finest performers of 1920s-era jazz and popular music. Foxtrots, Hot Jazz, show tunes, novelty tunes – all performed with the infectious, two-beat bounce of the Roaring 20s. The members of the band draw upon decades of experience performing in Dixieland bands and in musical theater to provide a program of music that is irrepressibly upbeat, clever, and fun. The concert begins at 12:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary and is free and open to all. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, is served at 12:35 p.m. following the performance.


The Journey Through Grief

Because life after loss is difficult, we again are partnering with Unity PointHospice for six sessions to help people learn coping skills. Join us to learn about different manifestations of grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and change, and develop a new support network. We will meet the fourth Thursday of the month beginning March 28 at 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. A light supper will be provided at each session. To pre-register or to ask questions, contact Anne Alesch at / (515) 557-3169 ( You are welcome to attend as your time permits. Pre-registration helps us to have sufficient food and materials.

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ASAP Summer Arts Camp Seeks Volunteers

How about some summer fun with the arts? The After School Arts Program’s 11th annual free Summer Arts Camp seeks volunteer studio assistants to support kids of all ages as they discover the arts. Activities in painting, sculpture, dance, music, and drama will explore this year’s theme, Iowa Change Makers. Volunteer shifts are 12:30-3 p.m., July 15–18, at Evelyn K. Davis Park, 15th and Forest Ave, DSM. Sign up at the link on ASAP’s website: or contact Monica Cohen Lenoff at or 515-528-4577.

Mark your Calendars Now for our All Congregational Picnic!

Sunday, June 30, 5 p.m. at Raccoon River Park on Grand Ave. (Shelters B & C) in WDM. The Christian Involvement Team will provide pulled pork sandwiches, beverages and table service. We need a count to have enough food. Please go the events page to register online. There is no charge, but goodwill donations are appreciated. Please bring a side dish to share. Games are planned. Bring a lawn chair if you would like to watch the games and visit outside the picnic table area.

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