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

Rally Day is Sunday, Sept. 8! All children ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to come with their families from 8:45-9:45 to join in the fun! The first day of Sunday School is Sept. 15.

Children’s Ministries needs Sunday School teachers and helpers! Are you able to help once or twice a month? A teacher’s guide, along with plans for games and crafts are provided for every lesson, which allows for easy planning at every age level. Please consider sharing your faith, time, and gifts as a volunteer in Children’s Ministries. Contact Ann Strom with any questions or if you are willing to volunteer:

Bibles will be presented to all three year olds and 3rd graders on Sunday, Sept. 15 during the 10 a.m. service. You and your child are invited to worship.

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Monday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. at St. John’s in Neumann.

Recreational Reading: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m., Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave. We will choose books for the coming year. All are welcome. With questions, contact Carol MacDonald at

Celebrating Katy: Thursday, Sept. 5, @ 7 p.m., 1717 Brewing Co., 322 E. Court Ave., DSM.

EAGLES: Friday, Sept. 13, Zoo visit. Meet at 9:30 am at the entrance; lunch will follow at 12:30! (15 or more $8/fewer then 15 Senior’s price $11.) Pay at the event. Coordinator: Barb Hyler; With questions, please contact Amanda Landers-Each at

Wired Book Discussion: Thursday, Sept. 12, 6 p.m. at the home of Mary Ritchie, 2014 Cedar Drive, WDM. Please bring an hors de oeuvre to share if you have time. Author Carol Bodensteiner will join the discussion of her novel, “Simple Truth.” You won’t want to miss this discussion. Please RSVP to Mary at by Sept. 5. With questions, contact Deb Donald at

YoPro Meets (Young Professionals of St. John’s): Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. @ Brew Coffee Co. on the Patio. 300 W. MLK Pkwy. Come and join other young professionals interested in exploring and discussing the challenges, opportunities and issues of the 21st Century. Beverages and food may be ordered and paid for by each participant. All professionals in all fields are welcome! For additional question please contact Amanda Landers-Each at

Lunch Bunch II: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 12:30 p.m. (Meets the third Wednesday of the month.) If interested in this group or require additional information please contact Ann Moeller ( or 515-277-7339). All are welcome!

Lunch Bunch I: Thursday, Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m. Sept. coordinator: Sue Ging, 515-210-0826; Group meets third Thursday of the month. With questions, please contact Mary Liechty ( All are welcome!

SJ Social Club: Saturday, Sept. 21. “Give ’em h…, Harry.” Where did this phrase originate? The first railroad train robbery was …? Please join us as we explore the route of this early highway, The White Pole Road, visiting small towns along the way. Call Jean & Bob Williams (277-9120) leave a message or email by Sept. 16 to RSVP. More details are in the September Eagle Call.

WIRED Fall Retreat: Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:30-5:30 p.m. The day includes crafts or pottery led by Deb Anderson and hiking! Our speaker is Ed Slattery, environmental engineer, who will talk about local water quality issues and efforts currently underway to improve the quality of Iowa water bodies. Water is essential for life and a frequent theme in the Bible.The half-day retreat will be held at the Walnut Creek Lodge in Walnut Woods State Park near WDM. We will gather after church to eat and experience the wonders and beauty of the park.

REGISTER at For further information and/or questions please contact Amanda Landers-Each

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.

Michael Elsbernd Featured at Organ Recital on Sept. 7

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All are invited to attend the 31st Annual Organists of Iowa Recital, scheduled for Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall on the campus of Iowa State University, presented by Michael Elsbernd. This year’s program coincides with ISU’s C-HOP Music Festival, which will focus on the music of Eastern Europe. The organ recital will showcase music written by Russian, Polish, Czech, and Hungarian composers. There is no charge for admission.

September Artist of the Month: Justin Young

Justin has enjoyed painting since he was a youngster. He uses pastels, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, etc. in his artwork which includes cityscapes and pet, human and architectural portraits. He enjoys creating whimsical clay Christmas ornaments and board games and teaches private art lessons for children and conducts art workshops for K-12 and college-level students. His commissioned artwork is included in private and corporate collections. His awards include “People’s Choice” - Iowa Watercolor Society Art Show (2019), “People’s Choice” - Hoyt Sherman Art Show (2016, 2018), among others.

LWR School Kits

It’s time to assemble Lutheran World Relief School Kits! A shopping list of items needed for the kits can be found in the narthex. Please take a list, look for sales on school supplies and return the items to the bins in the narthex. These kits make a difference in the lives of children around the world who would otherwise not have supplies or an opportunity for a stable school experience.

Confirmation Capstone Project: Socks of Love

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Please collaborate with Mackenzie Weem’s Confirmation Capstone Project.

My Faith: Through my faith, I have learned our hearts should always be open to love and serving others. Jesus tells us to care for those who are hungry and who need clothing and shelter. In our community, there are many people who go without these basic necessities. This is why I have chosen to help Central Iowa Shelter and Services, because they help over 2,000 people each year.

My Project: I will be putting together 100 “Socks of Love.” New adult socks will be filled with basic necessities that most of us take for granted, such as toothpaste, disposable razors and travel-size shampoo. These “Socks of Love” will be donated to Central Iowa Shelter and Services to help those in need.

My Request: Please help me fill 100 pairs of socks with your donations of these basic necessities: toothpaste; disposable razors; travel-size shampoo. Thank you!

Confirmation Orientation

Confirmation orientation for students entering 6th–8th grade will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28. We will meet in Weertz from 5:30–7 p.m. for dinner and to discuss the upcoming education year. This meeting is for students and parents.

Youth Trip Presentations!

The annual Summer Youth Trip presentation will be held in Weertz on Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:45 a.m., during the Sunday Morning Education Forum. Grab coffee and a donut hole and join us as we share about the summer youth trip adventures.

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The Journey Through Grief

Learn about different manifestations of grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and change, and develop a new support network. The final session for this summer will be held Thursday, Aug. 22, 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. A light supper is provided. For pre-registration and questions, contact Anne Alesch at /(515) 557-3169 ( You are welcome to attend as your time permits. Please pre-register so we have sufficient food and materials.

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