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

“Bless This House…For Good. For All.” is fully pledged!

The Congregational Council is pleased to announce that, thanks to a small group of members who made it their goal to accomplish it by year’s end, the capital campaign of $1.8 million is now fully pledged! We are grateful to God and to all the members of St. John’s who have committed time and resources to the campaign! Our 2nd installment of the tithe for mission will be distributed after January 1st with sound system work beginning in early January, as well. HVAC updating and roof repair/replacement are the final components of the campaign. Thank you!!

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Children's Ministry

All children are invited to attend Sunday School this Sunday from 8:45-9:45. Preschool age children will meet in Room 6 and Kindergarten in Room 7. Grades 1-5 meet in Room 205 for the start of Sunday School. 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!

An Our Whole Lives Elementary Class for 1st and 2nd graders continues today, Jan. 20. The course is held Sundays from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in Room 307 and runs through Mar. 10. If you are interested in having your child participate, you are still invited to do so. Please contact Alicia Karwal at

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Jan. 20: Dr. Maeve Callan joins us once again, for this 5-part series, in which she will share with us the core virtues and aspects of different world religions, interfaith engagement and developing a greater appreciation and understanding of our neighbor’s religious beliefs and practices. In today’s session Maeve will offer a presentation on Hinduism, which embraces the idea of “polytheistic monism-many gods manifesting the One.”

Jan. 27: Dr. Callan’s series continues with a presentation on Buddhisms, a way of life that declares, “None of us can be truly enlightened unless all are enlightened.”

Youth Ministry

Sign up sheets for the annual chili cook-off on Saturday, February 9th are in Fireside Lounge. Please sign up to bring a chili or side or both.

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Mah Jongg will meet in Neumann Hall at 6 p.m. every Monday, weather permitting.

Recreational Reading: Join us Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4:30 p.m., to discuss The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, and Feb. 27. Janesville by Amy Goldstein. Meet in Rose Holm at 4:30 unless other plans are made.

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Saturday, Jan. 26, 10-2, Room 8. All are welcome to join a fun working group for whatever time they like. Bring your project, supplies, and ideas to share with the group. Contact Delaine Marker with any questions at or 515-238-0094.

Quilting Bee for LWR: Saturday, Jan. 26 in Neumann, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Join us for a good time and good work.

Celebrating Katy: Thursday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Fenders Brewing, 212 W Van Dorn St., Polk City. With questions contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

WIRED Lap Blanket Service Project: Church members participated in making tie lap-size fleece blankets on Jan. 10th to be presented to Mosaic staff at the Jan. 27 luncheon. If you were not able to come that evening, drop off finished blankets sometime before the program or the day of the program. If you are not a fleece blanket maker, we will gratefully accept donated fleece or money. Purchase 1.25 or 1.5 yards of fleece for each side of the blanket.

WIRED Service Project Meeting & Lunch: Sunday, January 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in Weertz. All are welcome to join us and enjoy a presentation given by special speaker Katie Flippen of Mosaic, a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. $10 per person. Deadline to register is this Sunday, Jan. 20. Sign up at: and/or outside of Fireside Lounge following your Sunday service!

WIRED Yoga: Thursdays, Feb. 7-Mar. 28, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Cost $10 per class, or $60 for the entire session. There are some yoga mats available, as well as chairs for those who don’t want to use a floor mat. Those who have not yet attended a class may try it once at no cost. Scholarships are available. If you can attend or have questions, contact Corrine Lambert at

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.

Foxtrot Hotshots to Perform at Midweek Music Series Wednesday, January 23

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 20’s.The five 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. Music begins at 12:05 pm and is free and open to all. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, is available in Weertz Hall following the performance.

Cider and Hymns: An Arts Event for All: Saturday, January 26, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Arts Visioning Team invites all to this multi-generational event of singing (or listening), fine fellowship, and tasty treats. Mike Elsbernd will lead us as we sing our favorite hymns, and maybe learn a new hymn or two. Head up to the Multi-Purpose Room on the third floor. We’ll warm our souls with song as we turn our backs on a cold January evening. For more information, please contact Beth Ann Edwards (

Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass to be Performed Saturday, February 9

The year 2019 commemorates the 40th anniversary of Robert Ray’s ground-breaking Gospel Mass. This mass has proven to be one of the best modern musical settings of the Mass from an African-American composer. The piece was written partly in response to Vatican II decisions to bring the Mass and its music to the people, their language, and their cultures. Ray believed that his music struck an ecumenical chord that “allowed people of all denominations or faith to embrace the style.” (

The mass will be performed during the 5 p.m. Saturday worship service. A chili cook-off fund-raiser, sponsored by St. John’s youth, will take place in Weertz Hall following the service.

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Artist of the Month: St. John’s own Kat Lunde

Kathryn is currently taking photography classes at Des Moines Area Community College. She is interested in all types of photography and hopes for this to become her occupation. Kat is also interested in other types of artistic expression, including painting. She has taken art classes at the University of Northern Iowa and continues to explore different outlets.

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