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.

Becky Goche Ordination

Rebecca Sue Goche will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church on Saturday,  July 29 at 11:00 AM.

The Reverend Craig Satterlee, Ph.D. Bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presiding.

Your prayers and presence are requested.

All ordained, consecrated and commissioned ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is red.

A potluck luncheon will follow the service.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Join us Monday, July 24, 6 p.m., on the patio @ Smokey Row. Questions? Contact Darla at

Next Adventure Group: We’ll meet Saturday, August 5 to join in on the Bison Day Walk sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the Learning Center.  Bison burgers and other items will be available for lunch. RSVP to Deb or Greg Anderson at 

St. John’s Gardening Group: Join us on Wednesday, August 9, at 6 p.m. If you would like to carpool from St. John’s, let Darla know. Otherwise, meet at the first stop: Flying Frog Farm, near Indianola, (east onto Summerset Road off of Highway 65/69) then follow signs. Flying Frog Farm’s gardens are on 20 wooded acres approximately 10 miles south of Des Moines. They grow 1000 different varieties of hosta, from miniatures to extra large. A selection of other perennials will be available, both for the shady or sunny areas. Get in on their end of season sale!

Second stop will be Central Iowa Organic Fertilizer, 155th Ave., Indianola. Come meet this couple who started a worm casting business as a retirement project. We will tour their operation and learn more about the benefits of worm casting Worm castings are an odorless, child and pet-safe application that improves plant growth, soil structure and moisture retention — supported by lots of scientific research. Some refer to it as Nature’s Gold!

Lunch Bunch II: Contact Barbara John at 515-279-5089 if you are interested in joining the group for lunch on Wednesday, August 16, 12:30 p.m. 

Lunch Bunch I: This group will meet Thursday, August 17, at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested in joining, please call Mary Liechty, 515-326-2737. New members are most welcome.

EAGLES: Will lunch on Friday, August 18 at Montana Mikes Steakhouse at 5030 NE 14th Street at 11:30 a.m.  If you will attend, please RSVP to Darla at by Wednesday, August 16.

Photography: Join the group Sunday, August 20, at 11:15 a.m. in Neumann. The theme is “Gardens.”  Please bring a couple photos to share.

St. John’s Social Club: Save the evening of August 26th for a night of fun in Woodward, Iowa at the Lake Robbins Dance Hall. Stay tuned for details.  

WIRED Book Discussion will meet on Thursday, August 24, at 6 p.m. at the home of Diane Wheeler.  The book is Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. Please bring an appetizer to share.  RSVP to Diane at if you plan to attend.

Children's Ministry

Lutheran Lakeside VBS Day Camp Registrants: A reminder that VBS will be held at St. John’s Monday-Thursday, July 31-August 3 from 8:30-2:30. Drop off and pick up each day will be in DDI on the third floor.  We have a wonderful group of children, youth helpers, and St. John’s volunteers that are ready to take on “Waterworks!” If you have not already submitted your registration forms, please be sure to bring them on the first day of VBS. If you have any questions, please contact Alicia at

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