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.

Opportunity for the Congregation

St. John's is forming a Faith Based Reentry team for women recently released from Mitchellville Correctional Institution. Anyone in the congregation may join this team, men and women. There is training for the team before meeting with the woman. Women at the Well is a congregation of, by and for the women incarcerated at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville. A Faith-Based Reentry Team is a group of 5-7 people trained from one or more congregations in an area, who agree to meet weekly with a recently released woman. Teams focus on four main areas: mentorship, accountability, goal setting, and faith formation. The team is to be supportive and nurturing while holding her accountable for her actions.  With the team’s prayerful encouragement and help she can grow and develop healthy adult relationships, while maximizing her chances of successfully reintegrating into the community. The statistics for success for a woman who has a support team are in the 90th percentile. If you are interested in being a part of this team please contact the Team Coordinators Lorraine Wilbur ( or Susan Ging (

Sunday Morning Adult Forum

April 23: Julie McClatchy, MSW, from Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as she discusses “How to Talk, How to Listen.” The goal of this presentation is to improve relationships through learning how to express yourself in ways that will help others hear what you have to say, and to listen in ways that will invite others to share their thoughts with you. Whatever the nature of the relationship, improving these skills will pay off with easier and more satisfying communications.

April 30: Coffee with the Council in Weertz Fellowship Hall.

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 1-4 will meet in Room 205 instead of the chapel 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! 

This Sunday through May 7, current fifth graders are invited to join Middle School Ministry in DDI during the Sunday School hour. Please contact Alicia Karwal or Noah Niermann with any questions.

Children are invited to turn in their final donations for God’s Global Barnyard by Sunday, April 30. The Sunday School classes will vote on Sunday, May 7 to determine our final purchases through the ELCA’s Good Gifts program! Thank you for your continued support of the Children’s Ministry service project this program year.

A Lutheran Lakeside Vacation Bible School Day Camp will be held at St. John’s Monday, July 31-Thursday, August 3 from 8:30-2:30. It is for all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration for VBS begins April 30th; forms will be emailed and available on the St. John’s website. You may also obtain a form from Alicia Karwal.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Meets Monday, Apr. 24 at 6 p.m. in Neumann. Contact Darla Stiles at with questions. 

Recreational Reading: The group will meet in DDI on Wednesday, Apr. 26, at 4:30 pm to discuss the book A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin.

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Meeting date is moved to May 6, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room 8. All are welcome.

St. John’s Gardening Group: The season kicks off with a presentation by Robyn Hofland on “Container Gardening” in Neumann on Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.  She will also talk about miniature “fairy” gardens. Plan to attend and bring friends.  Watch for the 2017 St. John’s Gardening Tour Schedule to come out soon!

Midweek Music Series

The Drake Piano Trio, with members Shana Liu (piano), Emma Sullivan (cello), and Adrienne Stratton (violin), are the featured performers at Midweek Music Series on April 26 at 12:05 pm. In addition to solo works, the trio will perform élégiaque No. 1 in G minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The performance is free and open to the public. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, will be served at 12:35, following the performance. The final Midweek Music Series event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, when the Foxtrot Hotshots, led by John Benoit, will perform.

WIRED Events

WIRED Yoga: The new session will run Apr. 20 through June 1, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Cost is $60 for the 7-week session or $10 each week. If interested, contact Corinne Lambert at or (515) 556-3679.

WIRED Book Discussion: We will continue discussion from the Apr. 2 Ted Talk. Those interested in delving into the subject of vulnerability further may join us for a book discussion in the Fireside Lounge on Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m., after reading the book: The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown.  

WIRED Night Out: Join us Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Jacque Warming for a wine tasting guided by independent consultant, Mary Ann Bender.  If you are able to attend, please contact Jacque at

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