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

Sunday School resumes this Sunday, Mar. 24, with a whole group lesson for preschool through fifth grade in Room 205.

Also, save the date! VBS Day Camp 2019 will be held at St. John’s July 29-Aug. 1. Day Camp is open to all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade! Volunteers are needed to run this program. Please email Alicia at if you are interested in helping! Registration opens April 28.

Thank you to all that donated to Project HOPE! Donations were sorted over spring break and delivered to area shelters, and blessing bags were made and given to people in the community. Your generosity is so greatly appreciated!

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Mar. 24: Ms. Kay Vanags, LifeLong Director of Aging Resources of Central Iowa, an organization helping families care for their aging family members through counseling and referral. Kay will offer a presentation on the “Family Care Giver Program” which she has led for many years. Please join us

Mar. 31: No Forum; Coffee with the Council in Weertz.

Youth Ministry

Confirmation Updates: Wednesday evening services at 7:15 are part of Confirmation class. All Confirmation students should arrive for class at 6:15 and stay through the service ending about 8 p.m. Students may sit with the class or their families. This is a great opportunity for Confirmation students to complete sermon notes! Youth choir will not meet during Lent.

Youth Fund-Raiser Plant Sale: Something Familiar, Something New

Plant Order Form

Bedding Plants: As in previous years, bedding plant flowers, accent plants, and hanging baskets can be ordered through the St. John’s youth. An order form is included in this Eagle Call, and they are available on the website and in the Narthex. Orders are due Sunday, March 31, and delivery is scheduled for Saturday, May 4. All proceeds go to Youth music and mission trips.

Seed-Saver Heirloom Vegetables and Herbs: Heirloom seeds have been ordered, and seedlings are making their appearance! Michael Elsbernd and the St. John’s youth are planting and nurturing the seeds and are excited about sharing their bounty! Look for cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, and more! Prices are $1 per plant, or six for $5.

Small Groups

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

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

Recreational Book Club: Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 27 to discuss Circle by Madeline Miller and on Apr. 24, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. We meet the 4th Wednesday of the month in Rose Holm at 4:30 p.m. unless other plans are made.

Celebrating Katy: Thursday, Apr. 4th, Mistress Brewing Co., 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 108, Ankeny. With questions contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

EAGLES: Friday, Apr. 12, at 10 a.m. On With Life Tour, 715 SW Ankeny Rd., Ankeny. Lunch to follow. Meet at St. John’s at 9:30 a.m. if you wish to car pool. For additional questions contact Barb John at 515-279-5089 or

WIRED Book Club: Tuesday, Mar. 26, 6 p.m. at the home of Darla Stiles (3812 Green Branch Drive, WDM). The book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. RSVP to Darla to and bring an hors de oeuvre to share.

WIRED Yoga: Thursdays through Mar. 28, 5:45–6:45 p.m., in the Fireside Lounge. Session 2 runs Apr. 4–May 30; $10 per class or $60 for 7 sessions. Those who have not attended a class may try it once at no cost. Scholarships are available. To attend or with questions, contact Corrine Lambert at Dates not meeting 4/18 and 5/2.

WIRED Luncheon: Mar. 31 at 11:30 a.m. Anjela Shutts, Des Moines family law attorney with Whitfield & Eddy and St. John’s member, is the speaker for the WIRED Spring Lunch. She will talk with us about Access to Justice particularly as it relates to children. Anjela serves on the board of Kids First and as the vice chair of Iowa Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission. Sign-up in Fireside Lounge and/or online 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.


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.

Artist of the Month for March: Brent Holland

The work of Brent Holland of Des Moines, a visual artist who integrates digital and traditional media applications into paintings and drawings, will be shown during March in Weertz Fellowship Hall at St. John’s. Using both figurative representation and formal abstraction, he transforms elements of his daily life into works that range in size and content from miniature hyper-realist portraits to wall-size collages. His artwork is exhibited widely, held in public and private collections and represented by Olson-Larsen Galleries. Holland is currently an associate professor of art and visual culture at Iowa State University.

Service of Lenten Music and Reflection

Sunday, March 31, 3 p.m. in St. John’s Sanctuary: The St. John’s Cathedral Choir and Adult Handbell Choir will partner with musicians from St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Urbandale to present a service of Lenten music and reflection. The service recalls, in word and music, Jesus’ journey to the cross. Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods and/or cash donations to benefit the DMARCC Food Pantry.

Companion Parish Thank You!

The Companion Parish Ministry Team is hosting coffee following all worship services next weekend to thank everyone for their support of our relationship with the Mramba Parish and of the Saturday Children’s Club. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. Members of the team will be available to answer questions and listen to your comments on this aspect of our ministry.

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