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

Beloved Community Continues on October 23

“Beloved Community” is the name of our Wednesday evening gatherings for fellowship, worship, learning and music-making at St. John’s.

The BC schedule is:

  • 4:30 pm - Adult handbells

  • 5:30 pm - Dinner begins in Weertz Hall (no charge, donations accepted)

  • 6:10 pm - Worship at the dinner tables

  • 6:30 pm - Educational / musical programming for ALL ages (nursery care provided)

  • 7:30 pm - Youth Choir

A member of St. John’s has said this about BC: “They all come together to share in each other’s joy and in each other’s suffering because they believe in the transforming love and grace of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Being a part of this community each week…showed me how powerful the love of the Triune God is.”

All are truly welcome!

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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 meet in Room 6 and Kindergarten in Room 7. Grades 1–5 meet in Room 205 for the start of Sunday School. They 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!

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, during Beloved Community, we will have our annual trick or treating night at church. Children and families are encouraged to wear costumes! After their music classes kids will get to trick or treat downstairs and enjoy candy and activities led by the youth on the third floor. To make this night successful we are looking for donations of peanut free candy or other small non-candy items to give the kids. Please let Ann know at if you are able to donate.

Small Groups

Photography: Sunday, Oct. 20, 11:15, in Neumann. The theme is Create Still Life; Nov. 17 is Fall Colors; Dec. we will not meet. With questions, contact Paul Meyer at

Mah Jongg: Monday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at St. John’s in Neumann.

Recreational Book Club: Wednesday, Oct. 23, Rose Holm, 4:30 p.m. The selection is, The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry. The group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month. All are welcome. Contact Carol MacDonald with any questions,

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Saturday, October, 26th, 10-2, Room 8. Join a fun working group for whatever time you like on the 4th Saturday of the month. Bring your project, supplies, and ideas to share. Contact Delaine Marker with questions at or 515-238-0094.

EAGLES: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Veteran’s Military Band Concert, held at the DSM Civic Center. EAGLES will carpool from St. John’s north parking lot at 1 p.m. There are no reserved seats. The concert is FREE!

Friday, Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m., is the EAGLES annual Thanksgiving dinner buffet at the DMACC Bistro. Cost is $12/person, payable as we leave. This is a great event, supports the DMACC Culinary Students. Reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 18. Please RSVP to Carol Dittmer at 515-287-7860 or email We will meet at the Bistro, 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny Building #7. With questions regarding the EAGLES please contact Amanda Landers-Each at

Celebrating Katy: Nov. 7 at Uptown Garage Brewing Co. (305 SW Walnut St. Ankeny). All dates are Thursdays at local breweries; all times are 7 p.m. For questions contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

YoPro (Young Professionals of St. John’s): Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5:50-7:30 p.m. at Smokey Row Coffee, 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., DSM. “YoPro Meets” is an opportunity to share tea, coffee and libations with others interested in exploring and discussing the challenges, opportunities and issues of the 21st Century in a social setting. Beverages and food may be ordered and paid for by each participant. All Professionals in All fields are welcome!

Save the Date: All Church Board Game Night Friday, January 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening for ALL ages at St. John’s in Weertz! Get out of the winter chill and bond with family and friends while playing board games! Bring your favorite board games to play, puzzles and snacks to share! More details to come! Organized by the Christian Involvement Team.

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.

Featured Artists of the Month in October

Confirmands Abbie Evans and Joe Bruner have chosen as their confirmation capstone project an art exhibit depicting their St. John’s experiences, including youth trips. The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of October, and they will present their artwork at an artist’s reception on Saturday, October 12, at 6:00 pm, following the Saturday evening worship service. Please join them at this reception, and please take time to view their exhibit during the month of October.

Support the Connection Café

St. John’s partners with three downtown churches to sponsor the Connection Café, a free noon meal served 5 days/week in the undercroft of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. A late afternoon fundraiser – heavy on the “fun” – in support of the Café is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s. John Zickefoose will entertain with “Songs I Taught My Mother” accompanied by food, wine and a silent auction. Tickets ($30) are available today in the narthex, or you may contact Sue Ging or Marianne Meyer to purchase them.

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Manual Can Openers Needed

Once again we ask for your donations of can openers to share with the homeless. There will be a receptacle in the reception area to accept them. If you prefer to make a financial donation please mark your check “can openers”. Thank you.

Midweek Music Series Continues Wednesday, October 23

Please join us each Wednesday, beginning October 2, 2019, for performances by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians. A variety of classical, folk, pop, and jazz concerts will be presented throughout the season. Each 30-minute concert begins at 12:05 pm in the Sanctuary and all performances are free and open to the public. A light lunch, priced at $6 each, is available in Weertz Hall, following the concert. October’s schedule brings a wealth of talent and top-notch entertainment:

  • Oct 23: Party of Four vocal quartet w/Joel Gettys

  • Oct 30: Lyric Winds (Kimberly Bachelder Helton, flute; Sue Odem, oboe; Kariann Voigts, clarinet).

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Sunday, Oct. 20: Capstone Project Presentations: This week’s presenters: Jakob Hoffman, Nathan Morrissey, Cooper Michael and Matthew Kamba. Please join us to embrace and support our young people as they grow in faith and develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a person of faith.

Oct. 27: No forum scheduled

2nd Annual Youth Bake Sale November 10th

The middle and high school youth of St. John’s will host their fall bake sale on Sunday, November 10th, after the 8am and 10am worship services. Both bakers and customers are needed!

Funds raised help reduce costs for all students who want to participate in youth trips and activities. We are grateful for the faithful support shown to the youth of St. John’s as they grow in faith and friendship. Questions regarding the bake sale may be directed to Maggie Evans at

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