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.

Sunday Morning Education Forum

St. John’s Sunday Morning Education Forum meets each Sunday in the Neumann Conference room, which is located on the first floor across from the chapel, unless otherwise noted. Coffee and snacks are provided. All are welcome.

Jan. 7: Dr. Mark Minear, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. Mark’s topic will be “Mindfulness” –  embracing the present moment, experiencing  greater acceptance, reducing stress, being more at peace and paying better attention.  

Jan. 14: Brittany Ledford, Resource Development Officer with Mosaic, a national faith-based organization whose purpose is to serve and advocate for people with intellectual disabilities and provide opportunities for them to enjoy a meaningful life.

Children's Ministry

Reminder: Sunday School classes resume Sunday, Jan. 14.

New for 2018!  Our Whole Lives: Elementary Edition 1st and 2nd Grade will be offered beginning Sunday, Jan. 14 from 8:45-9:45. There will be an informational parent meeting on Wednesday, Jan 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 8. Parents and children are both encouraged to attend the first session on Jan. 14.  The 8-week class will be held during the Sunday School hour. Please note: Individuals participating in this class will do so in place of Sunday School. Sunday School classes will still be offered for those that prefer to not participate in the Our Whole Lives class. Please contact Alicia Karwal if you have any questions.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Resumes, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. in Neumann at church. Questions? Contact Darla at 

Quilting: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m. in Room 308.

St. John’s Social Club: Join us Saturday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. at the home of Bill and Darla Stiles to plan activities for the coming year. Please bring an hors d’oeuvre (or dessert) and RSVP to Darla at or 515-243-7691. Come with lots of ideas!

Photography: We’ll meet Sunday, Jan. 21, at 11:15 a.m. in Neumann. The theme is “celebrations” or your favorite photo of 2017. Come with ideas for themes for 2018.

WIRED Luncheon and Service Project Speakers: Please join us for lunch on Sunday, Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m. in Weertz Fellowship Hall to enjoy friends and listen to speakers Crystal Abbe and Kristin Warming from the Head Start Program, our 2018 service project recipient. Lunch is $10. Signups are Jan. 7 – 21 in the Fireside Lounge around services or e-mail Darla at

WIRED Book Discussion: Meeting Tuesday, Jan 16, at 6 p.m. at the home of Mary Ritchie. The book to read and discuss is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amore Towles.  Please bring an hors d’oeuvre and RSVP to Mary at

Youth News

Sunday, Jan. 14th: All third-year confirmation parents and students are asked to attend the Capstone Project meeting. Gather in Neumann immediately following the 10 a.m. service. We’ll discuss the Capstone Project expectations and give examples of past projects. Please email Maggie ( if you cannot attend to schedule a different time.

Lyric Winds to Perform January 10 at Midweek Music Series

The Lyric Winds, with flutist Kimberly Helton, clarinetist Kariann Voigts, oboist Sue Odem; and pianist Sonya Siebert will present a program of chamber music on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 12:05 p.m. Chamber music is an intimate experience, resembling a conversation with dear friends, and that is precisely what the Lyric Winds brings to a performance. They treasure their time together, and welcome their audiences to share a little of that time with them. There is no charge for this program. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, is served in Weertz Hall following the performance.

Manual Can Openers Needed

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If you’ve advanced to the high-tech stage of can openers and still have the retired versions at home, we have a use for them. We are collecting them for the homeless. who often receive canned goods and need a way to open them.We will appreciate any working openers that you have and will get them to those in need. Thank you!

St. John’s Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles Help Celebrate Epiphany


St. John’s vocal and handbell choirs and instrumental ensembles will provide music for the 5 p.m. Saturday evening worship on Jan. 6. The celebration of Epiphany provides the perfect occasion to highlight themes of light, worship, and celebration of Christ on earth. The service will begin with a lessons-and-carols format followed by traditional liturgy and Communion. A fund-raiser chili cook-off dinner, hosted by the St. John’s youth, will take place following the worship service.

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