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.

Children's Ministry

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.

If you would be interested in hosting a camp counselor (or two) from Lutheran Lakeside this summer during VBS week at St. John’s please contact Alicia at for more information.  We will likely need to host four or five counselors.  Also, if you would be willing to volunteer as a helper during our VBS Day Camp on one or more of the days, please contact me.  It is great fun!  Thank you for considering these opportunities!

The votes are in! For their service project this year, our Sunday School classes, collected and donated money towards God’s Global Barnyard, providing gifts that support the sustainable development projects of ELCA World Hunger.  Their donations will allow us to purchase the following: one goat, two pigs, two roosters, four sets of chicks, and one honey bee hive!  Thank you for supporting our children in their efforts!

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: There will be NO Mah Jongg on Monday, May 29, due to Memorial Day. 

Gardening: We’ll travel to Ames to tour Reiman Gardens on Saturday, June 10, leaving St. John’s at 8:15 a.m.  The group will enjoy lunch together following the tour. Because we are carpooling, please RSVP to Darla at if you plan to attend.

St. John’s Social Club: Join us for Shakespeare on the Lawn at the Salisbury House on Friday, June 16, as they present “Taming of the Shrew.” The play will be performed by the Repertory Theater of Iowa atop the English gardens. The play will begin at 7:30 p.m. with gates opening at 6:30. Admission is $25. For tickets, visit or call 515-274-1777. Bring lawn chairs, beverage of choice and a picnic-style dish. Judy and Phil Latessa will provide the main course. RSVP to Judy Latessa at 515-249-2171 or e-mail at

EAGLES:  We’ll tour the Botanical Gardens on Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. with Dennis Zaabel leading the tour. Cost is $10/person, senior rate for the guided tour. The tour will last 45-60 minutes. Lunch will follow at 11 at Trellis, inside the Center.  If you are unable to take the guided tour, you are still welcome for lunch. Please RSVP to Carol Dittmer at or call 515-287-7860 by Monday, June 19.

Next Adventure: Join us at Ledges State Park on Saturday, June 24 where we’ll join the Greater Des Moines Volksport Association. Mark your calendars and watch for more information.

WIRED Events

WIRED Yoga: We’ll  meet for the last time this spring Thursday, June 1,  at 5:45 – 6:45 in the Fireside Lounge. 

WIRED Book Discussion: Join us Tuesday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at the home of Darla Stiles. The book is The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah. RSVP to Darla at 

Planning Ahead

Celebrate the 500th Anniversary through study, worship, and music! A three-day festival entitled: “Reformation Roots: Fruitful Seeds, Singing Heritage, Sustaining Faith,” will take place on October 27-29. Join us as we explore various topics of the Reformation with keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. The festival will conclude at St. John’s Lutheran on Sunday, October 29th, 3:00pm, with a presentation of two great masterworks: Bach’s “Cantata 80: A Mighty Fortress” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Reformation Symphony.” (Contact Michael Elsbernd for more information.)

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