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

A reminder that there are no Sunday School classes held Sunday, Apr. 21. Happy Easter!

Uniforms for Tanzania update: We are in our last weeks of collecting donations for our Sunday School service project which provides necessary school uniforms to allow our brothers and sisters in Tanzania to attend school. I am excited to report that through the generosity of an anonymous donor, from now until the end of May, any donations brought in by our children will be matched up to $400!

Registration for VBS at St. John’s begins Apr. 28. VBS Day Camp will be at St. John’s July 29-Aug. 1. Camp is open to all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade! Volunteers are needed! Please email Alicia at if you are interested in helping!

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Mah Jongg meeting in Neumann at 6 p.m. on April 22nd.

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

Recreational Book Club: Meet on Wednesday, Apr. 24 and we’ll discuss, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month. Meet in Rose Holm at 4:30 unless other plans are made.

Photography: Sunday, Apr. 28 following the 10 a.m. service. The theme is “Upside Down or Downside Up.” Check the bulletin announcements for details or contact Paul Meyer with questions at

Celebrating Katy: Thursday, May 2, Court Avenue Brewing Co., (309 Court Ave., DSM) at 7 p.m. With questions, contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

EAGLES: Thursday, May 9, Kansas City WWI Museum Trip. We will leave at 8 a.m., have an early lunch in Kansas City followed by the Museum tour. A dinner will be planned and a hotel stay in the Power and Light area that same evening. On May 10, we’ll visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art prior to heading home. For information regarding this group please contact Amanda at and/or 515-243-7691 ext. 335.

Lunch Bunch II: Wednesday, May 15, 12:30 p.m. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested or would like additional information please contact Anne Moeller ( or 515-274-7339). All are welcome!

Lunch Bunch I: Thursday, May 16, 11:30 a.m. We meet the third Thursday of the month. Coordinators: May-Mary Liechty; June-Blanca Hanson; July-Barb Hyler. With questions, please contact Mary Liechty ( All are welcome.

WIRED Yoga: Next session runs through May 30; $10 per class or $60 for 7 sessions. Those who have not attended a class may try it once at no cost. Some yoga mats are available as are some chair. Scholarships are available. To attend or with questions, contact Corrine Lambert at Not meeting 5/2.

WIRED Book Club: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 6 p.m., at the home of Diane Wheeler (14316 Alpine Dr., Urbandale). The book we’re reading is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

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.

Bedding Plant Flowers Available for Pick-up on May 4

For those who ordered bedding plants in March, the plants will be available for pick-up on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30 - noon in the north parking lot. Extra plants have been ordered and may be purchased on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5.

Easter Sunday Breakfast

Once again this year, the Companion Parish Ministry Team cordially invites you to enjoy a hot breakfast on Easter morning, 8:30-10 a.m., in Weertz Hall. Your free-will donation supports the children in the Most Vulnerable Children’s Club, a partnership with our Companion Parish – Mramba Lutheran Parish – in the Pare Diocese, Tanzania.

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Apr. 21: No Forum due to Easter.

Apr. 28: Part 2 of Theology and Other Things. Dr. Mark Mattes, Professor of Theology and Religion at Grand View University will present two sessions in which discussion will be led by those in attendance. They will be encouraged to ask questions regarding theology, the Church, church history and any other topics of faith.

May 5: “Freedom of a Christian” with Dr. Ken Jones. In Luther’s last attempt at reconciliation with Rome, he affirms it is not the Pope’s person he is attacking, but the ungodly doctrines and corruption surrounding the Papacy. Ken will lead us in the fourth of Luther’s works of 1520.

Youth News

Graduation Recognition Reception is Sunday, May 19: High School Graduates will be recognized at the 10 a.m. service with a reception following. All are invited! Seniors be sure to turn in your bio and photo by May 5th.

Way of the Cross

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Join the annual downtown Way of the Cross procession & reflection on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. We will begin at First United Methodist at 1:30 and will include stops at St. Paul’s, Elsie Mason, Cowles Commons, Polk County Court House, St. Ambrose, St. John’s and CenturyLink Park (next to the CenturyLink building). You are welcome to join us for part or all of the procession.

Each stop will feature a reflection on Scripture. You are welcome to join at any point on the procession, and are welcome to carry the cross for a small part of the solemn walk. Families and children are encouraged to participate. The Way of the Cross is sponsored by The Bridge, an ecumenical initiative among the four downtown churches (First United Methodist, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Ambrose Catholic Cathedral, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral).

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Youth Plant Sale Fund-Raiser, Part 2: Vegetable and Herb Plants for Sale

Vegetable and herb plants have been started from Seed Saver heirloom seeds and they are growing in Mike’s office! Plants will be available for purchase beginning Saturday, May 4, when the bedding plants arrive, and will be available on Sundays and Wednesdays for a few weeks in May. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, basil, arugula, and more will be available. Email Beth Ann ( for a complete list of plants that will be available. We also have some extra seeds available for purchase. All plants are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Proceeds will help defray costs for the summer youth trips. A few extra bedding plants have been ordered and will also be available for purchase beginning Saturday, May 4.

Artist of the Month: Chelsea Bredeson Hayes

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“I consider myself a generalist, not a specialist. I love far too many different media to stick with just one. There are things I want to say, that just simply do not work in a single media. This current selection spans several years of work and shows my perhaps only common theme - the holiness of everyday life. Friends, family, pets, and special locations are my sparks for the creative fire. I draw my inspiration from moments in my daily life that give me awe.” Chelsea will share the exhibit space with her sister, Caroline Hicks, who is also an artist.

Midweek Music Series presents Da Capo Choir from Roosevelt High School

Da Capo is Roosevelt High School’s a cappella jazz choir. It is in its fourth year of existence and is comprised of 17 singers who love music of all styles. The group has done masterclasses with members of The Real Group, Calmus, and other nationally known jazz musicians. They are under the direction of Dr. Rose Dino. The concert begin at 12:05 p.m. in the Sanctuary and is free and open to all. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, is served at 12:35 p.m. following the performance.


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.

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