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.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: The group will not meet on July 3. 
Quilting: Just a reminder - no Tuesday Morning quilting during the month of July. 

St. John’s Gardening Group: Join us for a tour of Jack & Jennifer Hilmes’ gardens on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. Their address is 5115 Woodland, Des Moines. Jack & Jennifer refer to their backyard as “The Ragged Garden.” A once overgrown woodlands with invasive buckthorn, they have kept the perimeter woods and defined a yard, created flower beds, and built raised beds for vegetables. Several of the 75-year-old yews have been removed and recycled into an arbor built by Jack along with Jennifer’s dad. Tree trunks line a woodland path. All variety of trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted to create privacy and minimal maintenance, with two aging gardeners in mind. Once overwhelming, their back yard has slowly become a source of joy and a constant project!

St. John’s Social Club: We’ll meet on Sunday, July 16, at Prairie Meadows to enjoy a buffet and watch camel, zebra, and ostrich races. Meet at noon in the Triple Crown Buffet (just to the left of the main entrance) and watch the races starting at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Darla at if you are able to attend. Also join us for Jazz in July: You are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. for events on Thursday, July 6, at Terrace Hill to hear Rose Colella. On Thursday, July 20, join us at Hoyt Sherman to hear the Foxtrot Hotshots. Bring a lawn chair and beverage/snacks of your choice.

Children's Ministry

VBS Registration Deadline is July 9! Our Lutheran Lakeside VBS Day Camp will be held at St. John’s Monday, July 31-Thursday, August 3 from 8:30-2:30 for all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. There will continue to be forms on the tables outside of the sanctuary. Payment is also available on the St. John’s website. Forms may be turned in to Alicia Karwal at any time or dropped off at the front desk. Questions? Please contact Alicia at

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 three or four counselors. Also, if you are willing to volunteer as a helper during VBS Day Camp on one or more of the days, please contact Alicia. It is great fun! Thank you for considering these opportunities!

WIRED Events

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