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.

Special Announcement

A warm welcome to our new Director of Youth Ministry, Maggie Evans!

Maggie - a member of St. John’s along with her husband, Ryan, and children, Wyatt & Abby – will begin work as the Director of Youth Ministry on Monday, August 28th. Maggie has been active as a parent volunteer with children’s and youth ministry here for several years, as well a member of the Cathedral Choir and the Adult Handbell Choir.  A graduate of Grand View University, she comes to us from the Des Moines Public Library where she has worked as a Youth Specialist, designing and facilitating school-year and summer programs for children and youth.  Maggie has a passion for guiding youth as they question, deepen and grow in faith and is committed to building community across all generations.  We are privileged to have Maggie as a member of the staff of St. John’s!

Congregational Project

Please help WIRED in collecting items needed for the Teachers’ Supply closet at Moulton Elementary School as we support CFUM (Children and Family Urban Movement) as well as the Head Start Programs through the Des Moines Public Schools. Many of these items are or will be on sale. We will collect now through October and the supplies will be used throughout the year. Bring any of the items and place in boxes in the office or narthex.     

  • Dry-erase markers
  • Chart paper
  • Clear contact paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Book tape (tape designed to repair books) 
  • Headphones (foam covers & no earbuds)
  • Hair ties
  • Clorox wipes
  • Kleenex
  • Safety pins
  • Ziploc bags (all sizes).

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Monday, Aug. 21, 6 p.m., on the patio @ Smokey Row. Questions? Contact Darla at

Quilting: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m. in Room 308.
Recreational Reading: Will meet at Caribou Coffee on Ingersoll on Aug. 23 at 4:30 p.m. to select books for the coming year.

St. John’s Social Club: Join us for a night of bands, dancing, and fun on Aug. 26 in Woodward at the Lake Robbins Dance Hall. Doors open at 5:00 with a dance lesson at 5:30 if you desire. Three bands will entertain with oldies, swing and country music. Cost is $10 with funds going to the Jake Puppy Foundation which trains service dogs for veterans. Food and drinks are available. RSVP to Jean and Bob Williams at or 515-277-9120.

WIRED Book Discussion will meet Thursday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m. at the home of Diane Wheeler. The book is Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. Please bring an appetizer to share. RSVP to Diane at if you plan to attend.

Megan Clausen Ordination

By the grace of God and the call of the Church, Megan Clausen will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. Your prayers and presence are requested.  All rostered leaders are invited to vest and process. The color of the day is red. Megan has been called as Pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in York, Nebraska.  Installation at First Evangelical Lutheran will be Sunday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. 

Children's Ministry

Mark your calendars!  Rally Day is Sunday, September 10!  All children ages three through fifth grade are invited to come with their families from 8:45-9:45 to join in the fun! Families are invited to begin in Fireside where there will be a registration table and also instructions for the special Rally Day event Lego Mania.  The first day of Sunday School for children ages three through fifth grade is September 17.  

Middle School Ministry will continue for children entering sixth grade.  You may register your sixth grader during the Rally Day event as well!

Fine Arts Update

Fine Arts Patron party Sunday, August 27, 4 to 6 pm

The annual Friends of the Arts patron party will be held at the Iowa State Bar Association headquarters on Sunday, August 27. This facility, built in 1902 originally as the Des Moines Western Railway Freight House, is located at 625 E. Court Ave., Des Moines, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The event provides an opportunity to celebrate our patrons, artists, and the Arts at St. John’s. Light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by the St. John’s String Scholars and friends. The 2017-18 St. John’s arts calendar of events and exhibits will be announced at that time. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Beth Ann Edwards ( by August 23.

Zenith Chamber Music Festival Friday, August 18, 7:30 p.m. 

St. John’s is hosting a concert as part of the Zenith Chamber Music Festival on Friday, August 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Zenith Chamber Music Festival, which highlights national and international guest artists and local artists, is held annually in Des Moines and is sponsored by Drake University. The festival takes place Aug. 15-19, and all concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

Kisasa Rehearsals Begin Wednesday, August 30

Rehearsals for Kisasa will begin two weeks before Beloved Community officially begins. On August 30 and September 6, rehearsals will begin at 5:30 with a light meal, and we will dismiss at 7:30. All students entering grades 3 through 6 are invited to participate in Kisasa Musicians. When Beloved Community begins on September 13, Kisasa rehearsals take place from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Activities include vocal choir, handbell ringing, visual art, and more! For more information, please contact Beth Ann Edwards ( 

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