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 Adult Forum

Please Note: No Forum Sunday, April 30 - Join us for Coffee with the Council in Weertz.

May 7 & 14: Dr. Ken Jones, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Grand View University, will offer a presentation on the Lutheran Reformation and the outcomes and events that occurred in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation. This is a two part series.

Children's Ministry

All children are invited to attend Sunday School this Sunday from 8:45-9:45. Preschool age children will meet in Room 6 and Kindergarten in Room 7. Grades 1-4 will meet in Room 205 instead of the chapel for the start of Sunday School. They will then transition to their classrooms after our opening time together. Parents, please remember to sign your child in and out of their classroom. Thank you! 

This Sunday through May 7, current fifth graders are invited to join Middle School Ministry in DDI during the Sunday School hour. Please contact Alicia Karwal or Noah Niermann with any questions.

Children are invited to turn in their final donations for God’s Global Barnyard by Sunday, April 30. The Sunday School classes will vote on Sunday, May 7 to determine our final purchases through the ELCA’s Good Gifts program! Thank you for your continued support of the Children’s Ministry service project this program year.

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.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Meets Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. in Neumann. Contact Darla Stiles at with questions. 

St. John’s Gardening Group: The season kicks off with a presentation by Robyn Hofland on “Container Gardening” in Neumann on Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.  She will also talk about miniature “fairy” gardens. Plan to attend and bring friends.  The 2017 St. John’s Gardening Tour Schedule is available online or in the Welcome Center.

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Join us on May 6, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Room 8. All are welcome.

EAGLES: Orange City trip May 19 (some are going early on the 18th). Please note if you wish to do it in one day, the trip is about 480 miles round-trip. The day has many free things but also activities with a small charge. There are $4 reserved seats for a parade and $15 for a book that covers many of the activities. Margaret Townsend would like to know if you are interested in participating. Please call her at 274-0962 or email at more information at

St. John’s Social Club: Garden Party at the home of Dennis and Karen Zaabel on Sunday, May 21, at 5:00 p.m. Please bring a salad to share. RSVP to Karen at

WIRED Events

WIRED Yoga: The new session will run Apr. 20 through June 1, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. Cost is $60 for the 7-week session or $10 each week. If interested, contact Corinne Lambert at or (515) 556-3679.

WIRED Night Out: Join us Tuesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Jacque Warming for a wine tasting guided by independent consultant, Mary Ann Bender.  If you are able to attend, please contact Jacque at

Midweek Music Series

Welcomes Foxtrot Hotshots Wednesday, May 3

The Midweek Music Series closes its 2016-17 program year on Wednesday, May 3, when the Foxtrot Hotshots are the featured musicians. The Foxtrot Hotshots is a band made up of central Iowa’s finest performers of 1920s-era jazz and popular music. Foxtrots, Hot Jazz, show tunes, novelty tunes – all performed with the infectious, two-beat bounce of the ‘Roaring 20s.  The five members of the band draw upon decades of experience performing in Dixieland bands and in musical theater to provide a program of music that is irrepressibly upbeat, clever, and fun. Music begins at 12:05 in the Sanctuary and is free and open to the public. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, will be served at 12:35, following the performance. The 2017-18 Midweek Music Series schedule will be announced this summer.

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