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

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 1-5 will meet in Room 205 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!

Project HOPE was started by children in fifth and sixth grades to contribute to those in need locally. Project HOPE is accepting donations in money and item form. All items will be divided into reusable bags and given to people in Des Moines area shelters and people in the community. Lists of items most needed and collection boxes are at the tables outside the sanctuary. Monetary donations will be used to buy additional items on the list. Monetary donations can be given to Isabelle Karwal or Alicia Karwal. Donations will be collected through March 13. Thank you for giving HOPE!

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Feb. 24: Dr. Maeve Callan will provide an overview of Judaism and the idea that “we are called to be God’s partners in healing the world.

Mar. 3: Dr. Ken Jones, Grand View University, will present “Address to the Christian Nobility.” In this treatise, Luther calls upon the ruling class to reform the Church, since the Church will not reform itself. Ken will help us understand the context and the issues that concerned Luther in another of his works of 1520.

Youth Ministry


The Youth Fundraiser is just a week away! Join us on Saturday, Mar. 2, for trivia fun and dinner. We have wonderful silent auction items! A few trivia topics to look forward to are ‘Flags’, ‘Pop Culture’ and ‘Around the World.’ Tickets are $15 (children 5 and under free) or you may create your team and buy a full table (up to 8 seats) for $80! Tickets are available in the narthex and online at Purchase your tickets by end of day this Wednesday, Feb. 27. After that time, additional tickets will be available only if space permits. The event starts at 6 p.m. at St. John’s.

Confirmation Updates: March brings changes to our Confirmation schedule starting Wednesday, Mar. 6. During Lent, Wednesday evening services at 7:15 are part of Confirmation class. The one exception is Wednesday, Mar. 20. During Lent all Confirmation students should arrive for class at 6:15 and stay through the service ending around 8 p.m. Students may sit with the class or your families. This is a great opportunity for Confirmation students to complete sermon notes! Youth choir will not meet during Lent.

March Calendar: Mar. 2, Youth Fundraiser 6 p.m. / Mar. 3, High School Night 6 p.m. / Mar. 17-24, Spring Break No Class

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Mah Jongg meets in Neumann Hall at 6 p.m. every Monday, weather permitting.

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

Recreational Book Club: Join the group on Wednesday, Feb. 27 to discuss Janesville by Amy Goldstein. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month, in Rose Holm at 4:30 unless other plans are made.

EAGLES: Youth Auction March 2! For information regarding this group please contact Amanda at and/or 515-243-7691 ext. 335.

St. John’s Social Club: Youth Auction March 2! To maximize contributions to the Youth, SJSC is donating a goodie-basket for bidding at the auction. We ask SJSC members (or anyone else) to donate money directly to the church earmarked for the Youth. Donations may be made by check to St. John’s; note Social Club/youth on the memo line. You may also donate at and access the menu. Go to “Contribute Online” and “Other Giving” “Chr Involv Social Club.” and make your online donation.

Celebrating Katy: Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., Madhouse Brewing Company, 501 Scott Avenue, DSM. Upcoming venues: Mistress Brewing Co., Court Avenue Brewing Co. and Barn Town Brewing! If you have questions, contact Rod Snavely ( or 515-494-3178). It’s okay to text.

Lunch Bunch II: Wednesday, Mar. 20, 12:30 p.m. (We meet the third Wednesday of the month.) With question or for additional information please contact Ann Moeller ( or 515-277-7339). All are welcome!

Lunch Bunch I: Thursday, Mar. 21, 11:30 a.m. (We meet the third Thursday of the month). Coordinator for March, Pat Schafer 515-975-2744. With questions, please contact Mary Liechty ( All are welcome!

WIRED Yoga: Thursdays (Feb. 7- Mar. 28) from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge. (Session 1). Cost: $10 per class or $50 for six sessions. (Session 2: Apr. 4 – May 30) Cost: $10 per class or $60 for seven sessions. Some yoga mats are available and chairs for those who don’t want to use a floor mat. Those who have not attended a class may try it once at no cost. Scholarships are available. To attend or with questions, contact Corrine Lambert at Dates not meeting: 3/14, 4/18, 5/2.

WIRED Women’s Night Out: “My Favorite Things” Party, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., at Jacque Warming’s (3827-128 St. Urbandale). RSVP to Jacque ( or text or call 240-0848) or to Darla ( or text or call 205-0564).

WIRED Luncheon: SAVE THE DATE! Mar. 31! Sign-ups begin the first weekend in March. Anjela Shutts, Des Moines family law attorney with Whitfield & Eddy and St. John’s member, is the speaker for the WIRED Spring Lunch. She will talk with us about Access to Justice particularly as it relates to children. Anjie serves on the board of Kids First and as the vice chair of Iowa Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.

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.

Sponsorships Needed for Children’s Club

The Children’s Club in our Companion Parish – Mramba Lutheran Parish in Tanzania – is a successful program bringing the most vulnerable children in the community together on Saturdays for educational enrichment, nutritious meals and life-skills training. Expenses and oversight of the Club are funded through sponsorships of the students by the members and friends of St. John’s. There are currently 19 children who need sponsorships for the 2019 school year. Members of the Companion Parish Ministry Team are seeking your support today. Any questions regarding sponsorship may be directed to Carol Fisher at or 515-779-9216.

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Organ Recital with Dr. Michael Elsbernd, Sunday, February 24, 3 p.m.

St. John’s organist, Mike Elsbernd, will be joined by the St. John’s String Scholars and the Cathedral Choir men’s ensemble performing Messe Cum Jubilo by Maurice Duruflé. Mike will round out the program with the following additional pieces: Tocatta in F by Dietrich Buxtehude, Cesar Frank’s sublime Prelude, Fugue & Variation, Japanese composer Shinji Inagi’s (b.1978) programmatic work Wind of Ryuku and Josef Rheinberger’s grand masterwork Sonata No. 3 in G-Major (Pastorale). Following the recital, all are invited to a reception in Fireside Lounge. This recital is free and open to all.

Midweek Music Series presents Des Moines Concert Handbells Wednesday, Feb. 27

Des Moines Concert Handbells is an advanced community ensemble with members located throughout Central Iowa. Ringers perform on 15+ octaves of instruments and concert repertoire includes sacred and secular music. The ensemble is co-directed by Beth Ann Edwards, Patrick Gagnon, and Julie Murphy. The performance begins at 12:05 p.m. and is free and open to all. A light lunch, pricked at $6 per person, is available at 12:35 in Weertz Hall.

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Artist of the Month: Christ Nevels & Nicole Colson-Nevels

Husband and wife, Christ Nevels and Nicole Colson-Nevels, are both painters who enjoy exhibiting together. Christ is an Iowa native who is inspired by other artists, especially African American artists with whom he has worked, and from the people he meets everywhere. Nicole focuses on mixed media and the richness and vibrancy of colors. She is challenged by her purpose in life and is compelled to use her art to glorify God.

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