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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Capital Campaign Update

Thank you for returning your Bless This House capital campaign Commitment Cards! If you have not returned your pledge, please return it to the office as soon as possible!

Campaign update as of October 17:
Pledged to Date: $1,726,569.16  /  % of Goal 96.08%  /  Pledges Received: 254  /  Households Pledging: 72.36%

Stewardship, Cottage Meetings and You!

In October St John’s Congregational Council will host “Cottage Meetings” as part of our Annual Stewardship Emphasis: #begrateful. This is a chance for us to meet with members and discuss all that is involved in St. John’s ministries. Light refreshments will be served. Another option is on October 14 at 11:15 a.m. at St. John’s. Sign up in the Fireside Lounge or contact Jennifer Early at

Cottage Meeting Times and General Location:

October 21
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Des Moines
Host: Matt & Betsy Busick

October 28
4:00 - 5:30
West Des Moines
Host: Judy & Phil Latessa

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Children's Ministry

All children are invited to attend Sunday School this Sunday from 8:45-9:45. Preschool-Room 6; Kindergarten-Room 7. Grades 1-5 will start in Room 205. 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!

On Wednesday, October 31 we will celebrate All Hallows Eve with our costume and trick-or-treating tradition! Please join us in costume for the Beloved Community meal and worship, followed by music programming from 6:30-7 p.m. Children, age three through sixth grade, meet in Weertz at 7 p.m. and we’ll travel throughout the church to trick-or-treat. If you would like to donate treats (either trinkets or peanut free candy), please drop off items at the front desk or give directly to Alicia Karwal or Maggie Evans. Thank you!

Sunday School Giving Tree: This year, we are adding some new components to our existing Sunday School curriculum. Sunday School teachers will have access to “Making Connections” activities and games right at their fingertips! To do this, we are seeking some additional materials. These materials can be newly purchased or gently used! If you are interested in donating one or more items for our Sunday School classrooms (3 years-5th grade), please use the following link to sign up through our Giving Tree! The link will continually be updated as we need new supplies. Thank you in advance! If you have any questions, please contact Alicia at

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Sunday Morning Education Forum

Oct. 21: Part 3 of Confirmation Student Capstone Projects.

Oct. 28: No Forum. Confirmation Sunday.

Small Groups

Photography: Oct. 21 at 11:15 in Neumann. The theme is “Vacations.” Please bring several photos and be prepared to share photo ideas for Artist of the Month in November. Theme for the Weertz display is “Reflections.” Contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. Photography group is welcome to anyone that likes to talk about photos.

Mah Jongg: Oct 22, 6 p.m. We will meet through the fall and winter in Neumann.

Quilting: Oct. 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 308. The first 2019 Bee for 2019 quilt year is Oct. 27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. We will plan on meeting the fourth Saturday of the month but not November nor December due to holidays. Coffee and treats will be provided with great conversation. With questions, call or text Melody at 556-7148 or email at

Recreational Reading: Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Rose Holm at 4:30 p.m. Next meeting Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Oct. 27, 10–2, Room 8. All are welcome. Please bring your project, supplies, and ideas to share with the group. Contact Delaine Marker with any questions at or 515-238-0094.

Celebrating Katy: Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. at 515 Brewing Company, 7700 University Ave., Ste. C, Clive. With questions, contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

St. John’s Social Club: Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s. Have you ever wondered where things are at St. John’s? Well, it will truly be a mystery when you take part in the Social Clubs’ Scavenger Hunt. We will give you great clues, but you will still need to use your noggin to find the “lost” items. Dinner will follow at Django. RSVP for dinner reservations by Oct. 29 to: or

WIRED Yoga: Thursdays through Nov. 15, 5:45-6:45 p.m., in the Fireside Lounge. Cost is $10/class or $60 for all classes. Contact Corrine Lambert if you can attend or have questions.

WIRED Book Discussion: Oct. 23, 6 p.m. at the home of Carol Lunde, 933 43rd Street, DSM. We’ll discuss Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. Bring an hors de oeuvre to share if you have time. RSVP to Carol at or Deb Donald at, if you have questions.

WIRED Cooking Club: Nov. 1, 6 p.m. at Jacque Warming’s, for a catered Italian meal by an Italian chef. A donation of $10 will be applied to the cost of the meal. RSVP no later than Monday, Oct. 29 to Carol Lunde at or 515-249-7272. Sign up soon.

Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble at St. John’s on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4:00

The Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble will open its 2018-2019 season with a program of choral works celebrating the building blocks of all material existence – Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Our music for this concert will feature songs on themes of these four elements and include a variety of choral styles, historic eras and composers. Tickets may be purchased in advance at for $18 adult, $5 student, $20 at the door

Do you want to Receive the Eagle Call via Email?

Are you interested in receiving the monthly Eagle Call by email? Did you think you were supposed to received but haven’t? Please let Katie know by calling the office (243-7691) or email We may have an incorrect email address or can add you to the list if you wish to receive it electronically.

Parking Update for St. John’s

The City of Des Moines has increased active times for street parking meters. They are now in effect Monday–Saturday until 9 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday events, please remember you may park behind the church and also in the lot across Park Street, as well as the Principal lot to our west.


October Artist of the Month - Amenda Tate: Manibus

In Latin, the word Manibus means “the hand.” Amenda Tate created the Manibus robotic painting device to use as a new tool. It aids in the creation of an artistic depiction capturing motion and time. With Manibus, she translates the movement and visceral dynamics of dance into painted works of art. Her works embody abstract energy and kinetic verve. Amenda was born in Des Moines. Studies in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University led her to the realization that her interest in how things work would be better satisfied by artistic endeavors. Her works combine science with arts and address topics such as identity, individuality, longevity and social culture in our digital era.

LSI Needs Day-Time Volunteers!

Lutheran Services in Iowa is looking for Day-Time Volunteers! We need friendly and caring people to help with our Elder Refugee ESL classes in the mornings and afternoons, as well as with First Circle Friends, an activity-based respite program for individuals with early to mid-stage memory loss that meets every other Thursday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. No prior experience is needed for either opportunity. For more information, visit or contact Mariah Himes at or (515) 633-3057.

Midweek Music Series

Please join us each Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. for a 30-minute concert by world-class vocal and instrumental musicians. A light lunch, priced at $6 each, is available in Weertz Hall, following the concert. The full season’s schedule may be found on the Arts page on the St. John’s website.

October 24 Adrienne Stratton & Vaughn Hommerding, violin and viola duo. Both musicians are string students at Drake University, and both are members of the St. John’s String Scholars. Their Series program will include solo pieces, and they will perform John Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for violin and viola based on Handel’s composition by the same name.

October 31 Lyric Winds and Friends. Kimberly Helton, flute; Sue Odem, oboe; Kariann Voigts, clarinet; are joined by Dan Peichl, horn; Mike Eckerty, bassoon; Christy Eckerty, piano; as they perform Poulenc’s Sextet (for wind quintet and piano).

Collaborative Art Exhibit: The Church Year

This collaborative art exhibit will be hung in the Fireside Lounge starting in December. Each week of the church year will be represented by a narrow piece of wood, painted and decorated in the color of the liturgical season. The pieces of wood will be lined up and give a visual representation of the church year, starting with the first Sunday of Advent. Participants may take the wood home to paint and/or decorate with the appropriate liturgical color. Participantscan also paint at St. John’s, at one or more painting sessions in Room 208: Sunday, Oct. 14, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (with Kisasa) • Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a federally-funded program operated in Iowa through the Department of Insurance. The program’s mission is to provide trained volunteer counselors to assist seniors, disabled persons on Medicare, and those about to turn 65 navigate through the complex world of Medicare. Counselors assist, on a no-fee basis, those about to enroll in Medicare, helping them select Medigap plans, choosing between regular Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as aiding them in selecting and enrolling in a prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D). Four downtown Des Moines congregations are members of The Bridge, which is a sponsor organization for SHIIP. If you are a member of one of these congregations and would like assistance, you can call SHIIP directly at 800-351-4664. A volunteer counselor will then contact you to help make appropriate Medicare decisions.

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