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

Registration for VBS at St. John’s is still open! Registration forms are loocated in the narthex. VBS Day Camp will be held at St. John’s July 29-August 1. Day Camp is open to all children entering kindergarten through sixth grade! Volunteers and Host Families are needed to run this program.Please contact Alicia Karwal at if you or someone you know is interested in helping. Thank you!

Thank you to all that have donated glassware and cartons for our “upcycling” projects during VBS week. We now have a sufficient supply! We still, however, need the following:

  • Tin cans (any size, washed with labels removed, tops/lids removed – no pop cans) Example: canned foods.

Small Groups

Mah Jongg: Mondays, 6 p.m. at St. John’s in Neumann.

Quilting Bee for LWR: Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. in Neumann. Join us for fun, conversation and a good cause. Come for whatever time you can. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Scrapbooking/Card Making: Saturday, July, 27 10-2, Room 8. All are welcome. We meet the 4th Saturday of the month. Bring your project, supplies, and ideas. Contact Delaine Marker with questions at or 515-238-0094.

WIRED Book Discussion: Tuesday, July 30, 6 p.m. at the home of Karen Zaabel, 1102 S. 50th Pl., WDM. The book is, A Sound Among the Trees, by Susan Meissner. With questions email Bring an hors de oeuvre if you have time, and RSVP to Karen at

EAGLES: Due to scheduling conflicts the August 2nd event has been canceled.

Celebrating Katy: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Iowa State Fair! With questions contact Rod Snavely at or 515-494-3178. It’s okay to text.

St. John’s Gardening: Friday, Aug. 9, 12-2 p.m., Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden, 1716 Locust St., DSM.This Test Garden serves as a display garden, a testing ground for plants, and a photography studio for the company’s publications and websites. For information regarding garden events, please contact Ellen Fisher at

Lunch Bunch I: Thursday, Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m. We meet the third Thursday each month. Coordinators: Aug;, Karen Schonenberger 515-326-2737; Sept. Sue Ging. With questions, please contact Mary Liechty (

St. John’s Social Club: Thursday, Aug. 15. Zaabels are hosting a gathering at the Botanical Gardens featuring the music of the Maytags, featuring a blend of blues, funk and jazz. Activities begin at 5 p.m. with events for the whole family. Karen & Dennis will be there. Check the August Eagle Call for details.

Lunch Bunch II: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 12:30 p.m. We meet the third Wednesday of each month. With questions, please contact Ann Moeller ( or 515-277-7339). All are welcome!

Recreational Reading: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m., Caribou Coffee, 3220 Ingersoll Ave. We will choose books for the following year. All are welcome. With questions, contact Carol MacDonald at

WIRED Fall Gathering: Sunday, Oct. 6, 11:30-5:30 p.m. The speaker is Ed Slattery, a passionate and knowledgeable water engineer who will talk about what is being done at the Ft. Des Moines Lake for cleanup, what is causing watershed issues, what is being done to abate some of them and how our tax dollars are being spent in cleaning up Iowa lakes.

The half day retreat will take place at the Walnut Creek Lodge in Walnut Woods State Park near WDM. We’ll gather after church to eat and experience the wonders and beauty of the park.

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.

Artist of the Month: St. John’s Permanent Collection

Artwork from the St. John’s permanent collection will be exhibited in Weertz Fellowship Hall during the months of July and August. Look for recent acquisitions and other artwork that has been gifted to St. John’s throughout the years.

The schedule for the 2019-20 Artist of the Month exhibits is filling up. If you know of an artist who would like to exhibit at St. John’s, please contact Beth Ann Edwards (


The Journey Through Grief Continues July 25

Because life after loss is difficult, we are partnering with UnityPoint Hospice to help people learn coping skills. Join us to learn about different manifestations of grief, discover tools for dealing with loss and change, and develop a new support network. Join us June 27, 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. That evening’s topic is “Engaging with Others.” A light supper is provided. For pre-registration and questions, contact Anne Alesch at / (515) 557-3169 ( You are welcome to attend as your time permits. Please pre-register so we have sufficient food and materials

Summer Midweek Music Series Announced

The Des Moines Choral Festival is excited to provide three noon-time concerts at St. John’s Lutheran Church this summer. The three 30-minute concerts will explore sacred music from all time periods and will be conducted by current graduate students from Simpson College in the Master of Music in Choral Conducting Degree Program. As the resident ensemble of the Des Moines Choral Festival, CORO Artists present this music in partnership with Simpson College.

Our journey began June 26 with eight Renaissance motets. On July 10, we moved forward in time with pieces by Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Benjamin Britten. Finally, our July 24th concert includes contemporary composers from around the globe. Each 30-minute recital will begin at 12:05 p.m. A light lunch, priced at $6 per person, will be served following the performance. For more information:

Ray Songayllo Concert: “Our Sunday Best”

Ray has performed at St. John’s Midweek Music and is well known. He will perform at Elim Lutheran Church (350 4th St) in Randall, Iowa on Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m. Ray has lived and studied in the United States and other countries. The Randall Fire Department is serving a Sweet Corn Supper beginning at 5 p.m. in the Randall gym on School St. A free-will offering will help cover expenses.

Youth Ministry Update

Confirmation orientation for students entering 6th – 8th grade will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28. We will meet in Weertz from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for dinner and to discuss the upcoming education year. This meeting is for students and parents.

Guest Preacher on July 21

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On Sunday, July 21, we welcome the Rev. Elizabeth Grasham of Houston, TX, as our guest preacher at the 8am and 10am worship services.  The Rev. Grasham is a pastor in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and will be in Des Moines for the denomination’s general assembly over the weekend.  Rather than holding a worship service at the assembly on Sunday morning, the denomination places pastors in area churches and encourages the assembly to attend these churches for morning worship.  Let us warmly welcome the Rev. Grasham and members of the assembly who choose to worship at St. John’s next Sunday!

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