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.

Small Groups

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Mah Jongg: Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m., at Smokey Row. In case of bad weather, check your e-mail for a notice or contact Darla at

St. John’s Gardening Group: Join us for a tour of Jack & Jennifer Hilmes’ gardens on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. Their address is 5115 Woodland, Des Moines. Jack & Jennifer refer to their backyard as “The Ragged Garden.” A once overgrown woodlands with invasive buckthorn, they have kept the perimeter woods and defined a yard, created flower beds, and built raised beds for vegetables. Several of the 75-year-old yews have been removed and recycled into an arbor built by Jack along with Jennifer’s dad. Tree trunks line a woodland path. All variety of trees, shrubs and perennials have been planted to create privacy and minimal maintenance, with two aging gardeners in mind. Once overwhelming, their back yard has slowly become a source of joy and a constant project!

St. John’s Social Club: We’ll meet on Sunday, July 16, at Prairie Meadows to enjoy a buffet and watch the camel, zebra, and ostrich races. Meet at noon in the Triple Crown Buffet (just to the left of the main entrance) and watch the races starting at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to Darla at if you are able to attend. Also join us for Jazz in July: You are invited to gather at 6:30 p.m. for events on Thursday, July 6, at Terrace Hill to hear Rose Colella, and on Thursday, July 20, at Hoyt Sherman to hear the Foxtrot Hotshots. Bring a lawn chair and beverage/snacks of your choice.

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