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.

Recreational Reading

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Meets 4th Wednesday (check calendar for time) in Rose Holm Lounge at the church to discuss a designated book.

Facilitator: Carol MacDonald, caroljomac@gmail.com 

The Recreational Book Club is for people who like to read books and talk about them.  How many times have you read a great book and just want to share it with someone or read a bad book and you want to vent?  We select our books in August for the year.  Everyone gets to select the books, which is a great plus because everyone has different tastes in books and we end up reading books that we might not have selected.  We usually read some of the best sellers in fiction and nonfiction, but also have a classic or two.  Besides discussing the books, we can end up discussing current events, ourselves or any other topics that surface.  We usually meet in Rose Holm at 4:30 on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  It’s a great way to get to know people at St. John’s.

Book Club 2018-2019 Reads

  • September 26, 2018: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

  •  October 24, 2018: Shattered by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes

  •  November 28, 2018: Factfullness by Hans Rosling

  •  December 19, 2018: I’ll Take You There by Wally Lamb

  •  January 23, 2019: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  •  February 27, 2019: Janesville by AMY Goldstein

  •  March 27, 2019: Circe by Madeline Miller

  •  April 24, 2019: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

  •  May 29, 2019: Educated by Tara Westover

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