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, 

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 2017-2018 Reads


September 27, 2017:  My Reading Life by Pat Conroy


October 25, 2017:  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


November 29, 2017:  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


December 27, 2017:  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance


January 24, 2018:  Alexander Hamilton  Ron Chernov


February 28, 2018:  Little Heathens by Mildred Kalesh


March 28, 2018:  American Nations by Colin Woodard


April 25, 2018:   The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu


May 23, 2018:  Bring on the Blessings by Beverly Jenkins



All meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month except for November, which is the 5th Wednesday.  We meet at Rose Holm at 4:30 unless other plans are made.


Anyone can come for any discussion or for all of them.  Contact Carol MacDonald at   for more information.

The group takes a break for the summer months. 

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