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.

The Bridge


The Bridge is the organization formed by the four, large downtown Des Moines churches – St. Ambrose Cathedral, St. Paul’s Cathedral, First United Methodist and St. John’s – for the sake of collaborative ministry to and with those who live and work downtown.  Along with seminars and retreats, The Bridge sponsors the Connection Café, a free mid-day meal provided to those who are homeless and the working poor five days per week..  The Café is located next to the YWCA on Grand Ave.  Volunteers from many other churches and civic group also assist in providing and serving the noon meal.

Our Mission Statement

As members of the ecumenical faith community, we work together to enrich the lives of those working, living, or visiting downtown Des Moines by offering programs of spiritual formation and development, professional counseling, holistic health and family support.

Ministries of the Bridge


The Connection Cafe

In conjunction with the other three Bridge churches, St. John’s serves lunch to the homeless and low-income population downtown each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday!

You can help! Volunteer individuals or groups are needed to prepare sandwiches, serve the lunch, or provide supplies. All tax-deductible monetary donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information, call  Rob Hoover at  771-1481 or email at

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

SHIIP - Senior Health Insurance Information Program - can help you find answers to the important questions you have on Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term care insurance, and other health insurance issues. Created in 1990 by the State of Iowa Insurance Division, SHIIP has helped thousands of people on Medicare sort through confusing information such as:

  • What is the Medicare Prescription Drug Program?
  • How do I sign up?
  • I’m retiring. What kind of health insurance do I need?                                                                                                                      
  • I can’t make sense of my Medicare statements and medical bills.
  • What do I do next?
  • Do I need a Medicare supplement policy?
  • How can I help my parents with health insurance?

SHIIP does not sell insurance or recommend policies, agents or specific companies. It is a free, confidential service from the State of Iowa that provides people on Medicare and concerned relatives or friends objective information about their health insurance needs.

Sue Wittmack and Larry Hedlin are SHIIP counselors and presenters, sponsored by The Bridge. If you have any questions or want to set an appointment to answer your Medicare questions please contact the office at St. John’s and Sue or Larry will contact you to set up an appointment.

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