Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events

Lenten Worship

begins Wednesday, March 13. Join us the five Wednesdays during Lent for our Soup Suppers at 6 pm and Lenten Worship at 6:30 pm, in the Fellowship Hall. If you’d like to bring soup to share, please contact the church office at (760)345-2122. Freewill donations will go to  support ELCA World Hunger.


“The Story of Jesus: from Birth to Death to Life”

During Lenten Worship, we will continue to explore the Gospel narratives of Jesus’ life, the context of his ministry, and how his teaching and example continue to transform our lives and this world. During Lent, this class will not meet Wednesdays at 9 am or Thursdays at 7 pm.


Spanish Class

St. John’s is delighted to offer this educational opportunity led by Ben and Debbie Bridges, meeting on Saturdays from 5 pm to 6 pm in Fellowship Hall thru April 6. There is no registration fee; the only cost for class participation is the purchase the class workbook.

The Jon McGihon Festival Singers Present “Rejoice” 

Saturday March 23 at 7 pm. Chorals Masterworks, Spirituals, and Hymns of the Ages. Featuring 10 Instrumentalists and a 50-Voice Community Choir. Admission is Free Will Offering.

Watercolor Your Afternoon

Join us this Wed, Mar 20 for a fundraiser for Mama’s House, hosted by Maria Hunt. Stop by anytime from 1:30 pm – 4 pm. $40 per person – all proceeds benefit Mama’s House. Mama’s House offers a safe and nurturing environment for women in crisis pregnancies.

Bower Barn

Celebrate the dedication of Bowen Barn at Luther Glen Farm in Oak Glen, CA on Sun, Apr 7. Come at 4 pm for barn tours, animal interactions, and appetizers, Dedication and Worship at 4:45 pm, and dinner at 6 pm. $45.00 per adult, $25 per child 5-12, children under 5 are free. RSVP’s, by March 29, and can be made online at

Calendar of Events

Traditional Worship
Mar 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Communion Assistant Training @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Mar 24 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Praise Worship
Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Mar 26 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule