Christian Education

New Adult Ed Series ~ Exploring the Social Statements of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)

Classes are currently taking place on Wednesdays at 9 am; repeated on Thursdays at 7 pm through Feb 20. All are welcome as we learn and grow together in our relationship with Christ and each other!

Week 1 – “The Church in Society” – class video available by clicking here – class notes available by clicking here.

Week 2 – “Caring for Creation” – class video available by clicking here – Social Statement available by clicking here.

Week 3 – “For Peace in God’s World” – class video available by clicking here – Social Statement available by clicking here.

Our next class will be on “Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” and “Immigration.” We look forward to seeing you there!

As Christians, we are called to go into the world and proclaim the good news of life and salvation in Christ. How might we continue to do so in a faithful and gracious way? How are we, personally and as the St. John’s community, to participate in the public arena? Why and how should the church participate in society?

The Social Statements of the ELCA seek to address these questions. They are “teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks” to assist in discussing social engagement in the context of faith. They are meant to help individuals and communities with spiritual formation, discernment, and thoughtful engagement regarding the challenging issues of our contemporary society (from Church in Society: A Lutheran Prospective Social Statement Summary).

We’ll be discussing the ELCA Social Statements in our next Adult Ed series, as we seek a fuller understanding and practice of our faith, our community, and the larger church to which we belong. (Social Statements can be found at



Confirmation and Youth Bible Study

Our Confirmation (Grades 6,7, and 8) and Youth Bible study (High School and College) classes take place from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm (after the 11 am Worship Service). Join us as we explore the faith together, share times of fellowship, and grow in God’s grace. Contact Molly Farrin though the Church Office (760-345-2122) for more information.

Sunday School

St. John’s offers Sunday School every Sunday between Worship Services at 10 am for our “Little Lutherans.” Join us for Bible study, various crafts, and educational activities. All are welcome!



Women’s Bible Study

The Ruth Circle of the Women’s Group meets the first Saturday of every month in the Ministry Center at 8 am. Pastor Jen is currently leading the group in a study on the Book of Acts.

All women we welcome!

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Club meets the third Saturday of every month at 8 am in the Fellowship Hall, beginning with fellowship and a business meeting. They continue with a Bible study together.



Adult Education Archive

“Come, Holy Spirit”

~ Week One class video here and the class outline here.

~ Week Two class video here and class outline here.

~ Week Three class video here and outline here.

Week Four class video here and outline here.

Week Five class video here and outline here.

Week Six class video here and outline here.

Week Seven class video here and outline here.


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

The class notes for this chronological journey through the life of Jesus Christ are available here.

World Religions

The class notes for this five-part series on the religions of the world are available here.

“Women and Justice”: ELCA Draft Social Statement for Study and Response

The St. John’s study of the ELCA Social Statement “Women and Justice,” is available as a free download at

“Holy Conversations”: Sharing Jesus Christ with the People in our Lives (Spring 2018)

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to share his good news in our words and actions, in our community, in how we live our lives; in other words, we are called to have ‘holy conversations’ with others. This study was based on the book “Holy Conversation: Talking About God in Everyday Life” by Richard Peace. Class outline is available here.

Class on “The Bible and Homosexuality”

In winter 2017, Pastor Jen led a six-session Bible study on “The Bible and Homosexuality,” as we continue to have an open, gracious, respectful, Biblically-based, Christ-centered conversation on this subject. Please let Pastor Jen know if you have questions or would like additional information. She can be reached through the church office.

Notes are available here.

Reformation Study – Luther’s “The Freedom of a Christian”

Class outline available here Freedom Of A Christian Class 2017.


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

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