Women's & Men's Ministries

Women of the Church

The women of St. John’s have several opportunities each month to participate in caring and sharing.

Ruth Circle meets at 8:00 am the first Saturday of every month. All women of the church are invited to attend for casual 1.5 hour Bible study led by Pastor Jen and facilitated by Julie Dale.

In addition to caring for one another, the ladies care for others through projects that serve the Lord and community. Support is given to St. John’s, as well as charitable organizations like the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, the Narrow Door, and Lutheran World Relief.

Women of the Church

Men’s Group

This ongoing group for the men of St. John’s provides support to the congregation and members of the community through a variety of services. The Men’s Group is taking a break for the summer, and resume meeting in Oct for Breakfast/Bible Study on the third Saturday of each month at 8:00 am. The Men’s Group helps organize the church’s annual “Musical Extravaganza,” a benefit for the scholarship fund for our college freshmen and sophomores.

Calendar of Events

Saturday Night Light Worship
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us Saturdays at 4 PM for Contemporary acoustic service

Traditional Worship
Jul 21 @ 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.

Praise Worship
Jul 21 @ 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
Jul 23 @ 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