Gather with us on Sunday

8:15 a.m.  -  Worship in the Chapel
9:00 a.m.  -  Vietnamese Bible Study
9:00 a.m.  -  Breakfast in Fellowship Hall
9:30 a.m. - Intergenerational Sunday School in Fellowship Hall
10:30 a.m.  -  Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 a.m. - Nuer Worship in the Chapel (4th Sundays)

who we are

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church is a congregation in the East Village of Des Moines, Iowa.  Our members were born on five different continents and are from 23 different countries and live throughout the metro area.  We celebrate our cultural and ethnic diversity in all that we do.  This makes things a little messy from time to time, but we think that’s a genuine expression of the body of Christ.  And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Capitol Hill Lutheran is the result of a merger of immigrant churches — Norwegian (Central Lutheran) and Swedish (First Lutheran).  These congregations were safe havens for Latvians in the 1950s, Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s, and Sudanese refugees in the 1990s.  They assisted in providing resettlement services to refugees of these and other countries by assisting with housing, education, food, and clothing for families in need.

Since the merger in 2001, Capitol Hill has continued to be a place for these refugees to worship and participate as full members of the congregation.  Capitol Hill Lutheran is in partnership with Lutheran Services in Iowa to offer weekly English language classes to refugees and immigrants in our building.  This past year, immigrants from the country of Eritrea have started worshipping here as well.  Today we offer worship services in four languages.  God continues to provide new opportunities for our congregation to become more diverse and more welcoming.

We are proud that, for generations, our congregation has been blessed by the presence of refugees and immigrants.  We will, through the power of the Holy Spirit, continue to be a place where people of all nations will experience the grace and love of Jesus Christ. 


The Fellowship Committee is hosting a picnic supper and ice cream social at the church the night of the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert. Speakers will be set up so the concert can be heard on FM radio at the church. The public is invited---no reservations are necessary. Bring a lawn chair, your family and friends, and join us for an evening of music, food and fireworks. 

Volunteers are welcome to bring salads and sides for the picnic and cakes or pies for the ice cream social.  Free will offering.

6:00-7:00 PM – Picnic supper: Beefburgers, hot dogs, chips, potato salad, baked beans, vegetables, fruit, beverages, etc.
6:30 PM – Prelude Concert
8:00 PM – Ice Cream Social
8:30 PM – Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Yankee Doodle Pops Concert
10:00 PM – Fireworks! (The church's south lawn is a perfect place to watch the firework display.)