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Posted May 15, 2013 in Community Featured, Downtown

The members of St. John’s Lutheran Church are getting their hands dirty — in the garden, that is. May has already brought a hosta sale, a plant sale and now gardening tours have begun.

St. John’s Lutheran Church welcomes participation in its summer gardening group.

St. John’s Lutheran Church welcomes participation in its summer gardening group.

Anyone who likes to get dirty, too, or who just likes a nice stroll among the foliage is welcome to join SJLC’s gardening group. Tour a landscaping garden in the community and learn about various new plants as well as tried and true versions for your garden. Find the summer gardening schedule at the hospitality center in the Fireside Lounge.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul congregation is ready to get outside. The Spring Up, Spring Down all-parish picnic is slated for May 19 following the 10 a.m. worship. The Formation and Hospitality Cloisters are inviting everyone to enjoy hot dogs, coffee from the coffee cart and other goodies.

Children and youth will learn a bit about the ground’s prairieland from Carlyn Marron and Dean Bascom, while plant experts Jo Anna Hebberger and Elvin McDonald will educate the adults on the many species in the rain garden.

St. Paul’s Choir and Howells Scholars will perform the Choral Evensong later that day featuring a festival anthem by Malcom Boyle. The performance will begin at 4 p.m.

Speaking of the parish, The Episcopal Diocese of Iowa is offering a Summer Ministries Retreat on the Grinnell College campus from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30, and organizers say it has something for everyone.

“Twelve tracks are offered, including a study of the Letter to the Hebrews, a look at Thomas Merton, Healing Ministry and Cooking for Your Community — I am attending this one,” Rebecca Dublinske states in the Journey newsletter.

Overnight facilities are available in the campus dorms and meals are included, she adds. For more information and to register, see the Diocesan website at

As a part of its “Mission to the City” program, Walnut Creek is bringing a free outdoor concert to the East Village. Popular Christian artists Leeland and The City Harmonic plan to rock downtown Des Moines from the steps of the State Capitol Building. The concert will take place at the State Capitol West Terrace located at the corner of Finkbine Drive and East Grand Avenue, on Friday, June 7 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

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