The Mission of Grace

Our mission is to bring the good news of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection to all to be free to be people of God...

  • Grace that has played a significant role in the lives of our forefathers, foremothers and countless others known only to history.
  • Grace that shapes, molds and redeems our lives today.
  • Grace that will profoundly touch the lives of our children, grandchildren and others in our community and around the world, many of whom we will never know, for years to come.

We welcome all people regardless of age, sex, color, ethnic background, physical or emotional health, disability, economic status, or sexual orientation into our worshipping and serving community.

At Grace, this mission is expressed in many ways and is supported by all of our resources including time, treasure, talents, and the physical space of the church. Some of these include:


  • Small special interest groups and Bible studies for all ages and stages
  • Music ministries
  • Men in Mission
  • Stephen Ministry
  • Women of the ELCA
  • Youth group activities and events


  • Bread for the World

Local and Regional

  • Benevolence support at the synodical level
  • Des Moines Area Religious Council Emergency Food Pantry
  • Facility usage by community groups and organizations, including Boy Scouts, TOPS, and Alcoholics Anonymous group meetings which are among the largest in Iowa.
  • Grace Kids’ Care Center
  • Lutheran Lakeside Camp
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa


  • Benevolence support at the national church level
  • Companion congregation relationship with Msindo Parish in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania
  • Lutheran World Relief

Outreach for Mission

  • Grace has an active companion congregation relationship with Msindo Parish in the Pare Mountains of Tanzania.  Mission teams visiting Msindo have helped establish a community grain-milling operation and a dairy herd through Heifer International.  We visit Africa, or welcome visitors from Tanzania to Des Moines, about every three years.
  • In 2002, we dedicated a $3 million renovation and expansion that features a gathering space, a large fellowship hall, a 125-seat chapel called Esperanza chapel, a prayer chapel and columbarium, a daycare center, and handicap accessibility.  We routinely make our facilities available for use by community groups and organizations. 


Worship ServicesWorship Services

8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. Adult Education, Sunday School, Coffee & Donuts, Middle and High School Hangouts

New Address
5201 Urbandale Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Post Office will deliver to both

Contact GraceContact

3010 52nd Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50310

[email protected]

Phone: 515-276-6873
Fax: 515-276-4048

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00-1:00