Open Arms


Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in Charter Oak, Iowa in 1881. 

125 years later, believing that that Christ teaches us in John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another," we prayerfully developed our mission statement; "Offering with open arms, the love of Jesus."

St. John Lutheran Church exists to offer God's Word and Sacraments and to prayerfully...
  • Love God through worship and praise
  • Joyfully serve others with love (mercy)
  • Build each other up through love and fellowship (life together)
  • Reach out with the Gospel message of God's love and salvation (witness)
  • Encourage growth in the study of God's Word in truth and purity