Upcoming Events

Spirituality & Running
Friday mornings in July (July 7, 14, 21 & 28)

I've encountered a wonderful book called: Running - the Sacred Art: Preparing to Practice by Dr Warren A Kay.  During the month of July I will be reading and blogging about this book and my experience as a new runner.  I invite any of you who are runners, joggers, and even the avid walker - to join me on Friday mornings.  We will gather at 5:30am at OLIH to say a prayer, then follow our path to Crestmoor park (about 3/4 of a mile to, just over a half-mile around, and then back) - each person moving along at his/her pace for 30-40 minutes.  Then we will return to OLIH and gather in room 9 for a light breakfast and some conversation about our experience of growing both as a runner and growing in faith as a part of our running!

Many other options available in the Des Moines area - see flyer below for options.
Thursday evenings starting this fall here at OLIH (if there is enough to hold a group here)

For more information on JustFaith check out this flyer or contact Susie from the Center for Social Ministry.

Matthew Bible Study
Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm starting September 5
(download the flyer with dates)
Registration: Go to Ascension Press to register for this study.  Have your credit card ready so you can purchase your materials at that time.  Your purchase will include not only your book which will be mailed directly to you, but also access to the videos online so that you can stay caught up even when you need to miss.
Fee: $28.95 + Shipping/Handling

"This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ.  You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven.  Set in the rich context of Jesus' life, Matthew shows us who Jesus is and what his life and teachings mean for us today."

Financial Peace University
Monday evenings starting September 11
Facilitator: Lindsay Klinehart

MORE DETAILS coming soon!

TEACUPS (Transforming Encouraging Affirming Companions Uplifting People’s Spirits) Groups will be forming soon!
Contact: Jo Kay Boyle or 975-2501

TEA CUPS is offered for ladies of all ages who are newcomers to the parish in recent years. TEA CUPS groups provide a welcoming setting to make new friends, nibble sweets and sample delicious teas, while nourishing your spirit. Small group conversations are shared in your hostess’ home each month from September through February. It is a great way to get acquainted with other ladies in the area!

Sunday nights (with one Saturday morning) Starting September 24 (9-weeks)
Childcare available ($20 per family)
Meal provided (free-will offering)
Location: St Luke's

Watch for more information to be added soon!

Ignatian Retreat In Everyday Life (R.I.E.L.): An Emmaus on the Road series!
Tuesday mornings at OLIH (Tuesday evenings at Emmaus House)
Starting Tuesday, September 26 (32-weeks)
Facilitators @ OLIH: Barb Bennett, Myrna Udelhofen, Patty Cook
Facilitators @ Emmaus House: Cindy Shaw  or call 515.282.4839

WHY?  Do you desire to know God? Not just know about God, but know God? Many of us sense that something is missing in life; that we want more out of our faith.  We might work hard - participating in bible studies and faith formation groups, volunteering constantly, giving generously, etc, but oftentimes we don't feel that connection between our faith life and our everyday, "rubber meets the road" life. We might not feel or experience God in a tangible way.  Have you experienced these feelings or longing? If so, the Ignatian Retreat In Everyday Life (R.I.E.L.) might be the retreat for YOU!

This thirty-two week Retreat In Everyday Life offers the opportunity to see where and how God "break through" into our busy, daily lives so that we might grow in knowledge of both ourself and God; grow in an intimate relationship with God.

WHAT'S EXPECTED? The retreat offers scriptures, reflections and questions to use in daily personal prayer to help us more readily recognize and hear the many ways that God personally communicates with us.  In addition to committing to daily prayer (at least 30 minutes), the retreatants participate in a weekly group meeting and twice monthly private spiritual direction.


  • The fee for this thirty-two week retreat is $400, (with the option of 8 monthly payments) 
  • a one-time fee of $25 for books and materials.  A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those who demonstrate a need.
  • Spiritual Direction with a trained spiritual director is $60 a month, which covers both monthly direction sessions and is paid directly to your spiritual director.

If you feel that this IS the right time for you to live this experience please begin the process by completing a short application (below).  One of our facilitators will contact you after we receive your completed application.

For additional information, please go to Emmaus House website and check out the Cindy's blog and links that offer more informational materials as well!  If you still have questions please feel free to contact any of the facilitators listed above!

“Emmaus on the Road” - Emmaus House in Des Moines has some great opportunities and we want to help make them more accessible for YOU! So we, in collaboration with Eammaus House, want to offer the same great programs here at OLIH. The fees you pay to attend will be sent to Emmaus House to continue to support the great efforts and programming they provide.

Christian Experience Weekends

  • Women's January 26-28, 2018
  • Men's February 9-11, 2018

VBS: Adult Edition
Monday, June 11- Thursday, June 14, 2018
Time: TBD

Parents, grandparents - ALL ADULTS - welcome to attend the 2nd VBS: Adult Edition! Watch for more details!