Relational Groups

Women of St. John’s

The Women of St. John’s are ready for another busy year within the church. Did you know that ALL women who are confirmed members of St. John’s are also members of the Women of St. John’s?

The congregation is aware of the Salad Luncheon and Smorgasbord, but 48 women have also chosen to participate as a member of Altar Guild, a circle, or a Bible Study. These monthly meetings include a short business session, a Bible study, refreshments, and great fellowship. Other opportunities to become involved include serving funeral luncheons, making quilts for Lutheran world relief or knitting prayer shawls.

These activities are open to ALL Women of St. John’s. Don’t think you need to wait for a personal invitation to “join” a group. Just check the church calendar and give the meeting hostess or chairperson a call if you would like to visit. A small booklet is available at the Welcome center with group schedules and contact information. Visiting a small group meeting is a great way to get to know more of your St. John’s family.

Be sure to read about the Women’s activities in the annual report that will be available in mid-January You may be surprised at all the accomplishments by the Women of St. John’s.

For more information, please contact Karen Gipp (WELCA Chair)


Women’s Circles

Many of the Women of St. John’s choose to join a circle. Each circle has their own meeting schedule, and at each meeting they discuss their business, have a devotional time, and enjoy some fellowship time. If you are interested in joining a circle, contact the leader of the circle. You can also pick up a women’s handbook in the office from Karen Moser.


Martha Circle

Martha Circle meets on the second Monday of each month.This year we are trying a Bible study method known as the African Bible Study Method to reflect on and discuss scripture each month at our meetings. After we go through our business and Bible Study, we gather for treats provided by that month’s hostess.  If you are interested in joining Martha Circle, we would love to have you! Please contact Karen Gipp.

Priscilla Bible Study

The Priscilla Bible Study meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 6:30pm. If you are interested in joining the Priscilla Bible Study, contact Julie Jenkins.

Ruth Circle

Ruth Circle meets on the 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30pm. If you are interested in joining Ruth Circle, contact Barbara Newhouse.

Sarah Circle

Sarah Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 1pm from October to April, and at 7pm from May to September.  We are using our lesson book, “A women of Beauty,” by Dee Brestin.  If you are interested in joining Sarah Circle please contact Barbara Christensen or Sherry Lange.


LWR Quilters

We are a group of about 14 ladies, most of whom come every Wednesday morning from 8:15 to 11 am meeting in the lower level of the church to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  The group was able to send 152 quilts to LWR on the train last October.  We only meet during the school year, taking the summer off.

We make the quilts 60” by 80” so each layer is cut to size before they are layered.  This process makes for a speedy assembly and lots of trimmings. We have ladies assemble quilts, sew quilts, and tie them at the end. We also take a break partway through the morning to enjoy some coffee, treats, and fellowship with one another.

Please feel free to join us  – even if it is for a morning or two – as we enjoy assembling quilts, recycling materials and caring about others who are in need. These are great months to try to volunteer, as several quilters are also “snowbirds” and we struggle to keep the gals who tie the quilts busy. We would love to have you join us as we spread God’s love all around the world in these quilts!


Yarn Ministry

The Yarn Ministry crochets and knits prayer shawls for anyone in our community who may be in need of prayer. As the shawls are made, the crafter prays so the shawl becomes a tangible prayer for those who receives it. There are no meetings planned currently, but stay tuned for more news. In the meantime, anyone may make shawls – contact Karen Moser in the office for the patterns.