Women of the ELCA Chair – Pat Sweet
All women who attend St. John’s are members of WELCA and may join a Circle for Bible study, prayer, service and fellowship. Pick a convenient time and talk to Pat Sweet for more details.
Circles at St. John’s
Women of the ELCA’s Circles are one way of meeting people you do not have a lot of contact with ordinarily. You can build new friendships and grow in God’s word. The Bible offers an invitation to abundant life through study.
- Are you looking for God in your life?
- Do you depend on God or yourself?
- It is exciting when you can see God and it is not because of your plans.
- On days when there seems to be no help, think about helping someone else and see how your spirit will rise.
- Learn what a faithful trusting woman can receive.
Come Join One of Our Groups:
- Hannah Circle meets the first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. beginning in October. Call Pastor Sally at 643-2439 for details.
- Lydia Circle meets the second Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Contact Sally Blum at 643-4301 for details.
- Martha Circle meets the first Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Ruth Dresser (643-3057) has details.
- Mary Circle meets the first Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Call Eunice Yanke at 643-4395 for details.
- Ruth Circle meets the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. Carolyn Gilbertson (643-4395) has details.
- Sarah Circle meets the first Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Call Kathy Lester at 643-4145 for details.
What our Circles do:
The women collect pennies and loose change in a jar in the gathering area. This offering will be taken to the Biennial Synod Convention in June.
One-half of the offerings collected at monthly circle meetings goes to the national office for service projects that combine to support women and children in poverty.
Operation Christmas is an annual project of the Women of the ELCA. For the past few years, efforts focused on the community Caring Tree.
Another project of the women is Christmas Cheer. Last year the women donated $100 to the Good Neighbor Clinic, $100 to the Haiti Medical Mission, $100 to Hope House, and $100 to the food pantry The women decide at their annual meeting which Lutheran World Relief projects to support.
They will collect the items for health kits again this year and encourage the congregation to participate. Some Circles assemble sewing kits and school kits while others put layettes together.
The women have established 6 prayer chains of 8-10 members each for directed prayers.
They also participate in the Prayer on Mondays at Noon program from the national WELCA board. Specific prayer requests are published in the Visitor, the congregation’s newsletter.
The Circles also take turns visiting Special Friends (shut-ins) in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and those who are home-bound.