St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.

Mission Statement:  Our mission is to provide opportunities for women to create community and experience personal and spiritual growth.

WIRED (Women Interested in Renewal, Education, and Discovery) is for women of all ages, members and non-members.  There will be three WIRED Gatherings per year--some to get together and visit over lunch, then enjoy a program (speaker of interest to women) and others as an interactive activity.  Small groups meet based on special interests.  



WIRED Gatherings:

Sunday, January 28, 2018:  Luncheon & Service Project Program, 11:30 am in Weertz Fellowship Hall

The  WIRED Service Project for the coming year is Head Start (in the Des Moines Public Schools):

We had two Head Start Speakers, Crystal Abbe and Kristin Warming to tell us about the Head Start Program and their needs.   At this point, their wish list to support their families includes:

  • Kleenex
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Hats
  • Sweatpants, elastic waist--sizes 3-6 (neutral colors like grey, blue, black)
  • Underwear--boys and girls--sizes 3-6
  • Preschool books--gently used or new

OR If you would prefer--donate cash to buy books.  Head Start has a program that every month they send home a book-to-keep with each student.  They have a great connection and only pay shipping.


The Spring WIRED Event

Sunday, April 22, 2018: Luncheon & Speakers on Human Trafficking, 11:30 am in Weertz Fellowship Hall

Speakers:  Michael Ferjak, Executive Consultant for Human Trafficking; 

Kellie Markey, Started Dorothy's House, to serve survivors of human trafficking


The Fall WIRED Event

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Half day retreat at Lake Ahquabi Lodge, 12:30 - 4:30; fireplace, woods, trails, etc.  Put it on your calendar and watch for details as fall approaches.


Let us know if you are interested in attending any of these activities by e-mailing Karen Zaabel,  


WIRED Small Groups:

All of these groups are open to all women.   Please e-mail the facilitator to let her know of your interest and get more information.   

  • COOKING CLASSES:  Carol Lunde ( is the facilitator for this group.  Meets quarterly.  Contact Carol for the next event.
  • BOOK DISCUSSION:  Meets about every 6 weeks to discuss a book chosen the previous time. The next meeting is Tuesday, May 29--a day trip to Marshalltown for a tour by Mary Giese and book discussion at her house following.  Meet at church at 1:30 pm if going on the tour or 5:00 pm if coming just for the book discussion.  RSVP to and to for carpooling.  Book to read:  We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter
  • WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT:   Jacque Warming ( and Darla Stiles ( facilitate this group. Meets quarterly.  Watch for the next fall event.
  • SERVICE/LEARNING PROJECTS:  The WIRED group selects one or more groups in the community for a service learning project each year in January.  This year our service project recipient is Head Start.  (See above for information to help them.)
  • YOGA: Yoga instructor, Corinne Lambert, comes to St. John’s Thursdays at 5:45 to 6:45 pm in the Fireside Lounge.  The current session runs until May 31.  Cost: $10 an evening.   Contact her at 515-556-3679 or e-mail Corinne at if you are interested in joining the group.   
  • Renewal & Discovery Spirituality Group---Contact: Karen Zaabel   A group gathers monthly to discuss books that challenge them to understand and grow in their spirituality.  
  • Women at the Well--A support team was formed with 4 members to support a woman recently released from the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville to help her transition back into the community.  This involves issues of resettlement, education, addition treatment, health care, and acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community.  We appreciate your prayers.

If you have suggestions or know someone who would be a good speaker for any of these WIRED gatherings that would be of interest to women, please let one of the planning team know.

Wired Planning Team:

Sue Tew Warming, ; Karen Zaabel,; Carol Lunde,; Deb Anderson,; Sue Ging,; Sarah Thorn,; Heidi Pollmann, 

Interested?  If you are interested in WIRED please call or e-mail Karen Zaabel at or any of the WIRED Planning Team above to let us know of your interest. 



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 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America