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.


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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:

January 29, 2017:  Luncheon & Service Projects, 11:30 am in Weertz Fellowship Hall

The Winter WIRED Service Project(s) for the coming year are:

  1. Children and Families Urban Movement (CFUM)--this will be our main service project for 2017.  Jim Swanstrom, CEO at CFUM will tell us about their program at the January 29th meeting.  They serve all ages from very young children through older adults, including refugees, people ejected from their home, etc.  We will continue to make our specialty tied fleece blankets for the children, adults, and seniors in their program.  Watch for fleece to go on sale.  We'll need some smaller blankets for children (buy 2 pieces of coordinating colors in 1-yard lengths) but most blankets will be regular sized (2 pieces of coordinating colors in 2-yd. lengths).  Dates to gather to work on the blankets:

                 A.  Tuesday, January 10, 6:30 pm in Weertz

                 B.  Tuesday, January 24, 6:30 pm in Weertz

           (We hope to have enough blankets that we can provide a few for Connection Cafe as well)

       2. Basketballs for Refugees--WIRED is continuing assistance with the refugee program at Zion                Lutheran  by collecting basketballs for their refugee Christmas "shopping" day.  Each year Zion              gives the refugees they serve an opportunity to select a Christmas gift for each member of their            family.  As sponsor of the basketball table, our goal is to collect at least 60 basketballs.  Please                help us give a Christmas present that will go to a refugee child/teen by bringing one or more                  basketballs to church by December 11.  Look for the large "structure" to the right of the                          fireplace in the Fireside Lounge marked "Basketballs for Refugees" to deposit your basketballs.      If you would rather put a check in the offering marked "For WIRED Basketballs" we are  willing to purchase the basketballs for you.

      3.  New Small Group:  We are planning to add a new small group to WIRED and will work                        through Mitchellville Women's Prison to form a team (or teams) of 4 people to meet once a                  week for one year with a person re-entering society from Mitchellville.  (There is a training                    program for this).  Sue Ging ( and Lorraine Wilbur             

          ( will co-facilitate this group and give us more information about              it soon.  

April 2, 2017:   The Spring WIRED Event

        "Ted Talk" video by Brene Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

         Brene Brown is a social scientist who studies human connection--our ability to empathize, belong, love.  In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.  Those who wish to dig deeper may want to read her book, The Gifts of Imperfection.     This event will be structured not only for people who have read the book but also for people who are simply interested in the subject matter and want to explore.  (More information will be published about this as we get closer to the date.)

Fall--October 14, 15: Retreat at Prairiewoods, Hiawatha, Iowa

         We will be driving to Cedar Rapids Saturday morning and beginning the retreat with lunch at Prairiewoods.  The retreat center is friendly and calming, the setting is wooded,  the food is fresh and wonderful, and the overall ambiance is relaxing.  We will have a few things planned with choices for you as well as time to spend relaxing in the wonderful outdoors.  We have 15 rooms reserved and activities planned.  Cost should be around $100 for the weekend (includes private room, 4 meals and an activity.)

Let us know if you are interested in attending by e-mailing Darla at   


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.  Watch for the next planned activity.
  • BOOK DISCUSSION:  Meets about every two months to discuss a book chosen the previous time. The next meeting is Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm, at the home of Diane Wheeler. RSVP to Diane at if you can attend.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  Book selection:  Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf.
  • WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT:   Jacque Warming ( and Darla Stiles ( facilitate this group. Meets quarterly.  The next gathering will be September 14  from 6 - 8 pm at the home of Darla Stiles with a speaker on Health and Wellness.  Watch for more details.
  • 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 recipients are Children and Families Urban Movement, Refugees through Zion Lutheran, and women re-entering society from Mitchellville. (see above information)
  • YOGA: Yoga instructor, Corinne Lambert, comes to St. John’s Thursdays at 5:45 to 6:45 pm in the Fireside Lounge for 8-week sessions.  A spring session ended June 1 and the group will take a break until fall.  Cost: $10 an evening or $70 for the whole 8-week session.   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.  The group is currently discussing the book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, by Joanna Weaver.

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:

Darla Stiles,; Sue Tew Warming, ; Karen Zaabel,; Carol Lunde,; Deb Anderson,; Sue Ging,; Sarah Thorn,; Lorraine Wilbur,

Interested?  If you are interested in WIRED please call or e-mail Darla at 243.7691 or  or any of the WIRED Planning Team above to let us know of your interest. 


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