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.  

Activities for the Year 2016


WIRED Gatherings:  

2016 events:

January 31, 2016:  The Winter WIRED Service Project:  

        11:30 Lunch; 12:15 Program:  We helped two groups:  St. John's homebound members and Refugees.

  1. Homebound:  We made fleece tied lap blankets for our homebound and cookies to deliver with the blanket.
  2. Refugees:  We gathered shoes  (pre-school to teens) to help the shoe closet for Zion Lutheran's refugee program.   The shoes will be given to the shoe closet before school in August


April 3, 2016:  The Spring WIRED Event

       Following a luncheon, we had author Deb Engle speak to us and conduct a workshop--"Living a Fearless Life" --centering around her book, The  Only Little Prayer You'll Ever Need.  



September 18, 2016:  Scavenger Hunt at Jester Park --Shelter #4;       Potluck Picnic & Bonfire

      4:00 pm  Enjoyed a good old fashioned Scavenger Hunt around the park 

      5:30 pm  Picnic (Potluck) and s'mores around a bonfire.  



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, Rising Strong.     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: Adult day camp (or overnight camp)     

         We are looking at a date in October to spend together to relax and rejuvenate.  More information coming soon.


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.  The next class is meeting on Sunday, November 20, after the 10:00 service at 11:30 am in the kitchen off Weertz.  A member, Stacey Wertzberger, from HyVee will give a special presentation on "Appetizers for the Holidays."  RSVP to Carol Lunde at   Plan to join us!
  • BOOK DISCUSSION:  Meets about every two months to discuss a book chosen the previous time. The next meeting is Thursday, December 8,  6:30 pm, at the home of Pam Hanna. RSVP to Pam at pam_hnn@yahoo.comif you can attend.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  Book selection:  The Life we Bury by Allen Eskens.
  • WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT:   Jacque Warming ( and Darla Stiles ( facilitate this group. Meets quarterly. Next meeting is on Thursday, November 10, at 6:30 pm.  The speaker is one of our young women who was brought up at St. John's, Christina Andeweg, who spent a year in Palestine.  She will tell of her experiences.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  RSVP to Darla at
  • SERVICE/LEARNING PROJECTS:  The WIRED group selects one or more groups in the community for a service learning project each year in January.  Next 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.  This session runs from October 13 through December 8 with a week off  November 24 for Thanksgiving).  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,

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. 


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