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, Cost: $10 for lunch

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

We will have 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.

You may bring items listed above or cash (for the send home books) to the January 28 Luncheon and Program or you can put items in the boxes outside the sanctuary labeled for Head Start 

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

Saturday, September 29, 2018  

Fun Activity to be announced


Let us know if you are interested in attending any of these activities 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.  Next event:  Tuesday, February 27, 6-9 pm at the Cheese Shop on 42nd Street for a cheese taste testing.  Cost is $20.  Contact Carol if you will be able to attend.  It is limited to the first 12 people who reserve.
  • BOOK DISCUSSION:  Meets about every 6 weeks to discuss a book chosen the previous time. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 20, at the home of Darla Stiles.  RSVP to if you can attend.  Please bring an appetizer to share.  Book selection:  What is the What by Dave Eggers.
  • WOMEN’S NIGHT OUT:   Jacque Warming ( and Darla Stiles ( facilitate this group. Meets quarterly.  The next gathering will be Thursday, February 1, meeting at 7:00 pm at the Temple Theater (Temple for Performing Arts) to see "One Funny Mother"  
  • 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 February 15.  Cost: $10 an evening.  The next session will run from March 15 through May 31.  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.  

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,; Amanda Landers Each,; Heidi Pollmann, 

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