Growing in grace, walking by faith, serving in love.
The Purpose of the WOSJ’s: The Women of St. John’s reflects the purpose statement of the Women of the ELCA: “As a Community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action and promote healing and wholeness in the church, society and the world.” We are blessed with skills and talents. Giving of these abilities to those in need is what Jesus Christ call us to do. Please come and share you talents with us!
Membership: The Women of St. John’s includes all women members of our congregation. Our activities include eight monthly meetings which provide fellowship and the opportunity to contribute to the community as a whole through monetary donations and public service. We feature guest speakers from the community to provide education and direct contact with service organizations within Lewis and Clark County.
Bible Study: We offer the opportunity for small group Bible study in the form of Circle meetings held the fourth Tuesday of each month. We follow the study guide found in the Gather Magazine, which is published by the Women of the ELCA. We have a morning group at 9:30 a.m., and an evening group at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments and conversation pertaining to current events, along with understanding scripture is emphasized. We encourage all women of St. John’s to consider joining one of our Circle groups to increase their understanding of the Bible.
Retreats and Conferences: The Women of St. John’s is active with the Great Divide Cluster – a group of ELCA churches from surrounding counties – and host a yearly “Winter Retreat” offering spiritual renewal. We are active with the Montanical Synocidal Organization for Women and the national women of the ELCA. Our member regularly attend conferences and workshops.
The Festival of Angels: The WoSJ’s sponsor an annual “Festival of Angels” fundraiser the first Saturday in December, which is open to the entire to community to participate. Proceeds are used to benefit a charitable cause, and also to provide money for church improvement or ministries as needed. Our Scandinavian baked treats and gifts are greatly welcomed by all who come to the event and make purchases!
Funeral Receptions: We maintain six funeral groups who are called periodically to donate food when a funeral is held at our church. We offer lunch, dinner, or dessert/coffee reception in our Fellowship Hall. The Women of St. John’s organize and serve at these receptions. We always appreciate monetary donations to help us cover costs for the receptions.
Quilters: We also maintain a Quilters Group who sew quilts to send around the world for emergency assistance. We send more than 100 quilts per year to the needy! We also collect and make sewing kits, health kits, and school kits as a ministry for all people in need. We collect clothing items, such as mittens, scarves, coats, sweaters and more, for the Rocky Boy Reservation here in Montana.
Bold Woman Sunday: Annually, we honor a woman within our congregation who has shown outstanding bold leadership in her faith and in her contributions to the overall welfare of our community. This event is held every February.
The Women of St. John’s offer wonderful opportunities for women in our church to become engaged in spiritual growth, leadership, and community support. We hope you will join in our activites!