Lutheran Women in Mission
Groups and Activities
The ladies of St. James are very active not only in our own church, but in the Greater Lafayette community and beyond! Below are descriptions of all the groups and activities for women at St. James. If you wish to receive more information about one of these groups, contact a member of the leadership team.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put in more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything - all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-43
Mites are a project of the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League). They are freely given offerings for the purpose of reaching out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Special collection boxes are available at the Welcome Center, although mites may be collected in any container. All funds gathered will be used to support local and synod ministries. The Indiana District retains 75% of mite offerings for the work of the LWML at that level. National mites fund over $1 million in mission grants.
Our duties include maintaining supplies for altar use, changing the altar paraments, and preparing the altar for worship services including setting out the communion ware and placing flowers on the altar. We also are in charge of decorating the church for Christmas and taking down those decorations.
Annual Women’s Christmas Dinner
The season of Advent is a time we should gather together in celebration of Christ’s birth and anticipation of His return. In the spirit of this magical time in the church year, an annual Women’s Christmas Dinner is held on the first Monday of December. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., all women are invited to join us at elegantly decorated tables by hostesses, eat a wonderfully catered meal, listen to special entertainment, and focus on a devotion that fleshes out the theme and purpose of the evening. Prizes are given away and women have the opportunity to leave with a sense of fellowship and festivity.
Confirmand Prayer Pals
The Confirmand Prayer Pal Ministry has been a vital, caring ministry for at least 25 years. Women are paired up with an 8th grade confirmand in the fall. They pray on a regular basis for their prayer pal and send them cards periodically. These prayers will be very important to these young people as they take the first step in affirming their faith. The confirmand does not find out who his/her prayer pal is until the Confirmand Dinner held on First Communion Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Cookie Extravaganza
Bake six dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies, place them on a disposable plate, deliver to the Fellowship Hall on the designated Friday from noon - 4:00 p.m. or Saturday from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m., and return at 9:00 a.m. to select cookies from everyone else's favorite Christmas cookie recipe. Cookies will be sold by the pound and you will select what you want. What a holiday stress breaker! Thank you for making this a delicious success. The money will be used for LWM projects.
The Craft Show is usually held during the St. James Heritage Festival and features over 50 booths of “handmade items” by local artists and crafters. The purpose of the Craft Show is to promote St. James' church and school within the community and to raise funds for an annual church project or need. In addition, the show provides an awareness of church and school organizations and enables these organizations to raise funds to support their mission projects.
E-Mail Prayer Chain
To become a member and receive e-mail prayer requests, send your e-mail address to Bev Larson to be added to the list at firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail prayer requests to Bev and the request is blind carbon copied to all members of the prayer chain. Prayers can be either public (i.e. John Smith having heart surgery) or anonymous (i.e. prayer requested for a friend in hard times).
Encouraging Lutheran Friends (E.L.F.)
"But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly-don’t tell your left hand what you right hand is doing." Matthew 6:3
As hardships come along, we all have to make tough decisions about where our money will go. ELF was started ten years ago to help meet the needs of a family that suddenly was in the midst of a serious medical/financial crisis. ELF is an anonymous gift to make things a little easier for families. Please prayerfully consider visiting the SCRIP counter and make a donation to the ELF fund. The donations will be put into a gift certificate and mailed with an encouraging word to the person/families. If so desired, you can designate your recipient. Your gift says, “We Care.”
This ministry’s purpose is to provide comfort with a light lunch and a pleasant place to reminisce with family and friends. We feel it is important to provide this service free to families by using donations of food and money from members of our congregation.
Ladies Lifelight Bible Study
How wonderful to know that God calls people to faith and keeps people in faith through His Word. As we live in this promise, we are blessed to have opportunities to hear, speak, and share God’s Word beyond worship services. All women are invited to join us in studying God’s Word through in-depth and interactive Bible study.
Our mission work is to be of service to St. James and other organizations in need. Any female communicant member of the church can become an active member of this society. Come join us as we get to know one another better and enjoy monthly programs with us. We meet on the first Thursday of September, October, December, March, and April.
The purpose of LWML is to support and encourage women in their faith so they can minister to the world. There are a variety of activities to serve and be served. Throughout the year, the Indiana district and the Logansport zone hold retreats, rallies, a treatshop, and conventions. In addition, there is a biannual national convention.
Mom To Mom
Mom to Mom is a network of mothers with children who are elementary school-age and younger who get together to do a variety of things with each other and their children. Our goal is to have a chance to get to know the other moms in our congregation/community; to develop relationships that help support one another in our vocations as mothers; to help moms with similar needs meet one another so they can share resources; for moms with different resources to be able to share with one another; and to encourage one another that “YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” A listing of activities can be found on the Mom to Mom webpage.
Moms in Touch
Come join a group of women who meet on a regular basis to pray for our school. You will find a meaningful time and a great way to connect with other mothers. We follow a particular format, which makes it easy to pray together. No one has to pray aloud who would rather not, and all prayers are confidential. Come just when your child’s class is being prayed for or come any time. We hope you’ll join us for this most important ministry of prayer covering our school.
St. James Sewing Circle meets to make baby burial clothes for infants who do not survive. At the present time, we provide clothes for IU Health Arnett Hospital and Hippensteel Funeral Home. The ministry of this sewing group is to provide a much needed service when parents are suffering. It is our hope that we are being faithful witnesses to Christ in offering our outfits and support. Come join us in this rewarding work, we can always use new help. We meet every third Monday of every month from 8:00 a.m. - noon in the Fellowship Hall.
This group of women meets monthly to make quilts for a variety of needs including Lutheran World Relief, Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, nursing homes, the military, and many others. We always will need cotton fabric, used blankets, new/used twin flat sheets, and batting. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Come help cut, press, sew, tie, laugh, and create quilts! We meet on the fourth Monday of every month in the Fellowship Hall. Come anytime between 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Bring a snack lunch for a break at noon.
This group of women gather to pray for and connect with members of our congregation who are unable to attend services. We “carol” three times a year – Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and the 4th of July at nursing homes, retirement villages, and private homes. A card ministry is also being developed to lift the spirits of those who are homebound.
The goal of the Sisterchicks is to keep one another in prayer throughout the year, to encourage, and to lift up your Sisterchick in times of trouble, etc. This is a program in which each participant prays for a "secret" sister. New sisters will be drawn and past ones revealed the beginning of January. Occasionally we have outings where we get together for a chance to get to know one another better and to have a time of fun and relaxation.
Young At Heart
Young At Heart is a fellowship group for men and women in their "golden years." There is no rule on age to join, so if you enjoy playing cards, like to have snacks, have some free time and want to have some fun and great fellowship, this is the place for you. Day trips are also scheduled throughout the year. Bringing your friends is encouraged. We meet on the third Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall.