Officially, all women who are members of St. John’s are also part of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), the mission arm of the LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod).
Unofficially, we are “the women’s group” at St. John’s with 90 members ranging in age from 30-90 years old. We are women at all stages and positions in life. We are married, single, divorced, widowed; we are parents, grandparents, aunts and sisters; we are working, retired, stay-at-home moms and caregivers. But, most importantly, we are Christians who love the Lord and wish to serve Him while nourishing each other.
We meet on the first Monday of the month in October, November, December, February, March, April, May and June and the last Monday in August. Typically meetings begin at 6:30 with social and dessert time until 7:15 when the business meeting and program begins. However, in August and June we meet at 6:00 p.m.
Throughout the year, we have two potluck buffets, bunco, a “funny money” auction, service projects and speakers. We’ve had speakers discuss the Comfort Dog Program, Phil’s Friends (a Christian cancer support organization), stress reduction in our lives, and how to keep kids safe on the Internet – just to name a few.
Mary Martha does so much more than just our monthly meetings. We also host the following groups and events:
Craft Fair – We host a craft fair the first Saturday in November in conjunction with seven other local churches and civic groups. At the fair we have craft tables, a bake sale, and Attic Treasures. A homemade lunch is also served. The money raised from this event funds worthy causes on which Mary Martha members vote. Last year we were able to offer$5200 in support of local and national organizations near and dear to our hearts.
Dorcas Committee – We prepare and serve lunches following funerals/memorial services as requested by the families. Salads and desserts, serving and clean up are provided. Over the last two years, we have served over 1500 people at 16 luncheons.
Mission Quilters – The quilters have made over 800 quilts for victims of disasters or poverty here and abroad. This group meets each Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. We meet in a second floor classroom of the old school. No experience is necessary to join; if you can tie a knot, you are needed and welcomed!
Fix n Freeze – A group cooking day is planned once a month for busy moms or someone cooking for one. Dates for the fall are Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17. Watch the Herald for details.
Knitters and Crocheters – If you knit or crochet and would like to make prayer squares and/or shawls to encourage others we would love to have you join our group. Also, we accept yarn donations.
To be put in touch with any of the above group leaders, please contact the Church Office 630-629-2515 x118