Women's Ministry

WELCA - Women of the ELCA

The mission of the Women of the ELCA is to mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.


Our goals:

  • To achieve sustainable intergenerational connections that are meaningful and relevant.

  • To build communities that are cohesive, diverse, dynamic, compassionate and just; based on common interests, concerns and commitments.

  • To authentically name, voice and respond to issues affecting women through awareness, education, action, and advocacy.


Purpose statement:

“ 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, the society and the world.”

These goals and purposes are accomplished through organization and emphasis in the areas of  Mission Action, Mission Growth and Mission Community.



All women are encouraged and invited to share their gifts through leadership, committee work, circles and attendance at special events of the church. We are a member of the Synodical Women’s Organization and of the Churchwide Women of the ELCA. St. John's leadership committee meets the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the church.



Updates and announcements for women’s events and activities will be found in the monthly publication, the St. John's Journal, and in the weekly Sunday bulletins. Gather is a monthly magazine format published by the church-wide Women of the ELCA, which includes a Bible Study, faith articles, book reviews, and inspirational offerings. Bridges is is the quarterly newsletter of the Saint Paul Area Synodical Women's organization. The websites  Boldcafe and Women of  the ELCA offer more information.

Bible Studies

Bible studies are conducted at Circle meetings and on Wednesday evenings.

  • Deborah Circle meets the first Tuesday of the month, 7:30 pm at Perkins (Hwy 50 & 35W).

  • Hannah Circle meets the first Wednesday of the month, 9:30 am at church.

  • Rachel Circle meets the first Thursday of the month, 9:30 am at church.

  • Mary Circle meets the first Tuesday of the month, 9:30 am at church.


Contact the church office for further information, 952-469-4916.



Mission Community builds relationships among women of faith. These relationships are disciple relationships, which include God, family, other persons of faith, the global community, Women of the ELCA units, and the unchurched.

  • The Scandinavian Dinner is traditionally held the second weekend in November. The dinner serves members and is open to the general public. The family-style dinner features the traditional Norwegian lutefisk and Swedish meatballs along with other dishes.

  • A bake sale is held in conjunction with the dinner and features homebaked goodies provided by the families of the congregation.

  • Lenten meals are served each Wednesday during Lent for the benefit of the Bloomington Loaves and Fishes program.

  • All fund-raisers assist and support programs of St. John's and other local and area agencies.


Mission Action involves participation in direct servant roles. We act to ensure that all people have access to basic human needs, equality, justice and safety. This includes developing active partnerships with workers to provide tangible goods and services.

  • A Mitten Tree for needy families is sponsored each December.  Mittens, scarves and hats are donated and collected in the church narthex.

  • St. John's quilting program meets twice monthly at the church. Hundreds of quilts are constructed and donated each year.

  • Women’s gatherings are held three times each year. Each gathering features educational and spiritual programs, dinner, and fellowship. 

  • Various other action projects may be on-going and/or may change.

  • St. John's women assist in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

  • St. John's women assist in the Prayer Chain Ministry.

  • Our spring mission activity will follow the leadership of the South Saint Paul Synod Women's Annual Convention designation for 2010 and will benefit specific projects of the ELCA Churchwide Organization.


Mission Growth nurtures spiritual growth by enabling and encouraging women to share the good news in their daily lives. It provides opportunities for each woman to identify her own gifts and leadership skills and makes resources for Bible study and Personal faith development.

  • For specific opportunities and times of Bible studies

  • Women's study group, Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. Other groups may become available.

  • Gatherings for all the women of St. John's are held quarterly and feature guest speakers, refreshments, opportunities for fellowship and Christian growth.