The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is an organization that seeks to assist each woman of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in affirming her relationship with the Triune God so that she is enabled to use her gifts in ministry to the people of the world.
The LWML at St. Paul's encourages new and current members to become involved in LWML and use their gifts to serve the Lord with gladness. All women who are communicant members of the church are also voting members of LWML. All are encouraged to attend LWML events and gatherings and to join a circle or committee. LWML meetings are scheduled every quarter: March, June, September, and December. Each typically consists of a business meeting, a guest speaker or other entertainment, and fellowship over treats.
LWML members also collect mites in their Mite Boxes. Mites are freely given offerings that are used to reach out to others with the Good News of Jesus Christ. These offerings fund various Mission Projects chosen at the National and District Conventions.
Circles and Committees
Esther Circle: meets the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. Their focus is Bible study, fellowship, refreshments, and service projects. Some projects they have done include making Chrismons to decorate the church during Advent as well as upkeep of the children's activity bags and ribbons in the hymnals. Esther Circle members coordinate the St. Paul's Caring Showers for new moms and new brides in our church family. Their goal is to add to their membership by involving those not currently involved with LWML.
Lydia Circle: meets the first and third Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. They do Bible study from the LMWL Quarterly magazine the first Wednesday. The ladies of this circle complete projects such as constructing and tying quilts for Lutheran World Relief, the Veteran's Hospital, and as needed for the community. They also assemble health kits for Lutheran World Relief in the fall, and make prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls, which are distributed to hospitals and shut-ins. The work done by the fingers and hearts of these ladies is greatly appreciated.
Miriam Circle: meets on the third Thursday at 1:00 p.m. for Bible study, fellowship, and refreshments. Their projects include singing at Winslow House Care Center at 10:00 a.m. on the second Monday of the month and at 10:00 a.m. at Willow Gardens Care Center the third Tuesday. They make personal visits each month to shut-ins, elderly, and bereaved members of the congregation. They send birthday cards to members who are 65 years and older.
Altar Guild: takes care of the church's altar and its appointments. They deliver flowers used on Sundays, if asked, to shut-ins or hospital patients. They do not meet monthly, but instead on an as needed basis.
Tabitha: a committee that cares for the church kitchen. They serve funerals and the annual Harvest Bazaar. These ladies make working in and around the kitchen enjoyable.
Banner Ministry: cares for, constructs, and hangs church banners. These banners provide a visual message in conjunction with the spoken word. Their symbolism enhances worship, providing additional understanding and meaning for the church seasons and special occasions throughout the church year. The Banner Ministry meets as needed. Anyone interested in planning, designing, constructing, and caring for the banners is welcome to join. Please contact Margaret Kistler.
Diana's Angels: a unique ministry that supplies burial outfits to parents of premature or stillborn infants. Outfits are mainly supplied to the University Hospital in Iowa City.