LWML / Ruth Circle


Who We Are

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is “the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. For almost 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions.” Quoted from the LWML website.

Ruth Circle is based off the LWML and was founded in 1997.

Our Mission

Our LWML and Ruth Circle each have specific missions.  Learn more about what women sitting next to you in church are doing!


LWML sponsors two in-gatherings each year with church members donating suggested items. Just prior to Thanksgiving and Easter food and other items are collected for Crosslines.   

We give a monthly donation to a charitable organization and help Missionary Fred Reinhardt in Africa through donations.

A wonderful Mitten Tree at Christmas is coordinated by LWML. Items are donated to local school children in need.

Other LWML activities throughout the years have included:

  • Beautifully decorating the altar at Easter and Christmas with lilies and poinsettias donated by members of the congregation.
  • Members attended LWML Zone rallies held twice a year in the spring and fall.
  • St. John’s LWML hosted a Zone rally in 2014.

Ruth Circle

Every fall, laughter and fun fill the church’s upstairs kitchen as Ruth Circle members spend a few hours one evening preparing apple pies for our major fundraiser.  You don’t have to know how to bake to join in – we have the process down with an assembly line and plenty of helping hands!

The Circle serves a delicious dinner before one each of the Wednesday church Advent and Lenten services.

We host one or more local Community Kitchen meals during the year.

Ruth Circle hosts a Christmas party for our LWML sisters each year.

The Circle also provides wedding and baby card showers for members and families on request.

Funds raised have been used to purchase needed items for the church and give donations to various causes.

Other Ruth Circle activities throughout the years have included:

  • Projects to help the church such as painting the downstairs fellowship hall.
  • Christmas caroling at local nursing homes, finishing with yummy chili and soup back at the church afterwards.
  • Sponsoring a hilarious Newlywed Game and other fun fundraiser.

Both LWML and Ruth Circle help other church members in providing families with a post-funeral luncheon or meal.

Mite boxes help fund LWML designated projects at home and abroad.

When We Meet

The LWML ladies usually meet the third Thursday of the month at 1:30 in the afternoon for a Bible study, fellowship (with coffee and a snack), a short planning meeting as needed, and to eat out during the summer months.

Ruth Circle meets at 7 PM the first Tuesday evening of most months (except in the summer) to take care of business, share a devotion and prayer, and a cup of coffee.

Who to Contact / How to Join

We invite all ladies to join LWML and Ruth Circle.  Together we are a sisterhood who enjoys serving our Lord and having fun together!!

For more information contact the church office at 235-3416 ext. 0 or email stjohnmonett@gmail.com.

Meeting schedules are published in the Sunday bulletin and the week-day Minor Prophet email.