WHLC has an abundance of ministries for adults of all ages, background and talents! Groups are always open for anyone to join; drop by and check out a ministry, or feel free to contact either the church office or the leader of each group for more information on what they offer!
WELCA Bible Studies: There are four WELCA groups that meet monthly for Bible study, three of which meet at the church and one of which meets in members homes. For more information, including who leads each study, contact Elaine Hites, WHLC’s Director of WELCA. Our Bible studies are:
- Ruth: Meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, 9:30-10:30am in the Koinonia Room
- Martha: Meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, 1:00-3:00pm in the Koinonia Room
- Mary: Meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, 5:30-7:30pm in Room 127
- Naomi: Meets on the 3rd Monday of every month, 6:00-8:30pm at members homes
Men’s Bible Study: Started in 1974, the weekly Men’s Bible study has focused on the liturgy readings appointed for the upcoming Sunday. The group meets on Tuesdays at 6:45 AM with a goal of finishing discussion at 7:30, allowing those employed participants to meet their start time at work. To supplement the study, the group often engages in multi session studies of the Bible through video presentations. The Pastors join us when they can. The group discussion provides opportunity for exploration of theological, ethical and Christian discipline issues that emerge from the liturgy, the news of the day and personal challenges.
Book Club: WHLC Book Club meets Wednesdays at 6:00 in the Koinonia Room. We read all kinds of books, fiction and non-fiction. We have read classics- Grapes of Wrath and Little Women. Contemporary fiction and non-fiction-News of the World, Tattoos of the Heart. We have read WHLC authors Mitch Yeager and David Safris.
Lively discussions and great fellowship.
LWR Quilters: Quilts made by our Lutheran World Relief Quilters warm people all over the world. LWR Quilters meet Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Before the quilts are shipped out to people in need, the are draped over the pews in Parish Hall for a special sending blessing during worship!
Centering Prayer: Did you know there are 11 different Centering Prayer groups that meet at various churches in the Des Moines each week? The WHLC Centering Prayer Group has been in existence since 2015. We gather most Thursdays in the Kononia Room from 5:30 -6:15pm. We are a small, inviting group and welcome you to join us anytime! Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer – verbal, mental or affective prayer – into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. Click here if you would like to learn more about this prayer practice!
Pub Theology: Pub Theology meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Gusto Pizza, 2800 University Avenue, West Des Moines. What should be the relationship between our intellect and faith? Are faith and reason incompatible? Does your intellect ever hinder your faith, or is your faith enriched by critical thinking? All are welcome to join the discussion. If you would like to receive an email with background information prior to each Pub Theology, contact Pastor Chris.
Bridge Club: All levels bridge players are welcome to come, and we’re happy to help teach anyone the game! The group meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 6:00-8:00pm, either in the church narthex or in the Koinonia Room. There’s always snacks and treats as well!
Elderberries: We are a lively group of retired persons who enjoy the fellowship and the “great Lutheran buffet” at noon, followed by a special program. Elderberries meets on the first Thursday of every month, starting at 11:45am. For more information, contact Pastor Robin Coughennower at 277-6277.
Daily Discipleship: The Daily Discipleship group meets in Parish Hall on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 for an informal discussion of faith and life questions grounded in the weekly Bible readings. It’s not pastor-led but utilizes a discussion guide. All are welcome!
Just Faith: “JustFaith is designed for people who want to live more simply, love more compassionately, and make a difference by responding to the needs of the world. This small group program will help you explore today’s issues through the lens of your faith and formulate a personal/group response. Through prayer, engaging reading, thought-provoking dialogue and relationship building, you’ll share a journey of faith that invites you to consider how you can “be the change” in our world.” Just Faith meets at WHLC every Monday from 6:00-8:30pm in the Koinonia Room.
Prayer Shawls: WHLC Prayer Shawl Ministry reaches out to those in need with a shawl made to comfort, console, and strengthen our family of faith. A shawl is a tangible reminder of God’s promise to always be with us. Called prayer shawls, the making of a shawl is a spiritual practice for the crafter. A prayer is said as the shawl is begun and then many prayers are added with the stitches. Recipients are members of WHLC and non-members alike who are ill, recovering from a personal event, in need of consolation with the loss of a loved one, or those in celebration of a birth/baptism. Contact Bonnie Hyda or Sharman Blake if you are interested in joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry!