Over the years, the Jerusalem Lutheran Church Women (JLCW) have continued to be very active either working in a group or individually. They focus on helping those in need by participating in local or worldly outreach ministries and addressing the needs of the church including fellowship events.
The JLCW Board is composed for six women who are elected annually to coordinate the JLCW activities and projects. Additionally, we currently have representation on Church Council by six women elected to their respective positions.
There is an active Prayer Chain here at JLC comprised of women who work from their home. Prayer requests originate from members for family, friends, or others by phoning the prayer chain chairman. After the request is received, it is passed by phone to members of the chain, one to another. The prayer chain observes confidentiality and names remain anonymous should the caller request confidentiality.
Our faithful, talented women has been quilting for many, many years making beautiful quilts that are donated to Lutheran World Relief. Every October we ship approximately 100 or more quilts to be distributed worldwide to individuals who have lost all their belongings during a disaster.. The "Quilters" twice a month in Luther Hall applying their talents and enjoying fellowship. During 2018, our quilters were very busy making 115 quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
Our Christian Stitchers group consists of crocheters, knitters, embroiderers, and other talented individuals. They meet monthly in the parlor (or work at home) where they apply their talents making hats, scarfs, mittens, etc that are donated to the Robert Bycroft School for the mentally challenged individuals in Columbiana County. They also make Prayer Shawls, Baptism Blankets, and Bear Dolls. They enjoy using their talents as well as the fellowship of all attending and are happy to share their ideas.
The JLC Women have always diligently taken care of the altar. The chancel paraments are coordinated with the changing church seasons and care for the communion linens. Additionally, they make sure that the candelabras are filled regularly for weekly worship services and special occasions.
Personal Care Kits
The Personal Care Kits are a yearly project for the women to help the needy. A select list of items are purchased or donated and then assembled in a rolled-up large bath towel and secured prior to distribution. In 2018, our women completed 50 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief.
Mitten & Hat Tree
Each year as the Christmas season approaches, the JLC Women sponsor a mitten tree seeking donations to help the children in our area. All donations are hung on a small Christmas Tree where the mittens and hats serve as its ornaments. For 2018, the women again sponsored a "Sock Tree" instead of the normal "Mitten Tree". Total donations amounted to 419 pairs of socks for our area's boys and girls. The donations were given to Job and Family Services of Columbiana County to be used throughout the coming months.
Dear Jerusalem Lutheran Church Women:
We would like to thank you for your donation of socks for the children of Columbiana County that we serve. What a great donation this was. We will be able to distribute socks to children now and throughout the year. Your group really understands the idea of "Taking a Community to Raise a Child". Thank you for thinking of us with your donation, it is appreciated.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The women have been using their talents for a prayer shawl ministry. The shawls are knitted or crocheted in a pattern of three, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. Crocheted shawls are usually done in a pattern of one row of single crochet followed by three rows of double crochet. Knitted shawls are worked in a pattern of Knit 3, Purl 3. A prayer is said as the shawl is begun and then many prayers are said as new stitches are added. Once the shawls are completed, they are blessed during worship service before they are given out. The shawls are provided to those of all ages who may be sick or terminally ill..
One focus on the JLCW Board is to personally extend acts of kindness, phone calls, or visits to our shut-in members.
Our church women enjoy a "Finger Food Luncheon" each June and a "Christmas Luncheon" each December. These social gatherings are well-attended and full of food, fun, and fellowship.
Ladies Night Out
There is a social group of the church women that meet for fellowship over dinner at various nearby restaurants. It is a fun time to meet, laugh, and relax.
Bible Study & Sunday School
Monthly bible study groups meet monthly in the parlor for informal discussion using a biblical lesson guide. Sunday School classes for preschool, youth, and confirmation ages are primarily led by our women volunteers.
In the Spring of 1967, Mrs. Lois Rehl (wife of Pastor Thomas Rehl) shared with the JLC Women the idea of making Chrismons for the Christmas trees at Jerusalem. The ladies welcomed the idea and soon began making the ornaments, but sadly Mrs. Rehl was killed in an automobile accident before the project could be finished. Thus, the ladies of Jerusalem proudly finished them in memory of Lois Rehl. The Chrismons have been displayed each year on the trees ever since. They have stood as a symbol of the love that Jesus brought to each of us and that you are filled with the Holy Spirit during the holiday season.
The Jerusalem Chrismons are Christian symbols. The Chrismon is a combination of the words Christ and Monogram. There are a total of 12 different symbols on the trees: the Chi Rho, Sun of Righteousness, Cornerstone, Cross & Orb, Circle with monograms of Christ, Greek Cross, Cross & Chi, Iota Eta Sigma, Iota & Chi, Fish & Bread, Cross in Eternity, the Crown, Iota Chi, Shepherd Crook, Triquetra & Circle, Eight-pointed Star, and the Star of Bethlehem.