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Many educational opportunities are available for adults.  Bible studies and small groups meet at various times throughout the year which allow for discussion and relationship building.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact the church office.   Remember…There is always room for more!

Befriender Ministry

Men’s Power Lunch 

The Men’s Lunch group meets Wednesdays during the school year.  All men are welcome to these gatherings that begin at 12:15 with lunch, followed by a study led by either Pastor Kent or Pastor Dan and concluding with prayer.

  • A donation of $5 is suggested for the lunch.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

Join Pastor Dan between services on Sunday mornings.  Meet on December 8th will then resume in January 2020.

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

We are taking a break during the month of December and will resume January 8, 2020. Wednesday evenings 5:30pm – 6:30pm. “Experiencing Contagious Joy” Women of Faith Series. Study books are available for $7.

LCOOR Book Club

Gather on the 4th Thursday of the month at 10:00am in the Youth Room for discussion of a book chosen the previous month.

  • December 19, 2019   “The Christmas Box Collection” by Richard Paul Evans  [We will meet at the home of Maylou Austin (14 10th Ave NE) at 10am]

Young Adult

A group for young adults will meet Bi-weekly 5:30pm – 7:30pm beginning September 19th at Gather on Kemp. Contact Lakyn at 605-366-5531 for more information or check out the Facebook page @gatherwatertownsd.

Women of the ELCA

Mission: To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Small groups, called circles, meet monthly in the morning or afternoon. Prayer, Bible Study and service program planning are part of each meeting.

Gather Circle Bible Study 

Combined Christmas Circle Gathering – Wednesday, December 11th at 9:30am   Lesson led by Pastor Kent Stillson.  Bring treats to share.

-Meet September through May-

  • Martha Circle meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 2:00pm in the Youth Room
  • Priscilla Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 9:30am in the Gathering Area

Winter 2020: We are Called! by Kathryn A Kleinhans

Reformer Martin Luther used the word “vocation” or “calling” to refer to all aspects of human life. We are called to respond to God not just in our personal relationship with God but in our relationships with family and friends, in our work, and in our communities.  This four-part Bible study will explore stories from both the Old and New Testament.  As we reflect on how our biblical forebears heard and responded to God’s call, we will gain insight into how God is calling us—and how God may be calling others through us.

[January] Session 1:  Hearing God’s Voice

This session focuses on men and women in the Old Testament.  Some of them heard and recognized God’s call clearly.  Others struggled to realize that it was God who was calling them or exactly what God was calling them to do.  What can we learn from their stories?

[February] Session 2:   Disciples of Christ

This session focuses on Jesus’ calling of the disciples, on Jesus’ call to Saul (Paul) on the road to Damascus, and on Jesus’ call to all Christians to take up the cross and follow.  As Christians, how do we see ourselves in these stories today?  How do we respond to the call of Jesus?

[March] Session 3:   Called to Serve

Jesus is clear that one of the central ways we respond to God’s call is by serving others.  When we serve others, we are recognizing Christ present in their need.  When we serve others, they see Christ visible in our loving service.  This session engages scriptural texts that help us focus on the questions, “Who is my neighbor, and what does my neighbor need?”

[April] Session 4:  Calling Networks

The title of this Bible study, “We Are Called!” reminds us that calling is not something private or individualistic.  Our callings are always interwoven with our relationships and our communities.   This session focuses on how we support others in hearing and responding to God’s call.

About the author

The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D., serves as dean of Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information on the Women of the ELCA, visit their website.

Also from the Women of the ELCA is  CafeCafé is an on-line magazine for young adult women. It incorporates a Lutheran perspective for women of Christian faith or simply for any woman who is interested in how faith relates to the issues that women face today. Readers and writers of Café include pastors, seminary and college students, and other young adult women who use Café as a Bible study resource individually or with their congregation.


Proverbs 31:25 – She is clothed with strength & dignity and She laughs without fear of the future.

MomLIFE…Living In Faith Everyday: for moms of every season of their life!  Activities for each gathering will be decided upon by the group and will change on a regular basis…we are open to any idea you may have! Can’t make it every time- that’s ok! We will be happy to see you when you are able to join us. Check the Facebook group for more details at MomLIFE (Living In Faith Everyday).


The quilters will meet the 1st and 3rd Thursday and the 3rd Friday every month at 9am.  Knowing how to sew is not a necessity of being part of this group.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Come together on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month to make these shawls.  Completed prayer shawls, infant blankets and quilts are blessed on the last week of each month during worship services.

  • Don’t know how to knit or crochet?  This is a great place to learn!!
  • Do you know of someone in need of a prayer shawl? Shawls are given to our own members and others in the community. Call the church office for more information.