Women’s Ministry Groups & Circles

All of the women of Bethel are welcome at any and all groups and activities in the Women’s Ministry! Come and see what we are about. We’d love for you to join us. Contact WCC President Kris Fansler for more information about groups and activities within the women’s ministry.

The Blanket Workshop women share in fellowship as they make blankets (quilts) that are donated to Lutheran World Relief for distribution throughout the world. Some women in the group spend their time at a sewing machine. Most of the women share in simple tasks of tying knots with yarn and pinning hems. No sewing or quilting experience are necessary to join this group. Tasks are easy, and there are plenty of friendly women to show you the techniques. You don’t have to officially sign up, and you don’t have to come every month. Just join us when you can.

This group began in 1969 and has assembled a total of 9,049 quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR). The quilts can be used for warmth, as part of a tent, as a mat, room divider, poncho or pallet. Quilts have also been repurposed as a wedding dress and used to bury a loved one. The Blanket Workshop meets on the 4th Thursday of the month, 9am-2pm at Bethel (two meetings in August on the 2nd and 4th Thursday and none in December). It is not necessary to be present the entire time or every time. Bring a sack lunch if you do stay through the lunch hour; coffee will be provided. Quilt kits are available to sew at home to make quilt tops for the Blanket Workshop. These quilt kits consist of 48 (10.5 inch) squares to sew in a 6 X 8 block arrangement. Please contact Patty Saxe if interested in sewing a quilt top.

A Circle is a small group of women who meet monthly for Christian fellowship. A circle offers women a community of friends within our large church.

Most circles do a short Bible study together at their meetings. In addition, there is plenty of time for talking, laughing, and enjoying a sweet treat. Some circles meet at church and some meet in their homes.

The circles at Bethel have a variety of special mission projects, service programs or unique ways to be involved in our community.

If you sign in to “Realm” on the Bethel web site, you can see a description of each circle and see a photo of the members. If you know of a circle you would like to join, just call or email the circle president. We are always happy for an opportunity to welcome new members into one of our women’s circles.

If interested in forming a new circle please contact Pastor Margo at margo@bethel-madison.org.

Special Events:

Women’s Retreat: Each year the women’s ministry at Bethel holds a retreat. The retreat is usually held at Bethel Horizon’s camp. It is an opportunity to meet new Bethel friends, hear an inspirational speaker and enjoy some of the activities unique to Horizons.

Advent By Candlelight: Our Christmas season event is held in early December. This very popular event always includes an inspiring speaker, beautiful Christmas table decorations, good desserts, and Christmas music. You can participate as a guest, a table hostess or a member of the planning committee.

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