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Women | Cornerstone Lutheran Church | Cornerstone Lutheran Church


Women’s Ministry at CLC exists to reach out, care for, and equip women in their journey of life, faith, and witness in Christ.

This ministry at CLC encompasses MOPS, Women's Bible Studies, Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML), Infertility/Miscarriage Ministry, and special events. Whether you have a deep-seeded faith in Jesus Christ or you’re in the process of building one, if you're seeking support or looking to reach out, we have what you’re looking for!

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  • Women's Retreat March 7


    8:30 am-4 pm

    Theme: “The Church Lady: Relic of the Past or Beacon for the Future?”


    What do hats, gloves, soda pop salad, jeans, Instagram, and avocado toast have in common? Join us at the 2020 Women’s Retreat and explore how the biblical and spiritual women of the past help shape us to engage our culture as “Church Ladies” looking toward the future.

    This cross-generational retreat is open to all women of CLC, including our young women in high school. This year’s retreat will be held at our FISHERS site, 8:30 am - 4 pm. The day will be filled with large group gatherings and worship, small group Bible studies, and a variety of break-out session options. Cost for the day is $30 and includes light breakfast, lunch, and more. Registration opens from February 1 to March 1. Register and pay online (see below), or through paper registration forms, available at a Welcome Desk or Connection Center at any of our sites.



    What you bring counts! Please consider helping us in one of the following ways:

    • Where there are church ladies, there’s food! In keeping with the theme of the retreat, please consider bringing pastries for breakfast or a side dish or dessert for lunch. Be sure to mark on your registration form what you are bringing and include your recipe with the dish that day. If you do not wish to bring food, that’s OK! Just mark “none” on the form.
    • If you have vintage church cookbooks, consider bringing one and lending it to a display for the day.
    • Search out and lend us church clothes dating back to the 1940’s continuing through the decades. What did one wear to church in 1945, 1955, or 1962 or 1974, or 1983 or 1995 or . . . .? What do our ladies wear to church now and what will they wear in the future?
    • Bring your hands to help clean up and reset for Sunday worship directly after retreat on Saturday, March 7.
    • Bring your prayers before the Lord. Please pray for our retreat teams as they work together to make the retreat day both fun
      and meaningful.

    Contact Jan Williams (click here to email, 317.814.4252) if you have any questions.




  • Women's Bible Studies

    Do you long for a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus? Do you desire to get to know and deepen your relationships with other women? Join a Women's Bible Study! You can expect to be challenged (but not overwhelmed), encouraged by insightful and inspiring biblical teaching, and connected with other women as you study Scripture together.

    We offer many different Women’s Bible study choices on Sunday mornings and during the week at our Carmel, Fishers, and Indianapolis locations.

    Register for a Women's Bible Study here!

    For more information on Women’s Bible studies, email Jan Williams.


    9:30-10:20 am (begins 1/12)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, Seniors Lounge
    • Sweeter than Chocolate
      Romans 8 delivers the heart of biblical theology in one power-packed chapter and answers questions that make all the difference. This study, “Mindset: Learning and Living the Will of God”, dives deep and takes us on a journey across the pages of Scripture to discover truth. It will change how you see the world and live in it.
    • Materials fee: $21
    • Leader: Pam Verbarg


    9:15-11 am (ongoing)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 102
      Group: LIFT (Ladies in Fellowship Together) - Weekly women’s study walking through books of the Bible.
    • Leader: Pastor Max Murphy

    9:30-10:30 am (begins 1/28)

    • Location: Carmel, room 101A
    • Rooted in the Word: A Tool for Studying the Bible - Wherever you are in your journey, know that the Bible contains God’s very words for you. Jesus longs for you to know him and revealed himself through his Word. You do not have to be a Bible scholar to understand God’s Word, so be encouraged! When we seek to know him, he has promised us understanding. In order to grow and thrive in our relationship with Jesus, we need to be rooted in the Word of God, our source of life and strength. Childcare is available.
    • Materials fee: $7
    • Leaders: Hollie Nicholson & Abby Kruse

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm (1/7-4/28)

    • Location: Pearings Cafe (6 W. Washington St., downtown Indianapolis)
    • A Book of Beginnings: Genesis Pt. 3 - This in-depth study in Genesis will cover the families of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Join us for lively discussion and further insights into the promised Messiah as seen in the lives of these faithful patriarchs. New participants are always welcome!
    • Leader: Jan Williams

    7-8:15 pm (ongoing)

    • Location: CLC Fishers, classroom Q
    • Tuesday Night Women's Bible Study -We follow the themes and texts of the coming weekend’s sermon. This study will keep us in the Word, bring us closer in community with one another, and help us to grow in our faith walk.
    • Leader: Kate Giger


    6:30-7:30 am (1/8-4/29)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 101A
    • A Book of Beginnings: Genesis Pt. 3 - This in-depth study in Genesis will cover the families of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Join us for lively discussion and further insights into the promised Messiah as seen in the lives of these faithful patriarchs. New participants are always welcome!
    • Leader: Jan Williams

    9:15-11:15 am (1/8- 2/12)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 100
    • Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season - This study examines the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God. Learn some of the spiritual stamina secrets that helped him hold on and persevere in faith, including practical habits related to prayer, soul care, surrender, mentoring, and legacy.
    • Materials fee: $20
    • Leaders: Michelle Oakley & Marcey Zolner

    9:30-11 am 

    • Location: Fishers, classroom Q
    • God Loves Moms: 12 Lessons About God's Mercy (thru 2/12)The women we read about in God's Word were just regular women like us. And they had the same insecurities and vulnerabilities that we all feel. This study digs deep into the stories of thirteen biblical women for a fresh look at how God reveals his grace through Christ for you.
    • Ruth (2/19-4/1) - Ruth’s journey is one of unbearable loss, redeeming love, and divine legacy. If you’ve ever felt devastated, struggled as a stranger, longed to be loved, or wept along the way, you’ll find a loyal sister in Ruth. Childcare is available.
    • Materials fee $15
    • Leaders: Tara Fisher

    9:30-11 am (begins 1/8)

    • Location: CLC Fishers, classroom N
    • Adventurous Prayer (Women of Faith Series) - Grow in your prayer life through praying boldly, having conversations with God, journaling prayers, praying Scripture, becoming prayer warriors, and more.
    • Leaders: Debby Hilgendorf

    4:30-6 pm (ongoing)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 101A
    • David: Seeking a Heart Like His - This study on David, the “man after God’s own heart,” will make you laugh and cry. David will both delight and disappoint you. His life clearly demonstrates that God is always able to reach us, correct us, and reclaim our worship. If you’ve ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you. (Author: Beth Moore.)
    • Materials fee: $16
    • Leader: Karla Ralls


    9:15-11 am (1/9-4/30)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 101A
    • A Book of Beginnings: Genesis Pt. 3 - This in-depth study in Genesis will cover the families of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Join us for lively discussion and further insights into the promised Messiah as seen in the lives of these faithful patriarchs. New participants are always welcome!
    • Leader: Jan Williams

    7-9 pm (ongoing)

    • Location: CLC Carmel, room 101A
    • Revelation –The Book of Revelation has been called mysterious, puzzling, and frightening. Could there be more to this final message Jesus gives to his people than we realize? Discover the inspiring, down to earth, and meaningful message of this often misunderstood book of the Bible. This is a continuation from the fall class, but new participants are welcome.
    • Materials fee: $16
    • Leaders: Christine Mayes & Chris Doron


    Register for a Women's Bible Study here!


  • Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

    At MOPS, we believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. That’s why we rally women, in their own neighborhoods, to help them become more brave, kind and honest, one gathering at a time. It is our goal to provide a Christ-centered, caring ministry where friendships, creativity, and personal relationships with other moms and Jesus Christ can develop.

    So, whether you are a soon-to-be mom, first-time mom or seventh-time mom, you are welcome here. Whether you are an adoptive mom, young mom, seasoned mom, foster mom, stepmom or any other type of mom, you are welcome here!

    Visit our MOPS page for more information!

  • Infertility/Miscarriage Support

    The goal of "The Cry of My Heart" is to create a community of support around the difficulties some encounter when trying to start a family, and to recognize God's love and mercy through these trials. Whether you've been affected by infertility, miscarriage, stillborn, infant loss or adoption loss, our hearts are open you you.

    We meet for Bible study and hold a service of remembrance on the Sunday closest to October 15, National Infant Loss & Miscarriage Remembrance Day.

    If you have any questions or would like more information on upcoming studies, click here to contact the group leaders. You can also read one CLC disciple's experience by clicking here for her blog.

  • Lutheran Women In Mission (LWML)

    This auxiliary organization in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod strives to develop the spiritual gifts of women through fellowship, Christian growth, and mission service.

    We sponsor many mission-minded projects and events, including collections (socks, baby items, food), quilt making, a cookie walk, care packages for college students and more.

    And, the first weekend of every month at the Carmel site the LWML places large Mite Boxes by the Sanctuary and Worship Center to collect your spare change for mission work. Your change can make a real change!

    Join with us as we make a difference in the world through the love of Jesus Christ!

    Contact LWML President Marcey Culter.

  • Women's Book Club
    • The first Tuesday of every month, 7-9 pm
    • Barnes & Noble Cafe, Greyhound Pass

    Each month we read and discuss a different book (not necessarily "Christian themed"). Join in any month for lively book discussions! For more information, contact Debbie Salefski or Nancy Mills.

    Upcoming books: