Women of the ELCA

What is WELCA?

It’s an easy way to say Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Quite a mouthful, we know. Our organization includes Lutheran women who gather in more than 7,000 locations in the U.S. and the Caribbean, for service, study, advocacy, fellowship and more! WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. There is a place for you in Women of the ELCA.

More about the Women of the ELCA …

Our Grace unit of the Women of the ELCA conducts Bible studies through our circle meetings, creates Lutheran World Relief kits and quilts through our quilting group, offers a prayer shawl ministry and much more. Check out the Women of the ELCA bulletin board in Fellowship Hall, watch for bulletin and email announcements. Or contact President Vicki Marthaler, 218-849-5683.

Vicki Marthaler,
Grace unit president

Our Purpose Statement

“As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.”

What does the WELCA symbol mean?

The symbol, with the cross, water, and a white lily, identifies the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as children of God: baptized, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, full of grace and hope in eternal life. It is a reminder of the growth, beauty, and vitality that rises out of that life-giving baptismal water. It is also a reminder of the mission of the church to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19; the New Jerusalem Bible).

Are you required to pay dues?

Guess what? There are no dues! There is opportunity at meetings to provide an offering for a worthy cause. A nominal fee to attend workshops or seminars may be required.

How are circles a part of WELCA?

Circles are one way a woman of Grace can participate in WELCA.
The circles meet at monthly at various days and times.

DORCAS

Meets the third Thursday of the month in an assisted living facility to fellowship, sing hymns and treat residents to sugar free cookies and sugar free punch. Every third month group meets at a member’s home.  We welcome new members. Chairs, Joan Florine, 828-891-4357

LEAH

Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. in the Luther Lounge at Grace Lutheran Church. After a brief business meeting and refreshments, the Circle has Bible study, using the material in “Gather” magazine (formerly Lutheran Women Today). The Circle also discusses advocacy issues and focuses on one issue to bring to the attention of the congregation occasionally through the Gracevine newsletter publication. Offerings are received for the Women of the ELCA – Grace Unit general fund. Chair, Sandy Jardot, 828-890-2613

MARIA

Meets weekly Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Luther Lounge at Grace Lutheran Church following Oasis during the school year and at other times off campus. An offering is received for the Women of the ELCA – Grace Unit general fund. Chair, Alejandrina Oviedo, 828-685-0939

NAOMI

Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. After refreshments and fellowship, the Circle has a brief business meeting and Bible study using the material in “Gather” magazine (formerly Lutheran Woman Today). A love offering is collected in addition to the offering for Women of the ELCA – Grace Unit general fund. From the love offering, the Circle donates funds, to Storehouse, the quilting and prayer shawl groups as needed, and other charitable purposes. Chair, Bonnie Pierce, 315-657-6099

SARAH

Meets the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church. After refreshments and fellowship, the Circle meets for devotions, a program and a brief business meeting. An offering is received for the Women of the ELCA – Grace Unit general fund and to other agencies as needed. Co-Chairs, Leah Cosoi, 828-782-4064, Chira Kirkland, 828-595-2657

QUILTING GROUP

Women gather on the third Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran Church to do simple quilting and to enjoy fellowship. Steps include cutting squares; machine sewing squares for quilt tops (at home); assembling tops, filler, and backing; tying; and sewing edges. Quilts are donated to Lutheran World Relief; Interfaith Assistance Ministry and to other agencies as needed. Co-chairs, Irene Carlson, 828-694-0602, Janet Harms, 828-890-1956

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY GROUP

Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. in Room #221 at Grace Lutheran Church. Whether called Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, Peace Shawls, or Mantles, etc., the shawl maker begins with prayers and blessings for the recipient. The intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. Upon completion, a final blessing is offered before the shawl is sent on its way. Some recipients have continued the kindness by making a shawl and passing it on to someone in need. Co-chairs, Skip Andersen, 828-697-0464, Lori Schaefer, 608-780-0099

The Grace WELCA Unit is having a fundraising project to benefit local charities.
Offered is a tote bag with your choice of of three different logo designs.

For more details and to download the order form, click on the button.

Grace WELCA Newsletters

Smoky Mountain Conference 2020

Thankoffering Sunday 2019

Quilting

Weekly Emails

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