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.


Meets the third Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. in an assisted living facility to fellowship, sing hymns and treat residents to an afternoon coffee. Every third month the Circle members also meet at a member’s home. Interim Chair is Vicki Marthaler 218-849-5683 or vicki.marthaler@gmail.com


Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. at the church. The circle members study the Bible Study found in the “Gather” magazine. The members are also interested in advocacy issues. Chair is Sandy Jardot, 828-890-2613 or joesam83@morrisbb.net


Meets weekly on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the church following Oasis during the school year. May also meet off campus in the summer.  Chair is Alejandrina Oviedo, 828-685-0939 or alejandrinaov@hotmail.com


Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the church. The members use the Bible study found in the “Gather” magazine. Chair Lori Schaefer,  608-780-0099 or lori.schaefer3@gmail.com


Meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the church. Members enjoy a Bible Study. Rides are available to anyone uncomfortable driving at night. Chair is Lynne Wenz,  828-890-5596 or 828-513-6034 or lynne.horst@att.net


Meets the third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the church. Members often have a speaker to inform the members of worthy causes and also enjoy Bible-related studies.  Chair is Judy Stoltenberg, 443-340-4115 or jcstoltenberg@hotmail.com


Meets every third Tuesday (except December) 9:30 a.m.-Noon in the Fellowship Hall in the church.  Fellowship and simple quilting (cutting squares, machine sewing squares for quilt tops, assembling tops, tying and sewing edges) make for a busy, productive morning. Beginners are welcome! Co-chairs are Irene Carlson 828-694-0602 or candi.carlson64@gmail.com and Janet Harms, 828-890-1956 or alandjanh@att.net


Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the church. Clicking knitting needles as well as busy crochet hooks keep the members busy as they stitch in prayers for recipients of a shawl or prayer square. There is also fellowship. Co-chairs are Lori Schaefer,  608-780-0099 or lori.schaefer3@gmail.com and Sandy Brust,  828-772-6898 or wbrust@yahoo.com

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


Weekly Emails

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