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Women of the ELCA

Women of ELCA Logo at Grace Lutheran Church

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.

Kathy Stancar,
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).

Symbol of WELCA at Grace Lutheran Church

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 monthly at various days and times.
WELCA information of our Grace Unit, including copies of our monthly newsletter,
is posted on the WELCA bulletin Board located in the Fellowship Hall of the church.


Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at the church. The members use the Bible study found in the “Gather” magazine.


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.  


Meets every Tuesday at 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!


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.

Grace WELCA Newsletters

Smoky Mountain Conference 2020

Thankoffering Sunday 2019


Weekly Emails

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