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Women of the E.L.C.A

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 calling, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.”

 
The Women of the E.L.C.A. (WELCA) meet monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. for a potluck luncheon, September through May. All women attending Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are welcome to attend, and bring friends. There are no membership lists or dues. Meetings included Bible studies, featured speakers, or an activity.
 
WELCA is a warm, fun, inspirational group of women supporting each other and important needs in the community. 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 calling, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.
 
WELCA is committed to providing child care at each meeting to encourage Moms to attend.
 
Activities for 2016 included:

  • Heather Lehe author of Colony Kids book; a story of growing up during the settlement of the Valley
  • Lisa Ellington of Stampin’ Up instructing card-making designs for the church card mission.
  • Terry Landaal taught how to make homemade pizza in combination with GSMO men’s group
  • Attorney Connie Aschenbrenner presented Estate Planning
  • Exploring worship music presented by Linda Markus
  • Artist Leilani Devries taught the art of “Tangling”, a form of doodling
  • Making blankets for Linus Project led by Michelle Hoyt
  • Making pillows for Make a Wish program led by Sam Allred
  • Delisa Renideo introduced us to singing plants; an intriguing phenomenon
  • A study of quilting by Patricia Ott, Quilter Extraordinaire
  • A combined Christmas party with GSMO, and filling 90 Christmas stockings for Food Pantry Patrons
  • Holiday Arts & Crafts Bazaar for the community. Church members’ donations of new items to sell at the GSLC booth, bake sale items, and 25+ volunteers made this a big success!
A Leadership Board was established: Linda Myers-Steele, Karen Impson, and Barb Farmer.
Funds income:
  • Income for WELCA is raised through the annual Arts & Crafts Bazaar, and through monthly offerings.
Expenditures:
  • Parking lost sanding for winter 2016-17
  • The accordion door at the Conference/Meeting area was replaced for $5,052.
  • Paint, shower curtain, and new toilets seats were provided for the downstairs restrooms $227.
  • Hanging baskets for the church entrance were provided for $104.
  • Front door of church paint $32.
  • Purchase of pavers under pavilion for $2,725.
  • Holiday décor supplies, Christmas stocking fillers, and miscellaneous $475.
Remembrances: We remember those faithful WELCA members who enlightened and enlivened our meetings with their companionship; Rosalee Lockhart, Lucile "Cile" Crosby, Dorothy Bose,  and Deb Gray. We miss them!

The women of Good Shepherd are a vital part of the church support with their time, talent, and treasure. We encourage youngsters, teens, and women of all ages to participate in this special sisterhood of faithful followers