Women of the E.L.C.A
WELCA Christmas Stocking Project
WELCA provides filled Christmas stockings to Food Pantry patrons during the last two weeks before Christmas; anywhere from 60 – 90 stockings have been given out each year . This project has been very well received and heartily appreciated by those who cannot afford the extras for their family during the holidays.
We have a pattern for the stockings, and a limited amount of Christmas fabric available. If you are a person who sews and would like to make stockings, please find the items in a box on the upper shelf next to the office. Your donation of additional fabric would be appreciated as well. The finished stockings need to be returned to the box by December 1st. Our shoppers will then know how many stockings need to be filled.
Thank you for helping with this tradition at Good Shepherd Lutheran by the Women of the ELCA (WELCA).
Mission 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.
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
At Our April WELCA meeting we thanked Linda Myers-Steele for her 12 years of Leadership.
Today Linda, we would like to thank you for being the leader of WELCA. Thank you, are two words we don’t say enough. You are an unsung hero of our church. You have been active with this church from the very beginning. I can’t name everything, but I first worked with
Linda on the building committee when we were building the new Sanctuary, 15 years ago. She has been a driving force in getting the kitchen started, was on the “Arts and Craft committee”- Now known as the Holiday Market. From the beginning, Linda has been the lead in so many things with WELCA like the Women’s Tea, and so many others, I can’t remember them all.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation for a job well done. Thank you so much for your 12 years of service to the Women of Good Shepherd. For organizing every meeting, getting speakers, people to set up and take down the decorations, and for getting people to do devotions.
Your willingness to use your gifts and abilities has strengthened the mission and ministry of the Women of this church. You have also been an example of servant-leadership and giving.
For all your time, effort, hard work, and prayers, please accept the thanks and appreciation of WELCA. You have truly been a blessing to this congregation! Thanks for helping us make a difference
(As part of the thank you a gift certificate from Jacobson’s Nursery was given to Linda.)