Welcome to Women of the ELCA, the women’s organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. This organization builds on a strong history of missionary, Bible study and service–trying to make a difference because God has made a difference in their lives.
All women members of Evangelical Lutheran Church are members of our women’s organization–Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church OR W/ELC. The business of the W/ELC is primarily conducted by a board consisting of the officers, a congregational council member and a representative of each circle. The W/ELC Board meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. (except May and June.)
The committees that carry out the work of the W/ELC are: Altar Guild, Book Nook, Cradle Roll, Funeral Coordinator, Historian, Home Mission Outreach, Web Page Reporter, Kitchen, Library, Sewing Circle, Special Event Coordinator, and Sunshine. The Mission Areas are: Mission Community Outreach, Mission Growth, and Mission Action—Stewardship.
Altar Guild provides another opportunity for service. Any member is welcome to join Altar Guild, a group that prepares the altar area for worship. Usually a member is responsible one month during the year for filling the oil candles, placing flowers, and changing paraments and banners according to the church year calendar. Members work together for making new banners and for seasonal decorating. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00am. New members, if desired, may work together with another member.
The Book Nook is a fundraiser for the W/ELC. The Book Nook offers a wide variety of Christian all-occasion greeting cards available at a reasonable price. There are also many Christian gifts for those who wish to give to others. Of special interest are the wonderful dishcloths. Come to the gathering space and check it out!
The library is a gathering room for research, reading for pleasure, bible study and church related meetings. It has a nice selection of fiction and non-fiction books, videos and audio books for all ages.
The W/ELC historian collects and preserves pertinent records of the organization. Items such as the group’s constitution, annual program book, newsletter/bulletin releases, invitations, programs and pictures of W/ELC events are placed in a file or an album for the benefit of future members.
All able women of the congregation are assigned to a TASK FORCE, a group with two or three coordinators and approximately sixty members. Task Force members are called upon from time to time to help provide food or assist with preparation and serving at W/ELC General Meetings, and other special events. New members are assigned to a Task Force unless a request is made that their name be withheld.
Circle Bible Study
Members are welcome to join a CIRCLE, a group of 8-12 women who meet primarily for Bible Study using a study in the Lutheran Woman Today magazine. If you would like to become a member of one of the six circles, call the church office. Circles meet the first Thursday of the month with morning, afternoon and evening meetings available.
The women of Evangelical Lutheran Church started what is now called The Sewing Circle in the 1940`s. Scraps were used to sew shirts for boys at the Wittenberg Home and also rugs were made so every boy had one by his bed. Today the Sewing Circle is still sewing but the needs have shifted to making quilts, most of which are sent to Lutheran World Relief. Our meeting dates are usually the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon & then from 1:00 pm until 4:00 p.m and then also Mondays from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Quality Control Information Quilt Layering Instructions
Mission Action Stewardship
During the year, this committee oversees the collection of items for health kits, sewing kits, layettes, school kits that are sent to Lutheran World Relief. This committee also oversees collection of soap and new clothing. The entire congregation is encouraged to participate in this stewardship mission.