WELCA – Women of the ECLA

Mission Statement:

To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

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.

Here are several opportunities for you to join women of our church family.

 EVE Circle:  Thursday March 9th at 9:30 a.m. in the West Narthex.  Meet monthly.

WELCA: planning meeting:  Monday February 27th at 4:00 in the Nicodemus Room (office).  Meeting monthly.

 Women’s Retreat: Local, right here at Grace.  Saturday March 11th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  “Fresh Beginnings”   with Natalie Peterson.  A wonderful refreshing day with our women.

Spring Gathering of the Kettle River Conference: Our local part of our NorthEast Synod.  The women of churches from Brunswick and Pine City up “35” to just north of Duluth (25 churches).  “The Lord Your God Is with you” is the theme for our gathering on Saturday, April 8th at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cloquet.  Coffee 9-9:30. Update on Phebe, Storyteller, Gloria Anderson, breakout sessions and lunch at noon. Let’s carpool, contact Barb Orstad, Leah Smith or Krista Elvehjem.  For more information contact Barb Orstad 320-492-1664 or purplefroggy47@yahoo.com

Summer Gathering of the NorthEast Synod Women of the ELCA:  Our gathering of NorthEast Minnesota from 134 churches. http://www.nemnsynod.org/  The Theme is: “Walking in the Light”, Pastor Karen Bockelman is our keynote speaker she will be sharing insight into Martin Luther a we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. June 8-9 Thursday and Friday at Sugar Lake Lodge near Grand Rapids.  There are also many amenities to enjoy.  http://www.nemnsynodwomen.org/  lots more information on website.  Let’s carpool, contact Barb, Leah or Krista.  For more information contact Barb Orstad 320-492-1664 or purplefroggy47@yahoo.com

The Tenth Triennial Gathering of Women of the ECLA, http://www.womenoftheelca.org/ This is a national gathering right in Minneapolis. July 13-16, Thursday thru Sunday, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The theme is “All Anew”.  We can pick and choose if we go one day or more or volunteer!  For more information contact Barb Orstad 320-492-1664 or purplefroggy47@yahoo.com

All these opportunities are open to all women and some scholarships are available.  Don’t let money keep you away, if you want to go to any of these gatherings let me know. Barb Orstad 320-492-1664 or purplefroggy47@yahoo.com


Hot off the griddle,

Sunday Morning, March 5th!

Kathy Hovland and her crew of lefse makers are excited to be able to heat up their griddles for another worthy cause. Severe drought has created financial disaster for the Maasai community who are now funding a portion of the school costs at Namnyaki. Over 7000 head of cattle have died in the past 6 months and resources are desperately short , thus this emergency need. Thrivent will match funds up to $1000 to help the school survive this immediate need as grants and contacts are being made to assist the Maasai people. Come enjoy this Scandinavian Holy Manna between services on March 5. A free will offering will be taken with a silent auction of 2 beautiful quilted banners created by Barb Orstad.

Check them out in the east narthex!



A reminder…7th and 8th Graders…on February 22nd it is another “Bring your parent to class” session!!!



We are needing adults to be mentors for 7th and 8th graders during Lent.  Mentors will meet with a couple confirmands on Wednesdays after worship.  The Wednesdays required are: March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th and April 5th.  Materials will be provided.  This is a great opportunity to meet some great kids and make a difference in their lives.

Listening Sessions

Parents/families…we are beginning the process of building a ministry and hiring a director for our Children, Youth and Family Ministries.  Our first listening session will be Sunday, February 26th at 10:30 am.  Please come and share your dreams and visions and listen to what others have to say.  Our second listening session will be with Catherine Anderson, of synod staff, on Thursday, March 16th at 6:30 pm.  If you have any questions, please talk with one of the pastors.

Ladies of Grace Lutheran

Our annual Women’s Retreat has been set for March 11th from 9-3 here at GLC. The theme is “Fresh Beginnings”. Our featured speaker will be Natalie Peterson who is married to Pr. Mike. Natalie speaks about “being your authentic self”. She will have her book “I am Married to a Pastor but I am not a Pastor’s wife” available for sale that day also. Please let us know if you are coming by signing up on the Youth bulletin board TODAY! Invite a friend for this special day!