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

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