Food Bank Tour & Lunch
Monday, July 16, 11am to 2:30pm
Stop Summer Hunger 2018, is a goal of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In an effort to further fulfill our WELCA mission statement, members wanted to learn more about this valuable resource in our own Raleigh backyard. Grace member Barbara Oates, a 2012 Hunt-Morgridge Award recipient for her service to the NC Food Bank, has arranged for all Grace members to tour the new state of the art food bank facility in Raleigh.
The two-hour tour will begin at 11am. Following the tour we’ll enjoy lunch at RSVP for the tour, lunch and let us know if you need a ride.
All are welcome! Learn more about resources in our community that are providing for a better quality of life for our neighbors. You never know what light bulbs God will cause to shine next. He used Barbara Oates all those years ago when she saw a need in our community to feed all our neighbors who were hungry and didn’t have the resources to provide for themselves and their families.
Come join us, bring a friend, colleague, or neighbor!
Food Bank: 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
18 Seaboard Restaurant: 18 Seaboard Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604
New Hope Valley Railway Ride and Museum Tour
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10:30 am
Location: 3917 Bonsal Road, New Hill, NC 27562
For all Grace Members, Friends, Children, Guests-Come Join us for hours of fun and an opportunity to learn about the New Hope Valley Railway heritage railroad operated by the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit, and tax exempt educational and historical organization.
Bring your children and grandchildren; invite your neighbors and friends.
You will need to purchase your own tickets at their website or by calling 919.396.5833.
Tickets are $12/adult, $8/child, (ages 2 and under free, no seat), and $11/Senior.
Hurry, do not delay, tickets will sellout fast for this date.
Questions contact WELCA.
Upcoming Events – Note Changes and Save The Dates
NO Ladies Lunch Bunch in June 2018
WELCA Summer Retreat – August 4, 2018, 10am-2pm, Location TBD
Come ready to learn about Prayer from our three summer lessons in our Gather Magazine and work on our service project, Backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. Help determine the future of Grace Lutheran WELCA and how we serve Grace, our community and the world.
WELCA Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10am, Grace Lutheran Church
Backpack Sewing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:30am-12N
Please note there will be no backpack sewing in July. We will continue sewing in the Fall. We will assemble the completed backpacks at our August retreat for shipment in November.
Women of the ELCA
Triangle Conference Spring Gathering – 2018
Registration and Breakfast – 9:30 to 10 am
Conference – 10 am to 2 pm
On Saturday, April 21, from 9:30am – 2pm, Grace Lutheran will host the annual Triangle Conference Spring Gathering for the Women of the ELCA (WELCA). The event will include many opportunities for Christian fellowship and fun! Enjoy terrific home cooked food with a light breakfast served during registration just before the gathering begins, and also at lunch.
Called to Be Global Sisters, Seeing Each Other With New Eyes
The focus of our conference will be an in-depth study centered on the topic of Called to Be Global Sisters, Seeing Each Other With New Eyes. We hope this program will improve our understanding of women from other cultures. Our study will be lead by Pastor Marissa Krey, of Lutheran Services of the Carolinas.
Registration forms can be found on the poster in the Narthex at Grace or can be downloaded using this link.
The cost to attend is only $8 per person and includes all materials. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Remember that we’ll be serving a light breakfast from 9:30 – 10 am and that lunch is also provided. We hope you’ll plan to join us; you are welcome to attend any portion of the retreat that works in your schedule.
Contact us with any questions.
Please note that the next WELCA meeting in May will be on May 1st (first Tuesday of the month)!
Lin Gunnet, WELCA President
I cannot believe that Christmas is around the corner! I hope I am not the only one who has done very little to prepare for it. I did buy a wreath for the front door, and it looks very festive, but much more has to be done!
Save the Date for our Spring Gathering
Our Spring Gathering is definitely on for April 21st, 2018. Dottie Scott is handling the planning of the event. There will be guest speakers, bible studies, and of course food. Mark your calendars, and plan to attend.
Join us for a January Luncheon
We will again revisit meeting times after the first of the year, i.e., whether to make it earlier in the day or not. A monthly luncheon date was suggested, and approved. Our first luncheon will be held on Monday January 22nd. This will satisfy our social instincts very nicely in the middle of winter.
December 15th — WELCA Christmas Meeting and Dinner Party at 6:00 PM
Judy Grigsby will cater the dinner. Please bring some of your treasured ornaments for our table centerpieces. We and our prayer sisters will exchange gifts, and please keep the monetary value to $10.00. We’ll assemble our gift baskets and enjoy music and song, and much, much laughter. Please remember to bring in your Thank Offerings at this time.
January 24th, 2018 — Families Together Schoolbag Kickoff at 9:30 AM
Members will be gathering to sew bags for the 2018 schoolbag campaign for PLM Families Together” beginning at 9:30 AM.
April 21st, 2018 — Grace Raleigh WELCA will host the NCWELCA Spring Gathering
Things to Ponder
There is a need for those of you women with bookkeeping or accounting backgrounds (you know who you are!) to step up and donate some time to Grace. Our Finance and Counting Committees are in need of help. Neither opportunity requires much time, and previous experience is lovely but not demanded. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please let me know.
Dear Sisters in Christ, Lydia Circle,
You know, for a small congregation, we get a surprising amount of work done! I am constantly amazed at the amount of product we turn out from WELCA. Our total of school bags for PLM-FT is 100! They were sent out from Grace during October. Hurray for us!
Our recent gathering included an intriguing program on the Reformation Women, both in Great Britain and in Scandinavia. We will continue this program at our next gathering, so if you missed the first part you can catch up at the next meeting on the 14th. We will also decide what will go into the gift baskets that we have traditionally assembled at our Christmas gathering too.
Mark your calendars for our Spring Gathering on for April 21st, 2018!
- October 28th—Meeting of Kairos Outside at Grace Raleigh. Past leaders and guests are welcome.
- November 17-18th—Theological Seminar for Women, in Salisbury, NC. Contact Lin Gunnet if interested in attending.
- December 12th—WELCA Christmas Meeting and Party at 6:00 PM. Judy Grigsby will cater the dinner and we will bring in treasured ornaments for the centerpieces. We and our prayer sisters will exchange gifts ($ 10 limit please)
- January 24th, 2018—Members will be gathering to sew bags for the 2018 campaign of “schoolbags for the PLM-FT”.
- Spring, 2018—Grace Raleigh WELCA will hold the NCWELCA Spring Gathering here at Grace. More details to follow.