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.
Dear Sisters in Christ, Lydia Circle,
Our first meeting of the year was on Tuesday, September 19th. Thanks to our WELCA officers who are staying on for the duration of the current year. At our next gathering, on Tuesday, October 11th, we will finish up the assembly of our backpacks. Please plan to attend at 6:00PM, just before our regular meeting, for the assembly and packing.
Program for October Meeting – Focus on the Reformation
The program for the evening will illuminate the women of the Reformation for us; most interesting in light of the current anniversary year of the Reformation.
Following are some of the coming events of the year ahead:
- October 7th, 2017—Fall Gathering of the NCWELCA at Christus Victor in Durham. Contact Lin Gunnet if interested in attending.
- October 13-15th—All Lutheran Women’s Retreat in Fredericksburg at the Hospitality House & Conference Center.
- October 28th—Meeting of Kairos Outside at Grace Lutheran Church. Past leaders and guests are welcome.
- January 24th, 2018—Members will be gathering to sew bags for the 2018 campaign of schoolbags for the PLM-FT at 9:30 AM.
- Spring, 2018 — Grace will serve as the host for the NCWELCA Spring Gathering.
Questions to ponder and discuss:
Should we revisit the idea of a daytime meeting instead of a nighttime one? Would it swell our membership?
Dear Sisters in Christ,
The first half of the summer has gone by so quickly! Some of our plans have come to pass and some not, but the season is not yet over. Watch what comes next!
WELCA Retreat – New Date – September 9th
What comes next is our annual WELCA retreat. I look forward to this event every year, and have never been disappointed. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday September 9th at 10:00 AM for a bible study and a program. There have been a couple of really interesting topics suggested: you and I will have to wait to satisfy our curiosity that Saturday. We will have lunch and then assemble our schoolbags for the children of Families Together (PLM). The whole affair should be over by about 2:00 PM.
These schoolbags have been crafted from material donated by members of WELCA according to a pattern from the NC WELCA website. The supplies were bought with donations from our luncheon in May (more has come in since then, as well). It is amazing what peace and joy accompanies our service to others, isn’t it true?
More Upcoming Events
Two more news items and I am finished. October 13-15th the All Lutheran Women’s Retreat at the Hospitality House and Conference Center (click here for more information). We are are also very excited that Grace Lutheran will host the Spring 2018 Gathering of the NCWELCA.