Dear Sisters in Christ, Lydia Circle,
Our programs have focused on the women of the Reformation, finishing up, appropriately, with Martin Luther’s wife Katharina Von Bora, arguably a role model for the perfect wife. Our next programs will focus on a collection from Gather Magazine called Multiple Meanings; Learning from Other Interpretations, collected and written by Mark Allen Powell.
Our Spring Gathering is on for April 21st, 2018. Dottie Scott is handling the planning of the event. There will be guest speakers, bible studies, and retreats. And food! Mark your calendars, plan to attend, and volunteer for one the committees for advertising, programs, refreshments, registration, and cleanup. Let’s do ourselves proud hosting this statewide event.
The first luncheon, at Milton’s, will be at 11:30 AM on Monday, January 22nd. This will satisfy our social instincts very nicely in the middle of winter. Since everyone liked this idea so well, we will repeat this monthly, on the fourth Monday of the month. The address is Milton’s Pizza, 8853 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh, 27614. Sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
- January 24th at 9:30 AM – We will gather to sew bags for the 2018 Schoolbags for Families Together (PLM) campaign. Bring scissors and pins if you cannot bring a portable sewing machine. Contact Lin Gunnet or Helen Hauser for further information.
- February 10th — NC SWO One day WELCA retreat, Make a Joyful Noise, taking place at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 2100 Buffaloe Rd., Garner, 27529, from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Registration is $10.00 and is due by January 29, 2018. Carpooling is available; meet at church at 8:30 AM.
- April 21st — Grace Raleigh WELCA will hold the NCWELCA Spring Gathering here at Grace. See above.
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 Committee and Counting Committees need some help.
Our annual Women of the ELCA Sunday will be coming up soon. More information will be coming in future postings. Please consider what positions you would be willing to fill for the worship service.
We are looking forward to scheduling a bimonthly trip to take during the winter and spring. Discussion was held about the first one being to NC Museum of Art, to see the current exhibit, Ebony Women.
Let us know what other trips might be of interest!
Dear Sisters in Christ,
Happy Mothers’ Day! Hope your day was a happy one, surrounded by the people who love you the most, and whom you love the most. Where there is love there is forgiveness, and as mothers we depend on that forgiveness from our children as we get older! Where there is love, mistakes in parenting melt away, depend on it! Our May meeting was held on Tuesday May 9th, and there were nine women present. We planned our activities for the upcoming summer months.
Fundraising Luncheon – May 21
Plans have been finalized for the luncheon on May 21st. This is a fundraiser for our school supply backpack project. If you were at church on Sunday May 7th you saw for yourselves the backpacks made by members of WELCA on the backs of the chairs in the sacristy. They will be filled in August with school supplies. We need your donations to help fill the bags. There is no cost for the lunch, but donations will be very welcome. Our backpack assembly is going very well; at meeting time there were 90 made already and Helen and Lin were predicting at least 10 more by August, when we will get together to pack them up. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Human Trafficking – Making A Difference in Our Community
Worthy of mention here is a bill to be brought up in the NC House of Representatives regarding human trafficking. House Bill 910 is close to our hearts since it focuses on one of our outreach ministries. The bill would create a pilot program to train law enforcement officers, educate children, and appropriate funds for providing aid to victims of human trafficking.
You can read the full text of the bill at North Carolina General Assembly website We hope that after you read it that you will be moved to contact your State House and Senate Members to voice your support for the legislation. It is hard to believe that such things go on in the modern world; we should be so much more evolved than this. Let your voice and will be heard to bring about change.
Summer WELCA Activities at Grace
July 29 – Family outing on the New Hope Valley Railway
If you are interested in a great ride back in time to when railroads were brand new and the biggest things in technology, please contact Lin Gunnet or Dottie Scott for information.
August 12 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – WELCA Retreat
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall for bible study, an interesting program, and assembly of our 100+ schoolbags.