Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Who We Are
We grow in faith through our monthly Bible studies found in our Gather magazine and in our free monthly online magazine Café at www.boldcafe.org. Spiritual growth is also promoted through prayer, participating in the World Day of Prayer, our local unit meetings, Spring and Fall Conference Gatherings, the Biennial Convention of our Synodical organization and the Triennial Convention of the entire national and international organization. Our synodical organization sponsors a women’s event every other year, which encourages women in their faith through an inspirational program and fellowship with other members of our organization.

We support one another by providing scholarships to the Biennial and Triennial Conventions, to those who are participating in Seminary and Lay Ministry training, and grants for various organizations that help promote wellness for women. We are participating in the churchwide initiative to raise up healthy women and girls by providing education and training.

We support women and children around the world by providing Health, Sewing, School, Midwife and Hospice Kits. We also provide quilts, layettes, and bandages, and caps for new babies. We have chosen to specifically help the women of Guatemala in their attempts to gain a better life for their children and community.

We support local women and children by participating in food panty drives and giving monetary gifts to numerous organizations that need our help.

We also support our ELCA Bible camps, college campus ministries, Lutheran Social Services and many other aspects of our church by sending substantial portions of all offerings to the ELCA.

Through our offerings we are supporting the work of the churchwide staff of the Women of the ELCA, which includes publications, resources, and grants, and the promotion of mission activities.

Recent News & Events

WELCA Giving Thanks with Thankofferings and Pennies for Poverty

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. What are you thankful…

WELCA January Update and Sharing Evening

Join your Sisters in Christ for Update and Sharing Event 6:00…

WELCA Year End Ministry Report

Your Synodical Women’s Organization and churchwide Women of…

Documents & Resources

The Trumpeter
The Trumpeter, newsletter of the Women of the South Central Synod of WI, is published 4 times per year January, April, July and October.

One free hard copy of the Trumpeter is sent to every church in the South Central Synod and should be available through your church office and may be reproduced as needed.


The women’s synod board is composed of 12 dedicated women. There is a liaison to each of the conferences

It is my pleasure to serve as the President of the South Central Wisconsin Women’s Synodical Women’s Organization from 2015 to 2017. I am a long time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison. I have been an active member of a Circle for many years and served in women’s leadership roles at Good Shepherd and the women’s Westlake Conference.

For information about the Women of the LCA, please contact Helen Sheahan at 608-692-7553 or  Sheahan1@sbcglobal.net 

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