Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
Who We Are
We, as Women of the ELCA, 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.