Women of the ELCA

Mission Moment: LOPPW & WELCA Gather Around the Safe Harbor Human Trafficking Bill

Women of the ELCA & Lutheran Office for Public Policy Gather As Beloved Community
Around the Safe Harbor Hu
man Trafficking Bill
By Amelia Gonzales, LOPPW Intern

The Women of the ELCA and Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin joined together to hold a rally on youth are impacted by sex trafficking on September 24.  The day began at Messiah Lutheran Church in Madison.  We then went to the capitol, equipped with information and faith-based responses to advocate for the Safe Harbor bill.  AB 41/AB 49 would move Wisconsin ahead in directing trafficked youth to receiving human services rather than criminalizing them.

We heard from Morgan Meadows, M. Ed., Survivor of sex trafficking and consultant in leadership and survivor advocacy, Door County; Bishop Jim Arends, La Crosse Area Synod; Jen DeLeon, National WELCA Director for Justice; Dana World Patterson and Jay Reinke, Milwaukee Joint Task Force on Human Trafficking; and Representative Jill Billings. District 95.

The Safe Harbor Rally was a chance to bring together people to support a very important piece of legislation that is currently making its way through the system. For someone who has been an advocate for human trafficking for three years now, the rally was a truly an amazing experience to be a part of.  Not only was it great to hear the amazing speakers from the Milwaukee Human Trafficking Task Force and a survivor of human trafficking, Morgan Meadows, but also to have the chance to speak to legislators about why the Safe Harbor Bill is needed in the state of Wisconsin. The day also gave me joy to see people come to the rally who perhaps weren’t familiar with the bill but were willing to learn more about it and to understand why it was needed.

The rally was also taught us why certain legislators weren’t in support of the Safe Harbor Bill and how to be that person to perhaps further educate legislators

Amelia Gonzales joined the Lutheran Office for Public Policy as a graduate student in social work at UW-Madison in September.  She comes to us via the university’s 4W-STREETS (Social Transformation to End the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking for Sex) program. Amelia is a recent graduate in social work and sociology from UW Oshkosh.

Thank you for your mission support that helps ministries like this happen!

Mission Moment: SCSW Women’s Organization

The Women of the ELCA held their 14th Biennial Convention last Saturday. The theme was “Bold Women – Answering the Call”. The keynote speaker, Reverend Angela Khabeb from Holy Trinity in Minneapolis was outstanding. There were also excellent workshops and worship.

At the business meeting, a new women’s synod board and Voting Members to the 2020 Triennial Convention were elected. The newly elected board includes Janna Smith (President), Sandy Seffrood (Vice President), Lynn Mehringer (Secretary), Bonnie Gilbertson (Treasurer), Linda Freitag, Eleanor Siebert, Lawanna Schieldt, Sheryl Phillipson, Diane Luginbuhl, Kathy Hultine, and Eugenie Hildebrandt from across the synod.

Voting Members elected to the 2020 Triennial Convention are Janna Smith, President, Barbara Penington and Kathy Hultine (first time voting members), and Polly Carter and Donna Peterson. The Alternate Voting members are Marlys Hittesdorf, Lawanna Schieldt, and Jane Harrison.

ELEVENTH TRIENNIAL GATHERING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE – APPLY NOW! DUE OCTOBER 1, 2019
July 16 – 19, 2020, Phoenix, Arizona

The South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization provides 4 scholarships in the form of the Gathering registration fee. Here is a link to the scholarship application form. October 1, 2019 is the deadline for emailing or postmarking a completed application form or requesting a paper copy of the form by email or calling Helen Sheahan at 608-692-7553. Email address is sheahan1@sbcglobal.net or mailing address is 1106 Valley Stream Drive, Madison, WI 53711. Recipients will be notified by October 31, 2019.

Triennial Gatherings are always uplifting and inspiring. Yes, Phoenix will be hot in July but the buildings are all air-conditioned. So start thinking now about attending. Registration opens September 30. Early-bird registration through January 6, 2020, is $325. After that, registration is $375. One day registrations are $200. We can’t wait to see you!

Submitted by Helen Sheahan, Past President 

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Women of the ELCA – Lutheran/Divinity Educational Student Scholarship Due August 12, 2019

Every other year in connection with our Biennial Convention (September 21) the South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization of the Women of the ELCA offers two educational scholarships of $500 each.  They are not gender specific.

Scholarships will be given to students who are pursuing education in Called Ministry (such as Pastor or Diaconal Minister) or Youth Ministry in a congregation or ELCA Bible Camp Ministry.

The scholarship will be used toward the 2019 – 2020 academic year.  The student must be enrolled full time.  Our purpose with this scholarship is to support one another in our callings.

The application form can be obtained by emailing Helen Sheahan at  sheahan1@sbcglobal.net.  Completed form and reference letter need to be submitted by August 12, 2019.

“Just Love”

11th Triennial Convention – Phoenix
July 14-16, 2020

11th Triennial Gathering – Phoenix
July 16-19, 2020

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

“Bold Women – Answering the Call”

UPDATED
14th Biennial Convention (WELCA)
South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization
September 21, 2019, 8 am – 4 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Verona campus
7291 County Rd PD, Verona, WI 53593

NEW Registration form
Call to Biennial and Schedule
Workshop descriptions and Speaker bios

Human Trafficking legislation

Mission Moment

Upcoming Spring Conference Gatherings

Women of the ELCA South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization
2019 Saturday Spring Conference Gatherings
Everyone is welcome! Bring a friend!

Baraboo Conference – 4/27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac, Speaker is Kathy Roberg, RN on Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, ministry in Thiotte, Haiti. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP to tnmdegi@gmail.com or 608-643-4514

Barneveld Conference – 4/27 at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Horeb, Speaker is Bev Burns of “Passages”, a women’s shelter, and Darlene Masters of Family Advocates at 9:30 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP to elc@mhtc.net or 608-437-5012

Beaver Dam Conference – 4/6 at Marquardt Village Towne Centre, Watertown, hostessed by Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Watertown. Speaker is Kay Ward, Don’t Just Live – Thrive at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP by March 31 to jshackley.immanuel@gmail.com or 920-261-1663

Beloit Conference – 4/27 at First Lutheran Church in Janesville, Speaker is Dr. John Haeberlin, Mission of Miracles, Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP by April 12 to 608-754-2071 or mail to First Lutheran, 612 N Randall Ave, Janesville, WI 53545

East/West Conference – 4/6 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, Speaker is Jane Harrison on UPAVIM at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP to pfcart48@gmail.com or 608-271-7912

Elkhorn Conference – 4/27 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, Speaker is Dawn Heath on Anti-Human Trafficking at 9 am. Registration starts at 8:00 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP by April 20 to 01sphillipson@gmail.com or 262-337-1368

Monroe Conference – 4/13 at Primrose Lutheran Church in Belleville, Speaker is Nikki Matley, FCI Financial Professional from Thrivent Financial. Registration starts at 9:30 am.
Lunch
More information and RSVP to 608-325-9565

Southlake Conference – Invited to attend any nearby Gathering

Southwest Conference – 4/6 at Lutheran Church of Peace in Platteville, Speakers about Women of the ELCA supported missions for Native Americans in AZ & Montana and UPAVIM at 10 am. Registration and continental breakfast starts at 9:30 am.
Breakfast
More information and RSVP to tomsuzbart@tds.net or 608-533-2801. Inkind gifts for women’s shelter Family Advocates.

All Anew Campaign for Katie’s Fund

Katharina von Bora Luther was a practical and bold woman of faith. In 1997, the Women of the ELCA established Katie’s Fund to honor the legacy of Katharina von Bora Luther, to raise up bold leaders for the churchwide women’s organization, and to support bold and creative ministry for generations to come.

The total goal of the All Anew Campaign for Katie’s Fund is to grow the fund from its current total of about $1.5 million to $4.5 million by July 2020 (11th Triennial Convention). As an endowed fund, the money held in Katie’s Fund is invested carefully to generate income. That annual income, which is generally about 4 percent of the amount invested, may be used by the churchwide women’s organization for leadership development, living theology and global connections.

Your generous support of Katie’s Fund, through regular gifts and through the All Anew Campaign for Katie’s Fund, really makes a difference in women’s lives.

Pennies for Poverty UPDATE

‘Pennies for Poverty’ is our women’s synod special offering at our Biennial Convention that is given to social service agencies or projects that benefit women and children who live in poverty.

Thank you for all your donations to Pennies for Poverty. Last spring, the board elected to have each giving unit designate where they would like to have this year’s (2018) donation sent.  The reason was to let you support your local domestic abuse shelter. While this was a great idea, we have learned that a record is still needed of who has given to Pennies for Poverty, which counts toward your active unit status with the Women of the ELCA (churchwide).

You can either:

  1. Send to me on form B, the name of the shelter, amount given, and date if you already have given away your pennies.

or

  1. Send me your donation on form B. On that form, please designate if you have a local shelter you wish the monies be sent to. Also include the address of the shelter. If no designation is given, the money will be sent to the Domestic Abuse Shelter in Madison.

We ask from now on that all money be sent to the SCSW treasurer to be dispersed. Your local shelter will receive the money if you so desire. 100% of all money goes to domestic abuse shelters.

Please send to:

Bonnie Gilbertson, SCSW treasurer, 5498 Windridge Road, Oregon, WI 53575