Women of the ELCA

WELCA Trumpeter – July 2018


The latest edition of the Trumpeter, July  2018


WELCA Giving Thanks with Thankofferings and Pennies for Poverty

Thankofferings have been a tradition of Lutheran women for more than 100 years.  This is a way to give thanks for blessings in the ordinary and extraordinary moments in life.  Your Thankofferings support the ongoing work of the Women of the ELCA.

How are your Thankofferings used by Women of the ELCA’s churchwide?  Almost half is spent on resources for women, such as the Gather magazine, Gather Bible Study, Café, Bold Connections, Daily Grace, and monthly email newsletter called Bold Connections.   More free resources are available on their website at www.welca.org for retreats, shorter studies, and a Thankoffering Service.  Churchwide uses about 1/6 of their money for programs, such as Racial Justice and Advocacy (Today’s Dream, Tomorrow Reality), Cross-Cultural programs, and Global Education programs.

‘Pennies for Poverty’ is our women’s synod special offering at our Biennial Convention that is given to local social service agencies or projects that benefit women and children who live in poverty.  BUT poverty does not take a year off in the year without a Biennial Convention.  For 2018 the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization Board has designated our Pennies for Poverty to go to domestic abuse services.

So please keep your Pennies for Poverty collections going year round and each year send them to the synodical Treasurer, Bonnie Gilbertson, 5498 Windridge Road, Oregon, WI 53533.  Thank you.

Women of the ELCA Fall Women’s Retreat – “Listening for God – Walking with Jesus”

“Listening for God – Walking with Jesus”
Synod-wide Women’s Fall Retreat on September 22, 2018
at New Life Lutheran Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI

We spend a lifetime listening to all of the messages around us. Messages from our culture, our families, and our employers can overwhelm us. How much time do we spend listening for God? Please join us and find renewal in this day-long retreat dedicated to listening for the voice of the Holy One in our lives. Explore what might be when we walk through life with that Voice as the core of all we are and all we do.

Carla Stanton is a certified spiritual director. She completed her training at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse WI. Her practice includes seeing people for 1:1 spiritual direction, group direction and retreat ministries. Besides listening for the work of the Holy in people’s lives, her passions include spending time outdoors, traveling, leading parenting groups, and hanging out with her family! She lives with her husband of 17 years and their 3 children in Onalaska, WI.

Come spend the day with your sisters in Christ.
This retreat is intended for women of all ages and stage of life.
Free Childcare provided
Registration starts at 8:30 am, Program starts at 9:30, Closing at 3:30 pm

New Life Lutheran Church is in a beautiful country setting just outside Madison. Outside there are a prayer labyrinth, a stone prayer garden with a large cross, trails with pergolas, and picnic tables. It is handicap accessible.


  • Prayer Practices and Creative Expression – In this workshop on prayer, we will move beyond words and language and into image and color. Creativity can be a doorway into a new experience of God. In the workshop, we will learn about and experience two prayer practices: praying with color, and visio divina. No art experience is necessary, and all supplies will be provided.
    Deacon Judy Nolde is a chaplain, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She is the chaplain at Triangle Community Ministry. She is also a Benedictine Oblate with Holy Wisdom Monastery.
  • Worshipping through Dance & Movement – In this workshop on dance and movement, we will look at places in scripture where people worshiped through dance and descriptions of movement as forms of worship. We will worship with creative movements, such as banner waving, clapping, raising hands, bowing down, kneeling, shouting, leaping for those who are able, etc… We will sing and explore individual movement as a worship form.
    Sharon Hatch is a piano teacher, Kindermusik educator (music and movement program for young children), and has been a church musician since age 13. Currently she is blessed to be ministering at Dekorra Lutheran Church in Poynette. She also served as a long-term and short-term missionary in the Philippines, India, Haiti, and Estonia.
  • Walking, Strength, and Balance Activities for Health – Jesus’ main mode of transportation was walking. In this workshop we will highlight trends in walking from Jesus’ time to present, discuss benefits of walking including social and mental aspects, provide tips for starting a walking, strength and balance program and share strategies for preventing injury. Strength and balance activities will be included. We may go on a brief walk for those interested.
    Jean Einerson has a graduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology was manager of the UW Hospital Preventive Cardiology department for 26 years. She is retired and enjoys coordinating a food pantry garden for her church, golfing, biking, tap dancing, playing the violin, and supporting Badger sports.
    Ann Ward has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and served on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Wisconsin. Ann has research experience in exercise prescription and the role of physical activity in improving health. Ann is retired and coordinates a food pantry garden at her church with Jean. She enjoys running, biking, golfing, and sports spectating.

WELCA January Update and Sharing Evening

Join your Sisters in Christ for Update and Sharing Event
6:00 to 7:30 pm. Registration and explore displays & handouts starting at 5:45 pm.

Tuesday, January 9
Our Savior’s Lutheran in Sun Prairie
Please RSVP by January 2 or

Monday, January 15
Grace Lutheran in Dodgeville
Please RSVP by January 8

Snow date is Tuesday, January 23 for either location

Program includes: Large group time for sharing your women’s group’s activities & information to assist you in
planning events, serving as officers and starting new women’s groups. You may bring food to eat after arrival or eat before arriving. Coffee, water and bars/cookies will be served.

Please RSVP if possible by one week before the date you will attend to Janna Smith at smithsj@charter.net or 262-
473-9719. Thank you.

WELCA Year End Ministry Report

Your Synodical Women’s Organization and churchwide Women of the ELCA want to know what your women’s group has done in 2017.

What activities have you held or assisted with? What did you send to LWR? Save a copy of the LWR Donation report. What Women of the ELCA resources do you use?

Please complete the Women of the ELCA Yearly Ministry Report and bring it to the January Update and Sharing Events for the sharing time. Helen will send all reports to churchwide office. If you are unable to attend one of the events, please email it or send it to Helen Sheahan atsheahan1@sbcglobal.net or 1106 Valley Stream Drive, Madison, WI 53711 by Feb. 15, 2018.

Year end report form