Women of the ELCA

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


  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

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

WELCA – The Trumpeter Archives

Editions of The Trumpeter:

October 2019
July 2019 
April 2019
January 2019
October 2018
July 2018
April 2018
January 2018
October 2017
July 2017
April 2017
January 2017