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.

Recent News & Events

Women of the ELCA Fall Retreat - September 22, 2018

"Listening For God, Walking With Jesus" September 22 at New Life Church (Madison)

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. Your Thankofferings support the ongoing work of the Women of the ELCA.

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.

The Trumpeter is available FREE of charge by email.  Please send your request to welcatrumpeter@gmail.com.

Paper subscriptions can be ordered on the form on last page of the Trumpeter for $8.00 per year.

One free copy of the Trumpeter is sent to every church in the South Central Synod either by email or U.S. Post Office and should be available through your church office.  It may be forwarded and/or reproduced as needed.  When reproducing please include the Trumpeter’s name and issue date.  If your church did not receive a Trumpeter, please contact the Trumpeter at welcatrumpeter@gmail.com to confirm the church’s email and/or street address.


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 2019. 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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