Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

Who We Are
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) includes Lutheran women who gather for service, study, advocacy, and fellowship. WELCA embraces all kinds of ministries that support our mission of mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.  There are approximately 75 active WELCA church units within the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. These church women’s groups are overseen by a Synodical Women’s Organization, an elected board of 10-12 women.

Recent News & Upcoming Events

NEW INFORMATION ON TRIENNIAL GATHERING including tentative schedule

NEW INFORMATION!!! See draft of Triennial Gathering schedule…

2020 Triennial Gathering Tours

Learn more about Phoenix and surrounding areas through specially…

Come. Be inspired. WELCA Triennial Gathering

You are invited! Women from around the synod are encouraged to attend this wonderful event. So far, we have 17 women attending from the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. Registration is open now.

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.

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Welcome to the web page of the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization.  Here you can find links to resources and news about the Women of the ELCA (WELCA) both in our local church units as well as from Churchwide.

As we look outside at the blanket of snow, church quilting groups are busy working on their Lutheran Relief Projects.  At the conference level, several Spring Gatherings are being planned.

I invite you to consider attending the national Triennial Gathering in Phoenix next summer from July 16-19.  This is an inspirational thought-provoking event.  Costs involve transportation, hotel, registration, and food.  We are region 5K.  Please let me know if you plan to attend or need help with the registration.  So far, we have around 20 women attending from our synod.  Hope to see a few more!

In Christ,

Janna Smith
SWO President – Region 5K

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Note from Janna Smith:

We were saddened to learn of the recent death of fellow South Central Wisconsin SWO board member, Sheryl Phillipson.  She died on Friday, January 10, 2020, from an accident at home.  The funeral was held at Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson on January 21st.  More details can be found in her obituary.

Sheryl was elected to the synodical board at WELCA’s Biennial Convention this past September.  She previously had served on the Elkhorn Conference Board for Women of the ELCA.  Sheryl was also involved in Join the Movement, an anti-human trafficking cause.  She was a 3rd grade Sunday School teacher at Trinity.

Please read the January, 2020 edition of the Trumpeter.  On page 5, Sheryl wrote a beautiful article on Discipleship.  We will miss her.

Please hold Sheryl’s family in your prayers.

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South-Central Synod of Wisconsin WELCA SWO Officers and Board

The women’s synodical board is composed of 10-12 dedicated women. There is a liaison from this board to each of the conferences.

Conferences/Churches within the synod

Baraboo Conference – 14 churches
Barneveld Conference – 18 churches
Beaver Dam Conference – 11 churches
Beloit Conference – 15 churches
East/West Conference – 33 churches
Elkhorn Conference – 11 churches
Monroe Conference – 12 churches
Southlake Conference – 13 churches
Southwest Conference – 11 churches

For information about the Women of the ELCA, please contact Janna Smith at smithjanna55@gmail.com or (262) 215-6892.

Current WELCA SWO officers and board

Links

WELCA Documents

Glossary

  • Assembly……………………. used as the term for “convention” by the ELCA
  • Biennial……………………….convention that is held every 2 years, i.e. 2017, 2019, 2021 by South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization of the Women of the ELCA
  • Churchwide………………… designation of the national Women of the ELCA or national ELCA
  • Conference………………… designation for a geographical area. The South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization has 9 conferences.
  • Congregational unit……. local women’s group, women of your church group, “WELCA”
  • Convention…………………. a meeting where governing decisions are made for an organization by elected voting members (delegates)
  • CWO…………………………….Churchwide Women’s Organization, or the national Women of the ELCA organization
  • ELCA…………………………….Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Gathering…………………….a meeting for informational and fellowship purposes
  • Participant………………….. non-voting attendee at a convention, an observer
  • Region………………………….a geographical area comprised of a number of synods or Synodical Women’s Organizations. The South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization is part of Region 5.
  • SCW SWO…………………….South-Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization. The church’s women’s organization at the level of the synod
  • SWO…………………………….Synodical Women’s Organization
  • Synod…………………………..designation for a geographical area of the ECLA
  • Synodical……………………..designation for a geographical area of the Women of the ECLA
  • Triennial……………………….convention and gathering that is held every third year, i.e. 2017, 2020, 2023 by the churchwide Women of the ELCA
  • Voting member ………….. preferred term for “delegate” at a convention
  • WELCA………………………… Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America