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2020 Triennial Gathering Tours

Learn more about Phoenix and surrounding areas through specially curated tours offered exclusively by Women of the ELCA.

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Come. Be inspired. WELCA Triennial Gathering

2020 Triennial Gathering in Phoenix – July 16th-19th

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.  When registering, we are Region 5K.

Approximate costs:
$450 – round trip airfare from Madison (O’hare is cheaper but you have costs of getting to & from O’hare)
$325 – Triennial Gathering registration (price goes up to $375 on Jan. 7, 2020)
$235 – 3 nights in a hotel sharing with 1 roommate. If you share a room with 3, it will be $157 each.
$150 – 3 days of meals
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$1160 Total

Note: Total does not reflect airport shuttle service on either end of the trip.  Van Galder bus fare (one way) from Madison to O’Hare is $34.  Shuttle service from airport to downtown Phoenix is $39 (one way).

Helpful website: https://www.womenoftheelca.org/new-triennial-event-page

Contact Janna Smith if you would like to attend.  smithjanna55@gmail.com

Thankofferings

The idea of collecting donations in small offering boxes goes back to the early 1800s, when church women formed “mite” or “cent” societies to raise money.  Mite boxes were given out as fundraising tools to collect pennies for the support of church projects and foreign missionaries.  In later years, Lutheran women were given small Thankoffering boxes to place in a special location in their homes as a visible reminder of blessings received.  Women would add coins to those boxes as particular blessings were noted.

Giving Thankofferings is grounded in scripture and in the WELCA constitution. “All income, whether received by the unit, conference, synodical or churchwide organization, shall be viewed as being given to the total program of Women of the ELCA.”

Just Love

“Just Love”

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

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

Women of the ELCA (WELCA)

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