Women of the ELCA

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Our mission is mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

The Fall 2018 issue of The Voice is now available. Download now.

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Biennial Convention of the the Women of the ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod

On June 2, 2018 the Southeast Pa. Women of the ELCA met at Messiah Lutheran Church, Downingtown. Our theme was the story of Mary and Martha. Our speakers were David Fuerst from Lutheran World Relief and Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby from Infaith Women Give. Both speakers also gave workshops on their organizations. We also had a workshop lead by Fern Hagedorn on the ELCA Social Statement on Women and Justice which gave us an opportunity to offer our comments on the statement. Our service project was packing personal care kits from our In Kind gifts (33 were assembled and 2 bags of left over donations were given to the Welcome Church.)

During our business meeting we heard reports from President Joy Grace and Chuchwide representative Lois Bylund. We held elections for officers and new board members. We did not have a nominee for President (our original nomine was moving from the area.). We addressed this problem at the July Board meeting which Linda Post Bushkofsky attended. During our September Board meeting, Vice President Phyllis Boyer agreed to serve as president until our June 2019 convention. This leaves the Vice Presidency position open.

President: Phyllis Boyer

Vice President: Open

Secretary: Helen Dungan

Treasurer: Cindy Ryan

Board: Linda Garcia, Dale O’Hara, Joan Seader, Rev. Sarah Stobie, and Sandra Zimmerman


2018 Ingathering

We thank everyone who contributed to the Ingathering at our Convention in June. We assembled 33 personal care kits at the convention and received the following donations from churches in our synod:  

  • 374 Mission Quilts
  • 29 Fleece Tied Blankets
  • More than 83 Personal Care Kits
  • 98 School Kits
  • 42 Baby Care Kits

Since we received more donations than our truck would hold, we still have about 50 quilts remaining to be delivered.  We plan to take them to one of the regional Ingatherings happening within Lower Susquehanna Synod this Fall.


Fall Conference Gatherings

Delaware Conference — Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 am at Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church, 65 Penn Blvd., East Lansdowne, PA 19050

PROGRAM: Participants will share program ideas they have for future programs and share past year programs they had at their congregational units.

Contact: Doris Krewson, 610.497-9026, dkrewson5@verizon.net

 

Upper Bucks Conference — Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 am, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. 5th Street, Perkasie

Topic:  Most merciful God: living in God’s forgiveness and love. Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ollikainen  Pastor of Trinity and author of article about forgiveness in September 2018 Gather magazine.

Please RSVP to Linda Garcia by Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by email  jaglsg@comcast.net or phone 215-257-2925

 

Upper Montgomery Conference — Saturday, Oct. 20, 9:30 am, at Augustus Lutheran Church, 717 W. Main Street, Trappe.

Topic: “Equality” based on Galatians 3:28.

Contact the church at 610.489.9625

 


2018 WELCA Region 7 Gathering

The retreat was held April 27-29, 2018 at Holy Family Retreat Center in West Hartford, Connecticut. The theme was “We Are an Offering. Our Bible studies and the keynote address both expounded on the scripture, 1 Peter 4:7-11. Our Bible study leader actually brought in a car manifold to use as a visual when describing the manifold grace of God. As the manifold mixes together air and gas to make the car run, so God uses manifold outlets that the spirit can flow to you or through you using your gifts to serve one another. We had a biology lesson on flower reproduction which highlighted God’s incredible creation; our devotions used poetry and our closing worship included drama, liturgical dance, music and poetry.  Folks got an opportunity to showcase their talents at the Saturday evening talent show – which embodied both the humorous and the serious. It was a great experience. The next Region 7 Retreat will be offered in April 2021. Mark your calendars, watch for specific information to be announced, and plan to attend.

 


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As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.  We regret that we did not get the Voice out in 2017, but the Spring 2018 issue of The Voice is now available.

 


Contact Information:

Phyllis Boyer, President   Email: frauphilly@gmail.com

Vice-President vacant

Helen Dungan, Secretary    Email: dunganh@lafayette.edu

Cindy Ryan, Treasurer   Email: cindyryan817@gmail.com

Linda Garcia, Board   Email:  jaglsg@comcast.net

Dale O’Hara, Board   Email: oharadvd@aol.com

Joan Seader, Board     Email:  joaneseader@gmail.com

Pastor Sarah Stobie, Board     Email: pastorsarahstobie@gmail.com

Sandra Zimmerman, Board     Email:  spzimm@icloud.com

Joy Grace, Conference Coordinator     Email:  jgrace@partneresi.com