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Published February 27, 2014
CONNECTING WITH #WELCATG
It may be February, but we're looking forward to July and all that it will bring. Have you registered for the Ninth Triennial Gathering yet? Can't make it, but want to be involved anyway? This issue of Bold Connections shares several ways in which, over the next five months, all women can engage our gathering theme, of many generations. How will you connect to the theme and event?
GIVE, KNIT, CROCHET & QUILT!
You are invited to engage with the Ninth Triennial Gathering theme, of many generations, whether or not you are attending the gathering in Charlotte, N.C., this July. Begin with prayers. Pray for the participants and presenters, that the experience may strengthen and challenge them in their faith walks.
On a more tangible level, you are invited to gather in-kind gifts, make prayer shawls or participate in a quilt challenge. You can focus on one in-kind gift or collect all of them. It can be a congregational unit project or it can involve the whole congregation. Check out a downloadable fact sheet with all the details of in-kind giving.
Prayer shawls can be made by women working alone, or women can gather together regularly to knit or crochet the shawls. "Imagine women and girls of all ages, gathering in prayer, learning from and with each other, creating beautiful shawls together," says Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director. "It's a tangible introduction to our gathering theme, of many generations." Get the downloadable fact sheet that includes labels for the finished shawls.
Quilters of all abilities are invited to create a quilt interpreting the Ninth Triennial Gathering theme, of many generations. The challenge comes not only in interpreting the gathering theme but also in working within certain rules. New to the challenge in 2014 is the requirement that all quilts must include the challenge fabric. A downloadable fact sheet provides all the challenge rules. To obtain a fat-quarter of the challenge fabric, send an email request or call 800.638.3522, ext. 2730.
MEET THE 2014-2015 BIBLE STUDY AUTHOR IN CHARLOTTE
Author Carol Schersten LaHurd will lead a workshop, "Introduction to Transforming Life and Faith," at the Ninth Triennial Gathering that will introduce participants to "Transforming Life and Faith," the 2014-2015 Bible study to be published in Gather magazine.
"A new spouse, a new child, a new job, a new home: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences," says LaHurd, seminary teacher and former coordinator of the Middle East peace-making campaign of the ELCA. "In 'Transforming Life and Faith' we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events we experience and the people we meet.
ROCKIN' THE RAPIDS TOUR ADDED
A one-of-a-kind family opportunity has been added to the tours for the Ninth Triennial Gathering. "Rockin' the Rapids" will take you to the U.S. National Whitewater Center, the world's largest artificial whitewater river and an official U.S. Olympic Training Site. This tour runs from 12 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014. The cost per person is $130 (10 years and up) or $120 (9 years and younger). Get more details.
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Spend your Thrivent dollars before March 31
Last year, Women of the ELCA received 49 donations of Thrivent Choice Dollars, totaling $2,905 for ministry. Do you still have 2013 Thrivent Choice Dollars to give away? It's not too late! They don't expire until March 31, 2014. Go to thrivent.com, today, to make a gift. Thanks to all the women and men who donated in 2013, giving their Thrivent Choice Dollars to support bold ministry through Women of the ELCA.