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August 2014
Published August 28, 2014

ARE YOU READY?

It's time to gear up for another program year. We've got a new Bible study and Thankoffering service. Our triennial convention delegates set before us new social justice issues that require our response. Luckily there were over 2,300 women fired up in Charlotte last month, so find someone in your community who attended the Ninth Triennial Gathering and have her help shape your plans. It's going to be a great year!

BISHOP EATON'S ADDRESS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Earlier this week we announced on Facebook that Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's address to the Ninth Triennial Gathering is available online. Darlene Smith, of Erie, Pa., wrote, "It was even better the second time!!"

We led our status update with "you've been waiting for this." Many agreed. "Thank you, thank you," wrote Liz Loring-Brennan Burgess, president of the New England Synodical Women's Organization. "Yes, we have been waiting. Our CU is going to invite women to view together and 'spread the word.' Thank you for this timely resource."  

Lecia White, of Columbus, Ohio, offered this great response. "Wow. Gives me hope for the future of our church and of our world!"

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND?

Delegates to the Ninth Triennial Convention took action last month on several social justice issues, including human trafficking, bullying, creating safe places and the current immigration crisis involving children. These actions call into action every expression of Women of the ELCA--congregational units, synodical women's organizations and the churchwide women's organization. Read and study the actions taken and determine how you will respond.

WHAT IF $1 MILLION IS JUST THE BEGINNING?
 
In December 2012, Women of the ELCA set a historic goal to grow its endowment, Katie's Fund, to $1 million by the start of the Ninth Triennial Gathering, which was held July 24-27 in Charlotte, N.C. In fact, participants learned that Katie's Fund had exceeded the goal, reaching $1,051,112.

Katie's Fund was established in 1997 as an endowment for the churchwide women's organization. Each year, the interest we earn is available to support ministries of leadership development, global connections and living theology.

NEW STEWARDSHIP GUIDE, THANKOFFERING SERVICE ONLINE

 
Is it time to plan your next Thankoffering event? The 2014-2015 Thankoffering service is now available, with songs, prayers, and litanies from the opening worship service, held July 24, 2014, at the Ninth Triennial Gathering. For more about offerings and stewardship, download the 2014-2015 stewardship guide.


WE VOTED. NOW WHAT?

At the Ninth Triennial Convention, Syd Brinkman voted "no" to reducing the size of the executive board.
This led her to vote "yes" to increasing the budget. In today's blog post, Syd reflects on what these votes mean for her financial giving and yours. "This isn't a flashy blog post," she begins, "but it calls us to great responsibility."

RELIVE THE GATHERING WITH PHOTOS, SOCIAL MEDIA
Experience the triennial gathering again through social media. This blog post tells you how!

DONATE TODAY 
Want to make a difference in women's lives, here and around the globe? Make a gift today to Women of the ELCA. 

 



July 2014
Published August 1, 2014

WHAT A WEEK IT WAS!
Worship, speakers, workshops, servant events, business sessions and even simple conversations over meals formed a space last week for rich inter-generational dialogue among women of six generations. Read on for inspiration, ideas and more!

BOARD ELECTED, JUSTICE ISSUES ADDRESSED
The Ninth Triennial Convention met July 22-24, 2014. Here's an overview of business conducted:

  • The convention offering of $67,532.91 will be shared with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the Charlotte-based On Eagles' Wings Ministries and the churchwide organization of Women of the ELCA.

SPEAKERS EXPLORED GATHERING THEME, MOVED PARTICIPANTS    
Laughter and tears went hand in hand as featured speakers and preachers explored the triennial gathering theme, of many generations. 

In her sermon during opening worship, Claire Burkat laid the foundation for the gathering. "We will be honoring and remembering  generations, the generations of women upon whose shoulders we stand. ... And we will be discerning ways to equip and raise up the next generation for word and witness and service in the world," she added. Burkat said that "we are living in a time in history unlike any other time ever in the history of humanity" because six generations are living at the same time. (And all six generations were represented at the gathering.)
 
Focusing on the theme verse, Isaiah 58:12, Susan Sparks reminded participants that laughter can help repair and rebuild the
breaches in life.  
 
By explaining the ministry of Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Becca Stevens told participants "It is in coming together, in
speaking our truth, in being honest with one another that we begin the rebuilding and restoration process."

IN OTHER GATHERING NEWS
It's impossible to do it all at a triennial gathering, so check out some of the activities you might have missed through this summary.


2014-2015 THANKOFFERING SERVICE AVAILABLE NOW
 
The 2014-2105 Thankoffering Service (used at opening worship at the Ninth Triennial Gathering) is now available for download. Continue a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years by holding a Thankoffering Service in your congregation this fall. Download the service now.

YOUR OPINION MATTERS
Delegates to the Ninth Triennial Convention are invited to complete an online delegate evaluation.
Participants at the Ninth Triennial Gathering are also invited to complete an online gathering evaluation
Both evaluations are available through Friday, August 8.

RELIVE GATHERING WITH PHOTOS, SOCIAL MEDIA
Experience the triennial gathering again through social media. This blog post tells you how!

DONATE TODAY 
Want to make a difference in women's lives, here and around the globe? Make a gift today to Women of the ELCA. 

 



June 2014
Published June 26, 2014

YOU ARE A BLESSING
Whether you're a delegate to the Ninth Triennial Convention, a participant in the Ninth Triennial Gathering or a woman of faith staying at home next month, you are a blessing. Yes, you are a blessing! When Lutheran women gather in Charlotte next month, we'll celebrate you. Won't you pray for those who gather?

THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO THE GATHERING
Whether you're one of the 700 or so first time-attendees or a seasoned participant of triennial gatherings, we've got an insider's guide to help you prepare and attend of many generations. From strategic planning to plain old motherly advice, the insider's guide is a must-read between now and the gathering!

DAY REGISTRATIONS ANNOUNCED   
You can now register to attend the Ninth Triennial Gathering on Friday, July 25 or Saturday, July 26 for just $150 per day. You'll hear plenary speakers, participate in workshops and servant events and have full access to all the exhibitors and vendors.

Download this flyer with the day registration form to register in advance via mail or fax. Online registration is available too. On site registration at the Charlotte Convention Center will be available.

Worship services (opening worship on Thursday evening, July 24 and the closing worship on Sunday morning, July 27) are open to the public. Seating is subject to availability.

DINNER OPTIONS DURING THE GATHERING
Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week will be happening while Lutheran women attend the Ninth Triennial Gathering. During restaurant week more than 100 restaurants in the Charlotte metro area offer three courses or more at dinner for just $30 per person (not including tax or gratuity). It's a bad news, good news thing for triennial gathering attendees.

Restaurant week will likely make it a tad more difficult to just drop in a restaurant and pick up a quick meal. But a three course dinner for $30? Well, that's a great bargain. So visit Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week, check out the participating restaurants (look at the list for "Uptown") and plan ahead by making reservations.

Check out the EPICENTRE, a quick walk from the Charlotte Convention Center that includes many restaurants. Some places at the EPICENTRE are participating in restaurant week, but many are not and will likely offer gathering attendees a quick and tasty alternative.

PASHMINA SHAWLS NOW AVAILABLE
It's the perfect accessory for any occasion: a pashmina shawl featuring the Women of the ELCA logo. The embroidered logo is the same color as the shawl, offering a subtle result.

Use it as a scarf, wrap or shawl. It is lightweight, soft and comfortable. Available in olive, coral, silver, purple, berry, mauve, chocolate and blue. The blue shawl is available with the logo in either English or Spanish.

Shawls are available for purchase online now; they'll also be available for purchase at the triennial gathering.

CONVENTION PROGRAM & REPORTS AVAILABLE
The Convention Program and Reports (CPR) is now available for download. It includes committee reports,
the proposed budget, the agenda for the Ninth Triennial Convention and more. Hard copies have been mailed to all delegates.
Visitors may wish to download relevant portions of the CPR as a limited quantity will be available for use during the convention.


DONATE TODAY 
Want to make a difference in women's lives, here and around the globe? Make a gift today to Women of the ELCA.