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Published November 26, 2013
ON BEING #THANKFULWOMEN
Let's be honest. No matter what challenges we are facing (and there are many, to be sure), we have been and continue to be greatly blessed. That's true for us as individuals, and it's true for us as an organization. And for that, we give thanks! You're invited to be #thankfulwomen and share the good news for women and girls in your community.
NOVEMBER 30 DEADLINE LOOMS
Who will lead our organization in the 2014-2017 triennium? Nominations are being accepted for secretary, treasurer and board members.
Congregational units may nominate a woman for service, and voting members-elect (that is, delegates) may also nominate someone. You have until November 30, 2013, to submit nominations using the online form.
The Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA will be held July 22-24, 2014, in Charlotte, N.C.
MARY, JESUS AND THE 1,000 DAYS
Connect your Advent preparations with your commitment to the 1,000 Days Movement with Mary's Story, a four-part Bible study. Learn more about this free study from Bread for the World and two free Advent resources from Women of the ELCA.
WORLD AIDS DAY IS DECEMBER 1
Help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS while demonstrating international solidarity in responding to the pandemic by observing World AIDS Day on Sunday, December 1.
The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance offers two resources, a liturgy and a devotional calendar for Advent. You can subscribe to receive the devotions by email daily or you can visit the site daily to read the devotions.
The Maryknoll community is sponsoring a 24 hour prayer vigil online.
Lead a discussion in your congregation using our free resource, Women over 50 and HIV/AIDS.
HELPING THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The ELCA, through Lutheran Disaster Response, has committed $1 million to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for disaster relief in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan. LWR is shipping personal care kits, baby care kits, school kits and quilts, all of which will be distributed to more than 26,000 families. You can help replenish LWR's stock of kits and quilts so LWR is ready for future needs. Learn more.
(Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian H. Abel, used with permission.)
GIFT GIVING IDEAS
Looking for an ideal gift for your circle members or Secret Angel or that best friend in Christ? Women of the ELCA offers up several ideas. In our online store, you can find a limited edition pewter ornament, several sterling silver jewelry options, selected denim shirts and Lucinda pins. Over at our Lands' End corporate store, you can select shirts, sweaters, tote bags and more, adding a Women of the ELCA or triennial gathering logo to boot. Shop now and avoid the last minute rush!
Want to make a difference in women's lives, here and around the globe? Make a gift today to Women of the ELCA.
IT'S TIME FOR A THANKOFFERING
Read the November letter from Jenny Michael, churchwide president, inviting you to give a special year-end Thankoffering.