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January 2015
Published January 28, 2015

HOW DO YOU #ACTBOLDLY?

We're all about mobilizing women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. (That's our mission, you know!) How are you acting boldly this day? And how will you celebrate your boldness and that of other women in your community on Bold Women's Day? Our annual celebration is February 22. Check out our website for celebration ideas. Use the #actboldly hashtag in your witness. Post info and photos about your celebration on our BWD Facebook event page.

UPDATED BROCHURE NOW READY

When you want to tell a friend about Women of the ELCA, how do you do it? You share stories. Stories about how you connect with our mission, the fellowship you share, the service and advocacy in which you engage. And then, you give the friend our brochure, "A Place For You" which explains our mission and purpose with photos and words.
 
"A Place For You" has been updated and is now available through our e-store. You may order up to 25 copies; you pay just for shipping and handling. Consider getting brochures to have ready on Bold Women's Day as you invite women to join in our mission and purpose.

"Un lugar para ti," the Spanish version of the brochure, has been updated too and will be available within the next two weeks from our e-store as well.


ARE YOU WATCHING "A PATH APPEARS"?

"A Path Appears" is a three-part documentary aired on PBS's Independent Lens that explores gender inequality, the impact of poverty and the ripple effect that ensues. The first episode aired in most markets last night and included the story of Thistle Farms, founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens.
 
Those who attended the Ninth Triennial Gathering will remember the inspiring words of Becca Stevens, the resilient women of Thistle Farms and the fabulous products they sold in our exhibit hall.

Check your local listings to watch the next two episodes. You can watch the first episode online for just one week. Consider participating in a local screening. Check out the toolkit you can use in hosting a local discussion.

For any congregational unit wanting to respond to our Ninth Triennial Convention actions on human trafficking, "A Path Appears" website has a great listing of organizations working in this and related areas.

The documentary is based on the book A Path Appears, written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, authors of the best-selling Half the Sky.


SHARE THE WORD WITH YOUNG ADULTS YOU KNOW

Seven trips to the Holy Land are planned for young adult high school graduates who are between the ages of 18 and 30. The trips, to happen this year, are coordinated by ELCA Young Adult Ministry and the ELCA Peace Not Walls Campaign. Go to this web page for basic information. Then click on the links in the black navigation bar, such as "Indiana-Kentucky" or "Metro Chicago" to learn the details about each of the trips. The deadline to sign up is February 28, 2015. Some funding assistance will be available through Women of the ELCA's Katie's Fund.
 

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Tending graves

Girls and domestic violence

Why we care about WELCA

The "dead" in deadlines

Join the conversation at the Women of the ELCA blog.


CONNECT WITH BOLDCAFE


Don't forget to follow @Boldcafe (Boldcafe.org) on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. You never know what you'll find.



December 2014
Published December 18, 2014

JOY TO THE WORLD!

We hope that your Advent preparations have richly blessed you. We wish you a deep peace as our waiting for Christmas comes to a close. May Mary's boldness and faithfulness inspire you. We are glad and grateful for your participation in our community of women, and we look forward to a great year together in 2015. Joy to you this Christmas season--and always.

Churchwide executive boardand staff of Women of the ELCA 

THANK GOD, AND LET'S GET GOING!

Our presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, challenged the Women of the ELCA in her keynote address to our Triennial Gathering last summer. She said:

"We have already been given everything that we need, by the Holy Spirit, to be the church in the world. We have everything. Everything. So when people start saying 'there isn't enough' and 'we can't' and 'yes, but,' just say 'Thank God, and let's get going!'"

Her words echo in my mind as I go over the hopes and plans of the churchwide women's organization. “We have everything. Everything."

Women of the ELCA is almost entirely supported by your gifts and the gifts of women like you throughout our church. Thank you for your faithful generosity!

Bishop Eaton's inspiring words remind me that as a churchwide community of women, we have an abundance of gifts--vision, money, time, talent, commitment, strength, and ideas. Her challenge calls us to respond by giving thanks for all that we have--and to get going by putting those gifts to work in ministry!

Will you join me by clicking here and making a generous gift to Women of the ELCA today?

A few days before Bishop Eaton spoke, the Ninth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA set priorities for the next three years. Among the actions taken, we committed to:

  • raise awareness and prevention of human trafficking.
  • work against bullying and be champions for the safety of children in congregations.
  • support the initiative of the Northeastern Minnesota Synodical Women's Organization to provide solar power to Phebe Hospital in Liberia.
  • make our congregations places of hospitality and pray for guidance in responding to the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children entering the United States.
  • continue our ongoing programs of leadership development, Bible study, scholarships, grants, and published resources that equip women in thousands of congregations to carry out bold and creative ministry.

Thanks be to God, we have work to do. Thanks be to God, we have everything we need to do it. Your gift today will equip Women of the ELCA to step boldly into the work before us. Thank you for your generous support. Thank God, and let's get going!

Linda Post Bushkofsky

Executive Director

PRE-REGISTRATION SAVINGS END DECEMBER 31, 2014

More than 500 women have already preregistered for the Tenth Triennial Gathering to be held July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Join the crowd and preregister before the end of this year and you get a discounted registration fee of just $280.   

What else is happening in 2017? It's the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! And we'll be sure to offer many ways to observe that milestone when we gather in Minneapolis. 

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

Racial justice advocates
 

Overcoming fear

Finding ourselves in the Christmas story

Fair trade

Join the conversation at the Women of the ELCA blog

TAKE A LOOK!

We invited you
to share stories of how you proclaimed the good news of God in Christ through word and deed during Advent 2014 using the #AdventAction hashtag. The results are in! Take a look at our #tagboard. 
 


 

October 2014
Published November 6, 2014

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE?

Can you believe that just four months ago, more than 2,400 women and men gathered for the triennial gathering? Now, its already time to make plans for the next one. If it feels like your schedule has ramped up, it has. By now stores have turned their Halloween aisle into the Christmas display! Well, blessings to you as you keep up the pace this month. Remember to take care of yourself!

BOARD MEETS, DELIBERATES
 
The newly formed churchwide executive board met for orientation and business in October, examining referrals from the Ninth Triennial Convention, making a commitment to racial justice education, and hearing reports from the triennial convention and gathering, among other things. Get the full story.

NEED SOME INSPIRATION FOR YOUR THANKOFFERING SERVICE?
 
Sue Connors, president of Pacifica SWO, recently offered a Thankoffering challenge to the units in her SWO. In Sue's column in the September issue of their newsletter, she writes: "Thank you to the churchwide staff of the Women of the ELCA, the churchwide board, and all that planned, worked and participated in the Triennial Gathering in Charlotte. .... How can we show our gratitude for a job well done? With every unit taking a Thankoffering. ... There are as many ways as there are units to collect this special offering."

Take up Sue's challenge. 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. See how one congregational unit breathed new life into Thankofferings.

For more about offerings and stewardship, download the 2014-2015 stewardship guide.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS, BEFORE DECEMBER 15

Will the churchwide organization plant a seed in your congregation, allowing you to engage women and girls in your church and communities in making and fostering emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy choices?
 
The 2014-2015 cycle for seed grants in our health initiative, Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls, opened October 15. Application materials will be available at womenoftheelca.org. All applications must be postmarked or emailed by December 15, 2014 and be submitted by active units of Women of the ELCA who are familiar with the Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls initiative and the criteria of this program.

PRE-REGISTRATION SAVINGS ENDS DECEMBER 31, 2014
 
More than 500 women have already preregistered for the Tenth Triennial Gathering to be held July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Join the crowd and preregister before the end of this year and you get a discounted registration fee of just $280. Don't miss out!




September 2014
Published September 30, 2014

WHAT'S YOUR STORY?
Yet this fall 16 of our synodical women's organizations are meeting in conventions, and the newly-elected churchwide executive board will gather for its first meeting. It's easy to get caught up in business (or choose to ignore business) and lose sight of our mission and purpose. Pause a few times this fall to talk with other women and ask about their faith stories. You'll be inspired to live out our mission and purpose in new and exciting ways!

APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SEED GRANTS OPENS OCTOBER 15

Will the churchwide organization plant a seed in your congregation, allowing to engage women and girls in your church and communities in making and fostering emotionally, spiritually and physically healthy choices?
 
The 2014 - 2015 cycle for seed grants in our health initiative, Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls, opens October 15. Application materials will be available at womenoftheelca.org. All applications must be postmarked or emailed by December 15, 2014 and be submitted by active units of Women of the ELCA who are familiar with the Raising Up Healthy Women and Girls initiative and the criteria of this program.  

NEED SOME INSPIRATION FOR YOUR THANKOFFERING SERVICE?
 
Sue Connors, president of Pacifica SWO, recently offered a Thankoffering challenge to the units in her SWO. In Sue's column in the September issue of their newsletter, she writes: "Thank you to the churchwide staff of the Women of the ELCA, the churchwide board, and all that planned, worked and participated in the Triennial Gathering in Charlotte. .... How can we show our gratitude for a job well done? With every unit taking a Thankoffering. ... There are as many ways as there are units to collect this special offering."

Take up Sue's challenge. 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. See how one congregational unit breathed new life into Thankofferings.


For more about offerings and stewardship, download the 2014-2015 stewardship guide.

CALLED TO EXAMINE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. What better way to observe the month than by reviewing a draft social message on gender-based violence?


The ELCA Church Council has authorized a social message on gender-based violence. Messages are adopted by the Church Council as a means to encourage learning and moral discourse. The tentative timeline calls for a message, or messages, to be considered by the Church Council in April of 2015.

Download the draft social message. Get a group together to study that draft, providing everyone with copies. Then complete a response form, either individually or as a group. Check out these FAQs. The comment period runs through November 26.


REACHING BEYOND WITH COMMUNICATION

Do you use the micro-blogging site Twitter to invite new audiences to participate in your women's group? Approximately 19% of women are using this social media outlet to share about events they attend, their thoughts and even their ministry. Considering the largest group of Twitter users are between the ages of 18-49, if you would like to invite women in this age range, you need to use Twitter. There are a lot of helpful links to get you started. Also, you can ask any person at church, in your family and among your friends to teach you how to tweet. Check out how we used our hashtag #welcatg, to share about our triennial gathering this past July.
 
While Twitter can help you get information out about your ministry, your own personal, authentic invitation is really more important than any social media tool. What tools are you using to invite more women?

JOIN OVER 500 SMART WOMEN

Over 500 women have already preregistered for the Tenth Triennial Gathering to be held July 13-16, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn. Join the crowd and preregister before the end of this year and you get a discounted registration fee of just $280. Now who's smart

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.