Doing new things
by Audrey Novak Riley
A new year! I love putting up a new calendar on the wall in the kitchen at home each year, don’t you? It suggests a year of doing new things, meeting new people, seeing new places, having new ideas, finding new ways to bask in God’s love, finding new ways to pass some of that love around. I love that.
I know some people are completely baffled by this – how in the world can anyone actually like doing new things? – but really, as a community of women created in the image of God, doing new things ia what we’re created for!
Think about it: God, in whose image we are created, is always doing new things. As the prophet Isaiah sang almost 600 years before Christ was born, “Thus says the Lord, . . .Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:16-19).
God is always doing new things to lead us into the life of abundance God has always wanted us to have.
So, since we are created in God’s image and therefore doing new things to help God lead us into that life of abundance is what we’re created to do, what are we going to do about it?
Since you’re hearing or reading this little devotion, I’m guessing that Women of the ELCA has some importance to you as a woman of faith. And if so, the new thing for you to do this year might be to nurture our beloved community of women more lovingly so that together, we can do even more to help God lead us all into that life of abundance.
How shall we do that? First, with our participation and our prayers, of course; and second, by each one of us making and keeping a commitment to give more generously and more regularly to support our women’s organization.
Our Regular Offerings and our Thankofferings are the lifeblood of Women of the ELCA. Regular Offerings nourish all three expressions of our organization: congregational, synodical and churchwide. Thankofferings especially nourish the many ongoing ministries of the churchwide expression, including our Triennial Convention, when our elected leadership and voting members come together to discern our shared mission.
So let’s act boldly on the first few words of our purpose statement, “As a community of women created in the image of God . . .” and act as our generous and loving God does, our God who is always doing a new thing.
Audrey Riley is director for stewardship for Women of the ELCA.
How to Give
For Congregational Unit Treasurers
If you are sending a Regular Offering, download a copy of Form A, and fill it in as shown in this sample. Make out your check to Women of the ELCA and mail it with Form A to the treasurer of your synodical women’s organization. If you need her address, please call the churchwide office at 773-380-3522, ext. 2702.
If you are sending a Thankoffering or “Where Needed Most” offering, download a copy of Form B, and fill it in as shown in this sample. Make out your check to Women of the ELCA and mail it with Form B to:
Women of the ELCA
To give online with a credit card, please visit welca.org/give and click “Women of the ELCA Where Needed Most.”
To give by mail, please make out your check to Women of the ELCA and write either “Thankoffering” or “Women of the ELCA Where Needed Most” on the memo line. Mail it to:
Women of the ELCA
To give by phone with a credit card, please call 800-638-3522.
December 2016: Advent: A Hidden Season
November 2016: Giving thanks
October 2016: Look in the mirror
September 2016: Seasons of stewardship
August 2016: No child should go hungry
July 2016: Prepare for the triennial
June 2016: Beginning the journey
May 2016: Holy Stewardship
April 2016: Good for our hearts!
March 2016: Loving Lent
February 2016: Happy birthday Katie!
January 2016 devotion: “I am about to do a new thing!”