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Finding God in desolate places during Lent

It is harder to find God in a frozen world. And yet, without Lent, there is no Easter morning.

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Our Purpose Statement

“As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.”

Daily prayers to #EndHumanTrafficking

Since 2005, Women of the ELCA has been actively working to end human trafficking. Some work on education and awareness. Others provide support to agencies helping women to leave or who have left human trafficking. Others still are working to change laws that criminalize the victims of trafficking. 

At the Eleventh Triennial Convention (2021), the voting members adopted a resolution setting the four weeks prior to the annual NFL Super Bowl as a time of prayer to end human trafficking and called on women of this organization to engage in prayer. Daily prayers for use between January 14 and February 10, 2024 are available. Use #EndHumanTrafficking, #ActBoldly, and #WeAreWELCA in your social media posts when you refer to the prayers.

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Daily Grace

Serving neighbors with HIV/AIDS

Lutherans are known for their service to others, for working to help others live a good life. What if we

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Synodical Women's Organizations receive $1,000 seed grants through Katie's Fund

Northern Great Lakes

The Katie’s Fund grant to the Northern Great Lakes Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) supported ministries in two ways. The SWO gave the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force a portion of the grant, directing it to victim support. The SWO used the remaining portion to fund scholarships for first-time attendees to its synodical convention/retreat in October 2023. Might Northwestern Ohio and Northern Great Lakes work together to expand their anti-trafficking work? Other SWOs can help, like Northwestern Pennsylvania, for example. Read the full list of recipients.

Southeastern Minnesota

The women in the Southeastern Minnesota Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) chose to use the seed grant for ministries within the synod’s two companion synods. A portion went to the Women’s Department of the Central Diocese Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania to fund a seminar for 26 women leaders from the 11 districts of the Central Diocese. The seminar focused on leadership, homosexuality and the importance of taking care of families. A portion of the grant funded a weekend retreat for women pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO). During each event the women recorded video greetings that were shared at the SWO convention in September. Read the full list of recipients.

northwest Synod of Wisconsin

To foster global connections, the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) used a portion of its grant to support the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi, its companion synod, in their goal of supplying as many villages as possible with their own well. With another portion of the grant, the SWO chose to give subscriptions to WELCA’s Gather magazine to women in our synod. Ten subscriptions were given, with eight going to new subscribers and two as renewal subscriptions. The final portion of our money funded five scholarships to a conference-sponsored retreat, open to the entire SWO. Three of the scholarships were awarded to returning attendees and two went to those attending for the very first time. Read the full list of recipients.

Celebrate Bold Women’s Day, Sunday, March 3

Honor and celebrate the bold women in your congregation and community with a new litany for 2024 on Bold Women’s Day, Sunday, March 3, 2024. Read more ways that you and congregation can celebrate with resources and ideas. Available also En Español.

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View photos from the Just Love Gathering

View photos of the 2023 Just Love Gathering, Phoenix!

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Twelfth Triennial Convention

Triennial convention photos

The Twelfth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA was held in Phoenix, Az, September 19-21, 2023.

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2023 Thankoffering service

In addition to using this Thankoffering service, you can share Giving Thanks to God  with women, exploring ways to think of Thankofferings in our everyday lives. To order Thankoffering envelopes, call 800-638-3522, ext. 2730 or send an email.

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JOIN THE $1 MILLION CAMPAIGN FOR KATIE'S FUND

A $1 million campaign for Katie’s Fund

Katharina von Bora Luther was a practical and bold woman of faith. Through Katie’s Fund, Women of the ELCA honors her life by supporting global connections, leadership development and living theology.

2122 is a $1 million campaign for Katie’s Fund that is designed to support the organization into the next 100 years of mission and ministry. Learn ways you can give to the campaign.

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Recursos de programas en Español

Mujeres de la ELCA ofrece recursos de programas gratuitos y descargables, todos en inglés y muchos en español, para ayudarlo a crecer en la fe y participar en el ministerio y la acción.

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What seeds are you scattering?

This Lent, may you pray about the seeds you are scattering. Ask God to use your gifts of time, service, and talents to bless the people before you. How might your congregational unit of Women of the ELCA scatter seeds together?

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Working backward during Lent

“Working backward from the deadline” is a phrase we use when we’re establishing a production schedule or timeline to finish

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Our history comes alive with stories

Growing up, I loved celebrating a special holiday in February. That’s right, I could hardly wait for what was then

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What seeds are you scattering?

by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller Lord, let my heart be good soil, open to the seed of your word. Lord, let my

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