This year—2020–has certainly been trying. Isolation and uncertainty are two words that describe what everyone is feeling due to COVID 19. This summer, we were going to hold the Eleventh Triennial Convention and Gathering of the Women of the ELCA in sunny Phoenix, Ariz. But under the circumstances, we postponed these events until August of 2021. (However, you can join Just Love: A virtual preview this Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT. Learn more here.)
Many other events were also canceled or postponed–events that we, as Women of the ELCA, look forward to like retreats, conventions, Bible studies, and regular worship.
Over the past several weeks, Women of the ELCA Executive Director Linda Post Bushkofsky and I have been meeting with the regional synodical presidents over Zoom. We use this time to connect and brainstorm ideas on how to thrive as a community of women.
We share a common denominator
Yes, there is some lamenting, but we share a common denominator in the words of 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.”
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that this amazing organization is there for you! Yes, we still need to practice social distancing and conduct much of our business virtually–but we can do it. Whether you need ideas to revitalize your group or inspiration on how to live out our ministry as individuals, we’re here for you!
Please take some time today to remember your calling. Go to womenoftheelca.org and re-familiarize yourself with the many resources available. Take advantage of Tuesday prayers at noon for an opportunity to pray with Lutheran women across the church every Tuesday at noon (in your time zone). Design a Thankoffering container and make a conscious decision to look for things to be grateful for every day. Drop a few coins in the container and forward these Thankofferings on to churchwide. Get ideas on how to sustain your community virtually. Write a letter to a Dear Friend in Christ. These small gestures will help you feel connected to your siblings in Christ across the entire churchwide expression.
Hang in there, my friends, for soon we will celebrate together in fellowship and praise in Phoenix in August of 2021! Until then join us for the Just Love: A virtual preview this Saturday at 1 p.m. CDT. Learn more here.
Lisa Plorin is president of the churchwide executive board. She’s serving an additional year like many of you!