September is full of opportunities to stay connected with Women of the ELCA. To name a few: You can register for the Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, Minn., July 13-16, 2017; gather with women for Bible study; start an active unit in your congregation, launch a Café group; or become a friend of the organization.
When you register for the Tenth Triennial Gathering you have an opportunity to experience the power of women gathered under a theme that calls us to transformation: All Anew. This will be an exciting time to connect with a faith-filled community of women.
You can connect with women who are using Gather’s fall Bible study: “When God’s not fair—Coming to terms with a merciful God” by Meghan Johnston Aelabouni. The author helps us explore biblical images of a God who acts beyond our conceptions of what’s “fair.”
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You can start an active unit. If you subscribe to the mission and purpose of the organization, there are four simple ways to become an active unit.
- Meet together for study, support and mission. (Café and Gather offer great ways to do this.)
- Participate in the ministry of Women of the ELCA beyond your congregation (e.g. synodical women’s convention, triennial convention and gathering).
- Support financially the total program of Women of the ELCA (e.g. through offerings).
- Designate leadership to communicate with synodical and churchwide women’s organization.
Launch a Café group in your congregation, college or community. Café groups are one way that young adult women can create community in their congregation. Café groups meet to discuss the topics in the monthly issue of Café. You can also hold a Bible study or discussion with questions in each issue of Café. Café groups meet at cafes, someone’s home or other locations outside a congregation.
Becoming a faithful friend of the organization is simple. “Faithful Friends” is an easy way for you (or your congregational unit or your synodical organization) to give monthly to Women of the ELCA. If you love the work we are involved in why not support a community of women that act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ?
I have named just a few ways to be connected. Join us, take the challenge and act boldly on your faith.
Eva James Yeo is director of membership for Women of the ELCA. Email her if you want more information about becoming an active unit.
Photo by Elizabeth McBride: Cafe pop-up event | St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, Chicago