Women of the ELCA

Thanks to everyone who attended and helped with the June birthday party at the Effingham County Nursing Home. We had a great group of helpers to attend and spread some “Zion cheer”!

Six ladies have signed up to attend this year’s Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA  convention at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA on September 14-16, 2012. The convention theme is “Rejoice in the Lord Always”. Attending convention is a wonderful way to meet and connect with other ladies from our synod, discover the amazing things we accomplish together as Women of the ELCA, and rejuvenate your soul and spirit.

Each year, our leaders select a special in-kind offering to be taken  at convention that benefits a program located near our convention site. This year’s recipient is Wellspring Living in Atlanta, GA. In 2001, Wellspring Living, a 501(c) (3) organization, formed to help  survivors of childhood sexual abuse overcome their broken pasts  and move towards hopeful futures. Their mission is to confront the issue of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through advocacy,  education and treatment programs for girls and women. Their  programs are a refuge for women and girls who need a chance to  start over. Through therapy, education, life skills and spiritual  renewal, the Wellspring programs give participants recovery tools  for the body, soul and spirit.

Wellspring has requested donations of gift cards to purchase toilet paper, paper towels and household cleaning supplies. They welcome gift cards from Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, etc… If you would like to donate, please give gift cards to Dana Lee Smith. Anyone can make a donation – even if you are not attending convention!

Ladies, please check the Zionews calendar page and make plans to join in one of our Bible study opportunities. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group.

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