Southeastern Synod WELCA Convention Recap

It was a great time, from the bus ride there to the bus ride home. We saw friends we only get to see twice a year, yet it is always like old home week! Around 185 folks attended the convention, and every motion recommended passed. The workshops were very interesting, and everyone got something different from them. A total of $6,121.00 was collected for 2013 from the four states in our synod – GA, TN, MS and AL – to benefit Lutheranch. Also, 31, 628 lbs. of donated items were collected for LWR: 3,655 quilts, 2,383 personal care kits, 3,164 school kits and 6,017 baby kits. Some of the ladies got a toy fish for their meal at the banquet! (Yep! They ordered catfish!) The rest of us had pork chops! If you did not make the convention this year, think seriously about going next year. Then you won’t miss all the hugs, friendly chats, meeting new friends, lots of STUFF in your bags and the satisfaction of being part of an awesome group of Women! Hope to see you there next year! Norma Ralph, Delegate

Women of the ELCA

by Dana Lee Smith

welca_logoThe Ninth Triennial Gathering of the Women of the ELCA will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 24th – 27th, 2014. The theme for the gathering is “Of Many Generations”. This gathering only happens every 3 years and it is only 4 hours away. We are encouraging ladies of all ages to take advantage of this opportunity. Registration cost is $325 through January 16, 2014. There will be opportunities for Bible study, learning, renewal, worship and much more as we join with thousands of our Lutheran sisters. Zion will have a group attending. More information is available at www.womenoftheelca.org. Please contact Dana Lee for a registration form or more information. Three monthly Bible Study opportunities are available for all women of Zion. Please see meeting dates, times and places on the calendar page of Zionews. If you’re not sure which one fits your needs, you are invited to visit each group. All Zion women are members of WELCA. Come join us and get involved!

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Six of our ladies travelled to our Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA convention. This year’s convention was on September 20th– 22nd in Natchez, MS.

Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

pancakesDid you know that Mardi Gras is also known as the Carnival Season and refers to the events of Carnival celebrations beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday? Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It’s a time to celebrate and be thankful for our many blessings before we enter the season of Lent and reflect on what God has done for us.

Please make plans to join us for our Mardi Gras Pancake Supper on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00pm. Come indulge and enjoy some warm fluffy pancakes with your choice of sweet toppings. Come and enjoy a time of celebration and fellowship with your church family! WELCA is hosting this event. Please bring a donation to help offset the cost of the meal. Donations that exceed meal costs will be designated for the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

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.

WELCA – April 2012 UPDATE

Women of the ELCA

 All Zion women are members of WELCA. We invite you to take part & get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

Submitted by Dana Lee SmithGA. Come learn about what’s happening in our cluster, enjoy Bible study, be refreshed in worship and enjoy fellowship with others. There will be a group leaving from Zion at 7:00am. If you need more information or you would like to attend, please contact Cheryl Pannal (665-5315) or Dana Lee Smith (665-1377). 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. We would love to have YOU involved!

March 2012 WELCA Update

WELCA Leadership Conference

Thanks to all who participated and made a donation at Zion’s Mardi Gras Festival. A total of $125.00 was collected for Lutheran World Relief kits. Thanks to your generosity, we can reach out to others by providing some basic necessities! The ladies of our cluster also enjoyed the leadership training event that Zion hosted. We thank WELCA synod board member Norma Reed for leading this event. Thanks to all who helped to provide snacks and lunch.

We need your used/cancelled stamps! Please don’t throw them away! We collect these stamps and send them to the Sons of Norway Lodge.This organization collects stamps from all across the world and sends them to the Tubfrim organization in Norway. Since its inception in1928, Tubfrim has been raising money to help children. Originally started to aid children afflicted by tuberculosis, the organization nowworks to improve the quality of life for disabled children and youth as well. Sons of Norway members have been an integral part of Tubfrim’s success since 1986. They clip and send used stamps to Tubfrim, which sells them to dealers and collectors. Just cut or tear the stamps off the envelopes, leaving a slight margin (approx. 1/2inch) to keep the perforation intact. Damaged stamps (damaged perforation, edges etc.) are worthless and are thrown away. So, save those stamps and place them in the collection box in the entrance ofthe fellowship hall.

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. We would love to have YOU involved! All Zion women are members of WELCA. We invite you to take part & get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

February 2012 WELCA Update

Our regular quarterly meeting will be held immediately following worship on February 12th. All ladies are asked to join in this brief meeting to get anupdate on the work of your organization. Please planto attend! Zion will host a Leadership Training Workshop for all ladies in ourconference on Saturday, February 25th from 9:30am to 2:00pm. This workshop will be led by Southeastern Synod Women of the ELCA board member, Norma Reed. All ladies are invited to take advantage of this opportunity. As host, we will provide morning snacks and lunch. Please RSVP to Dana Lee Smith at 728-3227 by Friday, February 17th if you would like to attend. Also, let her know if you are interested in helping with snacks and/or lunch.

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. We would love tohave YOU involved! All Zion women are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part & get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

December 2011 WELCA Update

Thanks to all who made, packed, and delivered Christmas cookies. Because of you, 28 containers of homemade cookies were given to our 80+ years members and shut-ins for Christmas!

Another new year is hear! As you begin this new year, think about how you can get involved in all that WELCA has to offer. Remember, every female member of Zion is automatically a member. All ladies are encouraged to take part and become involved in one of our women’s groups at Zion. It’s a great way to get to know others and make a real difference. One way that you can make a difference is through our special Love Offering. All WELCA units from churches in the Southeastern Synod collect a special offering during the year. This year’s Love Offering will be collected to support Luther Ranch Retreat Center.

All women of Zion are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part and get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

Women of the ELCA – December 2011

Get out your favorite cookie recipe! All ladies are invited to make cookies for packaging. These “cookie tins” will be distributed to those 80 and over and those who are ill in our
congregation. Bring your cookies to our packing night on Sunday, December 4th at 7:00pm. This is a great opportunity to spread some holiday cheer.

Our Angel Tree project is up and running. Please check out the display in the entrance of the fellowship hall. The money raised from this project will go to the ELCA Disaster Response to buy seed for replanting in flooded countries in Central America. There are many items for sale. This is a great way to help out others and complete your holiday shopping.

Newly elected officers:
President: Dana Lee Smith
Vice President: Melinda Heidt
Secretary: Cheryl Pannal
Treasurer: Emma Lee Dasher
Committee for Community: Mary Lou Thomas
Committee for Growth: Sherri Pittman
Committee for Action: Lida Peth

All women of Zion are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part and get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.

November 2011 Women of the ELCA

CALLING ALL WOMEN!!!!!

Our quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, November 13th immediately following the 11am worship service. This will be a brief meeting as we make plans for the remainder of the year, receive project and circle updates, have elections, and plan for another year. We’ll also hear a brief convention report. If you currently are not involved in one of our Bible study groups, this would be a great opportunity to drop in and find out what Zion WELCA is all about. All women of Zion are members of WELCA. You are invited to take part and get involved in your organization. Bible study meeting times and locations are listed in Zionews.