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Women of the ELCA

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 in action,
    and promote healing and wholeness, in the church, in the society,
     and the world.

Who We Are
We grow in faith through our monthly Bible studies found in our Gather magazine and in our free monthly online magazine Café at www.boldcafe.org. Spiritual growth is also promoted through prayer, participating in the World Day of Prayer, our local unit meetings, Spring and Fall Conference Gatherings, the Biennial Convention of our Synodical organization and the Triennial Convention of the entire national and international organization. Our synodical organization sponsors a women’s event every other year, which encourages women in their faith through an inspirational program and fellowship with other members of our organization.

We support one another by providing scholarships to the Biennial and Triennial Conventions, to those who are participating in Seminary and Lay Ministry training, and grants for various organizations that help promote wellness for women. We are participating in the churchwide initiative to raise up healthy women and girls by providing education and training.

We support women and children around the world by providing Health, Sewing, School, Midwife and Hospice Kits. We also provide quilts, layettes, and bandages, and caps for new babies. We have chosen to specifically help the women of Guatemala in their attempts to gain a better life for their children and community.

We support local women and children by participating in food panty drives and giving monetary gifts to numerous organizations that need our help.

We also support our ELCA Bible camps, college campus ministries, Lutheran Social Services and many other aspects of our church by sending substantial portions of all offerings to the ELCA.

Through our offerings we are supporting the work of the churchwide staff of the Women of the ELCA, which includes publications, resources, and grants, and the promotion of mission activities. Click here to view the Women of the ELCA website

The women’s synod board is composed of 12 dedicated women. There is a liaison to each of the conferences.

Click here for a list of officers.

The TrumpeterThe Trumpeter
The Trumpeter, newsletter of the Women of the South Central Synod of WI, is published 4 times per year January, April, July and October.
welcatrumpeter@gmail.com. One free hard copy of the Trumpeter is sent to every church in the South Central Synod and should be available through your church office and may be reproduced as needed.

Click on a date below to download an issue of
 The Trumpeter:
    July 2017  
    April 2017
   January 2017
   October 2016
   July 2016
   April, 2016
   January, 2016
   October, 2015

Helen SheahanHelen Sheahan,
President of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin Women's
It is my pleasure to serve as the President of the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women's Organization from 2015 to 2017. I am a long time member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Madison. I have been an active member of a Circle for many years and served in women’s leadership role at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the women's Westlake Conference. Helen Sheahan 608-692-7553

Click here to contact Helen Sheahan regarding the Women of the ELCA.


Saturday, September 23, 2017
The 13th Biennial Convention
SCSW Synodical Women's Organization
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church -  Verona Campus (West)
Registration starts at 8:00 am, closing at 3:30 pm
Cost is $25
-The theme is the Reformation.
-The keynote will be "Luther's Impact on   church & Society" by Rev. Brad Pohlman, pastor at Luoting Member registration is due August 14, 2017. Please slect your voting member before summer if your women's group does not meet in ther Memorial
-Bishop Mary Froiland is preaching at worship
-The business meeting will be Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6 pm

all anew 2017
The Tenth Triennial Gathering will be held
July 13-16, 2017, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, in Minneapolis, Minn.

"All Anew" is the theme.
Register now!
Watch for more information about bus transportation for our synod.
  Please email Sue Buetzer at
buetzerhillfarm@wekz.net if you are interested in riding the bus with your Sisters in Christ. If you are interested in finding a roommate to save on hotel costs, please email Sue Buetzer When registering please give permission to be included on the attendee list that will be sent to the SWO Board.

Excitement builds as Tenth Triennial Gathering registration opens!
Download a registration book here
Join the conversation as we explore the triennial gathering theme "All Anew." Listen to inspiring speakers; participate in worship and praise; learn by attending workshops, viewing films and engaging in servant events. Visit the exhibit hall where you can gather, shop and connect. And don't forget our special events where women in their 20s and 30s can eat chocolate and join others to run it off later. The first large gathering will be the opening worship service led by Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee will be a keynote speaker.  A peace activist and Lutheran from Liberia, Africa, Gbowee is known for assembling thousands of women who prayed in the streets of Liberia, eventually putting an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.  She now works with the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa and Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace. Other speakers include ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Brenda Myers-Powell, executive director of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, Pastor and author Kelly Fryer, producer, writer Debra Gonsher Vinik, and Pastor Angela R. Khabeb.  Vondra Drees is the Artist in Residence.  Kevin Anderson is worship coordinator.  

Workshops include Reading the Women of the Hebrew Bible; Multiple Meanings: Learning from Other Interpretations; You. God's Children. Stop Trafficking; Writing our way toward a New Day; Five Gifts of Discipleship: Living our Faith in Daily Life; Building Cultural Competency; Making Global Connections; Bold in Action, Bold in Giving; You are Not Alone: Facing Shame with Faith Courage and Love; Sabbath: The Revolutionary R&R; Ending Homelessness and Your Congregation; The Practicing Life: Simple Acts, Sacred Living; Peace At the Last; and Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement.  

Other adventures to consider are joining the Triennial choir, listening to the National Lutheran Choir (tickets required), participating in the walk for Raising Up Healthy Women and Children, enjoying the chocolate lounge for younger women, helping make a quilt, and engaging in environmental issues. We'll also be having lunch Friday with our sister synod (Caribbean).  

Click here for:
 - a super fun coloring sheet for the All Anew Event!  http://www.welcatg.org/filebin/PDF/TG_ColoringPage.pdf  
- 5 All Anew coloring Devotionals http://www.welcatg.org/coloring-devotionals
- Other promotional materials http://www.welcatg.org/promotional-materials

So much to see and do. So many ways to be inspired. So many ways to connect or reconnect. So much NOT TO MISS. Please join us on this adventure!   The early bird registration fee is from now through January 6, 2017, at a rate of $310.  Beginning January 7 the rate will be $350.  Day registrations are $175.  The Gathering hotels are the Hilton Minneapolis, Hyatt Regency, and Millennium Hotel.  The room rates range from $162 to $175 per night plus taxes and parking.  

To request a registration booklet be mailed to you, email women.elca@elca.org with “registration booklet” in the subject line and include your mailing address.

Pennies for Poverty
The South Central SWO Board is giving the Pennies for Poverty offering from 2016 again to second Harvest Food Program which serves southwest Wisconsin counties.  Pennies for Poverty is our women’s synod special offering that is given to local social service agencies or projects that benefit women who live in poverty.  Each year the South Central Wisconsin Synodical Women’s Organization (SWO) Board decides which agencies to give to. 

At the 2015 Biennial Convention the Pennies for Poverty that year were given to Second Harvest Food Program and Women of the ELCA Grants Program.  Second Harvest Food Program has a number of programs.  One program is Mobile Pantries which operates in 14 southwest Wisconsin counties.  At mobile pantry sites 70 – 600 families per month receive a minimum of 60 pounds of food.  Other Second Harvest Food programs that benefit women and children are Summer Food Service Program, Kids Café program, and Food Share Outreach Program which helps people understand and apply for government food assistance programs. 

As the SWO Board plans the 2017 Biennial Convention it will again designate Pennies for Poverty to agencies and projects that assist women in poverty in 2017. Please continue to save for Pennies for Poverty and bring your offerings to the 2017 Biennial Convention or mail them to the synodical Treasurer, Donna Peterson, 4966 State Road 23, Dodgeville, WI.  Thank you.

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