WELCA

WELCA

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.

 

Who We Are

The women’s ministry organization of the Messiah Lutheran Church.

Together, our ministries change lives because lives have been changed by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Together, we commit ourselves to grow in faith, affirm our gifts, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

Together, we continue to work for God’s wholeness, by building and celebrating mission-focused relationships that are grounded in faith, local and global, empowering and interdependent.

Together, we can accomplish more that we can do alone.

 

Who Belongs?

All women who are members of Messiah Lutheran Church are members of the Messiah Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

 

When Do We Hold Our Meetings?

We meet the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Youth Area of the lower level. We have refreshments quarterly: March, June, September, and December.

 

What is our Mission?

To mobilize women to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Why do we do what we do?

Because we are called, in Holy Baptism, to bear Christ’s grace and love to a world that so longs to receive it.

 

Where do we Minister?

–Right where we live.
–Throughout the ELCA.
–Across the nation.
–Around the world.

 

How do we Minister?

Because the Holy Spirit is constantly working in us, the Women of Messiah goes on around the clock and throughout the year via:

Gatherings that equip women to lead and serve in Jesus’ name

Supporting an American Indian girl

Making layettes, school kits, and sewing kits for Lutheran World Relief

Collecting soap for Lutheran World Relief

Collecting clothing for Lutheran World Relief

Supporting projects for our sister synod in Liberia

Conducting a Thankoffering Worship Service

Participating in the local Christmas Angel Project

In August, entertaining residents at Locust Grove or Brookline Manor

Contributing to the Upper Susquehanna Synodical Women’s Organization and the church wide Women of the ELCA .

 

OCTOBER, 2016 News

            WELCA met on Thursday, September 8, 2016 with Linda Leister presenting the devotions.  She spoke on Isaiah 6:8 on abilities versus gifts and loving kindness.  Cynthia Smith gave the Treasurer’s report and Barb Geedey conducted the business meeting.  

            We will begin our knitting class again on Monday, September 12th at 6:30 P,M. continuing to work on our prayer shawls and we will also discuss several other projects. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend any session of the class.

            Barb reported on the Action Day to be held at the Synod Office in Lewisburg.  The date is Saturday, October 8 at 11 A.M.  We are to bring a packed lunch and beverages and dessert will be provided.  Contact Barb if you are interested in attending.  Speakers for this event will be Ruth Koble, Dr. Tom Martin, and Kristie Hammaker.  The topic is “Entitlements, an America Dream or a Nightmare?”

            October 2 is Blanket Sunday and Linda Leister will contact Kathy Whitesel about delivering the quilts to Sunbury.  

            On Tuesday, September 20, following Needlers we will begin packing our kits and quilts to send to LWR as they will have to be delivered to Sunbury before our next scheduled meeting. Anyone who would like to help is more than welcome to come for Needlers and stay or come around 11:30 A.M.

            Velma Suloff will provide devotions for our October meeting.

            Delicious refreshments of gluten free cherry and apple pie with vanilla ice cream were provided by Cynthia Smith and Linda Leister.  The tables were decorated with patriotic item.  Thank you.

 

SEPTEMBER, 2016 News

             The WELCA met on June 9, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.  with Cynthia Smith presenting the devotions from her book entitled Pew Sisters.  

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and the Treasurer’s report was accepted.

             A brief report was given by Barb on our convention that was held at Camp Mt. Luther.

            New Business consisted of a report on the delivery of our quilts in October.  We can no longer take them to St. John’s in Lewistown due to the loss of the delivery truck, so Kathy and Jeff Whitesel have graciously volunteered to use their trailer to deliver the quilts from St. Stephens, Port Royal, and Messiah to Selinsgrove.

            We also discussed the School Kits.  Barb will talk to the congregation about the contents of the school bags and what is still needed.

            Barb has obtained our new Bishop, Barbara Collins to be the speaker for our Thankoffering Service in November.  Cynthia has agreed to lead the worship service.  We will not have communion that day.  We will get ushers closer to the date.  We will also have a Thankoffering meal following the service.  Keep Sunday, November the 13th open.

           We also set the date of Monday, September 12th as the starting night for our knitting class.  We will continue to work on the prayer shawls and Barb will place the pattern directions on the table next to the piano in the Adult Sunday School room.  We also discussed working on knit hats for the Seafarer’s bags for anyone who may be interested.

Linda Leister will provide devotions for our September 8th meeting and she and Cynthia will have refreshments.

            We welcome any women of our church to come to our meetings the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 downstairs in the Young Adults’ Sunday School classroom.