Synodical Women’s Organization

 

Synodical Women’s Organization Convention

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June 17, 2017

Wartburg College, Waverly

All ELCA women of this synod are invited to attend the Synodical Women’s Organization Convention Saturday, June 17, at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa.

The theme, “Hungering for Renewal,” is based on the verse Psalm 34:8 — “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him.”

If you are looking for a day to recharge and renew, plan to on coming to this year’s convention. The emphasis will be on seeking out them any ways we as followers of Christ can find new ways to serve him. We will commune in worship, make business decisions, enjoy fellowship and have lots of opportunities to learn and share.

A variety of sessions covering a wide range of topics will be offered, including quilting, Bible journaling, Young Adults in Global Mission, human trafficking, LSI Refugee Services, and food banks. Some of our special guests will include Pastor Stephen Brackett (assistant to the Bishop) and Pastor Melissa Bills (known for her Triennial Coloring Devotionals).

Early bird registration is due May 25, for a $45 fee. Add $10 for registrations postmarked after that date. The fee includes at least two workshops, a muffin and coffee buffet, and a great luncheon.
Registration Form for Convention (due May 25 for early bird rate)

Non-voting members attending the convention for the first time can apply for a scholarship to pay for the registration fee.
Scholarship Application for First Timers (due May 15, 2017)

Check back for more details about presenters, workshops and other details about the convention.

Nomination Form for Officers and Board Members (due April 15, 2017)
Nomination Form for Nominating Committee (due April 15, 2017) 


 

Tenth Triennial Gathering

July 13-16, 2017
Minneapolis, Minn.

All Anew

 Every three years the Women of the ELCA gather from across the church with life-changing workshops, worship, Bible study and more at the Triennial Gathering. I have been blessed to attend the last five gatherings, and it is an uplifting, renewing experience that I think everyone in our organization should attend!

The theme for the Tenth Triennial Gathering is “All Anew.”
Devotions exploring the themes are posted on the WELCA website. Featured speakers, preachers and workshop leaders will bring the Gathering themes to life.

Registration
Registration is still open. The fee is $350. Day registrations are $175. Visit www.welcatg.org to register.

Day Registration
Those wanting to attend only one day of the event can register for Friday, July 14 or Saturday, July 15 for a fee of $175. Both days will offer plenary sessions, music, speakers, 14 workshops, servant events, and exhibitors. One-day registration will be available on-site at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Friday Events — Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize winner and a Lutheran sister from Liberia, Africa, will speak Friday morning. A panel will respond to Gbowee’s talk. Gather magazine’s three-session summer Bible study “All Anew: Ready or Not” by Kelly Fryer is shaping all main sessions. Gather is the magazine of Women of the ELCA. Fryer, author of Reclaiming the “L” Word: Renewing the Church from its Lutheran Core, will lead Bible study Friday morning. A book signing is planned with at least eight authors who are presenting a tthe gahteirng.

Saturday Events — The Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, a national leader in the areas of poverty and immigration, will speak Saturday morning. She will reflect on a session of Fryer’s Bible study that emphasizes the Bible is filled with people who challenged unjust systems.

If you have already completed your registration form, please check to make sure you marked the box indicating release of contact information to the SWO. This will allow us to keep you informed of events that will be planned for our synod and state at the Triennial. It will also give you a place to ask questions you may have. If done online, the form can be edited at the www.welcatg.org website.  Or you can call the churchwide office at 800-638-3522 and they can assist you.

Lodging & Transportation
Those planning to attend are encouraged to request a room at the Hilton Hotel when registering.

If you need assistance with roommates or have transportation questions, we encourage you to attend cluster events in April where you can make contact with your SWO representative and others who will be attending, so you can arrange for carpooling or sharing rooms there. If that does not work, please email Diane Wills for assistance.

We are working with other synods—Western and Southeast Iowa—if you are in need of bus transportation.

Workshops to be offered at the Tenth Triennial Gathering:
Sabbath: The Revolutionary R & R • You. God’s Children. End Trafficking • Ending Homelessness and Your
Congregation • The Practicing Life: Simple Acts, Sacred Living • Multiple Meanings: Learning from Other Interpretations • Reading the Women of the Hebrew Bible • Writing Our Way Toward a New Day • Five Gifts of Discipleship: Living Our Faith in Daily Life • Peace at the Last.

These are just a few of the opportunities to learn and grow in faith! There are also films to preview, servant events, the ever- popular Walk, Run and Roll, and an amazing concert by the National Lutheran Choir. That is a lot to pack into 3½ days! And I haven’t even mentioned the amazing worship and life-long friendships that await.

Get Involved!
You can engage in the gathering before you leave home by working on in-kind gifts to bring to the Triennial. Working alone or in groups, you can make a quilt, create a finger labyrinth, gather in-kind gifts and more!

Read more about in-kind giving.

If you have any questions or need help getting registered, any one on the board members would be glad to help you. Just give us a call or email.

— Diane Wills, Pesident
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Visit the Triennial web page.

 


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Join the $5,000 Challenge for LSI

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Women of the ELCA have accepted a $5,000 challenge from Lutheran Services in Iowa. Starting with our gathering in June, we will try to raise a total of $5,000 for the LSI Spiritual challenge to support the spiritual aspects of their ministry, which receives no federal funds.

We are asking all units and clusters to also consider sending money to LSI (with the WELCA challenge in the memo line)
sometime during the 2017 year. Join us in this challenge to a
very worthy organization that is certainly doing God’s work in this broken world!

— Diane Wills

 


 

Women Celebrate at SWO Convention


new-synod-board-22Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Synodical Women’s Organization celebrated “God’s Gift of Age” at the annual convention June 18 at Wartburg College, Waverly. The convention included workshops, fellowship, business, lunch and celebration.

Some 120 people attended, including seven first timers. Offerings took in just under $5,000 and a van full of paper products. Cash and gift cards totaling more than $200 were designated for the Wings of Refuge organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Highlights of the convention included:

  • Taking compassionate action.
  • Outreach locally and beyond.
  • Presentations by Pastor Laura Gentry and her Laughter Yoga program.
  • Vicky Jaeger’s presentation on “When Generations Collide” (packed the room and glowing comments!).
  • Retrieving Freedom puppies.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa program on transitioning youth.
  • Joy Fopma and Pastor Anderson’s forum on Human Trafficking

 

Election Results:

  • Retrieving Freedom puppies.
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa program on transitioning youth.
  • Joy Fopma and Pastor Anderson’s forum on Human Trafficking
  • Four Triennial voting members: Syd Brinkman, Nancy Poppe, Nancy Miller and Cindy Pogge.
  • Three new board members: Millie Dieter, Jane Godson, and Angela Sadler.
  • New treasurer, Bev Sheridan.
  • Re-elected board member Jane Granzow.
  • Re-elected vice president Cindy Pogge.

 

Educational Scholarship Winners

  • Kelli Hanken from Zion Lutheran in Castalia.
  • Katie Schwartz from Faith Lutheran in Shell Rock.

Overall, it was a great day!!

— Diane Wills
Northeastern Iowa SWO President

Download presentations by Vicky Jaeger:
When Generations Collide
Chair Aerobics Workout

 


 

Cluster Presidents at the SWO Board Meeting, Jan. 16, 2016


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Human Traficking Resources

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The Women of the ELCA made a commitment at the 2014 Triennial Convention to promote awareness of worldwide human trafficking, bullying, harassment and related violence, and to work at preventing it through prayer, ministry and political action. The Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization has begun rev
iewing resources that can help us inform, educate and mobilize the women in our units. These resources include speakers, websites, programs, and more that can be used within your units or congregations.

Ralpha House — Joplin, Missouri, 417-621-0373. Speakers available for expenses only.

Central Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking Teresa Downing, Cedar Rapids

Wings of Refuge — Joy Forma, Iowa Falls

“Lives for Sale” film documentary

Braking Traffik — organization dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in the Quad City area of Iowa and Illinois. Cathy O’Keefe, director, cathy@brakingtraffick.org or 319-912-1966.

“Any Kid, Anywhere: Sex Trafficking Survivor Stories” — a film featuring three Iowa women who are survivors of human trafficking telling their stories, the Braking Traffik website.

“A Path Appears” a three-part PBS documentary film series. Episode 1: Sex Trafficking in the USA; Episode 2: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty; Episode 3: Violence and Solutions. Discussion guide is available.

Courtney’s House — survivors helping survivors

Find more human trafficking resources listed in Good News, the newsletter of the Northeastern Iowa Synodical Women’s Organization:
January 2015
March 2015
September 2015

“Making Iowa Inhospitable to Traffickersfrom the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s “God’s Work, Our Blog.”

“Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking” — from the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s Making a Difference publication (Fall/Winter 2015)

 


2015 Tri-Synodical Gen of Faith

 

 

2015 Tri-Synodical Convention

Fort Dodge, Iowa

WomenTriennial2015Some 208 women, including 80 from the Northeastern Iowa synod, attended the Tri-Synodical convention June 19-20 at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge. The Convention followed the theme “Generations of Faith” based on Psalm 100:5 — “For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

Read more about the event in the October issue of the Good News newsletter.

Read Pastor Joelle Colvile-Hanson’s blog about the human trafficking presentation at the convention.

View photos on the Northeastern Iowa Synod Facebook page.

 

 

 

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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 oneanother in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society and the world.

 

EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

girl_studyingThinking about going back to school or furthering your education to advance in a career? The Synodical Women’s Organization offers scholarships to qualified individuals. Download the application below and apply by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Educational Scholarship Application

 

Join the $5,000 Challenge for LSI

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The Northeastern Iowa Synod Women of the ELCA have accepted a $5,000 challenge from Lutheran Services in Iowa. Starting with our gathering in June, we will try to raise a total of $5,000 for the LSI Spiritual challenge to support the spiritual aspects of their ministry, which receives no federal funds.

LSI-page-2-webWe are asking all units and clusters to also consider sending money to LSI (with the WELCA challenge in the memo line)
sometime during the 2017 year. Join us in this challenge to a very worthy organization that is certainly doing God’s work in this broken world!

— Diane Wills

 

2017 Events

June 16 SWO Board, Wartburg College, TBD
June 17 Northeastern Iowa Synod WELCA Convention
July 11-16 ELCA Triennial Convention and Gathering, “All Anew,” Minneapolis, Minn.
Sept. 23 Jubilee Cluster C Event, St. Paul Lutheran, Cedar Falls

 

 

 

Stewardship Resources

 

 

 

 

 

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Offering Transmittal Form A — Units use this form to submit regular offerings and synodical convention offerings to the synodical treasurer. Download the form, fill it in, and make a copy for your files before mailing.


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Offering Transmittal Form B — Units use this form to submit Thankofferings, designated gifts, special offerings and gifts to the churchwide women’s organization.

 


 

Women of the ELCA Resources

The Women of the ELCA website has a number of resources available for free download.

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Lutheran World Relief Shipping Form
Include this completed form with items that are to be shipped to LWR.

Sign up for the monthly e-newsletter Bold Connections,which features the latest news and information about Women of the ELCA programs and activities.

Sign up for Cafe, an online magazine for young adult women.

Visit www.womenoftheelca.org for more resources.

 


 

Future Triennial Convention and Gathering Sites

Phoenix, Ariz. in 2020
Spokane, Wash. in 2023

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Women and Justice Task Force

Learn about the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ and share your comments as the task force leads the process to develop a social statement on women and justice.

Learn More