April 2018
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Children of the resurrection 
 
In Luke 20:36, we are called "children of the resurrection." Is this a reference to a future event, a resurrection of our spiritual selves, or might it have implications for our lives in the here and now? Download our free resource, " Resurrection: A Holy Discipline." 

Leading, singing and learning 
 
Several women wrote to tell us how they celebrated Bold Women's Day on Feb. 25, 2017. Bold Women's Day ---   observed annually on the fourth Sunday of February ---   celebrates all Lutheran women who act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ.  What did you do on Bold Women's Day? Answer in the comments section of the article.  
Director for justice joins staff

Jennifer DeLeon, an educator, grassroots organizer and consultant with faith-based organizations, joins Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as director for justice April 9.

DeLeon served at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) for 12 years as director of government relations and advocacy. Read more about her here.


Do you care about gun violence?

Rachel's Day is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. It's observed annually on the first Sunday in May, though any time is okay.  Learn more and download the resource .

Executive board meets in Chicago 
 
Please pray for Women of the ELCA executive board that meets in Chicago April 20-22. Read the story from the board's October 2017 meeting. 


Spring Interchange/Intercambio out 

In the spring 2018 issue of  Interchange and its Spanish companion  Intercambio , you will find articles on Lily bags, Phebe Hospital, the ELCA Youth Gathering, the upcoming Bible study in Gather, a convention calendar and Katie's Fund.


Help spread the word about Gather

Help spread the word about  Gather with our updated 2018 printable bulletin insert . Featuring an excerpt from the magazine on one side and the full schedule of  Gather 's 2018 Bible studies on the other, this downloadable resource can be used both in your congregational bulletin or as stand-alone flyer. 



April Cafe: Vocation and timing

For centuries, and for many Christians even now, vocation has been erroneously seen as something strictly reserved for priests, religious sisters or pastors. Read the Cafe article .


Human trafficking exhibit focus again

Women of the ELCA will be part of the interactive exhibit area at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston in June. Because of a resolution to end human trafficking approved at our Tenth Triennial Convention (2017) last summer, we are again inviting youth to be part of a service project that helps organizations in the area serve victims of trafficking. Here's how you can help.
 
Tripling our life-changing ministry  
 
Last fall, your churchwide board approved an exciting new initiative --- The All Anew Campaign for Katie's Fund ---  with the goal of tripling our endowed Katie's Fund by the 2020 Triennial Convention and Gathering. How can you get involved? 


Faith, immigration and refugees

Katie's Fund recently made a grant in support of Diva Communications' new two-part documentary, " Brightness of Noon: The Intersect of Faith, Immigration and Refugees." The producer, Debra Gonsher Vinik, has consulted with Women of the ELCA often over the years and spoke at our Triennial Gathering in 2016. This new documentary explores the response of people of faith to the crisis at our borders.



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