May 2019

Organization commits to growth as revenues decline
Women of the ELCA’s executive board continues to explore ways to grow the organization, holding up the Caribbean Synod as an example.

“I can’t help but smile when I think about what is happening in the Caribbean Synod,” Executive Board President Lisa Plorin said during the board’s biannual meeting, April 26-28, in Chicago. Read the report here .
We want hear from you
Members of a new exploratory committee are collecting input about the future direction of the Women of the ELCA. And they would like to hear from you. You will find a questionnaire at welca.org/future along with other important information about the committee's work.
Diaper ministry resurrects small Phoenix congregation
Read how a diaper ministry breathed vitality back into a small Phoenix congregation, whetting its appetite to survive. "We have a lot of stories to tell that have come out of this ministry that has kept Alleluia a vital congregation rather than a dying one," says the writer.
WELCA staff collects 19 communicator awards in Chicago

For work created in 2018, staff took home eight awards at the Religion Communicators Council DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards ceremony, April 10, and 11 awards at the Associated Church Press Best of the Church Press Awards ceremony, April 11.
Renounce violence and fear
Rachel’s Day is observed by Women of the ELCA annually on the first Sunday in May, though it can be observed any time of the year. It is a time set aside to mourn the loss of our children and to renounce the forces of violence and fear. The resource includes a litany for use in a special Rachel’s Day service. Download it here.
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